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Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix

Watergate Series from George Clooney the Works at Netflix
Netflix is eyeing the Watergate scandal as its next high-profile miniseries.

The drama is being developed by George Clooney and Bridge of Spies writer Matt Charman. Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures will produce the eight-episode limited series, with the film star and his partner Grant Heslov serving as executive producers. The project also hails from Sonar Entertainment, which inked a first look deal with Smokehouse last year.

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‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)

‘The Goldfinch’ Movie Adaptation Casts Willa Fitzgerald as Pippa (Exclusive)
Willa Fitzgerald is in negotiations to play Pippa in Warner Bros. and Amazon Studios’ adaptation of “The Goldfinch.”

Ansel Elgort will portray Theo and “Dunkirk” actor Aneurin Barnard is Boris in the film from director John Crowley. Warner Bros. had no comment on the casting.

Based on Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning book, “The Goldfinch” follows a young man named Theodore Decker who survives a terrorist bombing at an art museum — an attack that kills his mother. From there, he tumbles through a series of adventures that finds him living in Las Vegas with his deadbeat father and, later, involved in art forgeries.

In the novel, Pippa is Theo’s true-but-seemingly-unrequited love.

Earlier this year, Amazon Studios agreed to co-finance the film, which will go into production at the beginning of 2018. As part of the pact, Amazon will invest more than a third of the movie’s budget, which is estimated to be in the $40 million range, according
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Apple Orders Ronald D. Moore Space Drama Series

Apple Orders Ronald D. Moore Space Drama Series
Exclusive: Ronald D. Moore is heading back to space. Apple has given a straight-to-series order to a space drama from the Battlestar Galactica developer. The untitled project hails from Sony Pictures Television and Moore's studio-based Tall Ship Productions. Created and written by Moore, along with Fargo co-executive producers Matt Wolpert and Ben Nedivi, the untitled series explores what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. Tall Ship Prods…
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Storms to Second-Biggest Thursday Preview Ever With $45 Million
The Force remains unstoppable as Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opened with $45 million on Thursday night.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” set a record for the second-largest Thursday night preview gross in North America, trailing only “Star Wars: The Force Awakens,” which earned $57 million two years ago. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2” had been the second-highest with $43 million. “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” opened a year ago to $29 million at Thursday night previews.

Previews began Thursday at 6 p.m. in North America — about 12 hours after Disney announced it was spending $52.4 billion to acquire 21st Century Fox assets. On Friday, the film launches at 4,232 theaters in the U.S./Canada, including nearly 410 Imax screens, 640 premium large format, 3,600 3D locations, and 212 D-Box locations.

Early surveys of audience reactions Thursday night by comScore’s PostTrack found that 68% rated “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” as “excellent” and another 21% as “very good.” A
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ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Sets Spring Premiere Date

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ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Reboot Sets Spring Premiere Date
ABC’s improbable full-cast revival of “Roseanne” is real, and now it has a premiere date. Fans of the show can find out just how the heck Dan Connors is still alive when the nine-episode 10th season debuts with a special hour-long episode on Tuesday, March 27 at 8 p.m. The full cast from the show’s original run is returning for the new go-round, including Roseanne Barr, John Goodman, Laurie Metcalf, Sara Gilbert, Michael Fishman, and both Beckys — Lecy Goranson, who originated the character and will play her in the revival, and Sarah Chalke, who will play a new character.
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‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims

‘Florida Project’ Producer Steps Down Amid Harassment Claims
Andrew Duncan, the producer of awards contender “The Florida Project,” is stepping down from his indie production company amid allegations of sexual harassment.

Duncan launched June Pictures a year ago, and has produced a handful of independent films including “Operator” with Martin Starr, and “Thoroughbred,” a breakout film at the Sundance Film Festival. In a statement, CEO Alex Saks said she has solidified plans to buy out Duncan’s stake in the company.

“In light of allegations of misconduct against our investor Andrew Duncan, I am assuming sole ownership and leadership of June Pictures,” Saks said. “June Pictures is committed to a respectful work environment dedicated to producing quality films. We will continue our projects already in production and development.”

Rumors of Duncan’s alleged sexual misconduct have been circulating for the last couple of weeks. The ouster poses a potential problem for “The Florida Project,” a portrayal of children living in poverty from director Sean Baker (“[link
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Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’

Oscars Foreign Language Shortlist Includes ‘The Square,’ ‘A Fantastic Woman’
Sweden’s “The Square,” Russia’s “Loveless” and Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” are among the nine films that will advance in the Oscars race for Best Foreign Language Film, the Academy announced on Wednesday. The other films that made the list come from Germany (“In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger), Hungary (“On Body and Soul”), Israel (“Foxtrot”), Lebanon (“The Insult”), Senegal (“Félicité”) and South Africa (“The Wound”). Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian-language film “First They Killed My Father” did not advance in the race, and neither did the critically acclaimed “Bpm (Beats Per Minute)” by Robin Campillo. Also Read: 'In
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‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers

‘It’ Director Andy Muschietti Eyed for ‘Electric State’ From Russo Brothers
It” director Andy Muschietti is in talks with Russo Brothers Studio to board a movie version of Simon Stalenhag’s illustrated novel “The Electric State.”

