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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers

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‘The Walking Dead’ Drops to All-Time Low in Ratings and Viewers
The Walking Dead” definitely isn’t dead, but it is at an all-time low.

Sunday’s episode, titled “Omega,” averaged a 1.7 rating in the key 18-49 demographic, down 15 percent from the prior week’s midseason premiere and slightly below its previous all-time demo low of 1.8 last fall.

This week also marked the show’s worst-ever performance in total viewers with 4.54 million people tuned in for Sunday’s episode. That’s down 12 percent from last week and less than the previous low of 4.71 million for the show’s second episode in 2010.

The episode aired against the NBC All-Star Game on TNT and TBS, likely accounting for the week-over-week declines.

The aging series has seen steep ratings declines across the past few years, with viewership numbers for Season 9 coming in well below the previous season. And moving forward, the
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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report

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Jussie Smollett Charged With Filing False Police Report
Empire” actor Jussie Smollett has been charged with filing a false police report, the Chicago police said Wednesday.

“Detectives will make contact with his legal team to negotiate a reasonable surrender for his arrest,” police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter.

Police said earlier that they were presenting evidence to a grand jury. Smollett could face one to three years in prison if convicted of the felony charge, though he could also be sentenced to probation.

Smollett told police on Jan. 29 that he had been attacked by two men, who poured bleach on him, put a rope around his neck, and used racial and homophobic slurs. Police scoured surveillance cameras in the area, and were unable to find images of the attack. They were able to track down two brothers, Abel and Ola Osundairo, who were in the vicinity of the event.

The brothers were arrested last week and questioned for two days.
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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'

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Daniel Craig reportedly set to star in Todd Field's 'The Creed of Violence'
Daniel Craig has been James Bond for well over a decade, but the actor is already making plans for his future without the secret agent. According to Collider, Craig's first post-Bond film will be The Creed Of Violence, an adaptation of Boston Teran's novel of the same name which will be helmed by Todd Field (In The Bedroom). The project has been in development for
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"Frasier": Kelsey Grammer Hints That a Revival Will Be Announced Soon

Is Frasier really making a comeback? Recently, star Kelsey Grammer says a revival of the NBC TV show is coming soon, Today reports.

A spinoff of Cheers, the hit sitcom followed Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) as he settles in his hometown of Seattle with his father and younger brother, Niles (David Hyde Pierce). The cast also included Jane Leeves, Peri Gilpin, John Mahoney, Moose, Enzo the Dog, Dan Butler, Tom McGowan, and Edward Hibbert. The series ran on NBC for 11 seasons before ending in 2004.

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Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days

Chris Hemsworth to Play Hulk Hogan in Biopic About WWE Legend's Early Days
Thor himself will be getting all tanned up to play WWE legend Hulk Hogan in a new movie.

Chris Hemsworth is set to play the wrestler in a project from The Hangover director Todd Phillips, according The Hollywood Reporter.

The actor, 35, will portray Hogan, 65, during the time his wrestling career was on the rise. According to the outlet, the biopic won’t focus on Hogan’s eventual personal struggles but will be “an origin story of the Hulkster and Hulkamania.”

Hogan’s career, which began in the 70s, hit its peak during the 80s where he was often on magazine covers and appeared on talk-shows.
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"Nightflyers" Canceled at Syfy

"Nightflyers" will not fly again for Syfy.

The NBCUniversal-owned cable network has opted to cancel the expensive space drama based on the George R.R. Martin novella after one season. The cancellation arrives as one of its leads just booked a series regular role in a broadcast pilot.

Nightflyers was, without question, a big swing for Syfy. The series, based on Martin's 1980 novella and the 1987 film of the same name, followed eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of the solar system aboard The Nightflyer — a ship with a small
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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix

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Amy Poehler to Direct Punk Rock Riot Grrrl Film ‘Moxie’ at Netflix
Amy Poehler is going to rock out in her next film, planning to direct “Moxie,” a story about a teenager who discovers the feminist punk rock movement Riot Grrrl and leads a feminist revolution at her high school, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Poehler will direct the film for Netflix, which will be both her second directed-feature and also her second for Netflix following “Wine Country,” which is set to debut on the streamer this May.

Tamara Chestna wrote the screenplay based on Jennifer Mathieu’s novel of the same name. Poehler’s banner Paper Kite acquired the novel last year.

“Moxie” tells the story of Viv Carter, a 16-year-old girl fed up with sexist dress codes, hallway harassment and gross comments from guys and the belief that the football team can do no wrong.
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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama "Utopia"

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Rainn Wilson to Co-Star on Gillian Flynn’s Amazon Drama
Rainn Wilson will star opposite Sasha Lane on “Sharp Objects” author Gillian Flynn’s upcoming Amazon series “Utopia.”

