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‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)

‘Honey, I Shrunk the Kids’ Director in Talks to Return for Reboot Starring Josh Gad (Exclusive)
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids” director Joe Johnston is in negotiations to helm Disney’s upcoming reboot of the film franchise, “Shrunk,” with Josh Gad in talks to star.

Gad pitched the story idea to Disney earlier this year, and the studio jumped on board the idea of reviving the classic 1989 pic starring Rick Moranis. “Shrunk” will mark the third sequel following the original film, with “Honey, I Blew Up the Kid” and direct-to-video “Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves” bowing in 1992 and 1997, respectively. Johnston was not involved with either film.

The studio met with other directors but felt bringing Johnston back was a perfect fit for all involved. David Hoberman is producing, with Todd Rosenberg penning the script.

In the original film, Moranis plays Wayne Szalinski, a scientist and father who accidentally shrinks his teenage son and daughter, along with the two brothers from next door, to just a quarter of an inch in size.
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HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy ‘Generation’ to Series

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HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy ‘Generation’ to Series
HBO Max has given out a series order to the half-hour high school dramedy “Generation.” The project had been ordered to pilot at the nascent streamer earlier this year, meaning this is the first HBO Max pilot to get picked up to series.

The ten-episode series follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, and Chase Sui Wonders, with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.

The series was created by 18-year old Zelda Barnz and her father Daniel Barnz, with Daniel also having directed the pilot. Daniel serves as executive producers along with Ben Barnz for We’re Not Brothers Productions, with Zelda co-executive producing. Lena Dunham executive produces under her Good Thing Going Productions banner.
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‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller Sets ‘Florida Man’ Put Pilot at Fox

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‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller Sets ‘Florida Man’ Put Pilot at Fox
A one-hour rom-com procedural set in the Florida Panhandle is in the works at Fox.

The network has issued a put pilot commitment to “Florida Man,” which hails from “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller, and “Bones” producer Carla Kettner.

“Florida Man” centers around the loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott, who hasn’t left the rambling property on the Apachicola River that he shares with his mother since a personal tragedy occurred five years ago. When Bell discovers a dead body, he’s forced to venture beyond his agoraphobic boundaries and grudgingly partner with the sole remaining cop in town, the practical, brutally direct Cammie Jessop, to solve the murder. With local infrastructure decimated, Bell grudgingly becomes the town’s volunteer criminologist, investigating murders with Cammie as he secretly tries to solve the crime that destroyed his life.

The prospective show is being made by Sony Pictures Television and Fox Entertainment.
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Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux to Star in HBO Watergate Miniseries

Woody Harrelson, Justin Theroux to Star in HBO Watergate Miniseries
Impeachment hearings are so hot right now: Woody Harrelson and Justin Theroux are set to star in an HBO limited series about the Watergate scandal that ended Richard Nixon’s presidency, our sister site Variety is reporting.

The five-episode series, titled The White House Plumbers, tells the tale of how Nixon’s own staffers accidentally brought down his administration. Harrelson will play former CIA officer E. Howard Hunt, while Theroux will play former FBI agent G. Gordon Liddy. Both worked for Nixon and planned the Watergate break-in, eventually serving prison time for their part in the scandal. Veep writers Alex Gregory
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Sundance 2020 Lineup Includes Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem Films

Sundance 2020 Lineup Includes Taylor Swift, Gloria Steinem Films
Oscar nominees such as Glenn Close, Viggo Mortensen, Ethan Hawke, and Benedict Cumberbatch will appear alongside newcomers at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, according to the lineup of 118 feature films announced Wednesday.

The Utah-based festival will kick off Jan. 23 with several day-one films, including highly anticipated music documentary “Taylor Swift: Miss Americana,” and run through Sunday, Feb. 2.

Director Julie Taymor’s starry Gloria Steinem biopic, “The Glorias,” alone features Alicia Vikander, Julianne Moore, and Janelle Monáe. Another high-profile premiere, “The Father,” co-stars Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman, while Angelina Jolie and David Oyelowo topline former Pixar director Brenda Chapman’s live-action debut, “Come Away.” Fox Searchlight will debut “Downhill,” a remake of 2014 art-house hit “Force Majeure,” starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell as the vacationing couple impacted by the husband’s cowardly reaction to a sudden avalanche.

