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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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‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Renewed by Amazon for Season 2

‘Lord of the Rings’ Series Renewed by Amazon for Season 2
Amazon has given an early Season 2 renewal to its forthcoming “Lord of the Rings” series.

Pre-production on the project, which is set to film in New Zealand, is currently underway — although sources tell Variety that the full cast has not yet been set.

Deadline was first to report the early renewal.

More to come …
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Chinatown Prequel Pilot Eyed at Netflix From Robert Towne, David Fincher

Chinatown Prequel Pilot Eyed at Netflix From Robert Towne, David Fincher
Forget it, Jake: It’s Netflix.

The streaming giant is developing a pilot script for a prequel to the classic private eye drama Chinatown, with original screenwriter Robert Towne teaming up with famed director David Fincher, according to our sister site Deadline.

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The series would center on a young Jake Gittes, the private eye originally played by Jack Nicholson in the 1974 film, as he establishes his P.I. business
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Idris Elba to Star in ‘The Harder They Fall’ for Netflix

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Idris Elba to Star in ‘The Harder They Fall’ for Netflix
Idris Elba will star alongside Jonathan Majors in “The Harder They Fall,” a Netflix movie that will be produced by Jay-Z.

The film follows outlaw Nat Love (Majors), who discovers that the man (Elba) who killed his parents two decades ago is being released from prison and decides to reunite with his gang to track his enemy down and seek his revenge.

British musician Jeymes Samuel, known by his stage name the Bullitts, will helm the film, marking his feature directorial debut. He previously worked with Jay-Z on “The Great Gatsby” soundtrack.” Sources say “The Harder They Fall” is expected to take a similar approach to incorporating music as “The Great Gatsby.”

Samuel will produce “The Harder They Fall” alongside Jay-Z, James Lassiter and Lawrence Bender.

Elba recently co-starred with Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham in “Fast & Furious” spinoff “Hobbs & Shaw,” which grossed more then $750 million worldwide. He can
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Riley Keough To Headline Amazon Series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, Niki Caro To Direct

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Riley Keough To Headline Amazon Series ‘Daisy Jones & The Six’, Niki Caro To Direct
Riley Keough will star as Daisy Jones in the upcoming Amazon original series Daisy Jones & The Six. Director Niki Caro has also joined the show, based on the best-selling novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. She will direct multiple episodes, including the first, and will also serve as executive producer alongside Reese Witherspoon.

Daisy Jones & The Six is a musical/drama detailing the spectacular rise and precipitous fall of a renowned (fictional) rock band in the 1970s.

Born into privilege but ignored by her selfish parents, Daisy Jones (Keough) is a spirited and enigmatic singer/songwriter who comes of age and rises to rock superstardom against the backdrop of the L.A. music scene in the 1970s.

Daisy Jones & The Six is executive produced by Witherspoon and Lauren Neustadter for Hello Sunshine, Brad Mendelsohn for Circle of Confusion, Niki Caro and showrunner Will Graham.
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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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Live+7 Ratings for Week of Nov. 4: ‘The Little Mermaid Live’ Outswims the Competition

“The Little Mermaid Live” continues to perform swimmingly in the TV ratings.

The ABC musical topped all non-football shows for the week of Nov. 4, growing 34% from its Live+Same Day rating and 30% in total viewership to finish with a 3.4 and 11.7 million total viewers. That represents pretty substantial growth for a live event given that, for instance, Fox’s “Rent” only gained roughly 730,000 total viewers to “Little Mermaid”‘s 2.7 million. “Little Mermaid Live” was the third most watched show of the week, behind only “FBI” and “NCIS” on CBS.

The Masked Singer” came second in the 18-49 demo with a 3.0 after seven days of delayed viewing,
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Record Number of TV Episodes Directed by Women or Directors of Color (Study)

According to the Directors Guild of America, the TV industry has made major gains in terms of diversity.

Half of all TV episodes in the 2018-19 season were directed by women or directors of color for the first time, according to a DGA report released on Tuesday.

The DGA’s episodic television director inclusion report noted that the overall percentage of women and people of color had increased from last year’s prior high of 42.5%, and from 21% five years ago. The percentage of episodes directed by women grew to a record 31%, more than doubling in the past five years. The
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‘The Painted Bird’ Director Explains Why His ‘Brutal’ WWII Film Is Timelier Than ‘The Avengers’

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‘The Painted Bird’ Director Explains Why His ‘Brutal’ WWII Film Is Timelier Than ‘The Avengers’
A version of this story about “The Painted Bird” first appeared in the International Film issue of TheWrap’s Oscar magazine.

Writer-director Václav Marhoul spent 11 years working on “The Painted Bird,” his nearly three-hour adaptation of Jerzy Kosiński’s harrowing novel about a young Jewish boy who is subjected to unimaginable horrors as he wanders through Eastern Europe during World War II.

He sat down with TheWrap to discuss his work on the film, which is the Czech Republic’s entry in the Oscars’ Best International Feature race.

How difficult was it to adapt this novel?

