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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Among Six Cast in FX Pilot ‘Gone Hollywood’

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‘Game of Thrones’ Star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau Among Six Cast in FX Pilot ‘Gone Hollywood’
Nikolaj Coster-Waldau is going Hollywood.

The “Game of Thrones” star is among six who have been cast to lead the FX pilot “Gone Hollywood,” which hails from Scott Rudin.

Set in 1980, “Gone Hollywood” centers on a group of talent agents who defect from an old-guard percentery to found their own, which skyrockets to industry dominance, disrupting the business and changing the industry forever. According to FX, the show will mix its fictional protagonists with real-life entertainment figures and events.

Coster-Waldau will play a character by the name of Jack DeVoe, and he will be joined by “Umbrella Academy” star John Magaro, “Mozart in the Jungle” lead Lola Kirke, veteran British actor Jonathan Pryce, “Taxi” alum Judd Hirsch, and Ben Schnetzer.

Magaro plays a character called Eli Zeller, Lola Kirke plays Abbie Jinks, Schnetzer plays Robbie Riese, Jonathan Pryce plays Benny Landau, and Judd Hirsch plays Lev Kertzman.

Nelson Franklin, Eric Lange,
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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 Studios Approaches Keanu Reeves For Nearly Every Movie They Make

Marvel Studios Approaches Keanu Reeves For Nearly Every Movie They Make
These days, it sure does seem like folks far and wide are catching Keanu Reeves Fever. Actually, it’s highly understandable because the guy has a number of box office hits and cult classics under his belt. After making a name for himself in the Bill & Ted movies, he then went on to star in Speed and The Matrix Trilogy, the latter of which remains a personal favorite of this writer. More recently, the John Wick series has won over audiences with its stylish action scenes and gorgeous cinematography. Oh yeah, there’s also the fact that Keanu just happens to be a really likable fella.

Knowing this, it’s no wonder that Kevin Feige and the rest of the brass over at Marvel Studios see Reeves as a hopeful addition to their cinematic universe. In fact, the head honcho said this in a recent interview:

“We talk to him
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Marvel Boss Explains How X-Men & Fantastic Four Are Being Brought Into the MCU

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Marvel Boss Explains How X-Men & Fantastic Four Are Being Brought Into the MCU
Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige explains how the Fox properties will be used in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. For one thing, Feige isn't in any rush, which has already been reported. With that being said, Feige has been preparing for the X-Men, Fantastic Four, and others to come join the McU for a long time. Marvel fans have been waiting quite a while too, but now seems like the perfect time for it all to go down.

Kevin Feige probably has to talk about the Disney and Fox deal on a daily basis. Regardless, when asked about the situation in a new interview promoting Spider-Man: Far From Home, Feige is excited to shed more light on the subject. Feige had this to say about the Fox properties such as X-Men and Fantastic Four, and how they'll be incorporated into the MCU.

"It's still early days, but it's been a fun exercise,
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Oscar Nominee Rachel Morrison to Make Directorial Debut on ‘Flint Strong’ for Universal

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Oscar Nominee Rachel Morrison to Make Directorial Debut on ‘Flint Strong’ for Universal
Rachel Morrison, DP on “Black Panther” and cinematographer on “Mudbound,” is in negotiations to make her feature directorial debut with Universal’s “Flint Strong,” which Barry Jenkins penned the script for.

“Flint Strong” will be based on the 2015 boxing documentary “T-Rex,” which was directed by Zackary Canepari and Drea Cooper.

Michael De Luca will produce via his Universal-based Michael De Luca Productions alongside Jenkins and De Luca Productions’ Elishia Holmes. Canepari and Cooper will executive produce.

