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Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot

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Syfy has ordered a pilot based on “Game of Thrones” author George R.R. Martin’s novella “Nightflyers,” Variety has learned.

The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »

- Joe Otterson

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Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner (Exclusive)

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Luke Grimes will star opposite Kevin Costner in “Yellowstone,” Variety has learned.

The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.

The television series was created by Taylor Sheridan, the Oscar-nominated writer of “Hell or High Water” and “Sicario.”

Grimes most recently finished filming “El Camino Christmas” for Netflix, which was written and produced by Ted Melfi and was directed by David E. Talbert. »

- Brent Lang

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Box Office: ‘Transformers 5’ Stumbles With $8.1 Million Thursday

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Transformers: The Last Knight” is looking very creaky as it lumbers towards its opening weekend.

The fifth film in the robots series picked up $8.1 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic gross to $23.7 million after two days of release. At this pace, “Transformers: The Last Knight” will just top $60 million in the the first five days of its release. That’s a dramatic slide from the $100 million that the most recent installment, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up over its first three days of release when it hit theaters in 2014.


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It’s also a sign that the long-running franchise, which kicked off a decade ago, may be showing its age. It joins the likes of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Alien: Covenant” in the ranks of film series that are running out of steam this summer.

Like the previous films, this “Transformers” is directed by Michael Bay. It brings back “Age of Extinction” star Mark Wahlberg and pairs him with Anthony Hopkins. “The Last Knight” pits humans versus robots, with Wahlberg and Hopkins searching the Transformers’ secret history for clues to save the world. This being a Bay film, there’s a healthy amount of visual bombast.

The muted response is bad news for Paramount. The studio could use a hit after suffering a string of bombs such as “Ghost in the Shell” and “Baywatch.”

With domestic audiences cooling on the film, “The Last Knight” will lean heavily on foreign crowds. To that end, the film opens in 41 international markets beginning Friday. They include such heavy-hitting territories as China, the United Kingdom, Russia, Australia, Germany, and Korea.

All those action didn’t come cheap. The film carries a hefty $217 million price tag.

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- Brent Lang

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‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018

22 June 2017 2:21 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.

The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.

Noting a film has been in the works for some time, Michael Edelstein, president at NBCUniversal International Studios, told the Associated Press »

- Stewart Clarke

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Charlie Sheen Sued (Again) for Exposing Ex-Girlfriend to HIV

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An ex-girlfriend of Charlie Sheen has filed a lawsuit accusing him of exposing her to HIV, and then dissuading her from taking antiretroviral drugs.

Neither Sheen nor the ex-girlfriend are identified by name in the suit, which was filed Thursday in L.A. County Superior Court. However, the defendant — referred to as “confidential male defendant” — is said to have learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and given national TV interviews about his HIV status on Nov. 17, 2015, and June 21, 2016. Sheen learned he was HIV positive in 2011, and he publicly revealed it on “The Today Show” on Nov. 17, 2015. He gave an update on the program on June 21, 2016.

The plaintiff is identified only as Jane Doe, and is described as a “Russian émigré.”

This is the second time that Sheen has been sued for allegedly exposing an ex-girlfriend to the virus. Scottine Ross, his ex-fiance, filed a similar suit in December 2015, alleging physical and emotional abuse in addition to HIV »

- Gene Maddaus

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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC

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ABC has canceled half-hour comedy “Downward Dog.” Co-creator Samm Hodges tweeted news of the cancellation Friday.

Hey. Statement from @m_killen and I. Love and hope and not giving up #DownwardDog pic.twitter.com/VUn8NrgdLu

Samm Hodges (@sammhodges) June 23, 2017

More to come … »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Big Brother’ Season 19 first impressions: Will any of the 8 Male houseguests be the next winner?

