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Salma Hayek in Early Talks to Join Marvel's 'The Eternals'

Salma Hayek in Early Talks to Join Marvel's 'The Eternals'
Salma Hayek may join the Marvel Universe.

The actress is in early talks to join Marvel’s The Eternals, which Chloe Zhao is set to direct later this year.

Richard Madden and Kumail Nanjiani are also on board the superhero adventure project, which is based on the 1976 comic book series created by Jack Kirby. Angelina Jolie remains in talks to also star, with no deal set.

The comic features superpowered and near-immortal beings known as Eternals and a more monstrous offshoot known as the Deviants that were created by cosmic beings known as Celestials.

While Madden is understood to ...
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Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73

Billy Drago, ‘Untouchables’ Star, Dies at 73
Billy Drago, who often played the charming but evil villain role and appeared in Brian De Palma’s “The Untouchables” and Clint Eastwood’s “Pale Rider,” died Monday in Los Angeles of complications from a stroke. He was 73.

Drago played Al Capone’s henchman Frank Nitti in De Palma’s 1987 “The Untouchables.”

On TV series “Charmed,” he played the demon Barbas in several episodes over five seasons.

Born William Eugene Burrows in Hugoton, Kan., his actor-director father was said to be of Native American origin. His mother was of Romany extraction; he took her maiden name Drago as his stage name. Starting out as a stunt man, he moved to New York and beginning his acting career.

Drago started acting in the late 1970s, appearing in films including “Cutter’s Way,” “No Other Love” and “Windwalker.” On television, he had guest roles in “Hill Street Blues,” “Moonlighting,” “Walker Texas Ranger,
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Beth Chapman, Wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ Dies at 51

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Beth Chapman, Wife of ‘Dog the Bounty Hunter,’ Dies at 51
Duane “Dog the Bounty Hunter” Chapman’s wife, Beth Chapman, died on Wednesday morning after suffering from throat and lung cancer. She was 51.

Chapman confirmed the news of his wife’s death in a tweet, writing “It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.”

It’s 5:32 in Hawaii, this is the time she would wake up to go hike Koko Head mountain. Only today, she hiked the stairway to heaven. We all love you, Beth. See you on the other side.

— Duane Dog Chapman (@DogBountyHunter) June 26, 2019

On June 22, Chapman’s family released a statement to Hawaii News Now saying that she had been admitted to the ICU at the Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu, where she was placed in a medically-induced coma.
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‘Coyote’ U.S-Mexico Border Drama Starring Michael Chiklis Gets Series Order At Paramount Network

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‘Coyote’ U.S-Mexico Border Drama Starring Michael Chiklis Gets Series Order At Paramount Network
As the United States’ southern border continues to be the focal point of political debate centered around immigration, Paramount Network has given a 10-episode series order tow Coyote, a one-hour scripted drama series, starring and executive produced by Emmy winner Michael Chiklis, 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.

Graziano also will serve as
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Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)

Letitia Wright, John Boyega to Star in Steve McQueen’s Series ‘Small Axe’ (Exclusive)
Letitia Wright and John Boyega head an all-star British cast in Steve McQueen’s upcoming anthology series, “Small Axe,” one of the most eagerly anticipated dramas coming out of Britain, where it will air on the BBC. Amazon has already snagged the show for the U.S.

The series from the Oscar-winning director of “12 Years a Slave” and “Widows” has been years in the making. It is set in London’s West Indian community, starting in the late 1960s and running until the early ’80s.

Production is now underway on location in London. Boyega (“Star Wars: The Force Awakens
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Box Office: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Kicks Off Tuesday With Solid $3.5 Million

Box Office: ‘Annabelle Comes Home’ Kicks Off Tuesday With Solid $3.5 Million
Warner Bros. and New Line’s “Annabelle Comes Home” collected a strong $3.5 million in Tuesday night previews.

