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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Nabs $7.4 Million on Thursday Night
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” opened huge with $7.4 million on Thursday night in North America.

The figure easily topped Thursday preview numbers for “The Nun” at $5.4 million and “A Quiet Place” at $4.3 million and nearly matched “Halloween” at $7.7 million.

Projections for Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s much-anticipated follow-up to 2017’s “Get Out,” have been in the $38 million to $45 million range for the weekend as the film widens to 3,741 sites. Some forecasts call for a launch of as much as $50 million — which would easily surpass the opening weekend haul of “Get Out,” which debuted with $33 million and ended its theatrical run with $176 million in the U.S.

Us” is also launching in 48 international markets, including France, the United Kingdom, and Germany.

“Us” stars Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke as a couple fighting off doppelgangers while vacationing with their children at a Northern California beach house. The movie has generated exceptional
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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s "Paradise Hotel," Reality Series Gets Spring Premiere Date

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Kristin Cavallari to Host Fox’s
Fox has tapped reality star Kristin Cavallari to host its upcoming revival of “Paradise Hotel.”

The series will debut Thursday, May 9, with a two-hour premiere from 8 to 10 p.m. and will air three nights a week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the latter being a two-hour show including live elements.

“Kristin grew up on the frontlines of reality television and is the perfect host to introduce ‘Paradise Hotel’ to a new generation of viewers,” Rob Wade, president, alternative entertainment and specials, Fox Entertainment, said in a statement. “The show is a fun balance of romantic love, cutthroat competition and humor, and Kristin’s unique experience, especially with live television, makes her the best person to navigate the wild, unpredictable moments.”

Paradise Hotel,” which first aired on the network in 2003, puts a
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Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian

Tom Ripley TV Series in the Works from Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Steven Zaillian
In the age of anti-hero TV, it’s almost surprising we haven’t gotten a Tom Ripley series yet. But Oscar-winning screenwriter Steven Zaillian is on it with Deadline reporting that Zaillian plans to adapt Patricia Highsmith’s novels focusing on the sociopath anti-hero. No network has signed on yet, but sources tell Deadline that this will likely be a straight-to-series order with Zaillian writing and directing most of the first season’s episodes. Per Deadline, “Zaillian will use the five novels written by Highsmith — The Talented Mrs. Ripley, Ripley Under Ground, Ripley’s Game, …
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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC

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‘The Conners’ Renewed For Season 2 By ABC
It’s official — ABC has ordered a second season of Roseanne spinoff The Conners. The renewal comes after series’ producer Werner Entertainment secured new deals with the core cast of Roseanne veterans, John Goodman, who plays Dan Conner, Laurie Metcalf (Jackie Harris), Sara Gilbert (Darlene Conner) and Lecy Goranson (Becky Conner-Healy). The size of the order has not been revealed by ABC but has been speculated to be 13 episodes, slightly bigger than last season’s 11.

While not the mega hit of the size of the Roseanne revival, The Conners has been a breakout for ABC. In its first season, the Roseanne followup averaged 9.5 million total viewers and a 2.2 adults 18-49 rating (Live+7) to rank as the season’s No. 1 new comedy in total viewers and 18-49 and ABC’s No. 1 comedy in both categories. The Conners improved its Tuesday 8 pm time period by 33% in total viewers and by 22% in adults
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"Castle Rock" Season 2 to Pay Homage to ‘Misery’ with Lizzy Caplan as Annie Wilkes

Season 1 of Hulu's Castle Rock was a treasure trove of homages, Easter eggs, and story crossovers for fans of horror icon Stephen King. Season 2 looks to continue that trend by taking on Misery, King's 1987 psychological horror novel that centered on nurse Annie Wilkes and her deadly obsession with romance novelist, Paul Sheldon. Kathy Bates earned an Oscar for her performance as Wilkes in Rob Reiner's 1990 feature adaptation of the story, but now Emmy-nominee Lizzy Caplan gets a shot at the role. Joining Caplan to lead the Season 2 cast of Castle Rock
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Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO

Perry Mason Limited Series Starring Matthew Rhys Formally Greenlit at HBO
HBO is officially reviving Perry Mason. The pay cabler has formally ordered a limited series based on legendary fictional criminal defense lawyer, with The AmericansMatthew Rhys taking on the title role. Sopranos vet Tim Van Patten, meanwhile, has signed on as director and Ep.

