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Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2

Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2
It's official: Julia Roberts' time in front of the cameras on Amazon's Homecoming has come to an end.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roberts' initial deal for Homecoming — the star's first TV series regular role — was for a one-season commitment based purely on the Amazon drama's creative storyline. That said, Roberts will still remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail on the Universal Cable Productions series that landed at Amazon with a two-season commitment.

It's unclear if there will be any other major cast departures for season two or if ...
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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie
Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes this film is a passing of the torch.

Sony and Jason Reitman
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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

Also Read: Bill Murray Isn't Sure What Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of, Apparently

Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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"Veep" Star Matt Walsh to Lead ABC Comedy Pilot "Happy Accident"

Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident.”

In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Veep,” which will launch its final season this year. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like “The Hangover,” “Ted,” “Role Models,” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot. He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser,
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DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)

DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)
DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Production is currently under way.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

The story revolves around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will bow on Jan. 17, 2020.

It
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Texas Delight: Meet the Man Who Made Millions Saying You Could Lose Weight in Your Sleep (Podcast)

Harry Siskind is a photographer-turned-entrepreneur who made a lot of promises about his weight-loss company, Body Solutions — including that it could help you lose weight as you slept. One of his other business ideas was a diet cookie called the “Texas Delight.”

Maybe he made too many promises. Countless radio ads and more than $100 million later, the Texas high roller caught the eye of some feds who tore his diet empire down.

We talk about his amazing life and why it should be a movie in the latest episode of the “Shoot This Now” podcast, which you can listen to on Apple or Spotify or right here:

Every week on “Shoot This Now,” we talk about lively characters whose stories should be made into TV shows or movies. We’re kind of surprised no one’s gotten their hands on Siskind’s story of flash, image, and fat. We think its Texas delight-ful.
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El Chapo Trial: Defense Zeroes in on $100 Million Presidential Bribe

Joaquín “Al Chapo” Guzmán paid a $100 million bribe to former Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto, at the beginning of Peña Nieto’s term, in a bid by Guzmán to buy the protection of the then-incoming president, according to a witness who once worked closely with El Chapo.

The accusations, which implicated nearly every level of the Mexican state, came during testimony at the trial of the alleged Sinaloa Cartel kingpin, who faces a 17-count indictment for drug trafficking and associated charges that could put him away for life.

Alex Cifuentes,
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Lindi Ortega Preps Instrumental Album ‘Liberty: Piano Songbook’

Lindi Ortega Preps Instrumental Album ‘Liberty: Piano Songbook’
The Liberty LP has proven to be exceptionally fertile territory for Lindi Ortega, who is preparing to release Liberty: Piano Songbook, a track-by-track instrumental reinterpretation of the 2018 collection, on January 25th.

Ortega already released a batch of stripped-down Liberty recordings late last summer, the three-song Liberty: Parkhill Sessions Ep, which were recorded in her native Canada. The Piano Songbook is more ambitious, pulling 12 of the original album’s 15 tracks and reimagining them with the help of multi-instrumentalist Robbie Crowell (Kesha, Midland) and Liberty producer Skyler Wilson. Beyond the obvious absence of Ortega’s lyrics,
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Steve Carell, ‘Office’ Creator Reunite for Netflix Workplace Comedy ‘Space Force’ – Right, That Space Force (Video)

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Steve Carell, ‘Office’ Creator Reunite for Netflix Workplace Comedy ‘Space Force’ – Right, That Space Force (Video)
Steve Carell and Greg Daniels are reuniting — but not to reboot “The Office.” The star of the workplace comedy and the creator of said workplace comedy are reteaming to bring you a new workplace comedy for Netflix called “Space Force.”

Per the project’s official logline, “Space Force” is a “workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services…Space Force.”

Yes, they’re talking about that Space Force, created by the Trump administration.

Also Read: Elon Musk Likes President Trump's 'Cool' Space Force

Netflix released a brief announcement video on Wednesday, which included this text, projected over footage of space and set to the theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey”:

“On June 18, 2018, the federal government announced the creation of a 6th major division of the United States Armed Forces. The goal of the new branch is ‘to defend satellites from attack’ and ‘perform other space-related tasks.
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Sinclair Enters Streaming Arena With Entertainment Bundle and Local Channels

Sinclair Broadcast Group is diving into the increasingly crowded streaming platform arena with the launch today of Stirr, a free Ott entertainment bundle offering local news and general entertainment, sports and lifestyle channels.

Sinclair aims to leverage the near-national reach of its sprawling station group with its strong local presence in markets across the country into an offering narrowly tailored for regional tastes.

“Anybody can turn it on and watch anything, anywhere,” said Adam Ware, Stirr’s general manager. “There’s no log-in or passwords.”

Stirr will be available via Stirr.com for desktops and via an app for iOS and Android devices,
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‘Space Force’ Comedy Series From Steve Carell, Greg Daniels Set at Netflix

President Donald Trump’s proposed space force may debut on Netflix before it actually makes it to space.

Variety has learned that the streaming giant has ordered a comedy series from “The Office” alums Steve Carell and Greg Daniels titled “Space Force.” It is described as a workplace comedy centered around the people tasked with creating a sixth branch of the armed services.

Carell co-created the series with Daniels and will star in addition to executive producing. Daniels will also executive produce and serve as showrunner, with Howard Klein of 3 Arts Entertainment also executive producing.

