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Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)

Kristen Wiig to Star in Apple Comedy Series From Reese Witherspoon (Exclusive)
Kristen Wiig is returning to the small screen.

In a competitive situation with multiple outlets bidding, Apple has landed a 10-episode comedy series executive produced by and starring the Saturday Night Live grad. The project, inspired by Curtis Sittenfeld's upcoming short-story collection You Think It, I'll Say It and produced by Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine banner, is the tech giant's first scripted comedy pickup.

Colleen McGuinness (30 Rock) created the series and serves as showrunner. She will exec produce alongside Witherspoon, her Hello Sunshine topper Lauren Neustadter and Wiig. Sittenfeld is on board as a consulting producer. A studio is...
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‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere

‘The Tick’ Season 2 Greenlit by Amazon Studios, Set for 2019 Premiere
Amazon Studios has ordered a second season of “The Tick,” the reboot of the offbeat superhero series based on the popular comic.

Series creator Ben Edlund (“Firefly,” “Supernatural,” “Gotham”) will return along with leads Peter Serafinowicz (“Guardians of the Galaxy”) as The Tick and Griffin Newman (“Search Party”) as Arthur, with additional casting to be announced.

The Tick” season 2 will comprise 10 episodes and will begin production in 2018. It’s expected to premiere in 2019 exclusively on Prime Video in over 200 countries. The half-hour series is produced by Sony Pictures Television for Amazon Studios.

As previously announced, Amazon will premiere the highly anticipated second half of The Tick’s first season on Feb. 23, 2018, featuring six all-new episodes of the show.

“Ben has created a resounding hit while Peter and Griffin have brought Tick and Arthur to indelible life,” Sharon Yguado, Amazon Studios head of scripted series, said in announcing the renewal. “We can’t wait to bring fans more
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TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW

TV Ratings: 'Black Lightning' Gets a Promising Premiere on CW
Good news for the CW. It seems the network still hasn't exhausted its viewers' appetite for superhero shows.

Black Lightning joined the lineup on Tuesday night, making it the fifth comic book series on the network — seventh, if you're counting genre-divergent entries iZombie and Riverdale. The first hour pulled a strong 0.8 rating among adults 18-49 and 2.3 million viewers. Those numbers are quite sound by CW standards, especially when you consider the fact that lead-in The Flash, the CW's No. 1 series, only performed incrementally better. Black Lightning shared The Flash's score in the key demo and lost fewer...
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10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018

10 Buzziest Films at Sundance Film Festival 2018
Studio executives flock to Park City hoping to find the next big thing in indie film. It’s a chance to get their hands on the newest “The Big Sick,” the kind of powerful movie that has what it takes to break out into the mainstream. A number of films heading to the festival are already generating heat, sight unseen. Variety runs down the movies that are most likely to spark all-night bidding wars.

Damsel

Cast: Robert Pattinson, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Forster

Directors: David Zellner & Nathan Zellner

Sales agent: ICM

Why Buyers Are Circling:

Pattinson may have hung up the fangs, but the “Twilight” star still commands crowds (particularly overseas). This offbeat western sounds like a change of pace for the recovering tween idol.
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Star Ellen Pompeo Signs for 2 More Seasons at Record $20 Million Per Year
Ellen Pompeo has renewed her contract on Shonda Rhimes’ “Grey’s Anatomy” through seasons 15 and 16, becoming the highest paid dramatic actress on TV at a record $20 million per year, according to media reports. The new deal would provide Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit for the upcoming firefighter spin-off, The Hollywood Reporter wrote. More to come…
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Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)

Mary Elizabeth Winstead to Star Opposite Will Smith in 'Gemini Man' (Exclusive)
Mary Elizabeth Winstead has nabbed the female lead in Gemini Man, the Will Smith action thriller that Ang Lee is directing.

Skydance and Paramount are behind the project, which is eyeing a February start.

The project sees Smith playing two opposing roles: one of Henry, an aging assassin who wants to get out of the business, and that of his ultimate opponent, a clone who is 25 years younger and at the peak of his abilities that has been tasked to kill him.

Winstead, who beat out Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany for the role, will play an operative who...
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J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)

J.J. Abrams Shopping TV Space Drama Script (Exclusive)
J.J. Abrams, currently immersed in the Star Wars feature film universe, is plotting his return to TV writing.

