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‘Bond 25’ Moves Back Two Months In 2020

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‘Bond 25’ Moves Back Two Months In 2020
MGM’s Bond 25 will open April 8, 2020 now, instead of Feb. 14, 2020. That new date is the Wednesday before Easter, and currently 007 is the only major pic on that new date. Universal just pulled Fast & Furious 9 off of Holy weekend and pushed it to Memorial Day weekend that year.

Essentially, Easter weekend will be a crowded one in China, which is another reason why F&F 9 pulled out of that frame. Middle Kingdom is the bread and butter for the Fast & Furious franchise.

As previously reported, Beasts of Nation helmer Cary Joji Fukunaga stepped in to direct Daniel Craig after Danny Boyle decided not to steer the project.

007 scribe regulars Neal Purvis and Robert Wade are back writing the Eon production.

Cast returning include Ralph Fiennes, Lea Seydoux, Naomie Harris, and Ben Whishaw.

Universal will be handling overseas on Bond 25 while MGM handles distribution.
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"The Lord of the Rings" TV Series: Explore Amazon’s Map of Middle-earth Here

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Amazon has released one map to rule them all.

The official Twitter account for Prime Video’s upcoming “The Lord of the Rings” TV series shared a link to a map of J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional Middle-earth on Friday morning.

And seeing as this map appears to tease what the world in Amazon’s small-screen adaptation of the franchise looks like, it’s definitely giving “LOTR” fans enough material to obsess over all weekend long.

Details about Amazon’s “LOTR” series — which first announced in November 2017 and is being developed by “Star Trek 4” duo JD Payne and Patrick McKay — are still scarce. But we do know the show is set in Middle-earth and will explore stories that precede the events of Tolkein’s “The Fellowship of the Ring.”

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Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dominates Valentine’s Day

Box Office: ‘Alita: Battle Angel’ Dominates Valentine’s Day
Alita: Battle Angel” dominated North American moviegoing on Valentine’s Day with a first-day launch of $8.7 million at 3,790 locations, including previews.

Fox’s science-fiction actioner, produced by James Cameron and directed by Robert Rodriguez, is expected to wind up in the $37 million range during its first five days of release through Presidents Day on Monday. That’s above recent forecasts, which had pegged “Alita” for a $30 million debut.

Alita: Battle Angel” is a costly bet for Fox, given its $170 million production budget. Rosa Salazar stars as a cyborg with a mysterious past. The film, based on popular Japanese manga, had a solid start overseas last weekend, where it earned $32 million from 11 international territories.

New Line’s “Isn’t It Romantic” pulled in $4.4 million on Valentine’s Day for a two-day total of $6.2 million at 3,444 sites. Rebel Wilson’s satirical comedy, which opened on Wednesday, should wind up with around $20 million
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‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has Officially Wrapped

‘Star Wars Episode IX’ Has Officially Wrapped
The end is nigh!

Filming for “Star Wars Episode IX” has officially wrapped, bringing an end to a franchise that has spanned more than 40 years and eight films.

Director J.J. Abrams confirmed the news Friday tweeting, “It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on ‘Episode IX.’ There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast,” he wrote. “I’m forever indebted to you all.”

Production for the film began in August of last year at Pinewood Studios outside of London where a number of new actors joined the “Star Wars” cast, including “The Americans” star Keri Russell, Naomi Ackie and Richard E. Grant.

It feels impossible, but today wrapped photography on Episode IX. There is no adequate way to thank this truly magical crew and cast. I’m forever indebted to you all. pic.twitter.com/138AprtFuZ

— Jj Abrams (@jjabrams) February 15, 2019

Everyone’s favorite storm trooper
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Chris Rock To Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot At NBC From Lorne Michaels

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Chris Rock To Direct Kenan Thompson Comedy Pilot At NBC From Lorne Michaels
Chris Rock has been tapped to direct and executive produce Saving Kenan, NBC’s single-camera comedy pilot, starring and executive produced by SNL star Kenan Thompson. Rock, an SNL alum himself, is reuniting with SNL boss Lorne Michaels whose Broadway Video company produces the project alongside Universal TV.

Written by Jackie Clarke, Saving Kenan centers on a newly widowed dad (Thompson) determined to be everything for his kids while begrudgingly letting his persistent father-in-law become more involved in their lives.

Thompson, a married father of two, and Clarke executive produce with Michaels and Andrew Singer for Broadway Video. Rock will continue as an executive producer if the pilot is picked up to series.

Thompson likely will leave SNL — at least as a full-time cast member — should Saving Kenan goes to series as the two would be difficult to juggle. He is currently in his 16th year on the venerable late-night sketch program.
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"Barry": Season Two; HBO Reveals Return Date for Bill Hader Comedy Series

Barry Berkman is back with a bang. HBO has announced the second season of its Barry TV show will premiere on Sunday, March 31, 2019 at 10:00pm ET/PT. Watch the teaser trailer, below.

