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Noah Hawley to Write and Direct Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie

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Noah Hawley to Write and Direct Next ‘Star Trek’ Movie
Fargo” and “Legion” creator Noah Hawley has been tapped to write and direct the next installment of the “Star Trek” franchise, sources tell Variety.

Though plot details are being kept under wraps, sources tell Variety the next “Star Trek” is expected to see Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban and Zoe Saldana returning to man the U.S.S. Enterprise.

J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot will return to produce, with Hawley also producing through his 26 Keys production banner.

This will serve as the fourth movie in the cinematic series, and is separate from another “Star Trek” pic that Paramount is developing with Quentin Tarantino producing and Mark L. Smith writing.

The studio had tried to launch the fourth film last year, with S.J. Clarkson directing and Chris Hemsworth joining the cast to reprise the role of Pine’s father. That film was shelved when deals could not be reached, but the studio
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‘Vikings’ Spinoff Series ‘Valhalla’ Picked Up by Netflix

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‘Vikings’ Spinoff Series ‘Valhalla’ Picked Up by Netflix
Netflix has given a series order to a sequel to the History Channel epic “Vikings,” the streamer announced Tuesday.

The follow-up series, titled “Vikings: Valhalla,” will be set 100 years after the events of the original show. Per Netflix, “Valhalla” will follow “the most famous Vikings who ever lived,” including Leif Erikson, Freydis, Harald Harada and the Norman King William the Conqueror.

Vikings” creator Michael Hirst will return as an executive producer on the series
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‘Avengers’ Star Pom Klementieff Is The Latest To Join Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Sequels

‘Avengers’ Star Pom Klementieff Is The Latest To Join Christopher McQuarrie’s ‘Mission: Impossible’ Sequels
Though she has acted in many French films over the last decade-plus, many film fans from around the world know Pom Klementieff from her role as Mantis in “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Avengers: Endgame.” But now, thanks to a recent announcement from filmmaker Christopher McQuarrie, the actress has another mission lined up that might help her shed her Marvel antennae.
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Zoe Saldana, Director Reed Morano Team For ‘Sabaya,’ Backstory Of The 2015 U.S. Special Forces Raid That Started Isis Crumble

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Zoe Saldana, Director Reed Morano Team For ‘Sabaya,’ Backstory Of The 2015 U.S. Special Forces Raid That Started Isis Crumble
Exclusive: Zoe Saldana will star in Sabaya, a fact-based thriller that Reed Morano (The Handmaid’s Tale) will direct based on a William Monahan script about the unlikely circumstances that made possible a 2015 U.S. Special Forces raid that killed a top Isis leader and started the downfall of the radical Islamic State.

Saldana will play a female CIA officer who befriended a recently escaped Isis sex slave, or “sabaya.” The 15-year-old Yazidi girl can neither read nor write, but as she works with the teen to piece together her harrowing odyssey out of Syria, the CIA officer finds that the abused girl has pinpointed the nerve center of the Caliphate. The subsequent dramatic raid on the site of the young woman’s captivity results in the capture of intelligence that would spell the end of the Islamic State.

The story comes from Spycraft Entertainment, a production company headed by Grant
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‘Coyote’: Juan Pablo Rabo To Co-Star In Paramount Network Drama Series

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‘Coyote’: Juan Pablo Rabo To Co-Star In Paramount Network Drama Series
Exclusive: Six and Narcos alum Juan Pablo Raba is set as a lead opposite Michael Chiklis in Paramount Network’s Coyote, a one-hour scripted drama series from Emmy-winning executive producer and director Michelle MacLaren, Dark Horse Entertainment and Sony Pictures TV. It’s slated to premiere in 2020.

Written by David Graziano (American Gods), Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert (Mr. Woodcock), Coyote is the story of Ben Clemens (Chiklis), who after 32 years as a border patrol agent, is forced to work for the very people he spent his career trying to keep out of America. Now exposed to life on the other side of the wall, Ben will start to question his black and white views of the world, challenging his ideology and his loyalties.

Raba will play El Oso, head of a small family Cartel in Mexico, El Oso is something of an anomaly. Charming and impeccably dressed,
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‘Don’t Breathe’ Director Fede Alvarez Developing White House Horror Movie With Legendary

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‘Don’t Breathe’ Director Fede Alvarez Developing White House Horror Movie With Legendary
Don’t Breathe” director-producer Fede Alvarez is teaming with Legendary Pictures for an untitled White House horror movie.

The project, described as “The Shining” set in the White House, will be directed by Alvarez from a script by Joe Epstein and produced by Alvarez’s Bad Hombre Films. Legendary announced the horror movie Tuesday as part of closing an overall deal with Alvarez and his writing partner Rodolfo Sayagues to create, develop and produce feature films through their Bad Hombre Films.