The story, set in an alternative 1997, centers on a runaway teenager and her yellow toy robot as they travel through a strange USA, where the ruins of gigantic battle drones litter the countryside heaped together with the discarded trash of a high tech consumerist society in decline. As their car approaches the edge of the continent, the world outside the window seems to be unraveling ever faster as if somewhere beyond the horizon, the hollow core of civilization has finally caved in.

Muscietti, who’s attached to direct “It: Chapter 2,” would direct and produce “Electric State” with sister Barbara Muschietti and Rbs principals Joe and Anthony Russo, should the deal go through. Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder are also in talks to produce. Julian Angelin of The Salomonsson Agency and Simon Stålenhag will executive
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Mario Batali Out at ‘The Chew’ After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him

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Mario Batali Out at ‘The Chew’ After Review of Sexual Misconduct Accusations Against Him
It’s official — Mario Batali no longer has a place at the table on “The Chew.”

An ABC spokesperson told TheWrap on Thursday that the celebrity chef after a review of the allegations made against him. “Upon completing its review into the allegations made against Mario Batali, ABC has terminated its relationship with him and he will no longer appear on ‘The Chew,'” the spokesperson said.

“While we remain unaware of any type of inappropriate behavior involving him and anyone affiliated with our show, ABC takes matters like this very seriously.
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Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81

Bruce Gray, 'My Big Fat Greek Wedding' Star, Dies at 81
Bruce Gray, known to Americans as the father of the groom in My Big Fat Greek Wedding and to fellow Canadians for playing investment banker Adam Cunningham on the 1990s Traders TV drama, has died. Gray was 81.

Gray passed away in Los Angeles on Wednesday after a bout with brain cancer, his Toronto agent Jennifer Goldhar confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter.

Born on Sept. 7, 1936 in San Juan Puerto Rico to Canadian parents, Gray returned at age 13 to Toronto, before completing high school at Humberside Collegiate and graduating from the University of Toronto with psychology degree. In 1960, Gray...
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‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings

‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Rockets to $60.8 Million in Early International Openings
Star Wars: The Last Jedi” has launched internationally with a powerful $60.8 million in 48 markets in its first two days.

The Disney-Lucasfilm tentpole began its international run on Dec 13 in 14 markets, followed by an additional 34 territories on Dec. 14, opening in first place in all except for Turkey and South Korea.

“Star Wars: The Last Jedi” generated the second-largest debut day of all time in Germany, Australia, New Zealand, Finland, Netherlands, Sweden, and Iceland — behind only 2015’s “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in each case. The movie was the third-biggest opening day for the U.K. and Norway.

It was also the top 2017 opening day in Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, and the U.K.Disney said “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is 63% ahead of last year’s spinoff, “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” and 25% behind “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” in international markets so far.

Along with the U.
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Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90

Martin Ransohoff, Filmways Founder and ‘Cincinnati Kid’ Producer, Dies at 90
Martin Ransohoff, who produced notable films of the 1960s and ’70s such as “The Cincinnati Kid” and “Save the Tiger” and co-founded Filmways Television, died Wednesday at his home in Bel-Air,Calif. He was 90.

Filmways produced some of the biggest TV hits of the 1960s including “The Beverly Hillbillies,” “The Addams Family,” “Petticoat Junction,” “Green Acres” and “The Hollywood Squares.”

Ransohoff later entered the movie business along with Filmways’ executive John Calley. Their first film was 1962’s “Boys’ Night Out,” followed by 1963’s “The Wheeler Dealers.” He also was behind the 1965 New Orleans-set drama, “The Cincinnati Kid,” which starred Steve McQueen, Edward G. Robinson, Ann-Margret, and Karl Malden. Ransohoff famously fired Sam Peckinpah from the film, feeling his vision was too dark, and hired Norman Jewison to direct.

He exited the company in 1972 to become an independent film producer.

Among his producing credits were Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton’s “The Sandpiper,” Tony Richardson
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Manhattan's Lincoln Plaza Cinemas to Close

Lincoln Plaza Cinemas, the long-running art-house fixture on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, is scheduled to close its doors at the end of January.

“We lost our lease, and they are not willing to extend it,” Ewnetu Admassu, general manager for the six-screen multiplex, tells The Hollywood Reporter. “We’re not closing because of lack of business.”

Located at 1886 Broadway between 62nd and 63rd Streets since 1981, the six-screen multiplex has been run and programmed by Dan Talbot and wife Toby, operating as a joint venture between the Talbots, France’s Gaumont and Millstein Properties, which owns the building in which the...
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Former Publicists for ID, 42West Launch Narrative Public Relations

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After high-profile exits from their respective firms, top Hollywood publicists Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin and Heidi Lopata are forming their own company Narrative Public Relations. Coming from ID and 42West, the group has taken with them talent like Jennifer Lawrence, Amy Adams, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Emilia Clarke and Chris Evans. “We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom, guidance, and mentorship from industry leaders,” a statement from the group said. Also Read: Liz Mahoney, Megan Pachon Exit PR Firm ID The release specifically shouted out ID heads Kelly Bush.
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Publicists for Jennifer Lawrence, Daisy Ridley, Amy Adams Form New Firm

Former publicists for ID and 42West Liz Mahoney, Megan Moss Pachon, Bryna Rifkin, and Heidi Lopata are forming a new entertainment public relations firm, Narrative.

