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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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"Dark Tower" Pilot at Amazon Casts Jasper Pääkkönen, Sam Strike

  • Variety
The pilot for the planned “Dark Tower” series adaptation currently in the works at Amazon has cast two lead roles.

Sources say that Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike have both been cast in the pilot, which is based on the Stephen King book series of the same name. Strike will play Roland Deschain, also known as The Gunslinger, while Pääkkönen is believed to be playing The Man in Black, also known as Marten Broadcloak and Randall Flagg. The series is said to tell the story of how Roland became a gunslinger and his first encounter with the villainous Man in Black.

Amazon declined to comment.

Strike most recently starred in the Syfy series “Nightflyers,” based on the George R.R. Martin novella. His other recent credits include “Mindhunter,” “Timeless,” and “EastEnders.” He will also appear in HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Chernobyl.”

Pääkkönen recently starred in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film “BlacKkKlansman
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Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!

Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!
Schitt's Creek is coming to an end. The popular Pop comedy series will wrap with its sixth and final season in 2020, it has been announced.

Dan and Eugene Levy, who created and star in the wildly popular series took to social media to break the news.

"We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning," Daniel and Eugene Levy said.
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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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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing

  • Deadline
Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
Exclusive: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, the feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation which caused her to her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.

Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.

We hear that both Russell and Krasinski aren’t looking to direct the adaptation. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will produce the project through their Sunday Night banner with Russell and Matthew Budman.

Krasinski’s on hand to write and direct A Quiet Place sequel for Paramount with Blunt also reprising her role in the film. That has been dated for a May 15, 2020 release.

The Golden Globe-winning actress most recently gave an enchanting
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Global Sales for ‘Les Miserables’ Starring Dominic West Ahead of Series Mania

The BBC and Masterpiece adaptation of “Les Miserables” will play on a numerous international channels after a raft of deals were sealed for the series, which features Dominic West, David Oyelowo, and Lily Collins.

Andrew Davies’ adaptation of Victor Hugo’s classic has been acquired by broadcasters in Scandinavia and southern Europe, and by several buyers in Asia, ahead of its French premiere, Saturday, at the Series Mania drama festival in Lille.

The English-language series stars West as Jean Valjean, Oyelowo as Javert, and Collins as Fantine. A sizable cast also includes Olivia Colman, Adeel Akhtar, and Josh O’Connor.
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Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Drops Timely Clues It Goes Back Way Before the Manson Murders

Tarantino’s ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ Teaser Drops Timely Clues It Goes Back Way Before the Manson Murders
For almost as long as we’ve been hearing about “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” Quentin Tarantino and Sony Pictures, which will release the film, have tried to dispel the notion that it will be all about the Manson murders.

They couldn’t have made their point better than they did with the teaser trailer released Wednesday. Tarantino signals with the teaser that that the film won’t just be a portrait of one horrible night in 1969, but rather of an entire era, sweeping across at least three years prior to the Manson murders.

Because he’s Quentin Tarantino, he doled out those clues via obscure Bruce Lee knowledge, old TV footage and movie marquees. Let’s look at all the signs, literal and figurative, that “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” won’t surrender its story to Manson.

First, Some Background

On Aug. 9, 1969, Sharon Tate (played by Margot Robbie
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How Disney Could Shake Up Fox Film Slate, Starting With Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’

  • The Wrap
Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of Fox may be complete, but the studio’s distribution team now must figure out how to integrate Fox’s existing movie slate into its own.

The Burbank-based studio plans to release all of Fox’s films, an individual with knowledge of the slate tells TheWrap, but some of the 13 Fox films slated for release in the next 12 months will be moved around in the coming weeks to avoid competing against Disney’s own 2019 slate. Disney declined to comment.

The likeliest target for a move: James Gray’s sci-fi film “Ad Astra,” starring Brad Pitt as an astronaut who chases after his father (Tommy Lee Jones) who disappeared on a failed mission to Neptune decades earlier. Fox has booked the film to open May 24 — the same day as Disney’s live-action adaptation of the animated hit “Aladdin,” making a date change all but inevitable.

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Hollywood’s Big Fight Isn’t a Disney vs. Netflix Showdown – It’s a ‘Game of Thrones’

  • The Wrap
Hollywood movies used to end with a showdown between two rivals — a confident old hand like Disney, for example, and a daring upstart like Netflix.

But in the modern entertainment business, the rivals can’t even decide who the rivals are. It’s a “Game of Thrones” among competing kingdoms large and small, with no certainty about which players will still be players in a year.

What everyone does agree on is where the fight is: The world of streaming.

It’s tempting to imagine Hollywood as a face-off between Disney and Netflix. With its acquisition of Fox this week, 95-year-old Disney is trying to slap down Netflix, which in just 22 years has managed to top Disney in total value. Disney rules in theaters, but Netflix dominates streaming.