Shintaro Shimosawa, whose previous credits include “Fear the Walking Dead” and “The Grudge,” is joining Bad Hombre as head of production. As part of the new deal with Legendary, Bad Hombre will also produce a reboot of the 1974 horror movie “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre” to be written by Chris Thomas Devlin.

“We are looking forward to sparking a new and meaningful relationship with a powerhouse like Legendary. The imprint and
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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation

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‘The Watch’: ‘Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor & ‘Outlander’s James Fleet Join BBC America’s Terry Pratchett Adaptation
Pennyworth’s Anna Chancellor and Outlander’s James Fleet have joined the cast of BBC America’s The Watch, based on Sir Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels.

The pair are the latest actors to join the BBC Studios and Narrativia-produced series, joining lead Richard Dormer.

Chancellor stars as Lord Vetinari, The Patrician of Ankh-Morpork, and architect of the city’s normalized wrongness and ramshackle system of governance, while Fleet stars as The Archchancellor, wizard, magical advisor, and the Head of the Unseen University.

Set in the fictional city of Ankh-Morpork, where crime has been legalized, The Watch is a “punk rock” drama. The eight-part series centers on a group of misfit cops as they rise up from decades of helplessness to save their corrupt city from catastrophe.

Elsewhere, Ingrid Oliver (Doctor Who) stars as the Head of The Assassins’ Guild, Doctor Cruces. Ruth Madeley (The Rook) stars as the wiry Throat,
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Film News Roundup: ‘The Irishman’ Wins Capri Film Festival Screenplay Award

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Film News Roundup: ‘The Irishman’ Wins Capri Film Festival Screenplay Award
In today’s film news roundup, Steven Zaillian’s script for “The Irishman” wins an award, MGM hires a trio of marketing execs, MTV Documentary Films sets three new projects; and “The Caretaker of Lorne Field” is becoming a movie.

Awards

Steven Zaillian’s screenplay for Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” will receive the best original screenplay award at the 24th annual Capri Hollywood International Film Festival.

The award will be presented to Zaillian during festival, which runs between Dec. 27 and Jan. 2.

Tony Renis, the festival’s honorary president, said, “‘The Irishman’ is considered to be one of Scorsese’s greatest films and Zaillian’s script is a true masterpiece. The talented writer is a long-time collaborator of the Italian-American maestro as well as many other great auteurs. His script is a perfect piece of work, which has resulted in remarkable performances brought to life by such movie stars as Robert De Niro,
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‘The Mandalorian’ Demand Surges in Debut Week But Trails ‘Stranger Things,’ DC’s ‘Titans’

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‘The Mandalorian’ Demand Surges in Debut Week But Trails ‘Stranger Things,’ DC’s ‘Titans’
Confirming the pre-launch hype, Disney Plus’ “The Mandalorian” swooped into the No. 3 spot on a ranking of the most in-demand digital originals among U.S. viewers after its debut, according to new data.

For the week of Nov. 10-16, “The Mandalorian” — the first live-action series in the Star Wars universe — notched nearly 40 million “demand expressions,” according to research firm Parrot Analytics. In addition, in its first four days, the show had stronger U.S. demand than four of 2019’s biggest streaming originals: Netflix’s “The Umbrella Academy,” “When They See Us” and “The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance,” and Amazon Prime Video’s “Good Omens,” per Parrot.

At the same time, “The Mandalorian” registered less than 40% of the demand of Netflix’s supernatural hit “Stranger Things” over the same time period and was behind DC Universe’s live-action “Titans,” which was renewed for season 3 last week, according to the research firm’s data.
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‘The Lord Of the Rings’ Series Gets Early Season 2 Renewal By Amazon, Sets Season 1 Hiatus

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‘The Lord Of the Rings’ Series Gets Early Season 2 Renewal By Amazon, Sets Season 1 Hiatus
Exclusive: As pre-production on Amazon Studios’ high-profile Lord Of the Rings TV series is gearing up in New Zealand, the streamer is moving ahead with an early Season 2 renewal for the sprawling adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy novels. As part of that, Amazon has commissioned the reassembling of the writers room to break the second season. Amazon Studios head Jennifer Salke confirmed to Deadline the news that the second season of Lotr is already in the works during the company’s holiday party Sunday night at the H Club in Hollywood.

Amazon Studios acquired global TV rights to The Lord of the Rings in a blockbuster November 2017 deal. It included a multi-season commitment to a Lotr series as well as a potential spinoff series. Still, each consecutive season after the first has to be formally greenlighted by the streaming network.

