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Jay Z Teams With Weinstein Co. for Trayvon Martin Film and TV Projects
Jay Z has joined forces with The Weinstein Company to develop a six-part docu-series and feature film about Trayvon Martin, the Florida teen who was shot and killed while walking through his father’s neighborhood unarmed and became a flashpoint for race relations in the U.S., TheWrap has learned.
The hip-hop veteran and multiplatinum recording artist, whose given name is Shawn Carter, signed a two-year first-look deal with TWC in September, and he will produce both projects. Jay Z and TWC prevailed in a bidding war to win the rights to two books about Martin, Lisa Bloom’s “Suspicion Nation: The Inside. »
- Matt Pressberg
You’ll See More of Host Angela in ‘Westworld’ Season 2 – and Her Plot Thickens
A standout “Westworld” guest star has been promoted to series regular in Season 2 of the HBO series. Talulah Riley, who played the host and greeter Angela, will continue to play the character into Season 2, TheWrap has learned. Angela is the “host whose beatific face welcomed guests to Westworld for decades,” an HBO spokesperson told TheWrap. Also Read: 'Westworld' Could Be Another 'Game of Thrones'-Type Hit, Time Warner Boss Says As for what her role will be in the upcoming season, the spokesperson added something more sinister: “Angela will prove to be one of the last faces many guests will ever see. »
- Carli Velocci
James Franco, Seth Rogen Developing ’90s Teen Drama at Hulu From Writer Kelly Oxford (Exclusive)
The duo is developing a ’90s teen drama with author and social media personality Kelly Oxford, who is writing the script, Variety has learned exclusively.
Franco and Rogen will serve as executive producers on the project that is in early development, along with Franco’s producing partner Vince Jolivette and Rogen’s longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg. The hourlong series is currently untitled. Variety‘s source described the project as a teen show set in the 1990’s.
Funny enough, Franco and Rogen started working together on their own teen series in the ’90s, “Freaks and Geeks,” which was a comedy set in the ’80s.
To date, the pair has worked on a number of films together from “Pineapple Express” to “The Interview” to “This Is the End” and most recently, “The Disaster Artist,” which debuted at SXSW to rave reviews. The »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Buffy Vet Eliza Dushku Joins Bull as Potential Series Regular
The actress will play J.P. Nunnelly, the savvy head of the best criminal defense firm in New York, who is hired by Michael Weatherly’s titular character when a member of his Trial Analysis Corporation team faces prison time.
TV Ratings: ‘Empire’ Returns on Par With Midseason Finale
Fox’s “Empire” remains king, even if the viewing audiences it commands has shrunk a little. The midseason return of Cookie Lyon notched a 2.8 rating in the 18-49 demographic and an average audience of 7.89 million in Nielsen’s preliminary fast national ratings, right around where it left off in December (2.7 demo rating, 7.58 million viewers).
“Empire” lead-in “Shots Fired,” though, got off to a bit of a slow start, drawing a 1.1 demo rating and 4.67 million viewers. While a 1.1 demo rating isn’t even close to the worst debut an hourlong series has had this TV season, the “Shots Fired” premiere adds another data point to an emerging trend.
Shows like “Shots Fired” and ABC’s “American Crime” and “When We Rise” have made a splash in the industry by daring to tell complex, diverse, politically charged stories about serious issues facing American society on broadcast television, but viewers just don’t seem to be flocking to them: “Shots »
- Oriana Schwindt
‘Casting JonBenet’ Trailer: Inventive Netflix Doc Explores Case That Captivated Nation — Watch
Netflix has released the full length trailer for its upcoming original documentary “Casting JonBenet.” The film, which screened at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, hails from Australian director Kitty Green (“The Face of Ukraine: Casting Oksana Baiul”).
Read More: ‘Casting JonBenet’ Review: When a Murder Fuels a Fascinating Documentary Experiment — Sundance 2017
The documentary revisits the unsolved murder of six-year-old beauty pageant queen JonBenet Ramsey, who was found dead in her Boulder, Colorado, home on December 26, 1996. The hybrid documentary includes footage of some Boulder local actors (both professionals and non-pro), auditioning to play the roles of JonBenet, her mother Patsy, her father John and her brother Burke, as well as cinematic re-enactments of events that took place before and after the murder. In their audition, the Boulder locals are asked to offer their take on the case.