Netflix has raided rising Disney talent in recent months, but Disney’s $71 billion acquisition of Fox, which closed on Tuesday, arms Disney
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Paul Feig’s Feigco Entertainment Jumps From Fox to First-Look Deal at Universal

Universal’s comedy constellation just added another star, welcoming Paul Feig from 20th Century Fox Film on Thursday.

Universal has set a first-look production agreement with Feig’s Feigco Entertainment, bringing in the prolific producer, writer, and director known for hits like “Bridesmaids” and the recent “A Simple Favor.”

News of Feig’s relocation shook out of a firestorm of layoffs on Fox’s West Los Angeles lot this Thursday, the result of Walt Disney’s absorption of the company’s film and TV assets. Little will change for Feig, whose shop will continue to be co-run by producing partner Jessie Henderson.

After dropping out of college years ago, Feig spent a year working as a Universal Studios tour guide while launching a stand-up career.

“Paul is one of the most distinctive and versatile filmmakers working today, and we are thrilled to welcome him, Jessie Henderson, and the FeigCo team back to Universal.
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Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?

Does Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’ Have a Post-Credits Scene?
Writer/director/producer Jordan Peele made one hell of a splash with his debut “Get Out” back in 2017, and he’s showing off his filmmaking chops once again right now with “Us,” another heady horror flick with a lot to say.

But “Us” is a little bit less straightforward than “Get Out” was, offering up what appears on the surface to be a fairly simple but ingenious twist on the home invasion formula — our protagonist family of four, led by Lupita Nyong’o and Winston Duke, is forced to face off against their own evil doppelgangers. But the further you get into the film, the clearer it becomes that there is so much more going on here than you could have imagined.

So as the credits begin to roll and you’re trying to figure out what it was you just saw, you’re gonna want help from any place
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Paul Feig Inks First-Look Production Agreement With Universal

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Paul Feig Inks First-Look Production Agreement With Universal
Paul Feig and his Feigco Entertainment production company have inked a first-look production deal with Universal Pictures, the studio announced Thursday.

Feig’s next film is Universal’s “Last Christmas,” which will star Emilia Clarke and Henry Golding. The film is set for release on Nov. 15.

“Paul is one of the most distinctive and versatile filmmakers working today, and we are thrilled to welcome him, Jessie Henderson, and the FeigCo team back to Universal,” Peter Cramer, President, Universal Pictures, said. “We know they will add to their impressive track record of creating successful films for global audiences that are full of Paul’s signature joy, wit, and heart, starting with ‘Last Christmas’ in November.”

Also Read: Universal Dates Paul Feig's 'Last Christmas' for November 2019

Feig is developing projects at Universal that include Eva Longoria’s “24-7,” which he is producing alongside Kerry Washington and Ben Spector. Feig is
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TV News Roundup: Kevin Hart Netflix Comedy Special Drops First Trailer

In today’s roundup, Netflix releases the official trailer for the comedy special “Kevin Hart: Irresponsible” and Josh Charles joins Showtime’s Roger Ailes series “The Loudest Voice.”

Dates

Season two of “Yellowstone,” starring Kevin Costner, will premiere on Paramount Network on June 19 at 10 p.m. Et/Pt. The sophomore season will continue the story of rancher John Dutton (Costner) as he defends his plot of land from new threats. The cast also includes Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley and Cole Hauser.

Casting

The Good Wife” star Josh Charles will have a recurring role on Showtime‘s upcoming
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Rs Daily News: ‘Like a Prayer’ Turns 30; Bill & Ted ‘Face the Music’

Rs Daily News: ‘Like a Prayer’ Turns 30; Bill & Ted ‘Face the Music’
In our daily news show, Rolling Stone’s Brittany Spanos checks in on a few of the headlines everyone is discussing. For today’s episode, watch the video to get a quick take on:

Madonna’s ‘Like a Prayer’ 30th Anniversary Bill & Ted ‘Face the Music’ Announcement ‘Once Upon A Time In Hollywood’ Trailer Song of the Day: Lizzo and Missy Elliott Collaboration

Tune in each day for a new episode.
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Twentieth Television President Greg Meidel Out as Disney-Fox Layoffs Continue

  • The Wrap
The Disney-Fox merger has claimed its first high-level TV executive. Greg Meidel is out as president of Twentieth Television, the distribution and syndication arm under 20th Century Fox TV.

Meidel had been head of Twentieth Television since 2009. He also oversaw MyNetworkTV, which stayed behind with Fox Corporation after the deal. During his tenure, Meidel helped land massive off-network syndication deals for “Modern Family” at USA Network and “The Simpsons” at FX.

