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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend

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Johnny Galecki Will Appear on ‘The Conners’ – and Juliette Lewis Will Play His Girlfriend
Johnny Galecki is coming back for more “Roseanne” — er, “The Conners.” And this time he’s bringing Juliette Lewis with him — as his girlfriend!

“Here’s The Big News!! Look what I’m doin!!” Lewis wrote on Instagram Tuesday, alongside a picture of her with Galecki and Sara Gilbert, as well as an image of her holding a script from the show.

A spokesperson for ABC confirmed Galecki’s return as David, an ex of Sara Gilbert’s Darlene, for the spinoff and said that Lewis will be playing Blue — his girlfriend who was referenced on the first (and last) season of the “Roseanne” revival last spring.

The romantic interest casting might give some “Christmas Vacation” fans a chuckle, as the two played brother and sister, Audrey and Russell Griswold, on the Chevy Chase-led 1989 comedy.
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"Jack Ryan" Star Dina Shihabi Visits IMDb Live on Twitch on Wednesday

Dina Shihabi of the Prime Video series "Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan" joins "The IMDb Show" host Tim Kash and Ian de Borja live at 9 a.m. EDT/12 p.m. PDT on Wednesday, Sept. 26, on IMDb's Twitch channel to talk about the show and more.

Watch the interview live and submit questions at twitch.tv/IMDb as well as on Facebook.com/IMDb, where IMDb will be streaming the chat live from its page.

On "Jack Ryan," Shihabi plays Hanin — the wife of Islamic terrorist Ali Suleiman and mother of their son. In Season 1 of the series, which hit Amazon on Aug. 31, she deals with the impact of her husband's actions and the ensuing pursuit from CIA financial analyst Jack Ryan (John Krasinski) and his supervisor, James Greer (Wendell Pierce).

Prior to "Jack Ryan," the Saudi Arabia-born Shihabi starred in the 2017 movie 'Cigarette Soup' and appeared in the CBS drama "Madam Secretary," among other roles. Earlier in September, she signed a development deal with Propagate for a TV series based on her time living in Los Angeles.

"The IMDb Show" caught up with Shihabi earlier this year, as well, to talk more about her character. Watch the video here.

IMDb's Twitch channel broadcasts live on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed "Sexually Violent Predator"

Bill Cosby Sentenced to 3 to 10 Years, Deemed
Bill Cosby was sentenced to three to 10 years in state prison on Tuesday for drugging and sexually assaulting a woman in a widely viewed trial that #MeToo advocates said doubled as a litmus test for the progress of the movement. Cosby was facing 30 years in prison.

Cosby was taken straight to prison following the sentencing, with Judge Steven O’Neill denying Cosby’s lawyer’s motion to allow him to remain free on bail pending an appeal.

Earlier in the day, O’Neill deemed Cosby a "sexually violent predator," which
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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month

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‘Making a Murderer': Season 2 of Netflix’s True-Crime Series to Premiere Next Month
The highly-anticipated second season of its true-crime doc “Making a Murderer” will premiere Oct. 19, Netflix announced Tuesday.

Per Netflix, the second season will see filmmakers Laura Ricciardi and Moira Demos return to Wisconsin and follow the post-conviction process for Steve Avery and his co-defendant and nephew, Brendan Dassey. Earlier this month, Avery was denied a new trial for the second time by Sheboygan County Circuit Court judge Angela Sutkiewicz.

“Part 2” will introduce Kathleen Zellner, Avery’s hard-charging post-conviction lawyer, in her fight to prove that Avery was wrongly convicted and to win his freedom. Ricciardi and Demos follow Zellner, who has righted more wrongful convictions than any private attorney in America, as she works the case and uncovers unexpected evidence about what may have happened to Teresa Halbach and about how and why the jury convicted Steven of her murder.

Also Read: 'Making a Murderer': Steven Avery Denied New Trial,
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WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’

WWE’s Big Show to Recur on Season 2 of Syfy Series ‘Happy’
Sports entertainment fans should be happy: WWE Superstar The Big Show — real name Paul Wight — is set to recur on Season 2 of Syfy series “Happy.”

“The World’s Largest Athlete” will play Big Pink, the cellmate of Mr. Blue (Ritchie Coster), on five episodes of the upcoming run.

Happy” stars Christopher Meloni as Nic Sax, a corrupt ex-detective-turned-hitman whose life is changed forever when an imaginary and extremely positive blue-winged horse named Happy (voiced by Patton Oswalt) appears.