“We have the utmost esteem for our colleagues at ID and 42West and are deeply appreciative of the wisdom, guidance, and mentorship from industry leaders Kelly Bush Novak, Mara Buxbaum, Leslee Dart, Amanda Lundberg and Allan Mayer in nurturing our respective careers. We look forward to our next iteration with the formation of Narrative,” said Mahoney, Moss Pachon, Rifkin, and Lopata in a statement.

During their respective tenures, the quad represented acclaimed talent such as Amy Adams, Josh Brolin, Marion Cotillard, Emilia Clarke, Chris Evans, Kathryn Hahn, Timothy Hutton, Diane Kruger, Jennifer Lawrence, Ewan McGregor, Ezra Miller, Megan Mulally, Ruth Negga, Daisy Ridley, Margot Robbie, Sam Rockwell, Michael Shannon, Alicia Vikander, and Kate Winslet as well as filmmakers Noah Baumbach, Greta Gerwig, Brit Marling, Simon Kinberg, Matt Reeves, and Black
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11 TV Shows and Movies That Retroactively Changed Their Continuity (Photos)

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Sometimes shows and movies write themselves into a corner — hard. That’s not a problem if the series or franchise is pulling the plug for good. But with so many revivals and sequels happening today (not to mention programs that get picked up for an additional season after airing a “fauxnale”) it’s becoming more common to totally retcon plot points to make things work. Here are some famous examples of writers turning back the clock, calling it “all a dream” and just literally pretending like nothing happened. Check out a random sample below; click through our gallery for all
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Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato to Star in High School Comedy ‘Banana Split’

Hannah Marks, Liana Liberato, and Dylan Sprouse are starring in the high school comedy “Banana Split,” which will begin production this month in Syracuse, N.Y.

Will Phelps, Glen Trotiner, and Sam Slater are producing. Marks co-wrote the film with Joey Power, and both will also serve as executive producers with Rowan Riley. Mickey Liddell and Jeremy Garelick’s newly formed venture, American High, is fully financing the movie.

“’Banana Split’ is a movie about an unexpected female friendship during the pivotal transition between high school and college,” she said. “This project is so close to me, and I am thrilled to be working with such funny and talented people.”

Banana Split” also stars “Red Oaks” actress Jessica Hecht, Luke Spencer Roberts, Addison Riecke and “Spider-man: Homecoming” star Jacob Batalon. The film will be the directorial debut of cinematographer Ben Kasulke.

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Watergate Series From George Clooney in the Works at Netflix

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Watergate Series From George Clooney in the Works at Netflix
Netflix is developing an eight-part limited series about the Watergate scandal from executive producer George Clooney, TheWrap has learned. Matt Charman, who co-wrote the Oscar-nominated “Bridge of Spies” with Joel and Ethan Coen, will serve as the series writer, with Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures and Sonar Entertainment producing. The Watergate scandal centered around a 1972 break in at the Democratic National Committee offices, located at the Watergate building in Washington D.C. The ensuing investigation implicated several high-ranking member’s of President Richard Nixon’s administration, culminating in Nixon’s resignation in 1974. Also Read: 'Love' to End With Season 3 on Netflix
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Peter Jackson Fires Back After Harvey Weinstein Denies Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting

Peter Jackson Fires Back After Harvey Weinstein Denies Ashley Judd, Mira Sorvino Blacklisting
Peter Jackson accused Harvey Weinstein of pushing actresses Ashley Judd and Mira Sorvino out of the “Lord of the Rings” — and he isn’t changing his tune following Weinstein’s “insincere” denial. The Oscar-winning director released a statement obtained by TheWrap on Friday, after disgraced movie mogul Weinstein rebuked claims that he had blacklisted Judd and Sorvino from being cast in Jackson’s fantasy flick. Jackson doubled down on his initial statement following Weinstein’s denial — which Jackson said is ” a deflection from the truth.” Added the “Lotr” director: “We stand by what we were told by Miramax when we raised both of their.
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Hutch Parker (‘Logan’ producer): X-Men ‘Wolverine’ film was meant to ‘be bold and shake it up a little bit’ [Exclusive Video Interview]

Hutch Parker (‘Logan’ producer): X-Men ‘Wolverine’ film was meant to ‘be bold and shake it up a little bit’ [Exclusive Video Interview]
“There was sort of a movement building to something like ‘Logan,'” reveals producer Hutch Parker during our recent webcam chat (watch the exclusive video above) about this critically acclaimed installment in the “X-Men” franchise. Directed by James Mangold, the film finds Hugh Jackman‘s Wolverine in the not-too-distant future caring for his ailing surrogate father Dr. Charles Xavier (Patrick Stewart), whose […]
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