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Netflix Lands Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick… Boom’ (Exclusive)

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Netflix Lands Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ‘Tick, Tick… Boom’ (Exclusive)
Following a heated bidding war, Netflix has walked away with the rights to “Tick, Tick… Boom,” a musical adaptation to be directed by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Sources say Andrew Garfield is the top choice to star, though no deal is done.

“Dear Evan Hansen” writer Stephen Levinson adapting the script based on the original stage show by the late “Rent” creator Jonathan Larson. Brian Grazer and Ron Howard and Julie Oh of Imagine Entertainment are producing along with Miranda. Julie Larson and Levinson are exec producing.

“Tick, Tick… Boom!” is set in 1990 and tells the story of Jon, an aspiring theater composer who is waiting tables in New York City while writing Superbia – which he hopes will be the next great American musical and finally give him his big break. Jon is also feeling pressure from his girlfriend Susan, who is tired of continuing to put her life on
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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed For Season 3 By Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast

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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed For Season 3 By Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast
On the eve of Yellowstone’s second season premiere tonight, Paramount Network has ordered a 10-episode third season of its flagship drama starring Kevin Costner. Joining the show for a major recurring role in Season 3 is Lost and Colony alum Josh Holloway, Deadline can reveal exclusively..

Co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson, Yellowstone follows the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Oscar winner Costner), who controls the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, under constant attack by those it borders – land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first National Park.

In a season-long arc, Holloway will play Roarke Carter, a handsome, charming, shaggy-haired hedge fund manager with ambitious plans in Montana.

The first season of Yellowstone averaged 5.1 million total viewers per episode, making it 2018’s most-watched new cable series and ranking second across all cable TV series for the year. In addition to a ratings juggernaut, Yellowstone
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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Will Host HGTV’s ‘Extreme Makeover’ Revival (Exclusive)

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Jesse Tyler Ferguson Will Host HGTV’s ‘Extreme Makeover’ Revival (Exclusive)
You don’t need a home-improvement expert to restart “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.”

Jesse Tyler Ferguson, the actor best known for his turn as Mitchell Pritchett in the popular sitcom “Modern Family,’ will host HGTV’s ten-episode remodel of the popular home-improvement series, in which families and communities in need of help are given a massive reworking of their homes.

“I was so inspired by the original series and now I can’t wait to help families as the new host of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,’” said Ferguson
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Rosamund Pike to Lead ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Adaptation at Amazon

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Rosamund Pike to Lead ‘Wheel of Time’ TV Adaptation at Amazon
The long-gestating “Wheel of Time” TV adaptation has finally found its lead.

Rosamund Pike cast been cast as Moiraine, a member of the powerful all-female organization called the Aes Sedai, in the Amazon Studios and Sony Pictures Television co-production.

Based on Robert Jordan’s best-selling fantasy novels, “The Wheel of Time” is set in a high fantasy world where magic exists, but only certain women are allowed to access it. The story follows Moiraine as she embarks on a dangerous, world-spanning journey with five young men and women, one of whom is prophesied to be the Dragon Reborn, a powerful individual who will either save humanity or destroy it.

The series draws on numerous elements of European and Asian culture and philosophy, particularly Buddhism and Hinduism.

Pike, who will also produce, recently starred in “State of the Union” alongside Chris O’Dowd. The Sundance TV comedy series consisted of ten
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Julie Andrews Joins Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton Netflix Series

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Julie Andrews Joins Shonda Rhimes’ Bridgerton Netflix Series
Julie Andrews is the first person officially cast in one of Shonda Rhimes’ upcoming Netflix shows.

Andrews has joined the untitled series based on Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton family novels. She will voice the character Lady Whistledown. Anonymous to readers, the sharp-tongued gossip writer uses a curious mix of social commentary and scathing insult to send the season of 1813’s ton into an all-out frenzy.

Andrews is a legend of stage and screen, perhaps best known for her roles in films like “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins,” both of which earned her Academy Award nominations. She is also known for roles in films like “Victor/Victoria,” “The Princess Diaries” and its sequel, as well as the “Despicable Me” and “Minion” franchises. Andrews also voiced the character of Queen Lillian in the blockbuster hits “Shrek 2,” “Shrek the Third,” and “Shrek Forever After.”