The supernatural thriller is expected to earn $30 million over its first five days in theaters. “Annabelle Comes Home” is the third “Annabelle” movie and seventh entry in the Conjuring franchise. Preview ticket sales are in line with horror titles like “Purge 3: Election Year” ($3.6 million), “The Curse of La Llorona” ($2.8 million). Those numbers are slightly above 2014’s “Annabelle,” which earned $2.1 million in previews.

Annabelle Comes Home” is on pace for one of the lowest debuts in the Conjuring Universe. The first “Annabelle” movie marks the smallest start with $37 million. The biggest opening weekend in the franchise belongs to “The Nun” with $53 million.

James Wan co-wrote “Annabelle Comes Home” with director Gary Dauberman. It follows two demonologists (played by series vets Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) who attempt to stop the possessed Annabelle doll
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‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies at 75

‘Alf’ Actor Max Wright Dies at 75
Max Wright, best known for playing patriarch Willie Tanner on the sitcom “Alf,” died Wednesday. He was 75.

Wright’s family confirmed his death to TMZ. The actor died in his home in Hermosa Beach, Calif., after years of battling cancer. Wright was diagnosed with Lymphona in 1995.

Wright is most famous for his role as the adoptive father to Alf, a back-talking alien puppet who crash-landed on Earth. The series ran from 1986 to 1990 on NBC and featured Wright in every season. His other television credits include episodes of shows such as “Norm,” “Murphy Brown,” “Friends,” “Quantum Leap,” “Misfits of Science,” “Cheers,
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‘I Am Mother’ Director Tackles Margot Robbie-Produced Thriller ‘Augmented’

‘I Am Mother’ Director Tackles Margot Robbie-Produced Thriller ‘Augmented’
Warner Bros. has hired “I Am Mother” director Grant Sputore to helm the science-fiction thriller “Augmented” which Margot Robbie is producing, Variety has learned exclusively.

Michael Lloyd Green is rewriting an original script by Mark Townend. Denise Di Novi and Tom Ackerley are also producing. Production companies are Robbie’s LuckyChap and Di Novi’s eponymous Di Novi Pictures. Executive producers are Margaret French Isaac for Di Novi and Josey McNamara for LuckyChap.

The studio acquired the rights to Townsend’s spec script in 2017 and announced Robbie’s attachment to produce that same year. No actors are attached to “Augmented” at this point.

Sputore and Green teamed on the sci-fi thriller “I Am Mother,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival this year. Luke Hawker, Clara Rugaard, Rose Byrne and Hilary Swank star in the story of a robot raising a little girl after a mass extinction.

The film, recently released by Netflix,
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Syfy Sets ‘Zombie Tidal Wave’ With ‘Sharknado’ Star Ian Ziering

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Syfy Sets ‘Zombie Tidal Wave’ With ‘Sharknado’ Star Ian Ziering
Ian Ziering is returning to Syfy, but don’t worry, it’s not another “Sharknado” film.

The cable network, home to all six of Ziering — and Tara Reid’s — “Sharknado” films, will premiere a new film starring and produced by Ziering: “Zombie Tidal Wave.” The feature is directed by Anthony C. Ferrante, who helmed the “Sharknado” films and stars Ziering as Hunter Shaw a “rogue, veteran sailor” who “contends with the ocean-borne outbreak which threatens his seaside island community.”

The film is first under the production deal between Ziering’s I.Man Productions and Darby Parker’s Stronghold Entertainment.

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Shot on location in Krabi, Thailand in collaboration with Benetone Films, the film was financed by Piguant Pictures and The Wonderfilm Media Corporation. Wonderfilm’s Kirk Shaw and Imprint Entertainment’s Michael Becker also serve as producers on the film.
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‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sell to Village Roadshow

‘Myst’ Film and TV Rights Sell to Village Roadshow
Myst,” the influential video game that helped usher in the CD-rom era, may inspire an ambitious multi-platform film and television universe.

