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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios

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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios
The most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially ramping up for her big-screen encore. Disney’s Marvel Studios has officially begun production on the sequel to Captain Marvel (2019), the billion-dollar hit that energized and expanded the hitmaker studio’s young female constituency.

Brie Larson will return as the intrepid Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, a former military pilot who taps into cosmic energies that make her a powerhouse champion for Earth when interplanetary dangers threaten the fragile globe. Larson’s no-nonsense hero also packed a wallop at the box office, with $1.13 billion in global box office.

A Marvel source says that Megan McDonnell, part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ McU series WandaVision, is in advanced negotiations to chart the course for Captain Marvel’s second cinematic solo flight. The original film was the 22nd Marvel Studios film, but the first with a female hero as the lead title character.
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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Dies at 85

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Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS News Anchor, Dies at 85
Jim Lehrer, the longtime anchor of “PBS NewsHour,” died Thursday, the network confirms. He was 85.

Lehrer rose to prominence in the 1970s anchoring “The MacNeil/Lehrer Report” with colleague Robert MacNeil. The program was renamed “PBS NewsHour” in 2009. Lehrer filled the anchor role for nearly four decades.

“It is with great sadness that I share the news that co-founder and longtime anchor of the ‘PBS NewsHour’ Jim Lehrer died today, Thursday, January 23, 2020, peacefully in his sleep at home,” Judy Woodruff, Lehrer’s colleague and current “PBS NewsHour” anchor, wrote in a statement.

“I’m heartbroken at the loss of someone who was central to my professional life, a mentor to me and someone whose friendship I’ve cherished for decades,” Woodruff added. “I’ve looked up to him as the standard for fair, probing and thoughtful journalism and I know countless others who feel the same way.”

Lehrer, born May
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Patrick Stewart Formally Invites Whoopi Goldberg Onboard For ‘Picard’ Season 2

Patrick Stewart Formally Invites Whoopi Goldberg Onboard For ‘Picard’ Season 2
The “Star Trek” fanbase is bubbling with anticipation as the eagerness mounts for the premiere of “Star Trek: Picard.” Returning to portray the titular role, the noble Jean-Luc Picard of Starfleet, is Sir Patrick Stewart.

Lately, Stewart has been appearing at special premiere events and promoting the series in other ways.
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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies at 29

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Former ‘Bachelorette’ Contestant Tyler Gwozdz Dies at 29
Former “Bachelorette” contestant Tyler Gwozdz has died at the age of 29, multiple outlets report.

He appeared on the latest season of the dating series in 2019, where he briefly courted “BacheloretteHannah Brown before being abruptly removed from her season with no explanation from the show. He was known as Tyler G. to Bachelor Nation, so as not to be confused with the ever-popular Tyler Cameron, who landed in Brown’s final two.

According to TMZ, Gwozdz died Wednesday after being hospitalized for a suspected drug overdose.
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Betty Gilpin to Play Ann Coulter on ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’

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Betty Gilpin to Play Ann Coulter on ‘Impeachment: American Crime Story’
Glow” star Betty Gilpin has been cast as Ann Coulter in Ryan Murphy’s “Impeachment: American Crime Story,” an FX spokesperson told TheWrap Thursday.

The upcoming third season of the anthology series centers on the impeachment of President Bill Clinton (who will be portrayed by Clive Owen), following his affair with former White House intern Monica Lewinksy (Beanie Feldstein).

Along with Owen and Feldstein, “Impeachment” stars Sarah Paulson as Lewinsky confidante Linda Tripp, Annaleigh Ashfor as Paula Jones and Billy Eichner as conservative journalist Matt Drudge.

Also Read: Billy Eichner to Play Journalist Matt Drudge on FX's 'American Crime Story: Impeachment'

Gilpin’s addition to the cast marks her first role within the Murphyverse.