Read More: 7 Films New to Netflix to Watch In April, Including ‘Kubo and the Two Strings »
- Yoselin Acevedo
Donald Trump’s Ex Campaign Chairman Paul Manafort Volunteers To Talk To House Intel Committee About Russia Ties
President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort has “volunteered” to be interviewed by the House Intelligence Committee about his dealings with Russia, part of the committee’s probe into that country’s interference with the Us presidential election. The announcement was made by committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who this week created a crisis of confidence in the bipartisan committee, when he got access to information about intelligence gathering… »
Ratings: Scandal Dips to New Low, Ncaa Tourney Tops Night
ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy this Thursday drew 7.8 million total viewers and a 1.9 rating, dipping a tenth in the demo to match its series low.
Scandal (5.5 mil/1.3) in turn also ticked down in both measures, hitting its own all-time demo low. The Catch (3.5 mil/0.7) delivered its smallest audience ever while flat in the demo.
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CBS’ Ncaa tourney coverage averaged 6.6 mil and a 2.0, leading the night in the demo while trailing only Grey’s in total audience.
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‘Orphan Black’ Cast and Crew Share 14 Secrets of the Sestrahood — PaleyFest 2017
The Clone Club has gone Hollywood. (Okay, maybe only Crystal did.)
The cast and creators of “Orphan Black” hit PaleyFest on Thursday night at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre for its first ever panel to look back on the past four seasons and hint at the fifth and final season. The night kicked off with more than just a hint though. The Paley audience was given an exclusive early screening of the Season 5 premiere.
It was the best 44 minutes of Helena scarfing down food that we’ve ever seen. We’re kidding, of course, but we’d totally watch that. In the interests of not spoiling the fifth season, we’ll just say that the premiere picks up where Season 4 left off. When last we left the sestras, Rachel (Tatiana Maslany) was »
- Hanh Nguyen
TV Review: ‘Imaginary Mary,’ Starring Jenna Elfman
“Imaginary Mary” is a show about an adult woman with a fuzzy, CGI imaginary friend — which is to say, “Imaginary Mary,” right out of the gate, is a show that makes no sense. Children have imaginary friends; not adults with 401ks and mortgages. The contrast between Alice (Jenna Elfman)’s sophisticated life as a public relations executive and her Pixar-esque, Furby-like security blanket, Mary (voiced by Rachel Dratch) is foundational to “Imaginary Mary’s” premise, which seeks to illustrate how even the most poised adult can be swayed by their long-held fears and fantasies. But the purposeful asymmetry of the premise doesn’t resolve into unified storytelling, in either of the two episodes sent to critics. Instead, “Imaginary Mary” feels most often like a family sitcom that is haunted by its own flawed idea, personified by a mostly cute but sometimes terrifying white-and-blue creature who usually has really bad advice.
- Sonia Saraiya
Power Rangers Movie: Mid-Credit Scene Reveals [Spoiler]'s Arrival
Warning: This article reveals the mid-credit scene from the new Power Rangers movie, now in theaters. If you don’t want to be spoiled, go-go away!
After months of teasers and trailers and teaser trailers, Power Rangers finally morphed into a full-fledged movie on Thursday. And while the film itself is receiving somewhat mixed reviews, there’s one thing we can all get excited about: »
Jamie McShane Joins ‘Shelter’ NBC Pilot; Dulce Sloan In Fox’s ‘Type-a’
Jamie McShane (Bloodline) is set for a series regular role opposite Rachel Griffiths on NBC's Shelter drama pilot (formerly untitled medical drama), from Law & Order veteran Warren Leight, Paul Haggis and Sony TV. The project, written/executive produced by Leight and directed/exec produced by Charles McDougall, is described as a real-time "extreme event" medical series that follows the nurses and doctors of an understaffed Brooklyn hospital that becomes the borough's last… »
Vladimir Putin Car Decal with Forearm Zip tied to Windshield Wiper Blade
I honestly thought that the Arnold Schwarzenegger car decal with the forearm zip tied to the windshield wiper blade would be the only car decal I posted today, but I was wrong. Someone just one one upped that photo with this one of Vladimir Putin. While we don’t necessarily approve of Vladimir Putin here in the United States, you have to understand that this guy is revered in Russia. Well, let me make a correction. Some people in the U.S. (ahem Donald Trump) revere Putin from here in the states but not all of us do. Anyway, I had no
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- Nat Berman
Seth Meyers Calls Out Donald Trump for Stealing Signature ‘Weekend Update’ Gags — Watch
Seth Meyers has a message for Donald Trump: “I didn’t mind when you talked dirty with Billy Bush, or told Russia to hack Hillary’s emails. But when you start stealing bits from ‘Weekend Update’ anchors – it is on!”
