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Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh

Scarlett Johansson’s ‘Black Widow’ Movie Adds Florence Pugh
Black Widow's web may soon be growing.

Sources tell Variety that Florence Pugh is in talks to join Scarlett Johansson’s standalone superhero film.

Pugh has been on the hot list for this second lead role since last fall, but Marvel wanted to open up the field to other actresses at the beginning of the year. After meeting with several candidates, the studio zeroed back in on Pugh after she drew strong reviews for the MGM comedy-drama “Fighting With My Family.”

Cate Shortland is on board to direct, with Jac Schaeffer penning the script. The film has been in development for a while, but picked up momentum last year after Schaeffer’s hire. Kevin Feige is producing the pic.

Marvel had no comment on the news.

It’s unclear whether “Black Widow” will be an origin tale or set after the next “Avengers” movie.

Fans of the character have
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Miranda Richardson Cast In "Game Of Thrones" Prequel Pilot For HBO

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Miranda Richardson Cast In
Oscar-nominated Miranda Richardson has joined the ensemble cast of HBO’s Game Of Thrones prequel pilot, from writer Jane Goldman and author/Got co-executive producer George R.R. Martin.

Created by Goldman and Martin and written by Goldman based on a story by her and Martin, the untitled prequel takes place thousands of years before the events of Game Of Thrones. It chronicles the world’s descent from the golden Age of Heroes into its darkest hour. And only one thing is for sure: from the horrifying secrets of Westeros’ history to the true origin of the white walkers, the mysteries of the East to the Starks of legend… it’s not the story we think we know.

She joins previously announced series regulars Naomi Watts, Josh Whitehouse, Naomi Ackie, Denise Gough, Jamie Campbell Bower, Sheila Atim, Ivanno Jeremiah, Georgie Henley, Alex Sharp and Toby Regbo.

Goldman serves as showrunner and
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Producer Says James Gunn’s “Total Reboot” Of ‘Suicide Squad’ Is The Director’s “Priority” & Will Hopefully End “Absurd” DC/Marvel Rivalry

Producer Says James Gunn’s “Total Reboot” Of ‘Suicide Squad’ Is The Director’s “Priority” & Will Hopefully End “Absurd” DC/Marvel Rivalry
Last week, the world of Marvel Studios experienced some massive news. First, there was the runaway success of “Captain Marvel” at the box office. Then, the studio decided to drop a surprise trailer for the little film, “Avengers: Endgame.” And finally, the week was capped off with the revelation that James Gunn was re-hired as the director of “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3.” Needless to say, the MCU was a busy place.
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Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer

Matthew McConaughey Being Eyed To Star In Park Chan-Wook’s Ultra-Violent Western From ‘Bone Tomahawk’ Writer
The pairing of Park Chan-wook and Matthew McConaughey sounds too weird, but at the same time incredible, to pass up, right? One is the acclaimed director from South Korea, who has amazed fans with works like “Oldboy,” “The Handmaiden,” and most recently, his TV series “The Little Drummer Girl.” And the other is an Oscar-winning actor that continues to take interesting roles, albeit with his Southern charm positioned front and center.
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‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year

‘The Irishman’ Not Ready for Cannes; Netflix Won’t Screen at the Festival This Year
A year after Netflix and the Cannes Film Festival got into very heated public battle, the streaming service will not be participating once again. Netflix made its Cannes debut in 2017 with the films Okja and The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) playing in competition, but French theater owners were none too pleased about the decision, as France has a very strict policy when it comes to streaming films playing in theaters. According to French law, a film must wait 36 months before it can be available on a streaming service if it first wants to play in French theaters, …
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Anna Camp, Robbie Amell Join Nasim Pedrad in Netflix Comedy 'Desperados' (Exclusive)

Anna Camp, Robbie Amell Join Nasim Pedrad in Netflix Comedy 'Desperados' (Exclusive)
Pitch Perfect’s Anna Camp and former The Flash actor Robbie Amell have joined former Saturday Night Live star Nasim Pedrad and The Chi’s Jason Mitchell for Desperados, a feature comedy for Netflix.

