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‘Fire and Fury’ to Be Adapted Into TV Series

‘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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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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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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William Friedkin’s Real-Life Exorcist Doc ‘The Devil & Father Amorth’ Lands at The Orchard

The Orchard has acquired worldwide rights to director William Friedkin’s real-life exorcism documentary “The Devil & Father Amorth,” the company announced Wednesday. The company plans an April 20 theatrical release for the doc, which records an actual exorcism performed by the Vatican’s Father Gabriele Amorth as he fights to expel Satan from an Italian woman. The film, produced by Ld Entertainment’s Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon, arrives 45 years after Friedkin directed the blockbuster, “The Exorcist.” Friedkin had received permission to travel to Rome and meet with 91-year-old Father Gabriele Amorth, the “Vatican Exorcist,” to film a real-life exorcism. Also Read: 'It'...
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Why Stefon Diggs, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and David Harbour Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week

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Why Stefon Diggs, Arie Luyendyk Jr., and David Harbour Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week
Check out the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters. A Vikings wide receiver, the latest bachelor and a “Stranger Things” fan favorite had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days. The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Jan. 10-16 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV. Also Read: 9 Things You Didn't See on TV From the New...
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Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil Join Miami Film Festival 2018 Marquee Lineup; Exclusive

Miami Dade College’s (Mdc) Miami Film Festival (Mff) is importing film artists Jean-Marc Barr and Mateo Gil to accompany two Marquee events at the international festival’s upcoming 35th anniversary edition (March 9 – 18). The Miami Film Festival, under director Jaie Laplante, showcases Ibero-American cinema — and rising talent –and provides a North American launch pad for new international and documentary films.

In the last five years, the Festival has screened films from more than 60 countries, including 300 World, International, North American, U.S. and East Coast Premieres, and attracted more than 60,000 attendees, including 400 filmmakers and industry professionals.

The Festival’s Marquee series features screenings along with in-depth conversations with contemporary film personalities. Spanish filmmaker Mateo Gil will present the World premiere of his latest film, “The Laws of Thermodynamics” (“Las leyes de la termodinámica”), a romantic comedy starring Vito Sanz (“Maria (and the Others)”) as a Sciences graduate student who blames his disastrous
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TV Review: ‘Corporate’ on Comedy Central

The new Comedy Central sitcom “Corporate” tells mordant tales from inside the halls of a massive, wealthy corporation called Hamilton DeVille — a thoroughly evil producer of agricultural products, pharmaceuticals, home appliances, and, you know, military-grade weapons. It’s sort of like if Ge and Halliburton became some kind of ultra-mega-corporation — like “Mr. Robot’s” E Corp. The massive company is a warren of cubicles spanning a seemingly infinite number of floors, populated by every weirdo you are currently trying to avoid in your own office. And it’s all the same: Tepid coffee, office plants withering under fluorescent lights, awkward mingling around free cake, branding strategy conference calls. Work culture is the awful equalizer of the military-industrial-politico-media complex; we are a culture collectively doomed to endure PowerPoint presentations.

Junior executives in training Jake and Matt (Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson, who co-created the show with director Pat Bishop) are mid-level sellouts with a lot of self-loathing — but, of
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'West Wing' Cast to Reunite for Benefit Reading of 'All the President's Men'

'West Wing' Cast to Reunite for Benefit Reading of 'All the President's Men'
The cast of The West Wing will reunite for a special reading of the Oscar-winning screenplay of All the President's Men on Jan. 27, with all proceeds going to the Society of Professional Journalists, the group has announced.

Castmembers Bradley Whitford (who also stars in Steven Spielberg's The Post), Joshua Malina, Richard Schiff, Ed Begley, Jr. and Jeff Perry will head the cast of the event at the Fountain Theatre in Los Angeles, in partnership with the City of Los Angeles.

The free event, hosted by Los Angeles City Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell, will be held at 7:30 p.m. on...
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Average Price of a Movie Ticket Soars to $8.97 in 2017

While the average price of a movie ticket in the U.S. rose to $8.97 in 2017, an increase of 3.69 percent, total domestic box office in North America dropped by 2.55 percent to $11.091 billion, according to information released Wednesday by the National Association of Theater Owners.

Despite the increase in ticket prices, the overall decline in ticket revenue was caused by a drop in overall admissions, which fell by 6.03 percent to $1.236 billion.

While the average ticket price hit $8.97, it remained below the cost of an average ticket in 1977 when adjusted for inflation. Back then a...
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U.S. Movie Ticket Sales Plunged 6% in 2017, Thanks to Lousy Summer

Thanks to the worst summer in a decade, U.S. movie admissions slid 6% last year to 1.24 billion for the lowest number since 1995, the National Association of Theatre Owners (Nato) has reported.