Village Roadshow Entertainment Group, the co-producer and co-financier of the “Matrix” and “Sherlock Holmes” franchises, has acquired the rights to the first-person graphic adventure. For those born post-90s, “Myst” was wildly popular and hailed as a bold step forward in gaming when it debuted in 1993. It took players to a magical island and had them solve a series of puzzles. The graphics were considered to be state-of-the-art, and some fans had a quasi-religious attachment to its mythology.

“Myst” inspired several sequels and spinoffs over the decades, but its primary story follows Atrus, grandson of a woman who discovered the D’ni civilization in a cavern deep below the New Mexico desert. These mystical people create books that link to other worlds, but the discovery triggers a cultural clash
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‘Flip Or Flop’ Sets August Return Date With Tarek El Moussa & Christina Anstead

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‘Flip Or Flop’ Sets August Return Date With Tarek El Moussa & Christina Anstead
HGTV has set Thursday, August 1 at 9 Pm for the return of hit house-flipping series Flip or Flop, with divorced couple Christina Anstead and Tarek El Moussa.

The series, which drew more than 19 million viewers in its last run, follows the two real estate and house flipping experts as they buy, renovate and sell SoCal properties for a profit. The 18-episode new season opens with a glimpse of Christina and Tarek’s new family dynamic when Christina—who is now remarried, raising a blended family of four and expecting a baby boy later this year—drops off kids Taylor, 8, and Brayden, 3, at Tarek’s house.

In the premiere episode, Christina and Tarek buy a rundown four-bedroom property in Rowland Heights that has an illegal addition, sloping floor and noisy parkway nearby. However, with its desirable location, pool and neighborhood, the duo decides the home will have huge potential once they transform
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France’s Zed, China’s CCTV9 Join Forces on Docu Series ‘Wild Treasure of China’

Zed, the Paris-based production company, is joining forces with CCTV9, the factual channel of the Chinese public broadcaster, to produce “Wild Treasure of China,” a 4K-lensed wildlife documentary series.

Lensed in the wild landscape of China, the series will shed light on rare species which are repopulating these areas.

The series, budgeted at 3 million Euros, will kick off with an episode dedicated to snow leopards which was directed by Frédéric Larrey and required three years of filming. The first one-hour episode will be delivered in February and has pre-sold by Zed to the French broadcaster France Télévisions, Smithsonian Channel, National Geographic Wild et Ndr.

The other four episodes will be delivered in 2021 and will be dedicated to other animals such as “the tiger from Siberia, the blue bear from Himalaya, the antelope from Tibet and the giant panda which are all symbols of China’s wilderness,” said Zed, adding that
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‘Big Brother’ Set for German Comeback on Sat.1

‘Big Brother’ Set for German Comeback on Sat.1
Big Brother” is returning to German screens after a five-year break. Sat.1 will air the German version of the show, which will coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Endemol format that paved the way for a raft of other unscripted shows around the world.

Sat.1 said it would also run a celebrity version of the show. Endemol Germany is on production duty for the upcoming relaunched version. The format has proven to be a global success since its launch, and has come and gone at various times in different countries over its almost two decades in existence. In the U.
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‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Gets Reboot by PBS, Viacom’s Channel 5

‘All Creatures Great and Small’ Gets Reboot by PBS, Viacom’s Channel 5
A new adaptation of “All Creatures Great and Small” is in the works for Viacom’s Channel 5 in the U.K. and Masterpiece on PBS in the U.S. The source books by James Herriot, about country veterinarians in 1930s rural England, were made into a much-loved 1978-90 British series that ran to 90 episodes, which also aired on public TV in the U.S. There was also a 1975 film starring Anthony Hopkins.

The new show will be made by “Wolf Hall” producer Playground. It will shoot in Yorkshire, northern England, in 2020, and consist of six episodes and a Christmas special.
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Viacom Adds Pluto TV Drama, Food, and Movies to Channel 5’s On-Demand Service

Viacom is adding a trio of channels from its recently-acquired Pluto TV to My5, the on-demand service of Channel 5, the U.K. free-to-air broadcaster it also owns.