Sarah Burgess writes and will executive produce “Impeachment” alongside Murphy, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Brad Falchuk, Larry Karaszewski, Scott Alexander, Alexis Martin Woodall, Hannah Fidell and Paulson. Lewinsky will serve as a producer on the season,
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John Karlen, Actor in ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ Dies at 86

John Karlen, Actor in ‘Dark Shadows’ and ‘Cagney & Lacey,’ Dies at 86
Emmy-winning actor John Karlen, best known for his work on the television series “Dark Shadows” and “Cagney & Lacey,” has died. He was 86.

Karlen died Wednesday of congestive heart failure at a hospice in Burbank, Calif., his friend and spokesperson Jim Pierson told the Associated Press.

The actor played conman and scoundrel Willie Loomis on “Dark Shadows,” replacing James Hall, who had abruptly left the show after five episodes. He later played several other roles for the horror soap series that aired on ABC from 1966 to 1971. The Dark Shadows News posted about the news on Twitter.
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Obi-Wan Kenobi Series at Disney Plus Loses Writer, Seeks to Overhaul Scripts

Pre-production on the Obi-Wan Kenobi-focused TV series in the works at Disney Plus has been put on hold as the streamer and Lucasfilm look to overhaul early scripts and find new writers, sources tell Variety.

Hossein Amini had been attached to write. The news follows recent talk that the entire series was being scrapped altogether.

Ewan McGregor confirmed last August that he would be reprising the role of Obi-Wan Kenobi in the series, and Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy had said then that “we have all the scripts written” and that shooting was slated to begin in 2020. McGregor played the Jedi
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Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows

Outgoing Sundance Festival Director John Cooper Reflects on 30 Years of Highs and Lows
John Cooper, the outgoing director of the Sundance Film Festival, has been on Robert Redford’s payroll for 30 years.

Many in the small world of Hollywood, and the even smaller ecosystem of global film festivals, braced at the announcement last June that Cooper would step down, taking with him decades of institutional memory. Cooper spoke with Variety about his long Park City experience and the past 11 years spent in the director role.

Hotel hangouts with Tammy Faye Bakker, mad dashes to accommodate Anna Wintour, mounting Quentin Tarantino’s feature-length film debut and donating the festival’s chic Kenneth Cole staff jackets to a good cause all came up as Cooper revisited his long and fruitful Sundance run. Read his full exit interview below.

Have you become sentimental or reflective in these past months?

Over a year ago I started thinking about how my time was coming to an end, but
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‘Obi-Wan’ Disney+ Series Delayed ‘Indefinitely,’ London Crew Sent Home

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Production on the Disney+ Series “Obi-Wan” has been placed on hold indefinitely, and the crew at Pinewood Studios in London has been sent home, Collider reported Thursday.

Representatives for Disney and Lucasfilm have not responded to TheWrap’s request for comment, but The Hollywood Reporter reported that the show is undergoing a retooling. THR also reports that Lucafilm is searching for a new writer and the show’s episode order has been reduced from six to four episodes.

This new development is entirely unrelated to the hoax report last week that the show had been cancelled. That rumor was started by a joke Twitter account called @DicsussingFilm and later picked up unsourced by a couple of fansites. An individual with direct knowledge told TheWrap at the time that the report of the show’s cancellation was “completely inaccurate” and that it remained in development on schedule.

Also Read: No, the
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DGA Awards: What ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Rookies Did Right

DGA Awards: What ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Rookies Did Right
Writer/directors Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz are among the nominees for the DGA’s Outstanding First-Time Feature Film Director for 2019. The honor came after an unbelievable year for the partners, as they not only delivered their little movie that could, “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” which scored raves and the Narrative Spotlight Audience Award at SXSW, but landed a distribution deal with Roadside Attractions, which took them to over $20 million at the domestic box office. That doesn’t happen much anymore.

How did Nilson and Schwartz pull off this rare feat? Like many breakouts, the short filmmakers listened to their own intuition, crafted a unique story that touched them, and found gifted producers to back them.

