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Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter' "Hollywood" Greenlit at Netflix

Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter'
Ryan Murphy says he’s creating “a love letter to Tinseltown” with "Hollywood," his newest project to garner a green light at Netflix.

The production, which got a straight-to-series commitment at the streaming video service, comes from Murphy and Ian Brennan, with whom he collaborated on Glee and Scream Queens. The pair also work together on the upcoming Ben Platt-led comedy The Politician, also for Netflix.

Netflix and Murphy jointly announced the series order Friday via social media.

Ryan Murphy is bringing “Hollywood” to Netflix. Co-created with Ian Brennan, Murphy describes the new series as "a love letter to
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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’
Yorgos Lanthimos, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Favourite,” will next write and direct “Pop. 1280,” an adaptation of a 1964 crime novel by Jim Thompson, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Lanthimos will develop the film at Imperative Entertainment, which will produce with Element Pictures in association with Discovery Productions.

Thompson’s novel is about a sheriff in a town with a population of 1280 people who presents himself as a simplistic, harmless fool, but in actuality is a manipulative psychopath and serial killer who preys on the worst impulses of the small town folk.

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures are producing along with Lanthimos, Ryan Friedkin on behalf of Imperative Entertainment and John Alan Simon of Discovery Productions. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million

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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” flew to $3 million at about 3,200 North American location on Thursday night.

The figure doubled the preview gross for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which pulled in $1.5 million two weeks ago on Feb. 8.

Universal has predicted an opening weekend for “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — somewhat shy of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox. The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title being released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion.

Other tracking services have estimated that “The Hidden World” could pull in as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. The animated adventure has already earned $181 million since beginning its international rollout in January.
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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too
Exclusive: Sources says John Krasinski is back to direct Quiet Place 2. He was already on board to write the sequel.

Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.

We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

The $17M production made its world premiere at SXSW a year ago, where it promptly sent electricity into the audience. The pic was expected to open around $30M, and over-performed its domestic tracking with a $50.2M opening, and final stateside of $188M, $340M Ww. With Paramount struggling before Jim Gianopulos’ arrival to the studio, A Quiet Place came as a wonderful renaissance for them. Gianopulos announced the sequel to the alien thriller last spring at CinemaCon.
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Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48
Brody Stevens, a well-known comic in the Los Angeles comedy community, died on Friday at the age of 48, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter

According to Fox News, the cause of death was an apparent suicide. 

Stevens was known for his positive and high-energy sets, and warm-up acts for shows around the city, including Chelsea Lately and Chris Hardwick's @midnight. As an actor, he appeared in The Hangover, Due Date and Nick Kroll's Kroll Show. He also toplined a Comedy Central series in 2013 called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! 

Fellow comedians tweeted their love ...
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"Batwoman" Pilot Adds Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane

The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast Elizabeth Anweis, Variety has learned.

Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the stepmother of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position Catherine as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

Ruby Rose is set to star as the titular lesbian DC superhero, who was first introduced in the latest DC series crossover on CW. Anweis will star with Rose along with previously announced cast members
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Clark Gable's Grandson, "Cheaters" Host Clark James Gable, Dies at 30

Clark Gable's Grandson,
Clark Gable‘s grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Friday morning. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook.

“My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up,” she wrote. “I Love You Clarkie I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered Rip.”

His mother, Tracy Yarro Scheff, also confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark.
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Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety.

Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast.

In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as new human survivors. They also have to deal with the growing pains of their own makeshift family.

It’s unknown who Wilson will be playing in the pic.

Original “Zombieland” filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, who most recently helmed Sony’s “Venom,” is returning to direct the follow-up. He is re-teaming with original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known for their work on both “Deadpool” movies. The sequel is currently in the production and will be released this October, on the
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million

Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Speeding to Series-Best Debut With $58 Million
Universal’s “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is far and away the box office champ for Academy Awards weekend with an estimated debut of $58 million from 4,259 North American locations.

Three holdovers and an expansion will make up the other top four spots, with the sophomore frame of sci-fier “Alita: Battle Angel” on its way to second and the third frame of “Lego Movie 2” headed for No. 3.

Meanwhile, Universal Artists Releasing’s expansion of WWE comedy “Fighting With My Family” will vie with “Isn’t It Romantic’s” second weekend for No. 5, with each estimated to earn around $7 million.