“We have lots of returning alumni this year, which really says a
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Doc Society and Ida Challenge State Department Rule of Social Media Registration for Visa Applicants

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Two documentary film organizations, Doc Society and the International Documentary Association, or Ida, are challenging a new rule put in place by the U.S. government that requires visa applicants coming into the country to include all their social media handles in their applications.

Doc Society and Ida filed a complaint in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the State Department and the Department of Homeland Security, saying that the rule violates their rights as well as the rights of their members and related partners.

The rule from the State Department, which took effect in May, requires that visa applicants register all social media handles used across 20 different services that an applicant has used within the last five years, including ones used under pseudonyms. The organizations say in the lawsuit that the rule gives the government the power to retain the collected information indefinitely, share it
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WGA Announces 2020 TV Award Nominees

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The Writers Guild of America released the nominees for its 2020 awards on Thursday.

Winners will be honored at the 2020 Writers Guild Awards on Saturday, February 1, 2020, at concurrent ceremonies in New York City and Los Angeles.

See all the nominees below:

Drama Series

The Crown, Written by James Graham, David Hancock, Peter Morgan; Netflix

The Handmaid’s Tale, Written by Marissa Jo Cerar, Yahlin Chang, Nina Fiore, Dorothy Fortenberry, Jacy Heldrich, John Herrera, Lynn Renee Maxcy, Bruce Miller, Kira Snyder, Eric Tuchman; Hulu

Mindhunter, Written by Pamela Cederquist, Joshua Donen, Marcus Gardley, Shaun Grant, Liz Hannah, Phillip Howze, Jason Johnson, Doug Jung, Colin Louro, Alex Metcalf, Courtenay Miles, Dominic Orlando, Joe Penhall, Ruby Rae Spiegel; Netflix

Succession, Written by Jesse Armstrong, Alice Birch, Jon Brown, Jonathan Glatzer, Cord Jefferson, Mary Laws, Lucy Prebble, Georgia Pritchett, Tony Roche, Gary Shteyngart, Susan Soon He Stanton, Will Tracy; HBO

Watchmen, Written by Lila Byock, Nick Cuse,
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HBO Max Orders Lena Dunham-Produced High School Dramedy ‘Generation’ to Series

HBO Max has given out a series order to the half-hour high school dramedy “Generation.” The project had been ordered to pilot at the nascent streamer earlier this year, meaning this is the first HBO Max pilot to get picked up to series.

The ten-episode series follows a group of high school students whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community. The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, and Chase Sui Wonders, with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.
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The Safdie Brothers Detail the 10-Year Journey to Make the Adam Sandler Drama ‘Uncut Gems’

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The Safdie Brothers Detail the 10-Year Journey to Make the Adam Sandler Drama ‘Uncut Gems’
This story about the Safdie brothers and “Uncut Gems” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Josh and Benny Safdie’s sixth film, “Uncut Gems,” has a bigger budget and a higher profile than the New York-based siblings’ earlier work. But in its unruly, messy energy, this adrenalized trip through the life of manic, gambling-addict jewelry salesman Howard Ratner (played by Adam Sandler) is simply a virtuoso expansion of the talent that has placed the brothers among the most exciting filmmakers of the day.

Has the way you worked or what you’re looking for changed as you’ve gotten bigger budgets?

Benny Safdie We were just thinking about that. In the first movie we made, “Daddy Longlegs,” there’s a scene where these kids make all these photocopies, the bags break and there’s a wind tunnel that creates this vortex of paper.
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‘Neighbors’ Director Nick Stoller Sets ‘Florida Man’ Put Pilot at Fox

A one-hour rom-com procedural set in the Florida Panhandle is in the works at Fox.

The network has issued a put pilot commitment to “Florida Man,” which hails from “Neighbors” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller, and “Bones” producer Carla Kettner.

“Florida Man” centers around the loquacious, eccentric Bell Prescott, who hasn’t left the rambling property on the Apachicola River that he shares with his mother since a personal tragedy occurred five years ago. When Bell discovers a dead body, he’s forced to venture beyond his agoraphobic boundaries and grudgingly partner with the sole remaining cop in town,
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‘Florida Man’ Rom-Com Procedural From Nick Stoller Gets Put Pilot Commitment at Fox

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Fox has given a put pilot commitment to “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” director Nick Stoller’s one-hour drama “Florida Man,” a “quirky rom-com procedural” set in the Florida Panhandle.