“T-Rex” told the story of 17-year-old Claressa “T-rex” Shields, who is from Flint, Michigan and who had a dream of becoming the first woman to win an Olympic gold medal in boxing, which she achieved at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Then, she won her second gold medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Universal acquired her life rights and
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“Barry” Star Anthony Carrigan Will Play the “Relentless” Villain in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’

“Barry” Star Anthony Carrigan Will Play the “Relentless” Villain in ‘Bill & Ted Face the Music’
Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter will reunite in Hammerstone Studios and Orion’s upcoming Bill & Ted Face the Music, which will also star Samara Weaving (Mayhem) as Thea Preston, Bill’s daughter, and Brigette Lundy-Paine (“Atypical”) as Billie Logan, Ted’s daughter. Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi) is also on board, as is “Barry” actor Anthony Carrigan! THR reports that Carrigan will […]
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Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman Starring in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ for Netflix

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Viola Davis, Chadwick Boseman Starring in ‘Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom’ for Netflix
Viola Davis and Chadwick Boseman will star in the movie adaptation of the play “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” for Netflix.

George C. Wolfe (“Lackawanna Blues”) will direct from a script by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, based on the award-winning play by August Wilson. Other cast include Glynn Turman, Colman Domingo (“If Beale Street Could Talk”) and Michael Potts.

Denzel Washington is producing with Todd Black and Dany Wolf. Constanza Romero is executive producing. Academy Award winner Ann Roth is the costume designer and Branford Marsalis has been signed as the composer.

The story centers on Ma Rainey, the pioneering “Queen of the Blues,” during the time she is making a record in a studio in Chicago in 1927 with tensions boiling between her, her white agent and producer and her bandmates. The play won the 1985 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best American Play.

Netflix announced the project on Wednesday. Filming
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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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Hollywood Takes on Italy’s Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters

Hollywood Takes on Italy’s Vacation-Heavy Summer Season With Blockbusters
With upcoming movies such as “Toy Story 4,” “Men in Black: International” and “Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw,” Hollywood studios are finally taking the plunge this year and slotting their blockbusters in Italian cinemas during the summer, a time when residents traditionally hit the beach en masse.

For decades, the studios withheld their films from Italy in the summer season for fear of a dearth of cinema-goers, throwing the country’s release patterns out of kilter with the rest of Europe. The subsequent glut of movies during the rest of the year has turned Italy into a fast-burning market, with admissions plunging in 2018 to just shy of 86 million. It was the first time in 10 years that the number dropped below 90 million.

To help stop the hemorrhaging, the studios are changing course. At least 10 big releases have been set for the months of May through August, including “Godzilla: King of the Monsters
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Netflix Orders ‘Snabba Cash’ Series Based on Hit Movie Franchise from Sf Studios

Netflix has ordered a six-part original series based on the hit Swedish crime franchise “Snabba Cash” from Sf Studios.

Based on Jens Lapidus’s bestselling novels, the series is set in Stockholm’s gritty criminal underground ten years after the events depicted in the “Snabba Cash” movie trilogy. The society has become even more obsessed with status and money, while the entrepreneurial jet set as well as the criminal worlds have collided.

The show was developed by Oskar Söderlund, the acclaimed screenwriter behind “The Fat and the Angry,” together with Lapidus, a Swedish criminal defense lawyer and author who has sold more than 2.2 million books in Sweden alone.

Lapidus, who also serves as executive producer, said he had “been waiting for an opportunity to continue with Snabba Cash.” “The stories are still epic but also depict our time in an unfiltered light. It will be amazing”, said Lapidus.

Tesha Crawford,
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Phillippe Zdar, French Producer and Cassius Member, Dead at 50

Phillippe Zdar, a member of French electronic duo Cassius and a prominent producer, has died, Pitchfork reports. He was 50. A representative for Zdar told Pitchfork that the musician accidentally fell from “a high floor of an old building in Paris.”

Born Philippe Cerboneschi, he and Boom Bass (given name Hubert Blanc-Francard) first began releasing tracks under the moniker Cassius in the mid-Nineties, which led to remix projects with artists such as Air. Their debut album was titled after the year it was released, 1999. In 2002, their sophomore album, Au Rêve, included
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Marvel Studios Boss Says Studio Talks to Keanu Reeves ‘Almost Every Film We Make’

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Marvel Studios Boss Says Studio Talks to Keanu Reeves ‘Almost Every Film We Make’
Fans of both the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the films of Keanu Reeves have so far been forced to enjoy both separately, but according to Marvel Studios boss Kevin Feige, Marvel has been trying to recruit Reeves for years.