The “Office” alum will play Michael Stearns. Once a promising virologist, Michael is now a forgotten scientist who’s lost his edge–under-appreciated and underfunded in his laboratory work. When a nationwide outbreak of a deadly flu arises, Michael offers his expertise, and soon finds he has landed smack in the middle of something much bigger.

Utopia” follows a group of young adults, who meet online, and “are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel — they discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”
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"Lost Boys": Tyler Posey to Star in CW Pilot, Catherine Hardwicke to Direct

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The CW has found the cast and director for its “Lost Boys” pilot.

Teen Wolf” alum Tyler Posey has signed on to star in the adaptation as Michael, one of the two sons who move to the seaside town of Santa Carla with their mother. “Kingdom” alum Kiele Sanchez will play their mother Lucy, while the role of the younger brother has not yet been cast.

Medalion Rahimi (“Still Star-Crossed”) has also been cast in the pilot as Stella, the carefree Californian who has an immediate spark with Michael. Her boyfriend David, the bad-boy leader of a vampire gang, will be played by Dakota Shapiro (“Valley of the Boom”).

Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is also set to return to the vampire genre as director of the Warner Bros. TV pilot.

In the original 1987 film “The Lost Boys,
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Billie Holiday Documentary Draws Buyers as Concord Boards Project

Billie Holiday Documentary Draws Buyers as Concord Boards Project
Concord, the successor to the Billie Holiday Estate, has boarded James Erskine’s documentary “Billie,” which tracks the iconic jazz singer’s life. Altitude Film Sales has sold the project to several territories.

Also joining the project, now in post-production, is the Brazilian colorization artist Marina Amaral. Most of the filmed and still images that exist of Holiday are in black and white.

The film has been acquired in a number of international territories: Australia and New Zealand (The Backlot), Benelux (Belga), France (Ab Groupe), Italy (Wanted), Switzerland (Praesens), and Yugoslavia (Discovery). Altitude Film Distribution will release the film in the U.K.

The doc tells Holiday’s story through the eyes of journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl, whose obsession with the singer would lead to her own mysterious, untimely death. Anchored around never-before-heard interviews, “Billie” will play out like a film noir, according to Altitude Film Sales.

In 1971, Lipnack Kuehl
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Film Review: ‘My Extraordinary Summer With Tess’

Film Review: ‘My Extraordinary Summer With Tess’
Winner of a special mention from the Berlinale Generation KPlus’ adult jury, the family-friendly, light drama “My Extraordinary Summer With Tess” is straightforward youth cinema with surprising emotional depth. Based on a prize-winning novel by Anna Woltz, a beloved Dutch writer of work for young readers, it explores family relationships and emphasizes the importance of human connection. Fronted by two charismatic tween performers, the title marks the feature debut of Dutch helmer Steven Wouterlood, who already holds an international Emmy Kids Award. The New York Intl. Children’s Film Festival will host the film’s international premiere at the end of February.

The story unfolds from the perspective of sensitive 10-year-old Sam whose voiceover musings not only provide the narrative’s momentum and glue but also articulate the film’s ultimate lessons. Sam, his parents and older brother Jorre (Julian Ras) are on a week’s vacation on a Dutch island,
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Germany’s Tele München Group Sold to Investment Firm Kkr

Global investment firm Kkr has acquired Tele München Group, one of Germany’s largest television businesses.

The surprise deal was announced Thursday. New York-based global investor Kkr has holdings in multiple sectors, including infrastructure, energy and real estate. Tele München Group, or Tmg, is active in both production and distribution; its projects include the highly anticipated drama series “The Name of the Rose,” starring John Turturro and Rupert Everett.

The financial terms of the deal, which is expected to close in April, were not disclosed. The sale marks a major shift on the TV landscape in Europe’s biggest economy.
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Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

“My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, who heads the center. “And all areas still have a long way to go.”

The report, titled “Old Story, New Beginning,” is the sixth in six years from the center. The report points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2017– the last year examined — and states the percentage will only increase in the coming years. The report is based on the top 200 theatrical film releases in 2017 and 1,316 broadcast, cable and digital platform television shows from the 2016-17 season.

“The gains in television during the past six years are due to the explosion in original programming,
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Hollywood Diversity Gains in TV but Falls Short in Movies

Minorities and women have registered gains in several key areas of television but women continue to lag in movies, according to a report issued Thursday by the Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies at UCLA.

“My basic take is that TV is improving more for minorities and women than film,” said Dr. Darnell Hunt, who heads the center. “And all areas still have a long way to go.”