Director LP, the work name of Lauren Palmigiano (Funny of Die), is sitting behind the camera with Mxn Entertainment’s Mason Novick, Lost City’s John Finemore and Good Universe producing.

The castings, and the imminent start of production, finally get the romantic comedy on the runway after 10 years of development. The script, by Ellen Rapoport, landed at Universal in 2009 and on the Black Script the same ...
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Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's "Community," Dies at 93

Richard Erdman, Actor in 'Stalag 17' and TV's
Richard Erdman, the mirthful character actor who stood out on the big screen in The Men, Cry Danger and Stalag 17 and then on the sitcom "Community," has died. He was 93.

Erdman, who as a teenager so impressed legendary director Michael Curtiz that he was quickly signed to a contract at Warner Bros., died Saturday, film historian Alan K. Rode reported. No other details were immediately available.

The Oklahoma native also is known for starring as the loutish McNulty, who's given a timepiece that can freeze time, in the memorable 1963 The Twilight Zone episode "A Kind of a Stopwatch."

Erdman excelled ...
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Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66

Legendary Horror Director and SFX Artist John Carl Buechler Dies at 66
John Carl Buechler, whose Hollywood horror makeup and special effects made movies like Hatchet, Deep Freeze and the Michael Moriarty-starrer Troll into classic frightfests, has died. He was 66. 

Buechler died Monday after a bout with stage 4 prostate cancer, New York City-based genre film and Fantasia Film Festival publicist Ted Geoghegan confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter. News of Buechler's death also appeared on a GoFundMe page launched a month ago by his wife, Lynn Buechler, to help pay for medical expenses incurred as part of his treatment.

"His family is absolutely devastated as are many of his fans ...
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Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter Cast in "Black-ish" Spinoff Episode

Anders Holm and Tika Sumpter Cast in
Tika Sumpter and Anders Holm are joining the growing “Black-ish” world, Variety has learned.

They will both star in the upcoming prequel episode, which could reportedly launch into its own spinoff series. As earlier reported, ABC is in development on the prequel that would focus on Tracee Ellis Ross’ character Rainbow.

Holm will play Paul, Rainbow’s father, while Sumpter will play her mother, Alicia.

Other actors who are joining the episode include Arica Himmel, who will play the younger version of Rainbow, Mykal-Michelle Harris as Santamonica, Christina Anthony as Alicia’s sister, Denise, Gary Cole as Paul’s father,
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"Fuller House" Drops Lori Loughlin Following Her Involvement in College Bribery Scandal

Only a couple of days after Hallmark decided to cut ties with 54-year-old actress Lori Loughlin, Netflix appears to be following in its footsteps. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Loughlin has been booted from the fifth and final season of Fuller House and will not return as Aunt Becky when the show makes its last run this Fall. Production hasn't begun, but THR reports that Loughlin's absence won't have any effect on filming since there aren't plans for her to come back.

On March 12, Loughlin made headlines along with Felicity Huffman and nearly 50 others who were arrested for fraudulently getting their children admitted into elite universities such as Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and USC. Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are now facing charges for paying USC $500,000 to admit their two daughters, 20-year-old Isabella Rose and 19-year-old Olivia Jade. Loughlin turned herself in to the FBI on Wednesday, was released on a $1 million bond,
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Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed

Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed
After all the talk and casting rumors, it’s official – production on “Dune” has officially begun!

Normally, hearing that another film was being made based on the Frank Herbert classic sci-fi novel would be cause for alarm. David Lynch gave the challenge a valiant effort, which is very Lynch-ian take on “Dune” back in 1984. Before that, filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky tried his damndest and got close to adapting the novel, and instead became the basis for a great documentary titled “Jodorowsky’s Dune.” However, this time, it just feels like all the stars are aligning and the best chance “Dune” fans will ever have at a faithful, and incredible, film based on the novel series is coming thanks to filmmaker Denis Villeneuve and his truly incredible cast.

