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Amazon to Develop ‘Jack Reacher’ Series

Amazon to Develop ‘Jack Reacher’ Series
Watch out Tom Cruise, there’s going to be another Jack Reacher in town.

In a competitive situation, Amazon has won the rights to develop a series based on the protagonist from Lee Child’s novels. The series hails from “Scorpion” creator Nick Santora, who will write, showrun and executive produce.

Child’s “Jack Reacher” series has sold over 100 million copies to date, and was recently adapted into a pair of features with Tom Cruise playing the former U.S. Army Military Police Corps officer. The two films grossed nearly $400 million combined.

The series is a co-production between Amazon, Skydance Television and Paramount Television.
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‘Hill House’ Alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ (Exclusive)

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‘Hill House’ Alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen Joins ‘Haunting of Bly Manor’ (Exclusive)
The Haunting of Hill House” alum Oliver Jackson-Cohen has joined “The Haunting of Bly Manor” in a leading role, TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Jackson-Cohen — who played Luke Crain on “Hill House” and is the second Season 1 star to join Season 2 of the Netflix horror anthology series, following Victoria Pedretti’s casting — will play Peter, described simply as “a charming fellow.”

Additional character details are being kept under wraps, but TheWrap has learned Jackson-Cohen’s character will, of course, interact with Pedretti’s, a governess named Dani “who takes care of two very unusual children.”

Also Read: 'Haunting of Hill House' Star Victoria Pedretti to Return for 'Bly Manor'

Now dubbed the “Haunting” anthology, the show’s 10-episode first season, “Hill House,” launched last October and centered around the Crain family: father Hugh, mother Olivia (Carla Gugino), and their children, Steve (Michiel Huisman), Shirley (Elizabeth Reaser), Theo (Kate Siegel), Luke (Jackson-Cohen
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Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach To Tackle Margot Robbie-Starring 'Barbie' Movie

Greta Gerwig, Noah Baumbach To Tackle Margot Robbie-Starring 'Barbie' Movie
Barbie is looking to embolden her fashion sense by going indie.

Greta Gerwig and Noah Baumbach, known for critically adored, film festival-playing quirky dramas, are tackling Barbie, Warner Bros.' big-screen take on the Mattel toy icon.

Gerwig and Baumbach will write the script, with Gerwig, who last directed Lady Bird, eyeing it as a helming vehicle.

Margot Robbie is starring in the feature project and is also producing the project via LuckyChap banner and LuckyChap's Tom Ackerly. Mattel Films's Robbie Brenner is also producing.

A Barbie live-action feature has been in the works since 2018 and has always ...
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Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic

Austin Butler to Star as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its king of rock ‘n’ roll.

After numerous screen tests, Austin Butler has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in Luhrmann’s next feature film for Warner Bros. The studio tested with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up at the end of June to see who would join Tom Hanks, who is playing Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker.

“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite
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Damien Chazelle Reportedly Lining Up ‘Babylon’ As His Next Film With Emma Stone Attached

Damien Chazelle Reportedly Lining Up ‘Babylon’ As His Next Film With Emma Stone Attached
Damien Chazelle is not a filmmaker that likes to rest on his laurels. Back in 2014, the director debuted with his Oscar-winning feature film, “Whiplash.” And in the five years since, he’s helmed two more major feature films, including the Oscar-winning “La La Land” and last year’s “First Man” and is currently in production on his first Netflix series.
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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78

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Stephen Verona, Writer/Director of ‘The Lords of Flatbush,’ Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, producer, co-writer and co-director of “The Lords of Flatbush,” died from lung cancer this past weekend in Los Angeles. He was 78.

Released in 1974, “The Lords of Flatbush” follows four Brooklyn greasers in 1958 as they steal cars and pick up girls even as the looming specter of adulthood nears. The film helped launch the careers of Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, who played two members of the gang prior to their big breaks in “Rocky” and “Happy Days.”

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Stallone in particular saw his career resurrected thanks to “The Lords of Flatbush.” According to a retrospective in Ultimate Classic Rock, Stallone was considering giving up on acting when he was discovered by Verona at an acting workshop. Stallone has later said that his performance as Stanley Rosiello, a boorish greaser with a sensitive side that plans
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Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78

Stephen Verona, 'Lords of Flatbush' Writer, Director and Producer, Dies at 78
Stephen Verona, who co-wrote, co-directed and produced The Lords of Flatbush, the 1974 film that provided a career boost for young actors Sylvester Stallone and Henry Winkler, has died. He was 78.

Verona died Saturday at his home in Los Angeles after an 18-month battle with lung cancer, his wife, Ann, told The Hollywood Reporter.

Verona also co-wrote and directed Boardwalk (1979), a gloomy Coney Island-set drama that played at the Cannes Film Festival and starred veterans Ruth Gordon, Lee Strasberg and Janet Leigh

Verona had served for a short time as a director at Strasberg's famed Actors Studio, and ...
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Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)

Lakeith Stanfield to Star in Kwame Onwuachi’s ‘Notes From a Young Black Chef’ Adaptation for A24 (Exclusive)
Lakeith Stanfield is set to star in a feature film adaptation of American-Nigerian chef Kwame Onwuachi’s memoir, “Notes From a Young Black Chef,” with A24 on board to finance the film.