The prolific writer, producer and director is shopping a space-set spec script that, should it go to series, would be the first show he wrote and created since Fringe in 2008. Sources say Apple and HBO — where Abrams serves as an Ep on Westworld — are both in the running for the untitled drama, with producers Warner Bros. Television also open to additional bidders as the project is still being shopped. Warners, Apple and HBO all declined comment.

Sources say the Abrams...
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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3

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‘True Detective': Scoot McNairy to Join Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo for Season 3
Scoot McNairy is the latest addition to the “True Detective” Season 3 cast, a spokesperson told TheWrap Tuesday.

The “Godless” star joins Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the HBO drama’s upcoming run that focuses on a macabre crime in the Ozarks. The third season spans several decades and is divided into three separate time periods. McNairy will play Tom, a father with connections to state police. Ali plays state police detective Wayne Hays; Dorff plays his partner Roland West; and Ejogo plays Amelia Reardon, an Arkansas schoolteacher.
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9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!

9-1-1 Renewed for Second Season by Fox!
Fox has a hit on its hands!!

The thrilling new first responders drama, 9-1-1, from creators Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Tim Minear, has been renewed for a second season, it was announced today by Gary Newman and Dana Walden, Chairmen & CEOs, Fox Television Group.

“With a bold concept, award-winning stars and a flawless execution, Ryan, Brad and Tim have done it again,” said Walden and Newman.
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Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)

Jessica Chastain, Octavia Spencer to Reunite for Holiday Comedy (Exclusive)
Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer are reuniting in a new film.

The Help” co-stars will lead a holiday comedy for Universal.

Following a heated bidding war, the studio won the rights to the untitled pitch from Chastain’s Freckle Films.

Chastain and Kelly Carmichael wrote the original treatment and “Crazy Rich Asians” scribe Peter Chiarelli is on board to pen the script. Chastain is attached to produce with her company Freckle Films, along with Maven Pictures. Carmichael, Celine Rattray, and Trudie Styler will also produce.

Universal beat out Fox and Paramount for the pitch, which follows two women fighting the elements to make it home for Christmas.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee the project for Universal.

The movie marks a re-team for Chastain and Spencer, who each earned an Oscar nomination for the smash hit “The Help,” with Spencer ultimately taking home the trophy for best supporting actress. Since
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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)

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STX President Sophie Watts Exits Over CEO Robert Simonds’ Alleged Harassment (Exclusive)
STX Entertainment President Sophie Watts is leaving her role at the entertainment company after complaining of harassment by her boss CEO Robert Simonds, according to two individuals with knowledge of the situation.

Watts has been absent from STX since at least December, but her official resignation was expected imminently.

Reached for comment, Watts said, “I can’t comment on any of this.”

TheWrap attempted to reach Simonds by email and phone, with no reply. Company spokeswoman Patti Rockenwagner also did not respond to multiple emails and phone calls
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As Montecito Recovers From Mudslide, Santa Barbara Film Festival to Open As Planned on Jan. 31

As Montecito, just south of Santa Barbara, recovers from the deadly mudslide that hit Jan. 10, the 33rd Santa Barbara Film Festival, which opens Jan. 31, will continue as planned, the festival announced today.

While the 101 Freeway, the main artery that connects Los Angeles with Santa Barbara is still closed in the Montecito area as clean-up efforts continue, it is expected to reopen to traffic sometime next week. Caltrans issued an update on its progress yesterday, saying, "It will still be at least six more days of clean-up and repairs with no specific opening estimate yet." 

"Many people have...
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UniFrance Rendez-Vous: Studiocanal Rolls Out ‘Return of the Hero,’ with Jean Dujardin and Melanie Laurent, and ‘Jealous,’  with Karin Viard (Exclusive)

Paris — European film-tv powerhouse Studiocanal has rolled out robust sales on Laurent Tirard’s anticipated “Return of the Hero,” starring Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (“The Artist”) and nominee Melanie Laurent (“Inglourious Basterds”), one of the most anticipated of market debuts at this week’s UniFrance Rendez-Vous in Paris.

Also clinching international deals on “Jealous,” uniting Karin Viard, the most popular actress in France, and directors David and Stéphane Foenkinos (“Delicacy”), “Return of the Hero” and “Jealous” will screen in Paris as Studiocanal celebrates 2017 as its best year in over a decade at the French box office where it ranked No. 1 among French distributors – for only the third time in its history – and No. 4 overall – after Disney, Upi and Fox – punching 15.5 million admissions. The last time that Studiocanal topped French distributors charts was 2006. Studiocanal’s top three releases in 2017 are currently all French: “alibi.com,” (3.6 million), “Marry Me, Dude” (2.5 million) and “School of Life” (1.9 million).