“How to Train Your Dragon 3” sees the return of Jay Baruchel as Hiccup and America Ferrera as Astrid. Cate Blanchett, Gerard Butler, Jonah Hill, Kit Harington, F. Murray Abraham and Kristen Wiig also voice characters in the three-quel. Dean DeBlois returned to write and direct the pic, which has
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Dierks Bentley Cements A-List Status With Nashville Show, Miranda Lambert

Dierks Bentley Cements A-List Status With Nashville Show, Miranda Lambert
Miranda Lambert made her first public appearance since her surprise wedding announcement last week, joining Dierks Bentley onstage at his Friday night headlining concert in Nashville. That Bentley was able to entice the singer, whose personal life has been scrutinized of late, to join him, and another surprise guest, Keith Urban, in a medley of country classics speaks to Bentley’s reputation as one of country music’s most gregarious artists and his own A-list status.

Achieving the latter was a long climb for Bentley, who launched his career in
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Watch John Legend Lip Sync to Random People Singing Karaoke on ‘Fallon’

Watch John Legend Lip Sync to Random People Singing Karaoke on ‘Fallon’
John Legend and Jimmy Fallon lip-synced to the musician’s 2013 hit “All of Me” on The Tonight Show but with a twist: they had to mimic other people singing the karaoke version of his song.

Legend and Fallon imitate a wide range of tone-deaf singers to surprisingly pitch-perfect ones during the segment.

Later on, Legend serenaded the audience with his latest single “Preach.” Midway through, he strayed from the piano and instead belted out the song to the audience while the Roots served as his backing band.

Legend recently released the music video for “Preach,
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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother

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Spirit Awards: For a Change, They’re Not Trying to Be the Oscars’ Baby Brother
Saturday’s Film Independent Spirit Awards has a host, Aubrey Plaza, and will no doubt use that fact as a way to poke fun at their bigger competitor, the hostless Academy Awards.

But that’s far from the only way that the Spirit Awards will distinguish themselves from the Academy Awards during their afternoon shindig on the beach the day before the Oscars.

More than in most recent years, Saturday’s Spirit Awards won’t be an out-of-town tryout for Sunday’s Oscars, looser and less consequential but honoring many of the same films.

Also Read: Aubrey Plaza Dings Host-Less Oscars in Independent Spirit Awards Promo (Video)

Instead, this year’s Spirit lineup offers a real alternative to the Oscars. The Spirits’ five Best Feature nominees, for instance, were all overlooked by the Oscars in the Best Picture category: Bo Burnham’s “Eighth Grade,” Debra Granik’s “Leave No Trace
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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Flies Toward Series’ Best Box Office Opening

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‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Flies Toward Series’ Best Box Office Opening
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” is providing the box office with some much needed good news. After earning $17.5 million from 4,259 theaters on Friday, the Universal/DreamWorks animated film is on pace for a projection-beating $58 million opening.

While “Captain Marvel” will break this mark in two weeks’ time, “Hidden World” is on pace for the best opening total of 2019 so far, topping the $40.3 million 3-day start of another Universal release, “Glass.” It’s also better than the $43.7 million opening made by the first “How to Train Your Dragon” in 2009 and the $49.4 million opening made by its 2014 sequel.

Also Read: 'How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World' Film Review: Third Time's a Fire-Breathing Charm

In fact, should this result hold, “Hidden World” will earn the highest opening for DreamWorks Animation since “Madagascar 3” opened to $60 million in 2012. The film is also one of the best received DreamWorks movies ever,
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Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94

Stanley Donen, Director of Iconic Movie Musicals, Dies at 94
Stanley Donen, the director of such stylish and exuberant films as “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Funny Face” and “Two for the Road” and the last surviving helmer of note from Hollywood’s golden age, has died at 94.

The Chicago Tribune’s Michael Phillips tweeted that one of his sons had confirmed the news to him.

Confirmed by one of his sons this morning: Director Stanley Donen has died at 94. With Gene Kelly he brought On The Town and Singin’ In The Rain into the world; on his own, 7 Brides, Charade and Two For The Road. A huge, often neglected talent. #StanleyDonen

— Michael Phillips (@phillipstribune) February 23, 2019

Though he was never Oscar-nominated for any of the many films he directed, Donen received a lifetime achievement Oscar at the 1998 Academy Awards “in appreciation of a body of work marked by grace, elegance, wit and visual innovation.”