The Bridgerton series is set in
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Marvel Cinematic Universe Planning A Return To Comic-Con’s Hall H After 2018 Break: What Will They Bring?

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Marvel Cinematic Universe Planning A Return To Comic-Con’s Hall H After 2018 Break: What Will They Bring?
Exclusive: We’re hearing that Disney’s Marvel Cinematic Universe is heading back to San Diego Comic-Con after sitting out Hall H last year.

While there haven’t been any concrete plans made yet in regards to the lineup, it’s an important year for the MCU in the wake of Avengers: Endgame wrapping up a number of storylines, plus the gains made in the expansion of Marvel with the Disney-Fox merger.

Among this year’s MCU cliffhangers in San Diego: What are the next Marvel releases post Avengers: Endgame for 2020? The studio has the first weekend in May and November reserved for MCU product. From what we hear, the upcoming Spider-Man: Far From Home isn’t expected to offer any clues as to what’s next in the Disney MCU since it’s a Sony release. Also, following the Fox merger, what will the Kevin Feige-run Marvel
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Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Smash Netflix’s Opening Weekend Record With 30 Million Views

Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston Smash Netflix’s Opening Weekend Record With 30 Million Views
Turns out, you don’t need a viral stunt to attract millions of views on Netflix. Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s latest film, “Murder Mystery,” just enjoyed the biggest opening weekend in Netflix’s history, the streaming giant revealed on Tuesday, with nearly 31 million accounts watching the new comedy in its first three days on the service.

Between last Friday and Sunday, “Murder Mystery” was viewed by (rounding up) 13.38 million accounts in the U.S. and Canada, along with another 17.5 million international views, Netflix’s comedy account tweeted.

And sorry, Sandra Bullock, but that puts Sandler and Aniston on pace to break Netflix’s record for first-week views, set by “Bird Box” last December with 45 million views. You might remember the movie inspired the “Bird Box challenge,” where people attempted difficult tasks while blindfolded, something that prompted Netflix to essentially beg its viewers to stop participating.
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"This Is Us": Jennifer Morrison Joining Season 4 Cast in Major Role

This Is… huge. "This Is Us" has tapped "Once Upon a Time" MVP Jennifer Morrison to join the Season 4 cast in a major recurring role, TVLine has learned exclusively. Details about her character are being kept under wraps, but sources confirm that the in-demand actress will have a “substantial” presence on the NBC hit.

NBC announced earlier this week that This Is Us Season 4 will bow Tuesday, Sept. 24. “I know lots,” leading lady Mandy Moore playfully bragged to TVLine earlier this month when we pressed her for intel on this fall’s first batch of episodes. “It’s fun to
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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender

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Lionsgate Acquires Action Spy Thriller ‘Malko’ Starring Michael Fassbender
Lionsgate has acquired the worldwide rights to Gerard de Villiers’ action-spy series “S.A.S.” and will develop “Malko” with Michael Fassbender, the distributor announced Tuesday.

Fassbender will also produce the movie in which he will play the lead role as Malko Linge, a super spy for hire. Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Eric Warren Singer will pen the script.

With this deal, Lionsgate has also secured the rights to Villiers’ catalog of best-selling espionage thrillers, which includes over 200 books that have been translated into multiple languages. The franchise follows Linge, a CIA operative who spent his formative years in a special Nazi work camp. Now, he has become a spy for hire.

The first movie will be based upon the book “Checkpoint Charlie,” which will be produced together with Rocket Science.

“We are enormously excited to
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‘Bright’ Screenwriter Max Landis Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women (Report)

‘Bright’ Screenwriter Max Landis Accused of Sexual Assault by Multiple Women (Report)
Max Landis, the screenwriter of “Chronicle” and “Bright” and the son of filmmaker John Landis, was accused of sexual assault, abuse and and on-set harassment by multiple women in a Daily Beast article published on Tuesday.

A woman identified as Julie said Landis repeatedly raped her during their two-year personal relationship. Three of Landis’s ex-girlfriends — Ani Baker, Dani Manning, and a woman identified by the pseudonym Kerry — said Landis had physically and emotionally abused them, including choking them. And a woman identified as Veronica said Landis touched her in an unwanted sexual manner repeatedly during an overnight trip to Disneyland. Another woman said she witnessed Landis raping her disoriented friend.