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Now that we know the identities of the “Big Brother” Season 19 houseguests, do you think any of the eight men has what it takes to become the next winner? Below I break down my own first impressions of the guys based on their official cast bios on the CBS site and their pre-game video […] »

- benutty

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'The Bad Batch' Director Ana Lily Amirpour on the Rise of Dystopian Entertainment (Q&A)

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Iranian-American screenwriter and director Ana Lily Amirpour, who grew up in a Farsi-speaking household in Bakersfield, CA, first garnered buzz at Sundance in 2014 for her vampire spaghetti Western A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. (The idea came to her when she realized that a woman in a chador can resemble a bat.)

Her second feature, The Bad Batch, was produced by Annapurna Pictures and Vice Media and premiered at Venice in 2016. It stars Suki Waterhouse as a woman who is ejected into a dystopia where members of the “bad batch” must kill or be killed (cannibalism is involved).

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- Laura van Straaten

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NY Times Compiles Definitive List of Trump’s Lies

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An opinion piece by the New York Times is making some noise on Twitter and for good reason. The op-ed simply titled “Trump’s Lies” is a comprehensive compilation of the president’s greatest hits since the day he took office — each fib accompanied with the reason the paper of record believed it to be a falsehood. “There is simply no precedent for an American president to spend so much time telling untruths,” the NY Times argued. “Every president has shaded the truth or told occasional whoppers. No other president — of either party — has behaved as Trump is behaving. He is. »

- Itay Hod

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Watch This Gorilla Do the ‘Flashdance’ in a Kiddie Pool (Video)

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Most people like to spend lazy summer afternoons by the pool. Apparently, the same goes for gorillas — well, for at least one of them. A 14-year-old western lowland gorilla named Zola has become an internet star after a short video surfaced of him dancing in a kiddie pool at the Dallas Zoo. The zoo schedules “enrichment sessions” for its animals in order to “enhance environment” and “ them with mental and physical stimulation to increase natural behaviors,” according to NPR. And Zola’s favorite enrichment session is apparently pool playtime. Also Read: 'River Monsters' Hunts Down the Fish That's »

- Ashley Eady

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Watch ‘Schoolhouse Rock’ TrumpCare Parody: ‘I’m Just a Bill… If I Pass You’ll Probably Die’ (Video)

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“Funny or Die” released a video on Friday parodying the classic animated music video “I’m Just A Bill” from “Schoolhouse Rock” that taught a generation of American kids how a bill turns into a law. The song is similar to the original — but acts as an explainer on the latest events in the Trump administration’s attempt to repeal Obamacare. The song begins very much like the original, but quickly becomes all about TrumpCare. “Well, I got passed by the House of Representatives here,” Bill sings, “And Trump was so happy he bought everyone beer.” Also Read: Girl in a Wheelchair Becomes Face. »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘Eat S— Bob': John Oliver Fans Hack Coal Company Website, Lawsuit Says

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A libel lawsuit filed against “Last Week Tonight” HBO host John Oliver by a coal company claims that Oliver’s supporters hacked its website. “For several days after the June 18, 2017 broadcast, Murray Energy’s website was hacked and inundated with the message incited by Oliver: “‘Eat S— Bob,'” the lawsuit alleges. The lawsuit also claims that Oliver’s use of a human-sized squirrel to mock Murray Energy Company CEO Robert E. Murray was not funny. Also Read: John Oliver, HBO Sued for Defamation by Coal Executive Oliver was hit with Murray’s defamation lawsuit on Wednesday for bashing the »

- Susan Seager

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'Blood Road': Film Review

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An American athlete decides to bike the Ho Chi Minh trail in Nicholas Schrunk's doc Blood Road, enlisting a Vietnamese cyclist and a support crew in her attempt to visit the site where, when she was three years old, her father was shot down on a bombing run in the Vietnam War. Ensuring that his account provides all the lush vistas and vicarious exhaustion expected in such a travelogue, Schrunk is less successful in making Rebecca Rusch's personal motives seem movie-worthy. In fact, some viewers will be made queasy by differentials in wealth and privilege between the athlete and those »

- John DeFore

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Health Care Protest: When Will the Left Stop Posting False Mitch McConnell Polio Meme?