The early Season 2 pickup is good news for fans
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‘American Idol’ Set To Bring Back Three Former Contestants For Season 18

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‘American Idol’ Set To Bring Back Three Former Contestants For Season 18
American Idol is planning to give three contestants from past seasons another shot at stardom.

The ABC singing competition made the announcement today on Twitter, then revealed the names of the three fan favorites during this evening’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. The lucky singers are Logan Johnson (Season 17), Layla Spring (Season 16) and Shawn Robinson (Season 17).

Each will tape an audition at iconic Whisky a Go Go nightclub in West Hollywood. Idol is teaming up with the American Music Awards to air the auditions during the awards show on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 8:00 p.m. Et on ABC. Viewers will then get to pick their favorite audition at http://www.AmericanIdol.com/vote.

The winner will be revealed on the season finale of Dancing With The Stars on Monday, November 25.

When Idol returns for its third season on ABC and 18th season overall, Ryan Seacrest will be back as host.
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Kevin Hart Sets Docuseries ‘Don’t F**k This Up’ At Netflix

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Kevin Hart Sets Docuseries ‘Don’t F**k This Up’ At Netflix
Stand-up comedian and actor Kevin Hart is set to give a behind-the-scenes look at his life in the forthcoming six-part Netflix documentary series Don’t F**k This Up. The series will launch globally on December 27.

In the new docuseries, Hart will be an open book, giving unprecedented access to his life over the past year. We’ll get to see the trials and tribulations he faces as a father, partner, role-model and business-man as he reflects on the events that have shaped his life and made him into the person he is today. Through interviews with his friends and family, archival footage and personal anecdotes, the series will include a look at his day-to-day life, the fall out from the Oscar hosting controversy, his marriage, and, of course, his career. The series is produced by Hartbeat Productions, Lionsgate, Makemake, 3 Arts Entertainment, and Magical Elves.

This continues Hart’s relationship with the streaming giant.
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Studio Exec Suggested Julia Roberts Play Harriet Tubman, ‘Harriet’ Screenwriter Says

Studio Exec Suggested Julia Roberts Play Harriet Tubman, ‘Harriet’ Screenwriter Says
Multi-talented multi-hyphenate Cynthia Erivo plays Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’ biopic “Harriet.” But according to “Harriet’s” screenwriter, Gregory Allen Howard, Julia Roberts — yes, white woman Julia Roberts — was once suggested by a studio executive to play the role.

In a Q&a for “Harriet” studio Focus Features as well as a piece for the L.A. Times, Howard explained he had been working on the script for a Harriet Tubman biopic as far back as 25 years ago, but that “the climate in Hollywood…was very different back then.”

According to Howard, a “then-president of a studio sublabel” praised the script and then suggested Roberts play Tubman. “Fortunately, there was a single black person in that studio meeting 25 years ago who told him that Harriet Tubman was a black woman,” Howard wrote in the Times piece. “The president replied, ‘That was so long ago. No one will know that.'”

In the Q&a,
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Variety Names 10 Directors to Watch for 2020

Before film critics start summing up the present year at the movies with a deluge of Top 10 lists, Variety gazes into the medium’s future by announcing its annual 10 Directors to Watch — a lineup of filmmaking talents who’ve stood out on the recent festival circuit, or whose movies will soon be hitting screens in the coming year.

The roster represents cinematic storytellers with roots on five continents, spanning a range of styles, genres and languages, where the common element is the strength and originality of their respective voices. Many qualify as full-blown auteurs, originating their own material. For example, Radha Blank not only wrote and directed “The 40-Year-Old Version,” but she also stars in the title role as a frustrated playwright who decides to take up rapping at age 40.

Indie helmers Esteban Arango (“Blast Beat”) and Nicole Riegel (“Holler”) both struggled to fund early short films via Kickstarter, before
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How to Watch the 2020 Grammy Nominations

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How to Watch the 2020 Grammy Nominations
The 62nd Grammy Awards are almost here.

Nominations for the 2020 ceremony will be announced bright and early on Wednesday, Nov. 20. by Alicia Keys, Bebe Rexha, Recording Academy CEO Deborah Dugan and Chair of the Board of Trustees Harvey Mason Jr.

The four will announce nominees for select categories in a press conference starting at 8:20 a.m. Et/5:20 a.m. Pt. It will be livestreamed from Studio 43 at the CBS Broadcast Center in New York City on Grammy.com and on the Recording Academy’s Twitter and Facebook pages. Nominations for best new artist, record, album and song of the year will be among the first reveals.

Also Read: Alicia Keys to Return as Grammys Host

Then, in a simulcast on “CBS This Morning,” host Gayle King will be joined by Keys to announce additional categories. The total list of all 84 nominees will be sent out as a press release shortly after on Grammy.
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‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize

‘Lucky Grandma’ Wins Napa Valley Film Festival Narrative Feature Prize
“Lucky Grandma,” “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” and “The Nomads” were among the winners of the Napa Valley Film Festival, which ran Nov. 13-17 in various towns in the valley.