An HBO sitcom, Barry stars Bill Hader, Stephen Root, Sarah Goldberg, Glenn Fleshler, Anthony Carrigan, and Henry Winkler. The dark comedy centers on Barry (Hader), a Midwestern hitman. When his handler, Fuches (Root), loans him to Goran Pazar (Fleshler), of the Chechen mob, Barry travels to Los Angeles. There, he follows his target to Gene Cousineau’s (Winkler) acting class, and soon falls in love with the community and the idea of a whole new life. Read More…
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Ken Jeong Is a Crazy Rich Asian in CBS Pilot From 'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer

Ken Jeong Is a Crazy Rich Asian in CBS Pilot From 'Crazy Rich Asians' Writer
CBS is hosting a Crazy Rich Asians reunion: Ken Jeong has joined the cast of the Eye network’s comedy pilot The Emperor of Malibu, from Asians writer Kevin Kwan, TVLine has learned.

The multi-cam comedy centers on Auggie, the son of a Chinese billionaire who announces he’s marrying an American woman, spurring his family to descend on Los Angeles “to win their son back and test-drive the American Dream,” per the network’s official description. Jeong will play Gerry, the Chinese tech billionaire who hauls his family to L.A. “to see if they can persuade Auggie to re-think his engagement.
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‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Adds Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves

‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ Adds Jessica Garza, Johnathan Nieves
The upcoming Showtime drama “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” has cast both Jessica Garza and Johnathan Nieves in series regular roles, Variety has learned.

They join previously announced cast member Daniel Zovatto. Described as a spiritual descendant of the original “Penny Dreadful,” the new series opens in 1938 Los Angeles, a time and place deeply infused with social and political tension. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega (Zovatto) is embroiled in a story that reflects the history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to
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Arrests In Jussie Smollett Attack; Chicago PD Says No Charges, Yet

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Arrests In Jussie Smollett Attack; Chicago PD Says No Charges, Yet
Breaking: Two persons of interest in the January 29 assault on Jussie Smollett have become a lot more interesting to the Chicago Police.

After being question at length yesterday, Olabinjo and Abimbola Osundairo are now in custody.

“We can confirm that they have been arrested but they have not been charged,” Chicago PD Pio News Affairs official Sally Born told Deadline today.

At least one of the brothers, who were picked up returning to Chicago at O’Hare International Airport on Thursday, has appeared as an extra on the Windy City filmed Lee Daniels and Danny Strong co-created series.

“Victim” Smollett is “continuing to cooperate” with the investigation, a police source told Deadline, adding that the brothers did know the actor, though how well is unclear at present.

This latest twist in the attack on the Empire star also comes one day after local media were scolded by police for “unconfirmed
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Sebastian Stan Replaces Chris Evans in . . . ‘The Devil All the Time’ for Netflix

Sebastian Stan Replaces Chris Evans in . . . ‘The Devil All the Time’ for Netflix
In what could be the first instance of a mini-trend, Sebastian Stan is stepping into the shoes of his MCU pal Chris Evans. For those hoping for Marvel news, that day is not today. Stan is actually replacing Evans in Antonio Campos‘ next film, “The Devil All the Time,” as a result of schedule conflicts.
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"Cosmos" Season 2 Premiere Officially Pushed By Fox Amid Neil deGrasse Tyson Investigation

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Fox has made it official — the second season of science docuseries Cosmos won’t premiere on March 3 as previously announced because of the ongoing investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against host Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The network just released listings for March 3-10. In them, Cosmos is replaced by Family Guy repeats in the Sunday 9:30 Pm slot on both March 3 and March 10.

As we reported last week, Fox and National Geographic were expected to postpone the Season 2 premiere, which had been set long before multiple new accusations against the famous astrophysicist/TV personality in late November prompted Fox, Nat Geo and the series producers to launch an investigation. The investigation is still ongoing, and the networks reportedly want it to be completed before making a decision.

“The credo at the heart of Cosmos is to follow the evidence wherever it leads,” the show’s producers said in a statement to Deadline in November.
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‘Transformers’ Origin Story Set at Netflix as Animated Series

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‘Transformers’ Origin Story Set at Netflix as Animated Series
Netflix and Hasbro have partnered to bring a brand new “Transformers” origin story to the small screen.

The animated show, “Transformers: War for Cybertron,” will launch in 2020 with “a new animation look and style that presents the Transformers like you’ve never seen them before.”

Transformers” vet F.J. DeSanto will serve as showrunner on the series. Contributing writers include George Krstic (“Megas XLR”), Gavin Hignight (“Transformers: Cyberverse”), and Brandon Easton.