Written and executive produced by Stoller and Carla Kettner, the potential series follows the “loquacious, eccentric” Bell Prescott, who “hasn’t left the rambling property on the Apachicola River that he shares with his mother” since personal tragedy struck him five years ago.

“When Bell discovers a dead body, he’s forced to venture beyond his agoraphobic boundaries and grudgingly partner with the sole remaining cop in town, the practical, brutally direct Cammie Jessop, to solve the murder,” according to the logline. “With local infrastructure decimated, Bell grudgingly becomes the town’s volunteer criminologist, investigating murders with Cammie as he secretly tries to solve the crime that destroyed his life.”

Also Read: Ratings: Fox's 'The Moodys' Doesn't Shine Nearly as Bright as
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Lena Dunham’s ‘Generation’ Becomes First Pilot Ordered to Series by HBO Max

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HBO Max has given out its first pilot-to-series order to “Generation,” from executive producer and “Girls” creator Lena Dunham.

The duo behind Jennifer Aniston’s “Cake,” Daniel and Ben Barnz of We’re Not Brothers Productions, will direct and executive produce the project respectively. Their daughter, 18-year-old Zelda Barnz, created the series along with Daniel Barnz.

“Generation” is a “dark yet playful” half-hour that follows a group of high school students “whose exploration of modern sexuality (devices and all) tests deeply entrenched beliefs about life, love and the nature of family in their conservative community,” according to HBO Max.

Also Read: Showrunner Jon Spaihts Exits 'Dune' TV Series to Focus on 'Dune' Movie Sequel

The cast includes Nathanya Alexander, Chloe East, Nava Mau, Lukita Maxwell, Haley Sanchez, Uly Schlesinger, Sam Trammell, Chase Sui Wonders with Justice Smith and Martha Plimpton.

“I wanted to see myself and kids
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Joe – Who Goes by Will Now – Dunks on La in Netflix’s First ‘You’ Season 2 Teaser (Video)

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Netflix dropped its first teaser for the second season of “You” on Thursday, showing us just what Joe (Penn Badgley) thinks of his new home Los Angeles. Spoiler alert: He’s not a fan. Also, he’s Will now, apparently.

But don’t worry, because Joe — er, Will, says in La, “everyone is pretending to be someone they’re not.” So maybe he’ll actually fit in here better than he did in New York City.

Watch the video above.

Also Read: 'You' Season 2: Netflix Sets Premiere Date for Next Installment

The Greg Berlanti and Sera Gamble drama stars Badgley as Joe — now Will — a very handsome, charming, and normal-seeming book shop manager who quickly reveals a pattern of obsession, paranoia, and homicidal tendencies when he falls in love. Season 1 saw the demise of an aspiring young writer named Guinevere Beck (Elizabeth Lail) and her conniving best friend Peach
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Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far

Alfre Woodard Reflects on Her First Oscar Nomination and Her Career So Far
When Alfre Woodard was 22, she drove from Boston to Los Angeles, only stopping in her Tulsa, Okla., hometown. The four-time Emmy winner, now 67, has been acting ever since. Woodard’s career began in theater, despite her inability to sing or dance, with help from late choreographer Lester Wilson. An early play, “So Nice, They Named It Twice,” earned Woodard her first Variety mention on April 21, 1976. Woodard continued with the 1977 off-Broadway breakout role in “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” Her film debut came in 1978 with “Remember My Name.” Woodard has appeared in over 90 films, her latest as the leading actor of Neon’s “Clemency,” a drama about a death row prison warden.

How did “So Nice” influence your early career?

Rosemary Tischler, the head of casting at The Public Theater, would see me at the Tcg (Theatre Communications Group) and remembered me. I told her,
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Watch the Harrowing New Trailer for Weinstein-Inspired ‘The Assistant’

Watch the Harrowing New Trailer for Weinstein-Inspired ‘The Assistant’
Julia Garner — who this year received an Emmy Award for her role in Ozark — stars in the harrowing new thriller The Assistant, which screens at Sundance next month and premieres in theaters January 31st. The film is, in part, inspired by the allegations against movie producer Harvey Weinstein.