Representatives for Landis did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment. He also did not respond to the Daily Beast.

The woman identified
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Dear White People Sets Season 3 Premiere Date, Stages Grits Debate

Dear White People Sets Season 3 Premiere Date, Stages Grits Debate
Dear White People will go back to school on Friday, Aug. 2, when Netflix releases Season 3 (sorry, Volume 3) of the satirical series.

In conjunction with the Juneteenth announcement, the streamer released a video (above) in which the cast engages in a “sweet vs. salty” grits debate. And that frankly made me lamenting how sad this morning’s whole wheat bagel breakfast was.

Having picked up where the acclaimed 2014 film by the same name left off, Dear White People chronicles the socially conscious campus activities at the fictional Winchester College, led by radio host Samantha White (Logan Browning) and her controversial “Dear White People” rants.
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‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank Says He Banned Max Landis From Set

‘Chronicle’ Director Josh Trank Says He Banned Max Landis From Set
Chronicle” director Josh Trank said he is “heartbroken” and “sick to my stomach” after a Daily Beast article that says several women accuse “Chronicle” screenwriter Max Landis of sexual assault, abuse and on-set harassment.

“I 100% believe every word of this article about Max. I banned him from visiting principal photography of ‘Chronicle,’ and I haven’t spoken to him since 2012,” Trank tweeted on Tuesday. “To read about the terror he’s inflicted on so many women since then makes me sick to my stomach. Heartbroken beyond measure.”

Representatives for Landis have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment on the accusations. He has also not responded to the Daily Beast.
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Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)

Jermaine Fowler to Co-Star With Eddie Murphy in ‘Coming 2 America’ (Exclusive)
Jermaine Fowler is set to play one of the leads opposite Eddie Murphy in Paramount’s sequel “Coming 2 America,” sources tell Variety.

Hustle & Flow” helmer Craig Brewer is on board to direct the pic with the studio planning an August 7, 2020 release.

Plot details of “Coming 2 America” are unknown, as are the details of Fowler’s character.

Kenya Barris, who is executive producing, has been attached since 2017 to rewrite a script by original “Coming to America” writers Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield. Murphy is producing alongside Kevin Misher.

The original movie starred Murphy as a charming African prince who traveled to New York City to escape an arranged marriage. Arsenio Hall, James Earl Jones, Shari Headley, and John Amos co-starred in the the pic, which was a major hit, grossing nearly $300 million at the worldwide box office.

Fowler stars as Franco Wicks on “Superior Donuts” for CBS alongside Judd Hirsch and Katey Sagal.
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Listen: Dana Walden on TV’s ‘Existential Crisis,’ TV Studio Vision and Why She Joined Disney

Listen: Dana Walden on TV’s ‘Existential Crisis,’ TV Studio Vision and Why She Joined Disney
Dana Walden was already one of the most powerful executives in television during her time as co-head of 20th Century Fox Television and Fox Television Group. The merger of Disney and 21st Century Fox has put her at the forefront of Disney’s bold bid to tackle what she describes as the entertainment industry’s “existential crisis.”

Walden spoke June 12 at Variety’s TV Summit in Los Angeles, marking her first public remarks since becoming chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment. Walden’s conversation with Variety business editor Cynthia Littleton is featured as the latest episode of “Strictly Business,
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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Season 3 at Paramount Network, Josh Holloway Joins Cast

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Paramount Network has renewed “Yellowstone” for a third season, the network said Wednesday.

The Kevin Costner-led drama returns for its sophomore season on Wednesday night. The first season of “Yellowstone” averaged 5.1 million total viewers per episode, making it 2018’s most-watched new cable series and ranking second across all cable TV series for the year.

Lost” and “Colony” alum Josh Holloway will join the cast for the season three. He will play Roarke Carter, a handsome, charming, shaggy-haired hedge fund manager with ambitious plans in Montana. “Yellowstone” stars Costner as John Dutton, the rancher who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham also star.