Continue reading Denis Villenueve’s ‘Dune,’ Starring Timothée Chalamet, Has Officially Begun Filming As Full Cast Is Now Confirmed at The Playlist.
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Watch Conor Oberst, Phoebe Bridgers Cover Death Cab for Cutie

Conor Oberst and Phoebe Bridgers performed a tranquil version of Death Cab for Cutie’s “Title and Registration” during their Sunday concert in Seattle, Washington.

The duo, performing under their collaborative name Better Oblivion Community Center, stripped down the 2003 indie-rock track to their two voices and Bridgers’ softly strummed electric guitar. They sang in unison for most of the song, with a harmony vocalist joining in during the final section.

Oberst and Bridgers, who recently performed their original “Sleepwalkin” on The Late Late Show, surprise-released their debut LP in January.
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Hollywood Has a Favorite for Warner Bros After Kevin Tsujihara’s Exit – Stacey Snider

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When WarnerMedia dropped the shocking news on Monday that Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara would be stepping down, one name was on everyone’s lips: Stacey Snider.

The timing is almost uncanny. Snider, a well-liked and respected executive, has run Universal Pictures, DreamWorks and is currently Chairman and CEO at 20th Century Fox. Plus, she is about to be out of a job when the merger with Disney is completed this week.

Multiple insiders told TheWrap that Snider is the most obvious candidate outside of Warner Bros to take over the leadership position. In October, it was reported she would not join Disney. And she’s a female executive in the age of #MeToo.

Also Read: Kevin Tsujihara to Step Down as Warner Bros CEO and Chairman Amid Investigation Over Ties to Actress

“[Stacey] makes complete sense. It’s just obvious. It’s too perfect,” said one veteran industry executive, echoing the sentiments of others.
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Andre Williams, R&B Singer and ‘Godfather of Rap,’ Dead at 82

R&B singer-producer Andre Williams has died at age 82. His label, Pravda Records, confirmed the news on Facebook, writing, “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of legendary artist Andre Williams … He touched our lives and the lives of countless others.”

Williams’ manager, Kenn Goodman, confirmed to Billboard that the musician died Sunday, March 17th in Chicago, Illinois while in hospice care, two weeks after he was diagnosed with colon cancer. He noted that the disease spread to Williams’ lungs and brain, after which point “his body started shutting down pretty quickly.
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‘9-1-1’ Chief on Why That Gutting Maddie-Chimney-Doug Cliffhanger Won’t Be Resolved Right Away

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‘9-1-1’ Chief on Why That Gutting Maddie-Chimney-Doug Cliffhanger Won’t Be Resolved Right Away
(Warning: This post contains spoilers for Monday’s “9-1-1”)

Ouch! That’s gotta hurt.

“9-1-1” returned after a long hiatus Monday night with an episode that stabbed fans right in the gut in its final moments — when Chimney (Kenneth Choi) got stabbed right in the gut.

Just when it seemed he and Maddie (Jennifer Love Hewitt) were going to finally make things official with their first real date, her estranged, abusive husband, Doug (Brian Hallisay) — who has been secretly stalking her and buddying up to Chimney by hiding his true identity — attacked Chimney in front of her apartment and left him for dead. Right after Maddie had finally summoned up the courage to send him the divorce papers, too!

And while we know you are probably dying to make sure that he’s Ok — and not, you know, dying — “9-1-1” showrunner Tim Minear tells TheWrap there will
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Film News Roundup: Fox Searchlight Launches Searchlight Shorts

In today’s film news roundup, Fox Searchlight starts a shorts channel, Uma Thurman signs with ICM and Miramax signs animation exec Michael Lachance.