As we reported back in January, Rhys — who will also serve as a producer on the aptly-titled Perry Mason — will play Mason at a time in his life when he is living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator. He also finds himself haunted by his wartime experiences in France and is suffering the effects of a broken marriage.
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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘The Politician’ Sets Premiere Date at Netflix
Ryan Murphy has revealed when his first Netflix original series, “The Politician,” will premiere. Yeah, that’s the one with an insane A-list cast, including stars Ben Platt, Gwyneth Paltrow, Jessica Lange, Zoey Deutch, and Lucy Boynton.

“My first Netflix show! So proud of this incredible project and the incredible cast. And I can’t wait for you to binge it in September,” Murphy captioned an Instagram post of the “The Politician’s” official poster, which noted its Sept. 27 launch date.

In addition to Platt, Paltrow, Lange, Deutch and Boynton, the cast includes Bob Balaban, David Corenswet, Julia Schlaepfer, Laura Dreyfuss, Theo Germaine, Rahne Jones, and Benjamin Barrett.

Here’s the official logline for the series: “Payton Hobart (Ben Platt), a wealthy student from Santa Barbara, California, has known since age seven that he’s going to be President of the United States.
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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)

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Macon Blair to Direct and Write ‘Toxic Avenger’ Reboot for Legendary (Exclusive)
Macon Blair has been tapped to write and direct Legendary’s reboot of the cult classic “The Toxic Avenger,” sources tell Variety.

Legendary acquired the feature film rights in December and have quickly made the project a high priority at the studio. Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Troma Entertainment will serve as producers with Alex Garcia and Jay Ashenfelter overseeing for Legendary.

Kaufman and Herz produced the original 1984 comedy, set in the fictional town of Tromaville, N.J., and centered on a mild-mannered janitor at a health club who’s chased out a second story window by bullies and lands in a drum of toxic waste. The chemicals cause him to transform into the Toxic Avenger, who has superhuman size and strength and stands up to bullies and corruption.

The Toxic Avenger” became successful after a long run as a midnight movie in New York City, leading to the
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Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)

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Fall TV 2019: Every Broadcast Show Canceled, Renewed and Ordered So Far (Updating)
(Updated March 22 with “The Conners” renewed for Season 2 at ABC)

It’s that time of year again! As the broadcast networks order pilots and consider new series for their fall slates, they’ve also begun to winnow down which current shows will return next season and which will come to an end.

Below is every scripted (and a few unscripted) show that ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox and The CW have renewed or canceled so far, along with those still awaiting their fates. We’ve also included descriptions of the new shows that have been picked up so far.

Check back throughout the coming months for updates. You can read our pilot guide to see what projects may soon be ordered to series here.

Also Read: 'The Simpsons' Renewed for Seasons 31 and 32 on Fox

NBC

Renewed Series: “The Blacklist,” “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago Med,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Ellen’s Game of Games,
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‘Those Who Work,’ ‘Chris the Swiss’ Top 2019 Swiss Film Awards

Two debut features in writer-director Antoine Russbach’s “Those Who Work” and Anja Kofmel’s animated documentary “Chris the Swiss,” were the big winners at Friday night’s Swiss Film Awards, notching three plaudits each.

Sold by Be For Films, “Those Who Work,” stars Belgian actor Olivier Gourmet, who has appeared in every single film by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne since 1996’s “La Promesse,” to winning a Cannes best actor award for 2002’s “The Son.” In Russbach’s film Gourmet plays Frank, a 50-something fixer for a company which rents out cargo ships. On a busy day, to prevent a ship being put into quarantine, he rashly orders a stowaway be thrown overboard to certain death. The decision gets him fired, not for moral reasons, but in the hopes of avoiding a media scandal.