The book adapted to the movie is a different language. We are not using the written word, we are using picture and sound. That is why I worked on the screenplay for years and wrote 17 versions until I felt it was Ok. And it was quite difficult, of course, for any screenwriter to pick
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Mandy Moore Announces 2020 North American Tour

Mandy Moore Announces 2020 North American Tour
Mandy Moore has announced a North American tour for 2020, her first major tour in over a decade. It kicks off March 20th in Pittsburgh at the Benedum Center, with Moore playing shows in New York, Chicago, Nashville, San Francisco, Dallas and more before wrapping May 9th at Denver’s Gothic Theatre.

“It’s been over a decade since I’ve hit the road but I am thrilled to put together an intimate, elevated evening of new and old tunes, performed with a superb group of musicians,” Moore said in a statement.
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How ‘The Farewell’ Changed Awkwafina’s Understanding of Grief and Mercy

How ‘The Farewell’ Changed Awkwafina’s Understanding of Grief and Mercy
Awkwafina’s film “The Farewell” explores the Chinese tradition of not disclosing terminal illnesses to elderly family members. The actor discussed her evolving thought process on the subject matter with Taron Egerton (“Rocketman”) during a conversation for “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors.”

Egerton began the interview by asking Awkwafina about her personal opinion of the film’s premise: “Your character is carrying some guilt about not engaging with your grandmother about what’s happening to her, and you pose this question from quite a Western perspective because it feels strange not to tell somebody they’re not well.”

“At first, I was very much the Western perspective of it because we have various beliefs instilled in us that revolve around privacy and there are issues with that when it comes to not sharing,” Awkwafina explained. “Here we look at it in a very specific way; everyone feels that it’s
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Kristen Bell and Idina Menzel Took Parallel Paths to Hollywood

Once upon a time in New York City, two young talents set off on a near-impossible quest: a successful Broadway career. Since childhood, Idina Menzel and Kristen Bell had focused on their quest with a ferocious drive — and learned to avoid the trolls.

In Long Island, Menzel, the daughter of a pajama salesman, spent her weekends singing at weddings and bar mitzvahs, and otherwise kept her big voice a secret. “No one knew how good I was at school because I didn’t want kids to know,” admits Menzel today. “I didn’t want to be the one to show off.”

Meanwhile in Michigan, Bell signed up for every community play and helped support her single mother by modeling underwear and karaoke machines for Kmart catalogs. Classmates would brandish shots of her in a training bra. Bell didn’t care. That money would get her to Manhattan.

Both Menzel and
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‘The Crown': Tobias Menzies Says Prince Philip’s Moon Obsession Was Made Up

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‘The Crown': Tobias Menzies Says Prince Philip’s Moon Obsession Was Made Up
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Episode 307 of “The Crown,” titled “Moondust.”)

The third season of “The Crown” contains one episode that is almost entirely devoted to Prince Philip’s obsession with the 1969 moon landing — or rather, Queen Elizabeth II’s husband’s obsession with middle age and what he’s accomplished with his life up until that point, as shown through his obsession with Buzz Aldrin, Neil Armstrong and Michael Collins, who landed on the moon.

Philip (played by Tobias Menzies) ends up meeting with the astronauts when the come to Buckingham Palace and realizes they are three men who are “pale-faced with colds” and says they have a “total absence of originality and spontaneity.” This is what leads him to seek guidance from Dean Robin Woods (Tim McMullan) at his “center of recovery and renewal,” which Philip had originally mercilessly mocked.

Now, if you are as obsessed with
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Flashback: Motley Crue Sign ‘Cessation of Touring’ Contract in 2014

Flashback: Motley Crue Sign ‘Cessation of Touring’ Contract in 2014
On January 28th, 2014, Mötley Crüe invited the press to the Hotel Roosevelt in Los Angeles to announce their “Final Tour.” Sitting in front of tombstones with their names on them, the four members explained why they were serious about wrapping up the band forever. “We started talking about it a few years ago,” Vince Neil said. “You know, we didn’t want to be one of those bands that maybe have one guy left in it or somebody’s brother or something like that. We want to go out with
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Catherine Deneuve Is ‘Feeling Fine’ but Still Recuperating From Recent Stroke

Catherine Deneuve Is ‘Feeling Fine’ but Still Recuperating From Recent Stroke
Nearly two weeks after suffering a stroke reported as minor, French screen icon Catherine Deneuve is “feeling fine” but still recuperating in a Paris hospital, her publicist said Tuesday.

The 76-year-old actress suffered what her family called a “very limited” ischemic stroke – an incident caused by reduced blood flow to the brain – on Nov. 6. She was taken to Salpetriere hospital, which specializes in treating strokes.

After a few days, Deneuve was moved to the private Hospital Fondation Adolphe de Rothschild in northern Paris, which specializes in neurological services, among other things. Deneuve’s publicist said the actor was “feeling fine” but remains at the hospital to get some “much-needed rest.”

Deneuve had the stroke while filming a scene in a hospital in Gonesse, near Paris, for the movie “De Son Vivant,” which is being directed by Emmanuelle Bercot and stars Benoit Magimel and Cecile de France.

It’s unknown whether
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