His films were known for their brisk pace,
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R. Kelly’s Lawyer Calls Singer ‘Sacrificial Lamb’ After Sex Abuse Charges

R. Kelly’s Lawyer Calls Singer ‘Sacrificial Lamb’ After Sex Abuse Charges
R. Kelly’s lawyer held a press conference Friday night outside the Chicago police station where the singer turned himself in to face 10 charges of aggravated criminal sexual abuse.

“I suspect this is succumbing to public pressure,” Kelly’s lawyer Steven Greenberg told the media. “I think [prosecutors] shouldn’t have rushed to judgment. He’s an innocent man.”

On Friday, the Cook County State’s Attorney indicted Kelly on 10 counts based on the singer’s alleged sexual encounters with four women, including three that were underage at the time. The
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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94

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Stanley Donen, Director of Classics ‘Singin’ in the Rain’ and ‘Charade,’ Dies at 94
Stanley Donen, the former Broadway chorus boy who made a name for himself in Hollywood directing classic musical films like “On the Town” and “Singin’ in the Rain,” has died at age 94.

One of Donen’s sons confirmed the news on Saturday to Chicago Tribune film critic Michael Phillips. A rep for Donen did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Donen helped reinvent the big-screen musical, with a series of hits that included 1954’s “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers,” 1957’s “The Pajama Game,” 1958’s “Damn Yankees!” and 1957’s “Funny Face,” with Audrey Hepburn and Fred Astaire.

Not only did he integrate song, dance and story in a way that enlivened MGM musicals of the era, but he was also a technical innovator in an era before CGI, as in the memorable scene in 1950’s “Royal Wedding” when Fred Astaire seemed to dance on the walls and ceiling while
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Donald Trump, ‘Holmes & Watson’ Win Big at 2019 Razzies

Donald Trump, ‘Holmes & Watson’ Win Big at 2019 Razzies
Donald Trump, Melissa McCarthy and Holmes & Watson were the big “winners” at the 39th annual Razzie Awards, which celebrated Hollywood’s worst films and performances of 2018.

Holmes & Watson, the Sherlock spoof starring Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, took home four Golden Raspberries, including Worst Picture, Worst Supporting Actor (Reilly), Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel and Worst Director.

“Our next winner has said of himself, ‘My whole life is about winning, I don’t lose often, I almost never lose, I don’t like losers.’ So not surprisingly, he won.
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Flashback: The Roots Play Woodstock ’99 With Erykah Badu

By the time the Roots took to the stage at Woodstock ‘99, the now-notorious fest was already well underway. Slated between sets by Buckcherry and Insane Clown Posse on Friday, July 23rd, the group made the best of their time at what would become a chaotic mess, grooving their way through an hour-long performance featuring songs off their latest album, Things Fall Apart, released 20 years ago today.

With a little help from Erykah Badu, who joined the band onstage to perform the album’s lead single, “You Got Me,” the Roots
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Peter Frampton Talks Degenerative Muscle Disease Diagnosis, Farewell Tour

Peter Frampton Talks Degenerative Muscle Disease Diagnosis, Farewell Tour
About eight years ago, Peter Frampton started to notice that his ankles felt a little tight in the morning. He initially dismissed it as one of the many pains that comes with getting older, but as time passed, his legs began feeling weak as well. He tried to ignore the signs that something was wrong until four years ago when a fan kicked a beach ball onto the stage at one of his concerts and he fell over when he tried to kick it back. “My legs just gave out,
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17 Pop Stars Who Transitioned Into Movies, From Cher to Madonna to Lady Gaga (Photos)

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17 Pop Stars Who Transitioned Into Movies, From Cher to Madonna to Lady Gaga (Photos)
Harry Styles: “Dunkirk

The former One Direction-er is one of the desperate British troops stuck on “the mole” in Christopher Nolan’s new World War II movie “Dunkirk.”

Lady Gaga: “A Star is Born

Lady Gaga will star across Bradley Cooper in the upcoming film “A Star is Born,” about a singer who falls in love with an aging rock star. It’s a remake of the 1937 film, which has been remade twice: 1954 with Judy Garland and 1976 with Barbra Streisand. It’s slated for release in September 2018.

Beyonce Knowles: “Austin Powers,” “Dreamgirls

Knowles made her film debut in “Austin Powers Goldmember” as Foxxy Cleopatra. In 2006, she starred as Deena Jones in “Dreamgirls,” for which she nominated for Best Original Song at the Golden Globes.

Jennifer Hudson: “Dreamgirls

Hudson played across Knowles in “Dreamgirls” as Effie White. The performance landed the “American Idol” alum an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress.
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