Wight’s TV and film credits include “Psych,” “Royal Pains,” “Burn Notice,” “The Waterboy,” “Star Trek: Enterprises” and “MacGruber.”

Oh, and he’s also done some professional wrestling. The six-time world champion is the first wrestler in history to capture the WWE, WCW and Ecw Championships.

Wight is repped by Apa and Sam Perlmutter Law Office.
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‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works

‘Almost Famous’ Stage Musical in the Works
Move over, Bruce Springsteen. The rock gods known as Stillwater may be playing Broadway soon.

On Tuesday, producers announced plans for a stage musical version of Cameron Crowe’s Oscar-winning 2000 film “Almost Famous.”

Crowe, who won the Academy Award for his original screenplay on the semiautobiographical film, will write the script and co-write the lyrics with Tony-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who will write the original score.

Also Read: Cameron Crowe Pays Tribute to His 'Almost Famous' Star Philip Seymour Hoffman

Jeremy Herrin (“Wolf Hall”) has signed on to direct the production, though the timing remains unclear.

The producers inlcude Lia Vollack on behalf of Columbia Live Stage, Joey Parnes, Sue Wagner and John Johnson.

The 2000 film starred Patrick Fugit as a high school music geek who lands a dream assignment from Rolling Stone magazine to follow an up-and-coming rock band on tour. The film earned four Oscar nominations,
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TV Ad Tracker iSpot.tv Raises $30 Million in Funding

Riding a growth curve in TV advertising analytics, iSpot.tv announced an additional $30 million of investment capital.

The Series C round in iSpot, founded in 2012, was led by existing investors Insight Venture Partners and Madrona Venture Group. It brings the total investment in the company to $57.8 million to date.

Sean Muller, iSpot’s founder and CEO, told Variety the company will use the new funding to expand hiring across all areas of the business, including engineering, data science, product, customer services and consulting, and sales and marketing. The Bellvue, Wash.-based company has 155 employee today, with plans to grow headcount
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What Does Sky Look Like With Comcast at the Controls? (Analysis)

With its takeover of highly successful pay-tv service Sky now almost assured, Comcast is not expected to do anything to upset its new golden goose. But a change in culture seems inevitable, and possibly in management.

Comcast sees enough to like in Sky to shell out $40 billion and is expected to retain much of the team that has built the business. It would also be a PR misstep to make wholesale changes. “It wouldn’t be a good look if they have taken over one of the biggest TV companies in Europe and take out the European management,” said Tim Westcott,
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Starline Boards Igor Voloshin’s Thriller ‘The Cellar’ (Exclusive)

Starline has taken international rights to “The Cellar,” the crime thriller from Russian filmmaker Igor Voloshin (“Bedouin”).

The picture is a three-way co-production between Slovakia’s Furia Film, Russia’s Gate Film, and the Czech Republic’s 8Heads Production. It was largely filmed in the Slovak Republic where it will be released this week through Italfilm.

“The Cellar” stars French-American actor Jean-Marc Barr (“The Big Blue”) as a jobbing musician in a failing marriage who decides to take the law into his own hands when his teenage daughter goes missing. Voloshin regular Olga Simonova (“Bedouin”) stars alongside Barr, with Milan Ondrik (“Eva Nova”), John Robinson (“Elephant”) and newcomers, Simoneta Hladka and Dalibor Stofan providing support.

U.K.-based sales outfit Starline has been building a lineup of world cinema titles that sit alongside its roster of feature documentaries. It recently acquired Tom Collins’ Irish-language period drama “Penance.”

Starline’s director
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Alliance Entreprendre Becomes Shareholder in About Premium Content

Paris-based private equity firm Alliance Entreprendre (Natixis Groupe) has taken a minority stake in About Premium Content (Apc) to allow the company to fast-track its growth.

Apc’s current drama slate includes Movistar Studios’s Spanish-language drama “Gigantes” (pictured), Vox Pictures’s English-language hit series “Keeping Faith,” Dutch crime thriller “Fenix” and the returning Swedish crime thriller “Alex.”

With Alliance Entreprendre becoming a key investor and financial partner, Apc will be expanding its business into the development, financing and distribution of upscale TV shows across drama, kids and documentary. The company will also be co-producing more international drama and scripted series as well as grow its portfolio of English-language series.