Garner portrays Jane, an entry-level assistant working for a movie mogul in New York. As Jane goes about her daily routines at the company, she grows aware — and suspicious — of the intimidation and abuse happening behind closed doors, and what she might be implicated in.
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Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, DJ Khaled Booked for Miami’s Super Bowl Music Fest

Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5, DJ Khaled Booked for Miami’s Super Bowl Music Fest
Guns N’ Roses, Maroon 5 and DJ Khalid will serve as headliners at this year’s Super Bowl Music Fest, which invades Miami the weekend leading up to Super Bowl Liv.

The three-day fest at the city’s American Airlines Arena kicks off Thursday, January 30th with DJ Khaled “and Friends,” among them DaBaby. Guns N’ Roses will take the stage Friday, January 31st, while Maroon 5 — the 2019 Super Bowl halftime headliners — will play the arena Saturday, February 1st, along with a to-be-announced special guest.

Tickets for the Super Bowl Music Fest,
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Sacha Baron Cohen Rips Google Co-Founders for Resignations: ‘Now You Drop Out?’

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Sacha Baron Cohen Rips Google Co-Founders for Resignations: ‘Now You Drop Out?’
Sacha Baron Cohen has turned his Silicon Valley ire from Facebook to Google, with the comedian ripping the company’s two co-founders, Larry Page and Sergey Brin, for stepping down from the tech giant’s parent company earlier this week.

In a tweet posted on Wednesday, Baron Cohen slammed their exit from Alphabet, saying they did little to curb “white supremacy [and] conspiracies” on Google and YouTube.

“Larry and Sergey, first you drop your ‘Don’t Be Evil’ mantra, now you ‘drop out’?” Cohen tweeted, referencing the company’s decision to remove its famous motto from its code of conduct last year.

Also Read: How Facebook and Twitter's Content Moderation Could Open a Legal 'Pandora's Box'

Brin and Page “still control 51% of voting shares,” Baron Cohen said, before imploring them to stop racism and misinformation from spreading.

Larry and Sergey, first you drop your “Don’t Be Evil” mantra,
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Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Wants to Bring a ‘Mini-Festival’ to Stadium Tour With Mötley Crüe

Def Leppard’s Joe Elliott Wants to Bring a ‘Mini-Festival’ to Stadium Tour With Mötley Crüe
On any other day, Joe Elliott would be exhausted. He flew to Los Angeles from Dublin overnight, participated in a press conference where he announced the Stadium Tour — a supersized summit of Def Leppard, Poison, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and the newly reunited Mötley Crüe that will hit 22 U.S. cities next summer — and he’s got to get on a plane back home in four hours.

But his voice still alights with excitement at the tour’s potential. “My God,” he says, “the energy in that room was insane.
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Counterculture ’73: Summer Jam, Timothy Leary and the Sexual Revolution

In the new book 1973: Rock at the Crossroads, writer Andrew Grant Jackson gives a comprehensive account of the year of 1973 and its legendary music and momentous social change. He breaks down the iconic year chronologically, from the release of Led Zeppelin’s Houses of the Holy in March to The Exorcist hitting theaters in December. Read a chapter below, titled “Counterculture ’73,’ in which Jackson breaks down the pivotal counterculture moments of the summer.

The Summer Jam at Watkins Glen, New York, on July 28 makes the Guinness Book of World
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Trump Accuser Karen McDougal Sues Fox News Over Tucker Carlson Comments

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Trump Accuser Karen McDougal Sues Fox News Over Tucker Carlson Comments
Karen McDougal, a former Playboy playmate who was famously paid by the National Enquirer not to speak elsewhere about her accusations of an affair with Donald Trump, is suing Fox News over comments made by Tucker Carlson.

The primetime host compared her situation to “extortion” on Dec. 10, 2018, referencing her and adult film star Stormy Daniels, who similarly made claims of an affair with Trump: “Two women approached Donald Trump and threatened to ruin his career and humiliate his family if he doesn’t give them money. Now, that sounds like a classic case of extortion.”

McDougal’s lawsuit, filed in New York Thursday, says all of Carlson’s statements about McDougal are “untrue,” but takes particular issue with his framing them as “undisputed” facts on a show he advertises as the “sworn enemy of the lying.” The suit says McDougal never approached Trump and threatened him for money, as Carlson suggested on air.
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