Set in 1809, and
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Michael Wolff’s ‘Fire and Fury’ Book About Trump White House to Be Adapted for TV

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Michael Wolff’s bombshell book about the Donald Trump administration, “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is headed to the small screen. Rights to the best-selling tell-all have been acquired by Endeavor Content, TheWrap has learned. Wolff will executive produce the series with Two Cities Television CEO Michael Jackson. No network is attached to the project yet. “Fire and Fury,” published earlier this month, became a best-seller after an excerpt was published in New York magazine and portrayed a version of the Trump administration run by chaos. Former adviser Steve Bannon was quoted in the story calling Donald Trump Jr.’s...
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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

Michael Wolff’s “Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House” is being eyed for an adaptation into a television series, Variety has confirmed.

Endeavor Content has purchased the film and television rights to the book, which goes inside the first year of Donald Trump’s presidency. It largely portrays Trump as unprepared for the enormity of his office, and that he is unable to focus his attention on policy details. The book also includes quotes from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who referred to the 2016 meeting between Donald Trump Jr. and a Russian lawyer as “treasonous.” Bannon eventually resigned his position at Breitbart News over the furor caused by his statements.

The book proved to be an immediate best-seller and was sold out at bookstores in several major cities the day it was released.

No studio is currently attached to the project. Wolff will serve as an executive producer on the project with former
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Deadpool Wishes Betty White a Happy Birthday

Deadpool Wishes Betty White a Happy Birthday
Living legend Betty White turned 96 Wednesday, and one of her biggest fans is marking the occasion.

The official Deadpool Twitter account shared an image of the Marvel antihero (Ryan Reynolds) holding a martini and a hotdog, while looking at a photo of White as she eats a hot dog.

"Happy Birthday to the one and only @BettyMWhite. Cheers to another year of ‘Tinis and Weenies!" the photo was captioned.

Happy Birthday to the one and only @BettyMWhite. Cheers to another year of ‘Tinis and Weenies! pic.twitter.com/vf3gP0G6pZ

Deadpool Movie (@deadpoolmovie) January...
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Mark Gordon, James Patterson Team for Aaron Hernandez Movie

The Mark Gordon Company has picked up the movie rights to the upcoming James Patterson book, All-American Murder: The Rise and Fall of Aaron Hernandez, the Superstar Whose Life Ended on Murderer’s Row.

Mgc’s Mark Gordon and Matt Jackson will produce the project with Bill Robinson and Leopoldo Gout.

Patterson, who wrote the book with Alex Abramovich and Mike Harvkey, will exec produce. All-American Murder will be published by Little, Brown and Company on Jan. 22, 2018.

Hernandez was a star tight end with the New England Patriots who was arrested for murdering a football player who was dating his fiancee’s sister. He was...
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Happy 96th Birthday, Betty White! Watch 9 of Her All-Time Best TV Moments (Videos)

Happy 96th Birthday, Betty White! Watch 9 of Her All-Time Best TV Moments (Videos)
Betty White is so beloved at this point that younger audiences who have never seen an episode of “The Golden Girls” or “The Mary Tyler Moore” show still adore her sweet charms and warm smile before surprising with a dirty joke or a clever jab. At 96, she’s still an American treasure doing some great work. Here’s a look at some of her best moments. “I’ve been smiling for 11 years!” As Sue Ann Nivens on “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” we were introduced to an actress who could never not be smiling, even as she poured her heart out. “I...
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That Time Frank Sinatra Tried to Stop a Serial Killer (Podcast)

That Time Frank Sinatra Tried to Stop a Serial Killer (Podcast)
In 1981, Sammy Davis Jr. enlisted his friend Frank Sinatra to help stop a serial killer. Someone was killing African-American boys in Atlanta, and the city was burning through money trying to capture him. Davis convinced Sinatra to join him for a benefit concert at the Atlanta Civic Center, where police thought their efforts might have another benefit — drawing out the killer. That’s one of the surreal stories told in the second episode of the excellent new podcast “Atlanta Monster,” and it’s the focus of our latest “Shoot This Now,” in which Matt Donnelly and I talk about incredible stories...
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