Randy McKinnon will adapt the script from the memoir, which was penned by Onwuachi and Joshua David Stein. Knopf recently acquired the publishing rights to the memoir, and the film rights were snapped up shortly afterwards.

Stephen “Dr” Love will produce, with Stanfield and Colin Stark executive producing. No director is yet attached.

The story follows Onwuachi’s unprecedented journey from childhood in the Bronx with a mostly single mother to opening a fine-dining restaurant in Washington D.C. at the age of 26. The story encompasses the extreme highs and lows of his path to becoming a chef in a mostly white, elitist industry, including financing his first catering business by selling candy on the subway, appearing on “Top Chef,
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Diary of a Female President: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) Joins Disney+ Series

Diary of a Female President: Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin) Joins Disney+ Series
Gina Rodriguez is coming to Disney+. Deadline reports the Jane the Virgin star has joined the streaming service's new TV show, Diary of a Female President.

The series "follows 12-year-old Cuban-American Elena (Tess Romero) as she navigates the ups and downs of middle school and begins her journey to become the future president of the United States. Unabashed, semi-dweeby, ultra-observant and with a strong point of view, she walks through the world with purpose and confidence."

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Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Film ‘Marry Me’ Moves Back to Universal From STX

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Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson Film ‘Marry Me’ Moves Back to Universal From STX
The Jennifer Lopez-Owen Wilson romantic comedy “Marry Me” has moved from STX back to its original home, Universal Pictures.

Stx previously took over the project in April. Kat Coiro is directing from a script written by John Rogers and Tami Sagher, with a rewrite by Harper Dill. Colombian singer/rapper Maluma has joined the cast and will play the fiance to Lopez’s pop star character.

The movie is based on a graphic novel by Bobby Crosby and centers on a pop star (Lopez) who, moments before marrying her rockstar fiance at Madison Square Garden, finds out that he cheated on her with her assistant. She breaks down on stage and picks a random man — a math teacher played by Wilson — out of the crowd to marry instead.

Lopez, Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas and Benny Medina will produce alongside Rogers. Executive producers are Willie Mercer, Alex Brown and J.B Roberts.
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'A Quiet Place Part II' Begins Production With Twitter Announcement

'A Quiet Place Part II' Begins Production With Twitter Announcement
Following the critical and box office success of last year’s A Quiet Place, the post-apocalyptic horror/thriller which saw John Krasinski take to the feature film director’s chair for the first time, production has started on the movie’s sequel which is now being referred to as Part II.

The announcement that shooting has started was seen on Krasinski’s Twitter account where he posted a photo of a clapperboard on set bearing an image of the farm location from the first movie, with Part II printed underneath.
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George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Outrage Will Not Change His Book Ending

George R.R. Martin Says ‘Game of Thrones’ Fan Outrage Will Not Change His Book Ending
George R.R. Martin isn’t letting fan outrage over the final season of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” change his long-in-the-works plans for his literary franchise. While the HBO series ended its eight-season run in May, Martin still has two “Game of Thrones” books left to finish: “The Winds of Winter” and “A Dream of Spring.” Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Martin said the extreme backlash over the HBO series’ ending won’t affect his books despite some of the storyline being the same.

“The internet affects all this to a degree it was never affected before,” Martin said. “Like Jon Snow’s parentage. There were early hints about [who Snow’s parents were] in the books, but only one reader in 100 put it together. And before the internet that was fine — for 99 readers out of 100 when Jon Snow’s parentage gets revealed it would be, ‘Oh, that’s a great twist!’ But in the age of the internet,
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Netflix Boards BBC’s ‘The Serpent,’ Starring Tahar Rahim as Serial Killer (Exclusive)

Netflix Boards BBC’s ‘The Serpent,’ Starring Tahar Rahim as Serial Killer (Exclusive)
Tahar Rahim will play French serial killer Charles Sobhraj in the BBC drama “The Serpent,” which Netflix is boarding as a co-producer. The streaming giant will play it in the U.S. and around the world.

Rahim (“The Looming Tower”) will star as conman and mass murderer Sobhraj, who was discovered and trailed by a young diplomat in mid-1970s Southeast Asia and who escaped prison more than once.

The eight-part series is written by Richard Warlow (“Ripper Street”) and based on the true story of how the elusive Sobhraj was caught and brought to trial. The drama follows a
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Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?

Can ‘The Farewell’ Become a Summer Box Office Breakout?
A24’s “The Farewell” lit up the specialty box office with a stellar limited debut, making its performance the one bright spot in an otherwise lackluster weekend for the movie business.

“This is the blockbuster of the indie world this weekend,” said Paul Dergarabedian, a senior media analyst at Comscore.