The film scooped the awards for best fiction feature, best screenplay and best performance in a supporting role,
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Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film ‘Scoob’ at Warner Bros

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Zac Efron, Amanda Seyfried Join Animated Scooby-Doo Film ‘Scoob’ at Warner Bros
Zac Efron and Amanda Seyfried have joined the cast of Warner Bros.Scooby-Doo animated feature titled “Scoob,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Efron will voice Fred, while Seyfried will play Daphne. Tony Cervone is directing it, while Chris Columbus, Charles Roven, Pam Coats and Allison Abbate are serving as producers.

Gina Rodriguez will voice Velma, while Will Forte will play Shaggy and Tracy Morgan will voice Captain Caveman — not part of the Scooby-Doo universe but a Hanna-Barbera character like the Scooby gang. Frank Welker will be voicing Scooby.

Also Read: Gina Rodriguez, Will Forte, Tracy Morgan Team Up for Animated Scooby-Doo Movie at Warner Bros

In the film, the Mystery Inc. group will team up with other members of the Hanna-Barbera universe to save the world from Dick Dastardly.

The last “Scooby” film to hit theaters was “Scooby-Doo: Monsters Unleashed” in 2004. That film made $84.2 million at the box office.
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Live+3 Ratings for the Week of March 11: ‘This Is Us’ Tops ‘The Bachelor’ Finale

Live+3 Ratings for the Week of March 11: ‘This Is Us’ Tops ‘The Bachelor’ Finale
When it came to who won the Live+3 ratings race for the week of March 11, the rose went to “This Is Us” over “The Bachelor.”

The NBC drama beat the ABC reality show in both ratings and total viewers in delayed viewing, with a 3.0 rating and 11.5 million viewers for the former, and an average rating of 2.7 and 9.5 million viewers for latter across its two-hour finale special.

The Voice” slotted into third place in the ratings with a 2.5, followed by a duo of ABC medical procedurals in “The Good Doctor” and “Grey’s Anatomy,” which tied at 2.3

Elsewhere, the biggest gainers
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Here’s All the Horror Movie References We Found in ‘Us’ So Far (Photos)

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Here’s All the Horror Movie References We Found in ‘Us’ So Far (Photos)
With the release of “Us,” Jordan Peele has cemented his status as the next can’t-miss horror filmmaker. He’s also proven himself to be quite the horror expert, as he’s sprinkled in the most references to fright flicks we’ve seen since “American Horror Story.” Here are some of the references and inspirations we caught. (Warning: Minor Spoilers!)

At the start of the film, we see a commercial for “Hands Across America” on an old Crt flanked by several VHS tapes. One of the tapes is for the movie “C.H.U.D.,” which stands for Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dwellers. While the Tethered aren’t seen eating the bodies of those they kill, the parallel to monsters that live in the sewers turns out to be very appropriate.

The Crt intro is also used by another recently released horror film, “Climax,” which premiered in Cannes last year and is in theaters now.
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CBS News, Gayle King Close to Terms for New ‘CBS This Morning’ Contract

CBS News, Gayle King Close to Terms for New ‘CBS This Morning’ Contract
Gayle King is likely to stay a morning person.

The popular anchor, who has enjoyed a steady stream of big-interview “gets” in recent weeks, is moving closer to signing a new deal to stay at CBS News and “CBS This Morning,” according to two people familiar with the matter. The talks are still in flux, and the possibility remains the two sides may not come to terms, but there is a sense that King and CBS are nearing a new contract.

CBS News declined to comment.

The move would be a first step for new CBS News President Susan Zirinsky
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How ‘Lean In’ Feminism Created Elizabeth Holmes and the Toxic Ladyboss

In recent years, the corporate world has given rise to a new figure: the Ladyboss. The Ladyboss is usually white. She is usually young. She is usually pretty. She pays lip service to promoting diversity and equality in the workplace, even though it’s hard not to notice that there are very few people of color being promoted to leadership roles, and that the office maternity leave policy sucks (if there is even one to begin with). Perhaps she will take on a protégé, or a string of protégés, all of whom,
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Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend

Box Office: Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ to Easily Surpass ‘Get Out’ in Killer Opening Weekend
Jordan Peele’s horror-thriller “Us” will likely slay the box office competition this weekend.