“In this ‘Transformers’ origin story, we will explore the expansive universe of Cybertron in a way that audiences have never seen before – to the delight of both existing fans and those coming to the franchise for the first time,” John Derderian, director of Anime for Netflix, said. “The Transformers brand is a global phenomenon and we are thrilled to partner with Hasbro,
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Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’

Sundance Film Review: Stephen K. Bannon in ‘The Brink’
Stephen K. Bannon drinks Kombucha (who knew?), the fermented tea beverage for health fanatics that tastes like…well, if they ever invented a soft drink called Germs, that’s what Kombucha tastes like. In “The Brink,” Alison Klayman’s fly-on-the-wall, rise-and-fall-and-rise-of-a-white-nationalist documentary, Bannon explains that he likes Kombucha because it gives him a lift; he drinks it for the same reason he drinks Red Bull. At one point in the movie, he jokes that now that his Kombucha habit is going to be outed, the stock will probably drop by 50 percent. He means the stock for Kombucha, but for a moment you think he’s talking about the stock of Steve Bannon. How will it influence his image when the world learns that he craves the pause that refreshes the palettes of lefty progressives?

Bannon, as always, thinks he’s two steps ahead of us. (It’s part of his ’50s-salt-of-the-earth-meets-Goldman-Sachs-meets-The-Art-of-War élan.
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Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78.

Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the company after his retirement.

“He was the unsung hero of Disney’s history who, as our first archivist, spent 40 years rescuing countless documents and artifacts from obscurity, investing endless hours restoring and preserving these priceless pieces of our legacy, and putting them in context to tell our story,
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Walt Disney Archives Founder Dave Smith Dies at 78

Walt Disney Archives founder Dave Smith, the historian who spent 40 years cataloging and preserving the company’s legacy of entertainment and innovation, died Friday in Burbank, Calif. He was 78.

Smith served as Disney’s chief archivist from 1970 to 2010. He was named a Disney Legend in 2007 and served as a consultant to the company after his retirement.

“He was the unsung hero of Disney’s history who, as our first archivist, spent 40 years rescuing countless documents and artifacts from obscurity, investing endless hours restoring and preserving these priceless pieces of our legacy, and putting them in context to tell our story,” said Disney chairman-ceo Bob Iger. “Dave was a true Disney Legend, and we are indebted to him for building such an enduring, tangible connection to our past that continues to inspire our future.”

Smith was hired in 1970 by Walt Disney’s brother, Roy O. Disney. His first job was to
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TV Writer Christopher Knopf, Former WGA West President, Dies at 91

Prolific Emmy-nominated television writer Christopher Edwin Knopf, former president of the Writers Guild of America West, died in his sleep of congestive heart failure on Feb. 13. He was 91.

Knopf was born in New York and attended UCLA, leaving during his senior year to join the Air Force during World War II. He finished his studies at U.C. Berkeley, graduating in 1950, and began a 50-year career as a writer for motion picture and television.

He served as president of the International Writers Guild, national chairman of the WGA and president of the WGA West during 1965-67. He received 10 Writers Guild nominations and won three of them.
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Jussie Smollett Case: Arrested Men Released Without Charges ‘Due to New Evidence’

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Jussie Smollett Case: Arrested Men Released Without Charges ‘Due to New Evidence’
The two men arrested and questioned as “potential suspects” in the investigation of an attack on “Empire” star Jussie Smollett have been released without charges “due to new evidence,” a Chicago police department spokesman said Friday.

“Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter. No further details were provided.

The men were released about two hours after Cpd announced there would be no news conferences in the Smollett investigation out of respect for the victims of a mass shooting that occurred in the Chicago suburb of Aurora earlier Friday.

Representatives for Smollett did not immediately respond to a request for comment from TheWrap.

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Jussie Smollett Case: Two Suspects Released Without Charges as New Evidence Emerges

After two days of questioning, the Chicago Police Department announced Friday evening that it has released two suspects in the Jussie Smollett case without filing charges.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that detectives had developed new information in the case. Police no longer consider the men to be suspects.

“Due to new evidence as a result of today’s interrogations, the individuals questioned by police in the Empire case have now been released without charging and detectives have additional investigative work to complete,” he said.

Case Update: Due to new evidence as a result of today's interrogations, the individuals questioned
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The Great Oscar Crafts Mutiny: The Inside Story of How the Academy Backed Down

The Great Oscar Crafts Mutiny: The Inside Story of How the Academy Backed Down
When 76-year-old cinematographer John Bailey was elected to the presidency of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, he did so by promising to serve his supporters — the crafts. This week, they turned on him, which was the last thing he ever expected.

The AMPAS Board of Governors is a collection of three high-profile leaders from each of 17 branches, plus three more minority reps, Bailey, and Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. Put 54 voices in a room, and you’re herding cats. Many board members complain it’s impossible to make decisions with so many dissenting opinions. Some have suggested a smaller board might help to solve the problem, reducing the reps to two for each branch.

In any case, Bailey didn’t know what he was stepping into when he took the job. An alpha male accustomed to walking onto a set with authority, he has tried to lead the Academy.
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