Apc’s founders and managers, Emmanuelle Guilbart and Laurent Boissel, will remain majority shareholders in Apc. Nevision also remains a shareholder. Besides Alliance Entreprendre, the company is backed by a pool of financial investors.

“Our aim from inception has been
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Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor

Sky, Foxtel Order ‘The End,’ Starring Harriet Walter, Frances O’Connor
Harriet Walter, who appeared in “The Crown” and “Black Earth Rising,” and Frances O’Connor, who was Golden Globe nominated for “Madame Bovary” and “The Missing,” are set to star in “The End,” a co-production from pay-tv companies Sky in the U.K. and Foxtel in Australia.

The 10-part show is produced by the TV arm of See-Saw, which produced Jane Campion’s Emmy-nominated series “Top of the Lake,” and whose recent movies include Steve McQueen’s heist thriller “Widows.” See-Saw’s past movies include “The King’s Speech,” which won four Oscars, including best picture.

The End,” described as “thought-provoking,
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Seth Meyers Rips Kavanaugh’s Virgin Defense: ‘You Are Being Accused of Sexual Assault, Not Sexual Intercourse’ (Video)

The Brett Kavanaugh situation doesn’t look like it’s going away any time soon, as it looks like the battle over his nomination by Donald Trump to the Supreme Court is really just getting started in earnest. And that story took a weird turn when Kavanaugh went on Fox News Monday and claimed that accusations of sexual assault were false because he was a virgin during those years — an idea that Seth Meyers mocked pretty hard on “Late Night” Tuesday.

“Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and his wife sat down last night for an interview on Fox News, during which he claimed that he was a virgin in high school and for many years after. This brings us to a segment called Couple Things,” Meyers said to set up the segment after his monologue.

“First thing: it does not matter if you are a virgin. You are being accused of sexual assault,
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Eva Green Joins BBC’s ‘The Luminaries’ Adaptation

Eva Green Joins BBC’s ‘The Luminaries’ Adaptation
Eva Green (“Casino Royale”) and Eve Hewson (“The Knick”) will star in “The Luminaries,” the TV adaptation of Eleanor Catton’s award-winning novel. Marton Csokas (“Into the Badlands”) has also been cast in the upcoming six-parter, which will air on BBC Two in the U.K. and Tvnz in New Zealand.

The novel is set on New Zealand’s South Island against the backdrop of the 1860s gold rush. The series will start filming in New Zealand in November. Catton’s novel won the Man Booker prize in 2013, making her the youngest-ever recipient of the prestigious literary award.

The author
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Global Screen Close to Selling Out on Spy Cat Movie ‘Marnie’s World’ (Exclusive)

Global Screen has closed further sales deals for its 3D animated feature film “Marnie’s World,” which is close to selling out worldwide. The movie is written and directed by Oscar winners Christoph and Wolfgang Lauenstein.

In the film, pampered pussycat Marnie is lured into becoming a secret agent. Marnie teams up with a bunch of runaway animals, and sets off on a dangerous mission to track down a gang of notorious thieves.

Among the latest territory deals are the U.K. (sold to Signature), Scandinavia (Scanbox), Africa (Black Sheep), the Benelux (Dutch Filmworks), Israel (Five Stars Distribution) and Poland (Kino Swiat). The film will be released by Universum Film in Germany in spring 2019. Negotiations are underway with buyers for the U.S. and Australia.

Previously announced deals include France (Septieme Factory), Spain (Flins y Peniculas), China (Vision Film), Hungary (ADService), Latin America (Cdc Film), Portugal (Films4You), Turkey (Tme), Bulgaria
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‘Signal Rock’ Set as The Philippines Oscar Contender

‘Signal Rock’ Set as The Philippines Oscar Contender
The Philippines has selected “Signal Rock” as its contender in the foreign-language section of the upcoming Academy Awards. The film is directed by Chito Rono and stars Christian Bables and Elora Espano.

The family drama documents how the population of Biri Island in the 1990s had to climb a high rock in order to get a mobile phone signal. The film was shot on location over a period of two weeks.

Production was by Regal Films. The film has a commercial theatrical release in The Philippines in August. It will next month play at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea.

The Philippines first put forward films for Oscars consideration in the 1950s, and has consistently selected films in most years since the mid-1990s. To date none have been retained by the Academy for nomination.
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Japan Not Expecting Crazy Rich Business With ‘Asians’

Japan Not Expecting Crazy Rich Business With ‘Asians’
Crazy Rich Asians” will open in Japan this week with distributor Warner Japan betting that the film’s muscular box office in the U.S. and elsewhere will carry over to Asia’s second-largest market. But the odds are against a huge win.