Also Read: Paramount Network Chief Explains How They Use 'Setting as a Character'

“Yellowstone” is co-produced by 101 Studios. It was co-created by Taylor Sheridan and John Linson,
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‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Season 3 at Paramount Network Ahead of Season 2 Premiere

‘Yellowstone’ Renewed for Season 3 at Paramount Network Ahead of Season 2 Premiere
Yellowstone” has scored an early Season 3 renewal at Paramount Network, Variety has learned.

The news comes ahead of the Season 2 premiere of the drama series, which airs tonight at 10 p.m. Et on the Viacom-owned cable channel. Season 3 will consist of 10 episodes, as will Season 2.

The drama series stars Kevin Costner along with Luke Grimes, Kelly Reilly, Wes Bentley, Cole Hauser, Kelsey Asbille, Brecken Merrill, Jefferson White, Danny Huston and Gil Birmingham. It chronicles the lives of the Dutton family, led by John Dutton (Costner), who controls the largest contiguous cattle ranch in the United States. Amid shifting alliances,
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How ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Marin Hinkle Goes From ‘Disheveled Human’ to ‘Put-Together’ Rose

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How ‘The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel’ Star Marin Hinkle Goes From ‘Disheveled Human’ to ‘Put-Together’ Rose
This story about “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” star Marin Hinkle first appeared in the Comedy/Drama/Actors issue of TheWrap’s Emmy Magazine.

Marin Hinkle is all confidence, poise and elegance on Amazon’s “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” as Rose Weissman, mother of Rachel Brosnahan’s eponymous Miriam “Midge” Maisel and wife of Tony Shalhoub’s math professor Abe Weissman. But the veteran of “Two and a Half Men” insists she is anything but that off screen.

“I don’t think I’m like Rose at all,” she said. “I think I’m a disheveled human.” She looked at her photo-session outfit. “No, I really am. This took a lot, to get a beautiful dress that someone kindly helped facilitate, and hair and makeup. Rose is the opposite. She’s very put together. She is very precise in her thinking. She can be kind of controlling, and I think that
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NBCU Will Tie Universal Kids Cable More Directly to DreamWorks Animation Content

NBCUniversal is rearranging the toys it uses in its kids-programming playground.

The company’s Universal Kids will place a bigger bet on its ties to DreamWorks Animation, which NBCU bought in August of 2016 for approximately $3.8 billion. The network will stop developing original shows that are not based on DreamWorks properties, according to a person familiar with the matter, though it will continue to acquire series made by third-party producers.

The move takes place amid declining ratings and an executive restructure that has the network’s operations reporting directly to Frances Berwick, the executive who oversees NBCU’s lifestyle-based cable networks,
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Sean Penn to Direct, Star in ‘Flag Day’ With Daughter Dylan Penn

Sean Penn to Direct, Star in ‘Flag Day’ With Daughter Dylan Penn
Sean Penn is set to direct and star in the conman drama “Flag Day” alongside his daughter Dylan Penn, his son Hopper Penn, Josh Brolin and Miles Teller.

The cast includes two-time Tony Award winner Norbert Leo Butz (“Fosse/Verdon”), Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble, and Katheryn Winnick (“Vikings”).

Jez Butterworth (“Edge of Tomorrow”) wrote the screenplay, which is based on Jennifer Vogel’s 2005 memoir “Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father’s Counterfeit Life.” “Flag Day” is described an illuminating portrait of a daughter struggling to overcome the loving yet dark legacy of her conman father.

Producers are William Horberg, Jon Kilik and Fernando Sulichin. Production companies are Wonderful Films, Rahway Road, New Element Films and Clyde Is Hungry Films.

Rocket Science and Wild Bunch will executive produce and are handling international sales, with CAA Media Finance, which arranged financing for the film, representing the U.S. and China rights.
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‘I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

‘I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix
Netflix has renewed the sketch comedy series “I Think You Should Leave With Tim Robinson” for a second season.

The series makes jokes out of life’s most bizarre and mundane situations, and the first season saw Robinson and a selection of his famous friends navigate awkward workplace dramas, host an intervention in a Garfield themed house, and talk their way out of a babysitter’s fake hit and run. The series’ second season will launch in 2020.

“We are very excited to be working with The Lonely Island, Irony Point, and Netflix to make another season of ‘I Think You Should Leave.
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