The studio opted for a platform release, bringing the comedic drama directed by Lulu Wang to a handful of theaters before slowly expanding it across the country in an effort to drum up enthusiasm and let buzz build. It’s the kind of deliberately paced rollout that the company previously deployed successfully with the likes of “Moonlight” and “Lady Bird.” “The Farewell” collected $351,330 from four locations in New York and Los Angeles. Those ticket sales translate to a mighty $87,832 per theater — the best per-screen average of the year to date.

A24’s decision to bring “The Farewell” to a handful
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‘Winos’: Thomas Lennon To Write & Star In Vineyard Workplace Comedy For Quibi

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‘Winos’: Thomas Lennon To Write & Star In Vineyard Workplace Comedy For Quibi
Quibi’s busy month continues as it pops the cork on another shortform series announcement. The Odd Couple and Reno 911! alum Thomas Lennon is set to create, write, executive produce and star in Winos, a workplace comedy for Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman’s digital platform.

The logline: After failing spectacularly in Silicon Valley, a misguided entrepreneur moves one valley over into wine country and tries to turn a run-down vineyard into a success. Winos follows the antics of this ragtag group of employees who have no business running a winery.

Peter Principato of Artists First also is serving as an executive producer on the series. No other cast or crew was announced. Lennon is repped by Artists First, UTA, Jackoway Austen and Rogers & Cowan.

Quibi has been on a content tear the past week. Along with Winos, the platform has Since July 8 has announced a Varsity Blues revival,
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Remains of ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Charles Levin Likely Found, Oregon Police Say

Remains of ‘Seinfeld’ Actor Charles Levin Likely Found, Oregon Police Say
The remains of a body that was found in Oregon are likely those of missing actor Charles Levin, according to police.

The 70-year-old actor who has appeared on hit TV shows such as “Seinfeld,” “L.A. Law,” “Alice” and “The Golden Girls,” was reported missing by his son on July 8. Levin had been in the process of moving from his apartment in Grants Pass, Oregon, to a new home when he went missing, KTVL reported.

Authorities had been searching for Levin for the past week, including in remote areas northeast of Selma, the Grants Pass Department of Public Safety told CNN.

On Saturday, a resident in the region found Levin’s orange Fiat on an almost impassable road. The body of his pug, Boo Bear, were found in the car and Levin’s body was located nearby, police said.
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Grimes Partners With Stella McCartney for Adidas Collection

Grimes Partners With Stella McCartney for Adidas Collection
Grimes is the new face of Stella McCartney’s Adidas collection. The singer, who previously appeared in McCartney’s Pop perfume campaign, appears in a series of ads for the fall collection, which was made with eco-friendly cutting-edge fabrics.

“Grimes is the perfect embodiment of the adidas by Stella McCartney core values,” McCartney wrote on Instagram. “She is passionate and outspoken about protecting the planet, and a true trailblazer for pushing creative boundaries and inspiring women to unlock their potential in all aspects of their lives.”

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BAFTA Undertakes Major Renovation of Its London Headquarters

BAFTA has undertaken a major renovation of its London headquarters that will double the building’s capacity and increase space devoted to the British academy’s programs to promote skills training and new talent.

Work has already begun on the $31 million overhaul, which is expected to take two years. In the interim, BAFTA will relocate its home base to the building next door. (Staff offices are around the corner and will be unaffected by the renovation.)

The expanded headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, right by London’s famed Piccadilly Circus, will include an entire floor dedicated to its educational and new-talent programs. The extra space should allow the organization to double its charitable activities, including helping more than 80,000 people a year develop careers in the creative industries. It should also generate new income to expand BAFTA’s programs nationally and internationally, the academy said.

BAFTA is relying on donations to pay for
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Watch X Ambassadors Perform ‘Hold You Down’ on ‘Colbert’

Watch X Ambassadors Perform ‘Hold You Down’ on ‘Colbert’
X Ambassadors made their debut on The Late Show with a rousing performance of “Hold You Down,” a track off their recent album Orion. In the clip, the group offers an emotional rendition of the poignant, anthemic number, a rock number that is tinged with their signature electronic elements. Frontman Sam Harris gives it his all, offering an impassioned vocal performance as the band plays in moody lighting.

Orion, the band’s second album, was released June 14th. In addition, to the album the band has also been collaborating with other artists,
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Booming Digital Lifts Eros Indian Film Distribution Giant

Eros International, India’s largest and most controversial film distributor, says that its digital revenues now outstrip conventional theatrical and syndication revenues. Its Eros Now streaming platform claims 18.8 million paying subscribers.

The New York-listed company reported annual results that were distorted by multiple adjustments to presentation. Reported revenues in the year to end of March 2019 edged ahead by 3% to $270 million.

Operating profits were halved at $27.8 million, but adjusted earnings jumped from $83 million to $104 million. And the company took a huge, non-cash, impairment loss of $423 million. The company said that the write-down reflected a reduction in its market capitalization and a valuation of its film rights. But on a conference call following the release of data, chairman Kishore Lulla said that the charge could be reversed if the market capitalization increases again.

Weighing heavily on the stock price – and hence the market capitalization –have been further accusations by short sellers this
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