It’s projected to generate an impressive $64 million through the weekend at 3,741 sites in North America, early estimates showed Friday. It’s over-performing recent forecasts, which had ranged from $38 million to $50 million. It should wind up with about $27 million on its first day Friday. That includes a stellar $7.4 million from previews, which nearly matched “Halloween,” the most recent horror blockbuster, at $7.7 million.

Should the new estimates hold for weekend, it will be the best horror launch since “Halloween” debuted with $76 million on Oct. 19-21. And it will be the third consecutive robust weekend for North American moviegoing since “Captain Marvel” launched on March 8 with $153 million. The third weekend of Disney’s “Captain Marvel” will finish a solid second with about $32 million, pushing it to nearly $320 million domestically in its first 17 days.

Universal’s “Us,” Peele’s
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It’s Super Weird That ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’

It’s Super Weird That ‘Captain Marvel’ Doesn’t Have Anything to Do With ‘Avengers: Endgame’
(This article contains a bunch of spoilers for “Captain Marvel.”)

It’s been quite a wild past year or so for the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with the completely mad cliffhanger at the end of “Avengers: Infinity War” and continuing last summer with “Ant-Man and the Wasp”– which served as a light and amusing diversion before concluding on a note that indicates Ant-Man will be very important to next month’s “Endgame.” And then we got a long, painful nine-month wait for “Captain Marvel.” We’re dying to see how this story continues, and we figured “Captain Marvel,” naturally, would be a part of it.

So last summer, we here at TheWrap wrote a bunch of speculative pieces in response to that insane “Avengers: Infinity War” cliffhanger. The most popular of those — and by far the longest at 2200 words — was about how “Captain Marvel,” hitting theaters less than two months before the then-unnamed “Avengers: Endgame,
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Listen: How Taika Waititi, Paul Simms Found the Comedy-Gore Balance in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’

Listen: How Taika Waititi, Paul Simms Found the Comedy-Gore Balance in ‘What We Do in the Shadows’
Welcome to “TV Take,” Variety’s television podcast. In this week’s episode, Variety TV reporter Joe Otterson talks with Taika Waititi and Paul Simms, the executive producers of the new FX comedy “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The show is based on Waititi and Jermaine Clement’s 2014 film of the same name, however, the TV adaptation moves from Wellington to New York City, and follows three vampires, Nandor (Kayvan Novak), Lazslo (Matt Berry), and Nadja (Natasia Demetriou), who have been roommates for hundreds and hundreds of years.

The mockumentary-style comedy explores the mundane, daily issues vampires would have
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Kenan Thompson’s NBC Pilot Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)

Kenan Thompson’s NBC Pilot Casts Its Young Leads (Exclusive)
Dani and Dannah Lockett have been cast in the NBC comedy pilot “The Kenan Show,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The single-cam project stars “SNL” mainstay Kenan Thompson as a newly widowed dad determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law (Andy Garcia) become more involved in their lives.

Dani will play Emma, Kenan’s daughters who is good-hearted and trusting almost at her peril. Dannah will play Sophie, Kenan’s daughters who is less trusting than her sister.

The Locketts rose to fame thanks to their YouTube video “Call Jesus,” which currently has nearly 2 million views.
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Watch Gruesome New Episode of Alice in Chains’ Sci-Fi Series ‘Black Antenna’

Alice in Chains’ “Red Giant” soundtracks the latest installment of the band’s ongoing sci-fi saga, Black Antenna.

The 90-minute film is being released in 10 parts, with each installment coinciding with a track on Alice in Chains’ most recent album, Rainier Fog. The first two episodes introduced Alpha and his 21-year-old daughter, Beta, who speak telepathically as they drive across California robbing people so that Alpha can build an antenna to communicate with his home planet.

The new episode provides some crucial background information, revealing that Alpha is not only
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