The winner of the narrative feature was “Lucky Grandma,” presented by Zd Wines, which won a $10,000 cash prize, courtesy of Meadowood Napa Valley. Shadybrook Estate presented doc “The Remix: Hip Hop in Fashion” with the best documentary feature award along with a similar amount from Meadowood Napa Valley, while “The Nomads” took the audience award.

The festival screened more than 80 films, including the 16 in Nvff’s core competition categories.

“The Nvff mission is to reward such films that connect and celebrate the art and passion of our culture and our life,” said festival CEO Tom Tardio. “Receiving such recognition from our esteemed selection of filmmakers, writers and industry professionals is a true acknowledgement of the filmmakers highly creative and extremely authentic storytelling skills.
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‘Ad Astra’ to Blast Off in China in December

‘Ad Astra’ to Blast Off in China in December
The Brad Pitt-starring sci-fi blockbuster “Ad Astra” will land in Chinese theaters on December 6, more than two months after its U.S. debut.

Directed, co-written and produced by James Gray, the thriller also stars Tommy Lee Jones, Liv Tyler, Donald Sutherland and Ruth Negga. Pitt plays an astronaut who goes off in search of his lost father, who manned an expedition 30 years previously and whose work may now be threatening the fate of the universe

The movie was co-financed by China’s Bona Film Group, which holds Greater China rights. Bona was also the backer of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” which also stars Pitt alongside Leonardo DiCaprio. “Hollywood” was scheduled to hit Chinese theaters in late October, but its release was indefinitely postponed after Bruce Lee’s daughter Shannon complained to Chinese authorities about her father’s portrayal in the film.

Ad Astra” premiered
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‘Frozen II’ Will Snap November’s Box Office Cold Streak – But How Big Will the Debut Be?

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After weeks of successive box office flops, Disney is once again coming to movie theaters’ rescue with the release of “Frozen II,” a long-awaited sequel expected to bring 2019’s biggest opening weekend since the release of “The Lion King” back in July.

Releasing on 4,300+ screens, “Frozen II” is projected by independent trackers for a $105-115 million opening, which would make it the first animated film to open above $100 million outside of the summer. Analysts who spoke with TheWrap say that they believe an opening as high as $130 million is possible.

Expectations for this sequel are through the roof. It’s not an exaggeration to say that “Frozen” has become the Disney classic for today’s generation of kids in the way that “The Lion King” and “Beauty and the Beast” were for kids of the 90s. That has made “Frozen” into a brand nearly as valuable for Disney as Marvel or “Star Wars,
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'Harriet' Screenwriter Reveals Studio Exec Once Suggested Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman

'Harriet' Screenwriter Reveals Studio Exec Once Suggested Julia Roberts to Play Harriet Tubman
A Hollywood studio executive once suggested the idea of Julia Roberts playing the iconic abolitionist and activist Harriet Tubman in a biopic, according to Harriet screenwriter Gregory Allen Howard.

In a recent interview, that has gone viral on social media, Howard was asked about the production history of the long-gestating Tubman biopic which became Harriet. The scribe said it was his first Hollywood assignment and that it had been in development for 26 years. "I wanted to turn Harriet Tubman's life, which I’d studied in college, into an action-adventure movie. The climate in Hollywood, however, was very different ...
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Film News Roundup: Fred Wolf to Direct Tennis Rom-Com ‘Love 40’

Film News Roundup: Fred Wolf to Direct Tennis Rom-Com ‘Love 40’
In today’s film news roundup, Fred Wolf is directing a romantic comedy in New York; Leah Remini, Chinoye Chukwu, Marielle Heller and Lulu Wang receive honors; and the topless bar documentary “Red Dog” finds a home.

‘Love 40’

Bluewater Lane Productions has brought on Fred Wolf to co-write and direct the romantic comedy “Love 40,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The story follows a 22-year-old statistics wiz trying to help a rising tennis star win the Us Open. The film stars newcomers Jasjit Williams and Katerina Tannenbaum along with Tommy Flanagan, Alena Savostikova, Chris Kattan, Colin Quinn, Steve Schirappa and Patrick Warburton.

Jason Shuman produces through his Jason Shuman Productions banner. Executive producers are Eduardo Cisneros and Jon Huddle along with Ceci Cleary, Ward Cleary and John Gilbert of Bluewater Lane Productions. Wolf is repped by UTA, Fourth Wall, and Morris Yorn Barnes.

Honors

The International Documentary Association has selected Leah Remini
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