Ad-supported Ott service Pluto TV is already available in the U.K., but the My5 deal widens its distribution. It also bulks up My5 at a time when traditional broadcasters are keen to bulk up their on-demand offerings in the face of fierce competition from the streamers. My5 has a raft Channel 5 shows and the broadcaster has been adding third-party content as it beefs up the service.

Pluto TV Drama, Pluto TV
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Picture Tree Intl. Picks Up Carolina Hellsgård’s ‘Sunburned’ (Exclusive)

Picture Tree Intl. has acquired the rights to Carolina Hellsgård’s “Sunburned,” the follow-up feature to her zombie drama “Endzeit – Ever After.”

Pti will be presenting first footage from the film, currently in post-production, at this year’s German Films Previews (July 3-6).

“Sunburned” follows solitary teenager Claire on a family holiday in Spain. Neglected by her distant mother and older sister she eventually finds company in Amram, a young, struggling Senegalese beach vendor. Claire promises to help him, regardless of the consequences.

The film is Hellsgård’s third feature as director after her debut “Wanja,” which premiered at the Berlinale in 2015, and post-apocalyptic zombie feature “Endzeit – Ever After,” which premiered at Toronto Film Festival last year. The latter film is still traveling the festival circuit with an upcoming U.K. premiere at Edinburgh Film Festival on June 29, and is being readied for its U.S. release through Juno Film,
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7 Memorable Dunks from the First Night of the Democratic Debates

7 Memorable Dunks from the First Night of the Democratic Debates
The 2020 Democratic race for president tipped off in earnest Wednesday night as the first slate of 10 candidates gathered to debate in Miami. The two-hour contest was feisty.

While the evening’s headliner, Elizabeth Warren, held center stage with a heady mix of policy and passion, the contenders to her right and left earned air time by going after each other — often on policies that haven’t gotten much oxygen so far in the 2020 conversation. On more than one occasion (looking at you Tim Ryan) the candidate playing defense got posterized.
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Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics
World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggle of dancing drag queens who pranced alongside Lauper as she turned the train of her dress up above her shoulders to form a peacock spread of rainbow colors.

Whoopi Goldberg was the host of the evening, delivering an uplifting speech that set up the evening’s celebratory atmosphere while marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a protest against police by patrons of a gay bar in 1969 that is considered the start of the Lgbtq rights movement.

“We all know that Pride isn’t just about the party,” the “View” host said. “We have Pride because so many strong and frustrated and queer people got loud and brave enough to say,
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Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics

Inside World Pride’s Opening Ceremony: An Lgbtq Celebration With a Tinge of Politics
World Pride officially kicked off on Wednesday night at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

About 8,000 people packed into the arena for a three-hour show that began with Cyndi Lauper singing her hit “True Colors.” The performance ended with a gaggle of dancing drag queens who pranced alongside Lauper as she turned the train of her dress up above her shoulders to form a peacock spread of rainbow colors.

Whoopi Goldberg was the host of the evening, delivering an uplifting speech that set up the evening’s celebratory atmosphere while marking the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots, a protest against
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Schoolboy Q Addresses Cyclical Nature of Violence in Stark ‘Dangerous’ Video

Schoolboy Q Addresses Cyclical Nature of Violence in Stark ‘Dangerous’ Video
Schoolboy Q examines the repercussions of vengeance and the cyclical nature of violence in his stark new video for “Dangerous.” The Kid Cudi-assisted track appears on the rapper’s Crash Talk, which was released in April.

In the Alexandre Moors-directed clip, Schoolboy Q and his associate are sitting in a car on a deserted street as the song’s minor key, warbled melody kicks in. As the song about living a dangerous lifestyle and using mind-altering intoxicants as a means to escape unfurls, the visuals find Schoolboy Q and
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