Searchlight Shorts

Fox Searchlight Pictures’ chairmen Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula have announced the launch of “Searchlight Shorts” as a collection of short films.

The shorts are available on Fox Searchlight’s YouTube channel and “Searchlight Shorts” Facebook page. The first film to be released on the Fox Searchlight social media channels is the recent best live action short Oscar winner “Skin,” in which a young boy has an innocent encounter with an African American man at a supermarket and his parents react to the exchange with racial violence.

Other short films to be featured include “Feathers” and “Birdie,” which were acquired in late 2018; “Lavender,” which made its premiere at Sundance earlier this year; and the recently acquired “Sew Torn.” Fox Searchlight plans to release a
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Indian Streamers Ramp up Original Productions

Ever since global streaming giants Amazon Prime Video and Netflix entered the Indian Ott space in 2016, the conversation around original series has mostly revolved around them, thanks in part to market leader 21st Century Fox’s Hotstar’s circumspect attitude at the time about producing content.

Netflix had great success with “Sacred Games,” while Amazon rode on “Inside Edge,” “Breathe,” “Mirzapur” and the recent “Made in Heaven,” and the U.S. majors also announced several other commissions.

Cut to 2019 where the scenario for homegrown Indian OTTs is vastly different and there is a glut in originals production. Hotstar, with 150 million monthly active Indian users, scored a slam-dunk in January, announcing a slew of A-listers signed up to create content, including Shekhar Kapur (“Elizabeth: The Golden Age”), Neeraj Pandey (“M.S. Dhoni: The Untold Story”) and Kabir Khan (“Tubelight”). The first of the new original commissions include local remakes of hit franchises “The Office,
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WGA Moves Date for Membership Vote on Talent Agency Code of Conduct

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The Writers Guild of America has pushed back the date of the vote for members to decide whether to impose a proposed code of conduct on talent agents should the guild’s current deal with the Association of Talent Agencies expire on April 6.

Originally set for March 25, the vote, which will be conducted online, will now begin March 27 at 9:00 p.m. and end at 10:00 a.m. March 31.

The guild has also scheduled several member meetings to discuss the proposed code. In Los Angeles, meetings are set for March 26, 7:30 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton, March 27, 7:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Universal, and March 30, 10:30 a.m. at the Writers Guild Theater. In New York, a meeting is scheduled March 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Tribeca Performing Arts Center.

The Code of Conduct, if approved, would be enforced on April 7, with WGA asking its members to
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Miramax Names Michael Lachance Exec VP of Its New Family & Animation Division

Michael Lachance is joining Miramax as executive vp of its newly-created Family & Animation division, it was announced today by Miramax CEO Bill Block. He will head the creative direction of the division, overseen by chief operating officer and general counsel Bob Osher.

Most recently, Lachance was senior vp of creative development at Sony Pictures Animation, where he was involved in the development of Hotel Transylvania, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 and the Smurfs franchise. 

Before that, he was a senior development executive at DreamWorks Animation, where he had a hand in such films as Kung Fu ...
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Why Warner Bros.’ Big Change Won’t Disrupt the DC Universe

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The exit of Warner Bros. CEO and chairman Kevin Tsujihara came just as the studio’s DC films are gaining momentum with the success of “Aquaman” and high hopes for “Shazam.” But the departure isn’t likely to stop the progress.

Tsujihara wasn’t actively involved in the day to day management of the DC brand, according to three sources familiar with the situation. So his exit won’t be too disruptive.

“They will not be affected by his departure,” said one insider with knowledge of the situation.

Toby Emmerich, chairman of Warner Bros.’ motion picture group, already had the power to greenlight films, and will keep it. Walter Hamada, the president of the DC Films production unit who oversees the development of the DC Films properties, reports directly to Emmerich.

Also Read: Kevin Tsujihara to Step Down as Warner Bros CEO and Chairman Amid Investigation Over Ties to Actress

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