The “Late Night” host’s message for Trump follows an interview the president gave earlier this week to Time Magazine, where he defended some controversial comments and claims he has made in the past, most of which are unsubstantiated.
“I tend to be right. I’m an instinctual person, I happen to be a person that knows how life works,” Trump said in the interview, which came out on Thursday’s issue of the magazine, with a cover that bore the title: “Is Truth Dead?”
Read More: Shia Labeouf Says America is no Longer Safe for His Anti-Trump Art Installation
- Yoselin Acevedo
Shaq Doesn’t Think the Earth is Flat and He Also Leaves $4,000 Tips
Shaquille O’Neal stopped by Jimmel Kimmel Live last night to discuss a number of topics but first and foremost he wanted to address speculation that he’s an “Earth is flat” theory guy. You might recall that recently we shared the following quote that Shaq made that at the time seemed a little ridiculous: “It’s true. The Earth is flat. The Earth is flat. Yes, it is. Listen, there are three ways to manipulate the mind — what you read, what you see and what you hear. In school, first thing they teach us is, ‘Oh, Columbus discovered America,’ but when
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- Nat Berman
Donald and Melania Trump Don’t Even Sleep in the Same Room Anymore
This post is personal to me because it involves marriage, so I’ll just get right to it. For a while now, people have been fascinated by the relationship between Donald and Melania Trump. There’s been a ton of speculation that Trump treats Melania poorly, even to the point where psychologists are speculating that she’s extremely afraid of him. The world has been fascinated by Donald and Melania Trump’s relationship ever since footage surfaced of Melania making a face while her husband was being sworn in as president.. Is she happy? Are they in love? Is their marriage genuine? Unclear, but
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- Nat Berman
Seth Meyers Blasts Donald Trump For Stealing from SNL
For a guy whose been bashing Saturday Night Live ever since the show started railing on him each week, President Donald Trump seems to take an awful lot of material from the show. As Seth Meyers wished everyone a happy “National Puppy Day” yesterday, the subject quickly moved to a bone Meyers had to pick with Trump. Given Seth Meyers’ past role on Saturday Night Live, particularly being a Weekend Update anchor, Meyers was surprised to see that the same President who constantly complains about SNL might actually be taking specific lines from the show and passing them off as
- Nat Berman
Donald Trump Tweets First Shot On Trumpcare Vote Day
Donald Trump tweeted his opening shot at House Freedom Caucus Republicans, who are still holding out on casting a “yes” vote for Trumpcare. Yesterday’s vote, scheduled to coincide with the 7th anniversary of the signing of Obamacare, got scrubbed when House Speaker Paul Ryan and crew realized they still did not have the numbers, despite Trump having met with the ultra-conservative faction to art-of-the-deal them. Last night, Team Trump announced the negotiations were… »
‘Orange Is the New Black’ Picked Up by Sony Channel in U.K.
Sony Channel has picked up British broadcast rights to Lionsgate’s “Orange Is the New Black.” The channel, which is available on pay-tv services Sky, Virgin, BT and TalkTalk, will launch the show on April 19.
The Emmy Award-winning series centers on Brooklynite Piper Chapman (Taylor Schilling), whose decade-old relationship with drug-runner Alex (Laura Prepon) results in her arrest and year-long detention in a federal penitentiary.
“We recognize the demand for premium content that appeals to a broad audience, which is exactly what ‘Orange Is the New Black’ offers,” said Kate Marsh, Sptn’s executive VP, Western Europe, international networks. “It is widely recognized as a must-see series that we’re pleased to make part of our offering on Sony Channel.”
Lionsgate’s president of international television and digital distribution, Peter Iacono, said: “‘Orange’ is a global phenomenon with ever-growing appeal, and we expect it to be a great addition to Sony’s lineup of must-see premium programming »
- Leo Barraclough
An Homage to Vince Vaughn’s Trent in “Swingers”
It’s hard to believe that the movie Swingers is over 20 years old but I’ll never forget the movie that launched the careers of Jon Favreau, Vince Vaughn, and Ron Livingston. The best thing about my experience with Swingers is that I saw the movie when I was 17 years old. I personally don’t think there was a better time or place to have seen that movie in my life than my senior year of high school. Perhaps seeing that movie in college or in your first 2-3 years out of college would have been equally as fun. Anyway, it’ll
- Nat Berman
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