An episode count and
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Watch Ozuna and José Feliciano Sing Love Song to Puerto Rico on ‘Fallon’

Watch Ozuna and José Feliciano Sing Love Song to Puerto Rico on ‘Fallon’
A special edition of The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon aired Tuesday night, shining a light on the music and culture of Puerto Rico. Of the episode’s featured segments was a heartwarming rendition of the 1942 song, “En Mi Viejo San Juan” — performed by José Feliciano, famed singer-songwriter of the 1970 Christmas anthem “Feliz Navidad,” and reggaeton superstar Ozuna, who was named YouTube’s most globally watched artist in 2018.

A traditional bolero, the story behind “En Mi Viejo San Juan” rings familiar to many stateside Puerto Ricans. Puerto Rican composer and
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Depeche Mode, Moby to Cover John Cage’s Silent ‘4’33″‘

Depeche Mode, Moby, New Order and Einstürzende Neubauten are among the artists who are performing composer John Cage’s famously tacit work, 4’33” on a new compilation. The avant-garde composer issued the work in 1952, confounding critics and musicians alike for decades by making the sound of the room the piece is “performed” in the lead instrument; musicians are asked not to play. The musicians’ new recordings of the piece will appear on STUMM433, a Mute Records compilation, and all are past or present artists on the label’s roster. It’s due out in May.
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Ghostbusters Are Back in First Teaser for Jason Reitman’s Sequel (Video)

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Ghostbusters Are Back in First Teaser for Jason Reitman’s Sequel (Video)
Jason Reitman’s secret “Ghostbusters” sequel isn’t so secret anymore — there’s even a video teaser out.

On Tuesday, it was announced that Reitman will direct a new sequel to the original “Ghostbusters.” The as-yet untitled film will go into production this summer and with release in summer 2020.

Described as “the next chapter” in the story started by the 1984 original, and will involve the passing of a torch to a new generation of paranormal investigators. It will be the second official sequel following 1988’s “Ghostbusters 2.”

Also Read: Jason Reitman to Direct New Sequel to Original 'Ghostbusters'

In the trailer, we see a barn that lights up when someone tinkers with a machine. Elmer Bernstein’s score from the 1984 original is playing as we draw closer to the doors of the barn and as we see supernatural phenomena unfold around it. The machine finally powers up, and the
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Jason Katims Will Leave Universal TV for New Deal With Apple

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Jason Katims Will Leave Universal TV for New Deal With Apple
Jason Katims is leaving his longtime home with Universal TV for a new overall deal with Apple.

The “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights” creator will move his company, True Jack Productions, over to Apple this summer after the conclusion of his current deal with Universal. He will remain actively involved in the projects he currently has set up through the studio, including the previously announced “Away,” which has a 1o-episode order at Netflix, and “Sisters,” which is in development at Fox.

The move to Apple reunites Katims with his former head of development, Michelle Lee, who is part of Apple’s creative development team, led by Matt Cherniss.

Also Read: Jason Katims Mars Mission Drama 'Away' Ordered to Series at Netflix

Katims, who during his time with Universal TV created some of broadcast TV’s most critically-beloved series including “Parenthood” and “Friday Night Lights,” is the latest coup for Apple
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Mic Quietly Comes Back to Life With New Writers, Fresh Content

Mic.com has begun quietly publishing again just weeks after the company laid off its entire editorial staff and sold itself off to Bustle Media for $5 million.

As of mid-January, the site had begun producing a steady stream of new material from two new writers, Lauren Rearick and Emma Sarran Webster. The posts are mostly innocuous service journalism like how to stick to a budget and tips before applying for a credit card.

The site has granted both writers fresh new author pages, though neither publicly identifies themselves as a Mic employee on their Twitter pages. Mic.com’s Facebook and Twitter accounts have also begun regularly sharing the new content.

Also Read: Mic Fires Reporter After 'Multiple, Disturbing Allegations' of Misconduct

The writers — neither of whom are part of the Mic Union — did not immediately respond to requests for comment from TheWrap over the extent of their involvement with the site.
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Jason Katims Sets Apple Overall Deal

Jason Katims Sets Apple Overall Deal
Jason Katims is departing his longtime home at Universal TV for a new multi-year overall deal at Apple.

Katims and his True Jack Productions banner will remain at Universal TV until this summer when his current deal expires before making the move to Apple.

He has previously created shows like “Parenthood,” “Roswell,” “About a Boy,” and “Rise.” His writing and producing credits also include hit shows like “Friday Night Lights,” “Boston Public,” and “The Path.” Katims is also attached to write the Netflix space drama “Away” and to produce the Fox comedy “Sisters,” with both projects hailing from Universal TV.
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A Trump Nominee Leading the Interior Department’s ‘Huge’ Overhaul Earned Big Oil Money

Washington — One year ago, seated between an American flag and a flickering fire, Ryan Zinke, the secretary of the Interior Department, announced the largest overhaul in the agency’s 168-year history. Zinke, who arrived for his first day of work riding a horse, said his plan would “transform” the Interior Department by reorganizing its many bureaus and potentially moving tens of thousands of Interior’s 70,000-person workforce to different locations around the country. Under his plan, Zinke vowed, working at Interior would be “the best job in the government.”

Yet
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Inside Residente and Bad Bunny’s Meeting with Puerto Rico Governor Rosselló

Early on the morning of January 11th — at roughly 2 a.m. in San Juan, Puerto Rico — an unusual broadcast aired live from Bad Bunny’s Instagram account. Instead of their beloved Benito, fans of the Latin trap singer were greeted by his friend and mentor René Pérez Joglar, Aka Residente, the rapper of Calle 13 fame. “This is Benito,” said Pérez in the video. “But, uh, much older. We want to talk to the governor about crime in Puerto Rico.”

Two of the biggest stars in Latin urban music spent the
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