Speaking this week to Comicbook.com about “Spider-Man: Far From Home,” Feige was asked if Marvel has ever reached out to Keanu for anything.

“We talk to him for almost every film we make,” Feige said. “I don’t know when, if, or ever he’ll join the McU, but we very much want to figure out the right way to do it.” Whoah.

Also Read: 'Spider-Man: Far From Home' Early Reactions Say Film Delivers Humor and Closure After 'Endgame'

Feige specifically compared Reeves to Jake Gyllenhaal. Apparently, Marvel has also talked to Gyllenhaal “multiple times” before landing him as the villain “Mysterio” in “Far From Home,
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The Rs Politics 2020 Democratic Primary Leaderboard

The 2020 Democratic primary battle is starting to sort out as a struggle between change agents and restorationists. For now, the restoration wing of the Democratic Party, fronted by Joe Biden, has a lead.

The former vice president, promising a reset from Trump (but offering little in the way of policy specifics), has surged to a nearly 20 point advantage, nationally. That is impressive. Full stop. But Biden is also maxing out below 40 percent support in the polls, despite near-universal name recognition.

This low ceiling should give the change agents in the race hope.
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Biden Rejects Calls to Apologize for Praise of Segregationist

Biden Rejects Calls to Apologize for Praise of Segregationist
Joe Biden has refused to apologize for remarks in which he praised the “civility” of an arch-segregationist Mississippi senator he used to collaborate with. He has called on the critics of his remarks, in particular 2020 rival Cory Booker, to make amends, instead. “Cory should apologize. He knows better,” Biden said. “I’ve not a racist bone in my body.”

The controversy began at a fundraiser on Tuesday night. Biden was lamenting the decline of comity in America’s political culture when his remarks took a dark detour. The former vice
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Nick Cannon’s ‘Wild ‘N Out’ to Expand to VH1 Next Month (Exclusive Video)

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Nick Cannon’s ‘Wild ‘N Out’ to Expand to VH1 Next Month (Exclusive Video)
Nick Cannon’s “Wild ‘N Out” franchise will expand to a new network this summer with a run on VH1, the network announced on Wednesday.

The new run of episodes of the improv comedy series will air on the MTV sister network beginning Sunday, July 7. Guests will include stars from “Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood,” and “Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta,” as well as Wiz Khalifa, Marlon Wayans, Swizz Beatz, T-Pain, Anderson .Paak, Tiny Harris, Ne-Yo, NeNe Leakes, Vinny Guadagnino, Ronnie Ortiz-Magro, Sofi Tukker, Lupe Fiasco, Akon, Perez Hilton, Marshmello and A$AP Ferg.

In addition to the regular show, the franchise also includes a YouTube channel, live tours, a restaurant chain and merchandise. In August, “Wild ‘N Out” will also get its own channel on Pluto TV, the live television service acquired by Viacom earlier this year.

Also Read: 'Lindsay Lohan's Beach Club' Canceled After One Season at MTV

Earlier this year,
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James Holzhauer Donates Part of His ‘Jeopardy!’ Winnings to Pancreatic Cancer in Alex Trebek’s Name

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Former “Jeopardy!” contestant James Holzhauer has donated a portion of his $2,462,216 winnings to a charity that raises money for pancreatic cancer — in Alex Trebek’s name.

Trebek, who has publicly addressed his battle with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer, thanked Holzhauer’s daughter Natasha for a handmade “get well soon” card she’d given him during an her father’s final episode of “Jeopardy!”

That spurred Ann Zediker, a resident of Naperville, Illinois who watched Holzhauer during his run on the game show, to reach out and invite him to come walk in a pancreatic cancer walk she founded in honor of her late father, who died of the same illness.

Also Read: 'Jeopardy!' Producer Says Show Will Take 'Very, Very, Very Appropriate' Action Against Holzhauer-Video Leaker

Holzhauer couldn’t attend the walk, but he decided to donate to the cause — he gave the charity $1,109.14, a number that references his daughter’s date of birth.
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