The report, titled “Old Story, New Beginning,” is the sixth in six years from the center. The report points out that the nation consisted of nearly 40% minorities in 2017– the last
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Film Review: ‘Ghost Fleet’

The revelatory documentary “Ghost Fleet” condemns the modern-day slave labor fueling the Thai fishing industry while focusing on the work of Bangkok-based advocacy organization Labor Rights Promotion Network Foundation (Lpn), a group dedicated to ending slavery at sea. Combining chilling testimony from formerly enslaved men, some wincingly arty recreations of their ordeals, and on-the-ground footage of rescue missions run by Lpn, the final product, while impressive, sparks more questions than it answers. Producer/co-director Shannon Service was part of a reporting duo that broke the story of slavery on Thai fishing boats on National Public Radio’s “Morning Edition” in 2012. Cinematographer/co-director Jeffrey Waldron contributes striking visuals for the testimony and recreations that sit uneasily alongside the unadorned documentary footage of the Lpn team at work.

Thailand’s seafood industry is one of the largest in the world, but decades of illegal and unregulated fishing has forced boats to travel
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Billie Holiday Documentary in the Works Featuring New Interviews With Contemporaries

Billie Holiday Documentary in the Works Featuring New Interviews With Contemporaries
A documentary about legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday, filled with never-before-heard interviews with her contemporaries, is in the works.

Billie, a film to be directed by James Erskine, has received backing from Concord, the successor to the Billie Holiday estate. The New Black Films and Rep Documentary production is also being made in association with Belga Films, the BBC and Multiprises.

The biopic will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who as a fan and literary journalist in 1970 began a biography of Holiday.

Kuehl eventually tape-recorded over 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah ...
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Private Equity Giant Kkr Buys Herbert Kloiber's Tele Munchen Group

In an announcement that will send shockwaves across the European media industry, private equity group Kkr said Thursday it has acquired Herbert G. Kloiber's Tele Munchen Group (Tmg), one of Germany's and Europe's leading independent media companies.

Fred Kogel, a German industry veteran, will take over as CEO of Tele Munchen Group. The company is currently run by president Herbert G. Kloiber and his son, managing director Herbert L. Kloiber. The younger Kloiber will continue to serve as managing director of all core business units of Tmg.

Kkr said it hoped to expand Tmg to become a ...
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WGA Sets March Vote on Tough New Rules for Talent Agents

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As negotiations on a new deal between the Writers Guild of America and the Association of Talent Agents continue, the WGA has scheduled a March 25 vote for members to decide whether to impose tough new rules on talent agents to curb what it says are systemic conflicts of interest.

Wgaw President David A. Goodman announced the vote in remarks posted on the WGA’s website Wednesday. Calling it “a necessary, proper and fair power grab,” Goodman explained that the plan is to ensure that “agency income should be directly tied to writer income,” something he says is “not happening anymore.”

The Ata did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

The problem, Goodman said, is primarily that agencies make most of their money from packaging — when the agency start a film or TV project with talent it represents, and is paid directly by studios rather than through commissions.
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Watch Young M.A’s New, Emoji-Enhanced ‘Thotiana’ Remix Video

Young M.A has the thotties twerking at a hallway dance party in her new remix of Blueface’s hit “Thotiana.” Her playful take includes face emojis and peach emojis that humorously and strategically cover some of the booty shots.

“Oh, Thotiana. Half savage, half prima donna,” she raps. “I don’t want the check if I don’t see a comma.” Her verse then goes into raunchy, flirty overdrive while partiers revel in drink and dance around her before she queries about potential expenditures. “You wanna cry in the
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Eminem’s Latest Beef? With Netflix, for Canceling ‘The Punisher’

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Netflix, do Not accept a war of words with Eminem. The emcee, real name Marshall Mathers, took the streaming service to the woodshed Wednesday over its cancellation of the streamer’s Marvel series “The Punisher.”

“Dear @Netflix,” he wrote on Twitter, “Regarding Your Cancellation Of The Punisher, You Are Blowing It!!”

Slim Shady signed off, “Sincerely, Marshall”

Dear @Netflix,

Regarding Your Cancellation Of The Punisher, You Are Blowing It!!

Sincerely,

Marshall

— Marshall Mathers (@Eminem) February 21, 2019

Also Read: Eminem Scores Grammy Nomination for Song Where He Sings 'I Sold My Soul' for Grammys

Netflix scrapped “The Punisher” and “Jessica Jones” on Monday. Those were the streaming service’s last two Marvel series.

Late last year, Netflix canceled its other three Marvel TV series — “Daredevil,” “Iron Fist” and “Luke Cage” — despite the strong response for the third season of “Daredevil.”

The third season of “Jessica Jones” will still premiere on Netflix later this year.
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