North American box office for the year declined 2.55% to $11.09 billion, Nato said Wednesday. That figure was slightly lower than the $11.12 billion estimate released at the end of the year by box office tracker comScore.

Nato pointed to a summer shortfall without naming titles as the key reason for the declines. The summer saw several high-profile titles such as “The Mummy,” “Baywatch,” “Transformers: the Last Knight,” and “The Dark Tower” perform well under expectations.

“2017 highlighted once again the importance of a balanced, 52 week movie calendar,” Nato said. “A record Q1 (in box office and admissions) was offset by a disappointing summer, with a range of sequels that were not embraced by audiences in the numbers we are accustomed to. Summer 2017 was 92 million admissions short of summer 2016. An
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‘Forever My Girl’ Film Review: This Southern Romance Is a Country Crock

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‘Forever My Girl’ Film Review: This Southern Romance Is a Country Crock
An international superstar and tabloid target returns to his picturesque hometown, where he encounters the long-estranged high-school sweetheart who despises him before finding herself back in his arms. If this basic plot scenario sounds familiar, it’s because “Forever My Girl” is one ice-carving contest away from being a Hallmark Channel Christmas movie. That’s not even fair to the Hallmark movies, which would have at least given the female lead something of a personality and a plot arc; this movie’s all about the celebrity and his emotional journey, while the woman stands around like a prize waiting to be won, the...
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'Forever My Girl': Film Review

'Forever My Girl': Film Review
You have to give credit to Bethany Ashton Wolf's adaptation of Heidi McLaughlin's novel for not shying away from its clichés. This Hallmark Channel-style romance about a country music superstar who returns to his hometown after many years and discovers that he has a seven-year-old daughter proudly embraces its aw-shucks romanticism and family-friendly bromides. Forever My Girl's committed sincerity should well please its target audience.   

The central characters are Liam Page (Alex Roe, The Fifth Wave), who has achieved fame and fortune as a country music singer/songwriter, and Josie (Jessica Rothe), the woman he abandoned at the altar eight...
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Natpe: Mediapro’s Globomedia Inks Exclusive Pact with Spanish Showrunner Javier Olivares

Globomedia, one of Spain’s foremost TV drama producers and part of TV giant Mediapro, has inked an exclusive deal with Spanish showrunner Javier Olivares (“Isabel,” “The Department of Time”) to develop new fiction projects.

The move marks another step in the Mediapro Group’s ambitious plans of signing standout TV creators to strengthen the company’s growing role in TV production in Spain and abroad, having tapped in the last two years “Homeland”-creator Ran Telem as head of international development and taking a significant stake in Argentine Daniel Burman’s Burman Office.

The showrunner on pubcaster Rtve’s La 1 TV drama “Isabel,” one of the biggest Spanish fiction hits in recent times, in terms of both local TV audiences and international sales, Javier Olivares also co-created with his late brother Pablo “The Department of Time,” a cult sci-fi series produced for Rtve, whose third season was co-financed by Netflix.

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Oscars 2018: We Predict Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)

Oscars 2018: We Predict Nominations in All 24 Categories (Photos)
In one of the most unsettled Oscars seasons in memory, the toughest category to figure out may be Best Picture. But first, we have to figure out what’s going to get nominated — and while five or six films and more than a dozen actors seem secure in their chances of scoring nods, there are plenty of question marks up and down the Oscar ballot. In all likelihood, Guillermo del Toro’s “The Shape of Water” will lead all films in nominations — I have it nabbing 12 nominations, which would put it two shy of the record shared by “All About...
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AMC Developing Dramedy ‘Aim High’ From ‘Falling Water’ Co-Creator, ‘Longmire’ Writer (Exclusive)

AMC is developing a series that hails from Blake Masters and Boo Killebrew, Variety has learned exclusively.

The series, titled “Aim High,” is described as a dramedy centered around a Southern family. Masters and Killebrew will write and executive produce the potential one-hour project.

Masters most recently co-created the USA series “Falling Water” with Henry Bromell in addition to serving as executive producer on the series. He also created the Showtime series “Brotherhood” and developed “Law & Order: La.” Killebrew wrote multiple episodes of “Longmire” after the show moved to Netflix in its fourth season.

The series is under development as part of AMC’s content partnership with Charter Communications. Under the agreement, which was announced in April 2017, Charter will have an exclusive initial window in the U.S. to the co-produced content for use on its own platform, while AMC Studios will retain subsequent rights, including the right to distribute the content internationally.

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