Eight years ago in 2011, they met a young actor with Down syndrome, Zack Gottsagen, at a Venice camp for actors with disabilities. “We were enamored by him as a human being,” said Nilson in a telephone interview.
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Zion Williamson’s Pelicans Debut Is a Ratings Slam Dunk

With ratings in a slump so far this season, the NBA has needed someone to come off the bench and ball out. Cue the New Orleans Pelicans debut of Zion Williamson.

The much-heralded number 1 pick from the 2019 draft had sat out the first 44 games of the Pelicans’ season with a knee injury, but last night, he announced himself on basketball’s biggest stage in style, and viewers tuned in to watch.

Wednesday’s game may have ended in a narrow 121-117 defeat for the Pelicans against the San Antonio Spurs, but the victory really went to ESPN, as it delivered
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TV News Roundup: VH1 Announces ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 Contestants

TV News Roundup: VH1 Announces ‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Season 12 Contestants
In today’s TV news roundup, VH1 revealed the contestants for the upcoming season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” and the Oprah Winfrey Network renewed several of its unscripted series.

Casting

VH1 revealed the 13 queens that will be competing on the 12th season of “RuPaul’s Drag Race” are Aidenn Zhane, Bria, Crystal Methyd, Dahlia Sin, Gigi Goode, Heidi N Closet, Jackie Cox, Jaida Essence Hall, Jan, Nicky Doll, Rock M. Sakura, Sherry Pie and Widow Von’Du. The season will premiere Feb. 28 at 8 p.m. on the cabler.

David Arquette will guest star on an upcoming episode of “Deputy,“ Variety has learned exclusively.
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Harvey Weinstein’s Defense Plays Old David Letterman Clip of Annabella Sciorra Joking About Lying

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Harvey Weinstein’s Defense Plays Old David Letterman Clip of Annabella Sciorra Joking About Lying
Harvey Weinstein’s defense team closed out its lengthy cross-examination of actress Annabella Sciorra on Thursday with a clip of a 1997 interview with David Letterman, where the actress joked that she’d sometimes make up stories about herself while doing press tours.

While Weinstein’s lawyers apparently sought to discredit Sciorra’s testimony that the mogul had raped her in her Manhattan apartment around 1993, the prosecution was quick to counter that Sciorra’s appearance on the show was intended to be comedic.

In the clip, Sciorra — who was doing press to promote her latest film at the time, “Cop Land” — said she would “fib” and “make up quite elaborate stories” in answering questions she didn’t feel comfortable about. One such lie, she told Letterman, was that she said her father raised iguanas for the circus.

Also Read: Annabella Sciorra Testifies Harvey Weinstein Raped Her: 'My Body Shut Down'

Weinstein attorney Donna Rotunno,
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‘Outmatched’ With Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson: TV Review

The latest variation on network sitcoms’ beloved “a family, but with [x complication],” Fox’s “Outmatched” flips the usual parent-child dynamic on its head by following an Atlantic City family, including three bonafide genius kids who are too smart for their bewildered parents to understand. Each time one of their children tests off the charts, Mike (Jason Biggs) and Cay (Maggie Lawson) groan in preemptive exhaustion, imagining all the highbrow projects and questions their progeny will have for them that they, in turn, have no idea how to handle. They, as every other joke reminds us with the bluntness of a neon billboard,
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NBC Orders Comedy Pilots From Seth Meyers, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ Co-Creator Dan Goor, ’30 Rock’ Writers

It must be a pretty funny day at NBC.

After ordering two comedy pilots this morning, the network has commissioned three more, all from a cluster of creatives who have previous experience on some of the Peacock’s biggest comedies.

The first pilot is a single-camera comedy titled “Crazy For You,” which has “Saturday Night Live” producer and “Silicon Valley” writer Rachele Lynn in place to write and co-executive produce. The Universal Television, Broadway Video and Sethmaker Shoemeyers Productions project counts Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels and Mike Shoemaker among its EPs.

Crazy For You” revolves around Daisy who, with her life stalling,
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TV Pilot Season 2020: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

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It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.

TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.

Check back often for regular updates.

ABC: Comedy / Drama

CBS: Comedy / Drama

The CW: Drama

Fox: Comedy / Drama

NBC: Comedy / Drama

ABC Comedy

My Village

Writer(s): Kari Lizer

Studio: Sony Pictures Television, ABC Studios

Logline: An empty-nester mom wonders how she ended up alone while her children live their best lives thousands of miles away. She decides her place is with her family and as she reinserts herself into their lives, her kids realize they might actually need her more than they thought.(Multi-camera)

Prospect

Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing-Graham,
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Stylist Michael Fisher Discusses Sam Rockwell’s Red Carpet Looks

Stylist Michael Fisher Discusses Sam Rockwell’s Red Carpet Looks
Stylist Michael Fisher wanted Sam Rockwell’s looks to reflect his dynamic acting: “Sam and I gravitate towards color and pattern.”

Sept. 8

“It’s a celebration with Sam every time we have a fitting,” says stylist Michael Fisher of longtime client Rockwell. “He’s

such a vibrant, amazing actor and personality, and he really enjoys these moments, so every time we do something, I always want to make it as fun and special and unique as possible.” Rockwell arrived at the Toronto festival premiere of “Jojo Rabbit” in this purple Gucci suit and pale shirt. “Sam’s character was like this closeted Nazi. The whole movie walks this line of dealing with a very serious subject matter, but it’s so humorous that I wanted the clothes to have a sense of humor and lyricism and not be so serious.”

Oct. 15

For the Hollywood “Jojo Rabbit” event, Rockwell donned a
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Elton John, Randy Newman, Cynthia Erivo to Perform at 2020 Oscars

Elton John, Randy Newman, Cynthia Erivo to Perform at 2020 Oscars
Elton John, Randy Newman and Cynthia Erivo will perform their Best Original Song-nominated tracks at this year’s Oscars, the Academy announced Thursday.

Idina Menzel with Aurora and Chrissy Metz are also booked for the 2020 Academy Awards, airing live on February 9th.

John will deliver his and Bernie Taupin’s “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again” from Rocketman, while Newman — who is also nominated for Best Original Score for his Marriage Story work — will perform his Toy Story 4 tune “I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away.”

Also nominated for
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Phish Map 2020 Summer Tour

Phish have announced 2020 summer tour dates.

The extensive 27-date trek will kick off on July 14th at the Matthew Knight Arena in Eugene, Oregon. The band will play multi-night stands in several cities, including three shows at the Gorge Amphitheater in George, Washington, from July 17th through the 19th, as well as three nights in Atlantic City on August 14th through 16th.

The band will also return to Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City, Colorado, for their annual Labor Day event — which was threatened last year due to plague-infected prairie dogs.
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‘La Llorona’ Film Review: Jayro Bustamante Examines Real-Life Historical Horror in Impressive Third Feature

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‘La Llorona’ Film Review: Jayro Bustamante Examines Real-Life Historical Horror in Impressive Third Feature
For his third and most tonally adventurous feature to date, socially perceptive writer-director Jayro Bustamante repurposes one of Latin America’s most ubiquitous supernatural legends to fiercely examine genocide against indigenous people in his native Guatemala. Invoking genre narrative devices, the entrancingly evocative “La Llorona” (“The Weeping Woman”) walks between fact and myth to engender a shrewdly frightening piece of political horror.

Sadistic military dictator General Enrique Monteverde (Julio Diaz), a fictionalized incarnation of the country’s former president Efraín Ríos Montt, stands accused of sanctioning the murder of thousands of Maya Ixil people in the Central American nation between 1982 and 1983. Battling health complications but still refusing to accept any fault, Monteverde is found guilty thanks to the courageous testimony of Ixil women still mourning their dead. Bustamante shoots the courtroom as a spiritual confessional devoid of natural light.

Notwithstanding the evidence, Monteverde’s accomplices in power swiftly dismiss the verdict against the ailing villain.
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