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A meme claiming Mitch McConnell received government-funded health care as a child has been gaining traction on the left despite being false. “As a kid, Mitch McConnell had polio, and the government paid for All of his care and rehabilitation,” the image, posted by the Facebook group Occupy Democrats. “Now, as the leader of the Republicans in the Senate, McConnell is taking government-funded care away from tens of millions of Americans. Let that sink in.” The image has since spread across social media, and was shared on Twitter by “Hand of God” star Ron Perlman, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Veep’ finale preview trailer: Will Season 6 end with a ‘Groundbreaking’ conclusion? [Watch]

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“I am still a young woman! Look at my hands, look at my neck,” Selina Meyer (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) declares to her ragtag staff in the preview trailer (watch above) for the “Veep” Season 6 finale, airing June 25 on HBO. The 10th episode is titled “Groundbreaking,” alluding to the ceremony for her Presidential library that’s […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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‘Silicon Valley’ Star Thomas Middleditch on Tj Miller’s Exit: ‘Lots of Things Could Have Been Done Differently’

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T.J. Miller ends his run on “Silicon Valley” with this weekend’s Season 4 finale, and co-star Thomas Middleditch says that the exit could have been “handled differently.” Just after the HBO comedy was picked up for a fifth season in May — and with production already wrapped on Season 4 — Miller announced that he will not return to the show. HBO said in a statement that producers and Miller, who portrays self-centered entrepreneur Erlich Bachman, had “mutually agreed” to part ways. Middleditch, who plays Pied Piper founder Richard Hendricks, called Miller’s exit “expected.” He added that the show might have given »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Creators Have Made YouTube Into a 21st Century Lecture Hall

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One takeaway from VidCon 2017: YouTube is more than a platform to enjoy mindless cat videos for hours on end — it’s also utilized as a powerful educational tool for millions of people. Several creators have picked up on this growing shift, and have looked to move the learning process beyond school walls. “People view as part of the system, rather than this thing that’s competing with schools,” said Henry Reich, the man behind the “Minute Physics” and “Minute Earth” YouTube channels, at VidCon 2017. His combined channels account for more than 5 million subscribers. Also Read: Jillian Michaels Scores $5.7 Million in Dispute. »

- Sean Burch

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‘Better Call Saul’ Season 3: Who will earn Emmy nominations? Bob Odenkirk, Michael McKean, Rhea Seehorn … [Poll]

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It’s a crime that “Better Call Saul” has never won an Emmy Award, particularly when you consider that it has one of the strongest casts working today. Led by Bob Odenkirk as Jimmy McGill/Saul Goodman and co-starring Jonathan Banks as Mike Ehrmantraut — roles they originated on “Breaking Bad” — they are the only two […] »

- Marcus James Dixon

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Se Hinton Praises ‘Silicon Valley’ Cast’s ‘Outsiders’ Tribute: ‘Pretty Damn Tuff’

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The Outsiders” author S. E. Hinton loves TheWrap’s photoshoot with the “Silicon Valley” cast, which bore the theme of the famous book and the subsequent 1983 film. When TheWrap’s Tim Molloy asked, “What do you think, @se4realhinton? More Greaser or Socs?” the author responded, “They look pretty damn tuff to me!” In another tweet, Hinton responded to a fan who brought the feature to her attention. She responded, “Love it! Love the show, too!” Also Read: Why 'Silicon Valley' Stars Are Emmy Outsiders No Longer They look pretty damn tuff to me! https://t.co/teqbUEbYsN — S. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser Join ‘Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders’

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Heather Graham and Elizabeth Reaser are joining NBC’s “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.” Graham will play Judalon Smyth, who is described as an emotionally fraught woman who has an affair with Dr. L. Jerome Oziel, Lyle and Erik Menendez’s therapist. Reaser has landed the role of Deputy District Attorney Pam Bozanich, who is assigned to the murders of Jose and Kitty Menendez and has to fight to keep control of the case. Also Read: NBC Sets Fall Premiere Dates, Including 'This Is Us,' 'Law & Order True Crime' Additionally, Larry Cedar will portray Milton Andersen, »

- Ryan Gajewski

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