In mid-September, Warner revealed that it would expand the number of theaters showing the film from the originally planned 30 to 75. “Asians” has also been covered extensively in the Japanese media, though its cast is mostly unknown in Japan and its source novel has yet to become a bestselling sensation.

Writing for online lifestyle magazine Wezzy, Kaoru Domoto noted that Warner has localized the title to “Crazy Rich” (Kureiji Ricchi), deciding that “Asians” was not helpful. “Those born as Japanese in this country do not need to think of themselves as ‘Asian’ and are not in the position of a racial minority,” Domoto wrote. “Also, in the past,
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Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’

Film Review: Ike Barinholtz’s ‘The Oath’
Nothing spoils a family gathering quite like politics, and no movie has captured the way such debates can turn ugly quite like Ike Barinholtz’s “The Oath,” an impressively out-there feature debut in which no-win arguments over a divisive new government policy escalate into a full-blown hostage crisis, turning what should have been a mild-mannered Thanksgiving weekend into a dark and potentially deadly misunderstanding. Part satire, part thriller — and only partway satisfying the potential of a film so boldly overt in its critique of the zeitgeist — “The Oath” kicks off with the all-too-plausible premise that the White House is encouraging all Americans to sign a statement of loyalty to the president, then flashes forward to just days before the deadline.

The administration has given citizens until Black Friday to pledge their allegiance, all but ensuring that families whose political views don’t align perfectly are in for the most awkward Turkey Day of their lives.
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‘This Is Us’ Season 3 Premiere: Showrunners Break Down Jack and Rebecca’s Awful First Date

‘This Is Us’ Season 3 Premiere: Showrunners Break Down Jack and Rebecca’s Awful First Date
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us.”)

Now that was rough to watch.

If you tuned in for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us,” then you know by now that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) — the pinnacle of small-screen romantic perfection — had what may be one of the most cringeworthy first dates in the history of television.

Jack is flat broke at a carnival, Rebecca can’t stop talking about herself in a nervous fashion, and it starts raining. And we’re not talking about cute, lovey raindrops. Like, a torrential downpour that punctuates just how bad this whole thing is.

Also Read: 'This Is Us': Sterling K Brown Tells Us All About the Beth-Centric Episode You've Been Waiting For

And that’s exactly what co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger tell TheWrap they and creator/fellow co-showrunner Dan Fogelman were
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‘This Is Us:’ Sterling K Brown Tells Us Why Randall ‘Had to Seek Out Tess’ to Visit ‘Her’

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‘This Is Us:’ Sterling K Brown Tells Us Why Randall ‘Had to Seek Out Tess’ to Visit ‘Her’
(Warning: Spoilers ahead for the Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us”)

The Season 3 premiere of “This Is Us” is finally here, and sure enough, the big mystery from the Season 2 finale continues: who is the mysterious “her” that future Randall talks about to Tess? TheWrap caught up with star Sterling K. Brown and co-showrunners Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger at the Season 3 premiere red carpet to learn as much as we could. See below for everything we know so far about who the mystery woman might be.

She’s close to Tess, Randall and Toby

In the premiere, the final scene gives a few more clues as to who the unnamed woman might be. Tess and Randall arrive at some sort of facility, and while Tess goes to the bathroom, Randall gives a call to Toby, and asks if he’s coming downstairs. Toby says he doesn’t know, but
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San Sebastian Focus on the Baltics: Fostering Relationships Between Similar Markets

San Sebastian Focus on the Baltics: Fostering Relationships Between Similar Markets
San Sebastian — San Sebastian’s Focus On initiative, now in its fourth year, invites industry professionals from a country, or countries, to expand their networking contacts and participate in industry activities. This year’s featured Focus On region is the Baltics, and the event is hosting representatives from Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia.

The Baltics boast strong comparisons to the Basque Country as marketplaces. The countries have similar populations of around two-million people, around 40-50 film and TV productions a year, and similar numbers of theaters, digital screens and domestic box office market shares.

Fifteen producers from the three countries have brought projects to San Sebastian’s shores, with the opportunity to seek out partners and talk with potential co-producers from across Europe and Latin America to fulfill a range of different needs. Some projects are at early stages of development, while others represent already-finished films looking to produce Spanish-language remakes
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