The massive layoffs on Thursday have been particularly heavy on the film side. Fox head of distribution Chris Aronson and president of international distribution Andrew Cripps, were both let go.

Also Read: Disney Expected to Lay Off 4,000 Employees at Fox

The marketing team at the studio was also gutted, with Pam Levine, Fox’s president of worldwide theatrical marketing part of the layoffs. Kevin Campbell, co-president of worldwide theatrical marketing was also let go. Marketing guru and chief content
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Disney Layoffs Claim Top Fox Executives Including Chris Aronson, Andrew Cripps, Pam Levine and More

  • The Wrap
Disney dropped the hammer on Thursday, cutting jobs on the Twentieth Century Fox studio lot, starting from the top.

The layoffs, which are expected to eventually impact as many as 4,000 jobs, claimed some of Fox’s top executives in distribution, marketing and publicity including longtime studio veterans such as Chris Aronson, Andrew Cripps, Pam Levine and Fox TV president Greg Meidel.

Fox head of distribution Chris Aronson was among the first executives at the studio to get the call, putting out a statement on Thursday announcing that he had been let go.

“I am extremely grateful for my time at [Twentieth Century Fox] under the leadership of Tom, Jim, and Stacey,” Aronson said in the statement. “It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the domestic distribution team, which I consider to be the gold standard in the business. While I am disappointed not to continue, I look
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Elizabeth Gabler’s Fox 2000 Division to Shutter Following Disney Acquisition

  • The Wrap
Disney is shutting down the Fox 2000 film division, run by Elizabeth Gabler.

The division will close its doors after Joe Wright’s “The Woman in the Window,” which stars Amy Adams and Gary Oldman. Disney will complete films that are currently in production, but it is unclear what this means for Gabler and the rest of her team going forward. No one got an official notice on Thursday, but the team was informed of the decision.

In October, Disney had said that Gabler would be one of the Fox executives moving over to Disney when the merger closed, and that she would serve as president of production at Fox 2000.

Also Read: Disney Expected to Lay Off 4,000 Employees at Fox

Fox 2000 has produced other hits such as “The Fault in Our Stars,” “Life of Pi,” and “Diary of a Wimpy Kid.” Gabler helped spearhead films like “Hidden Figures,” “Love, Simon” and “The Hate U Give.
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5 New ‘Game of Thrones’ Collaborations Coming in Time for the Final Season

5 New ‘Game of Thrones’ Collaborations Coming in Time for the Final Season
Some of the biggest lifestyle brands in the world are jumping on the “Game of Thrones” bandwagon this spring, hoping to capitalize on the fandom and popularity of the HBO hit, as it enters its eighth and final season.

From sneakers to spirits, these officially-licensed collaborations extend the characters and colors of the show beyond the screen and onto store shelves. While sites like ThinkGeek have carried official “GoT” merch for years, these new brands span fashion, beauty, and food and beverage. The retailers are no doubt hoping for a surge in sales, as interest in the show ramps up before its premiere date.
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Science Channel to Re-Create What Cleopatra Might Have Looked Like on New Series ‘Egypt’s Unexplained Files’ (Exclusive)

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Discovery’s Science Channel will re-create what Queen Cleopatra may have looked like through the use of modern technology and explore other legends of Ancient Egypt in “Egypt’s Unexplained Files,” its new 10-part series.

The two-hour season premiere will see experts focus on recreating Queen Cleopatra while also investigating whether or not Pharaoh Akhenaten’s 17-year reign actually produced the Utopia for which he is credited.

Additional topics to be addressed in the show’s first season include Ancient Egyptians’ fascination with death and the embalming of mummies; the lost tomb of Imhotep; the Curse of King Tutankhamun; the lost city of Tanis; the Great Sphinx; the science behind the ancient culture’s advanced medical and engineering practices; and the truth behind Egypt’s first female pharaoh.

Also Read: 'Expedition Unknown': Josh Gates Is Going All 'Indiana Jones' in Season 5 (Exclusive Video)

“From King Tut to the Pyramids at Giza,
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Disney Retiring Fox 2000 Label

Disney will stop making films under the Fox 2000 label, a move that could mean that its head Elizabeth Gabler will not be making the move to the Magic Kingdom, Variety has learned. The decision is surprising because Disney had previously stated that Gabler would stay on board at the studio even after it was acquired. That announcement seemed to augur good things for Fox 2000.

Disney is committed to completing the Fox 2000 films currently in production. It is unclear what this means for Gabler and her team going forward. No one in the Fox 2000 staff was laid off on Thursday but they were informed of Disney’s decision.

Disney’s $71.3 billion acquisition of much of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets essentially doubled the number of film banners Disney manages, and, insiders say, with 20th Century Fox, the main studio, and Fox Searchlight, the company’s indie label,
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