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SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film

SXSW to Premiere Harmony Korine’s ‘Beach Bum,’ Seth Rogen Comedy, Kathy Griffin Concert Film
The 26th edition of the SXSW Film Festival will feature movies directed by Harmony Korine and Olivia Colman, an untitled romantic comedy starring Seth Rogen and Charlize Theron and a concert film with comedian Kathy Griffin.

The annual gathering in Austin, Texas, which starts on March 8, will open with Jordan Peele’s “Us,” which was previously announced. The thriller stars Lupita Nyong’o, Winston Duke and Elisabeth Moss.

There will be 102 features and TV episodes featured over nine days.
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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series

Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Start Casting for New Amazon Series
We’re getting a few more hints about Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn’s top-secret fashion project for Amazon Studios.

Casting calls have gone out for designers interested in being a part of the unscripted series, which is set to shoot in Los Angeles in June and July. The casting notice mentions the “potential for additional travel for up to two weeks at a later date in 2019.” Klum made the announcement herself in a video posted to Instagram last week.

Interested candidates are asked to submit a two-to-four-minute introductory video, two photos “showing your own personal style,” and a link
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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)

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Anne Hathaway to Star in Robert Zemeckis’ ‘The Witches’ (Exclusive)
Anne Hathaway has closed a deal to star as the Grand High Witch in Robert Zemeckis and Warner Bros.’ “The Witches” adaptation.

Variety first reported that Hathaway was holding the offer for both that and “Sesame Street,” and at the time, scheduling for both films were holding up dealmaking. With those issues settled, Hathaway is now set to star in the role originally portrayed by Anjelica Huston in the 1990 classic.

Based on the 1973 novel, the film follows a 7-year-old boy who has a run in with real-life witches. Warner Bros. had previously adapted the book in 1990 with Huston playing one of the title characters, but sources close to the project say Zemeckis’ version will be more rooted in the original source material, while the Huston pic was a loose adaptation.

Zemeckis will also pen the script as well as produce with his partner Jack Rapke through their banner ImageMovers, along
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Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’

Steve Carell Teaming With ‘The Office’ Creator For New Netflix Comedy Series ‘Space Force’
Steve Carell is teaming up with the creator of “The Office,” Greg Daniels, for a brand-new workplace comedy series. But this time, they’re not making paper. Nope, for this new series, the actor is going to lead the cast of “Space Force,” a workplace comedy that will follow the day-to-day of the newly-created sixth branch of the military, which does…something in space.

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)

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‘It’ Star Bill Skarsgard and ‘Sharp Objects’ Actress Eliza Scanlen Join Netflix’s ‘The Devil All The Time’ (Exclusive)
It” star Bill Skarsgard and “Sharp Objects” breakout Eliza Scanlen will star in Antonio Campos’ adaptation of “The Devil All the Time,” which Netflix has officially acquired for distribution.

Skarsgard and Scanlen join an all-star cast that includes Tom Holland, Chris Evans, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson and Tony Award winner Gabriel Ebert, who attached themselves prior to the start of the Toronto Film Festival.

Campos is directing and co-wrote with Paulo Campos. Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker are producing through their Nine Stories banner along with Randall Poster and Max Born. Annie Marter and Jacob Jaffke are exec producing.

The story is based on Donald Ray Pollock’s novel and is set in a place called Knockemstiff, Ohio, a forgotten backwoods where a storm of faith, violence and redemption brews. Out of desperation to save his dying wife, Willard Russell turns to prayer which succumbs to sacrifice. This sets our protagonist Arvin,
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Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2

Julia Roberts Won't Return for 'Homecoming' Season 2
It's official: Julia Roberts' time in front of the cameras on Amazon's Homecoming has come to an end.

Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Roberts' initial deal for Homecoming — the star's first TV series regular role — was for a one-season commitment based purely on the Amazon drama's creative storyline. That said, Roberts will still remain involved as an executive producer alongside showrunner Sam Esmail on the Universal Cable Productions series that landed at Amazon with a two-season commitment.

It's unclear if there will be any other major cast departures for season two or if ...
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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie
Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes this film is a passing of the torch.

Sony and Jason Reitman
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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

Also Read: Bill Murray Isn't Sure What Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of, Apparently

Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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"Veep" Star Matt Walsh to Lead ABC Comedy Pilot "Happy Accident"

Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident.”

In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Veep,” which will launch its final season this year. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like “The Hangover,” “Ted,” “Role Models,” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot. He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser,
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DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)

DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)
DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Production is currently under way.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

The story revolves around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will bow on Jan. 17, 2020.

It
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The Oscars Probably Won’t Have a Host, and Here’s Why They Don’t Need One

The Oscars Probably Won’t Have a Host, and Here’s Why They Don’t Need One
More than a month after choosing and then losing Kevin Hart as the host of the 91st Academy Awards, the Academy and the Oscar show producers are moving ahead with plans for an Oscars without a traditional host.

But their plans are also informed by one glaring fact: Even if this year’s Oscars had a host, there won’t be time on the show for that host to do very much.

That’s why the prospect of a hostless Oscars isn’t as daunting to the Academy, producer Donna Gigliotti and co-producer Glenn Weiss as it might have seemed five or 10 years ago — because what’s the point of booking a marquee host if that person won’t be able to make an impact?

Also Read: Kevin Hart Rules Out Hosting Oscars: 'I'm Over It'

The Academy declined to comment on the host situation — but according to people close to the show,
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TV Review: HBO’s ‘Brexit’

The announcement of the film “Brexit” — which aired in the U.K. on Channel 4 before its HBO bow on Jan. 19 — engendered serious criticism from the British, and understandably so. The film, which looks at recent history in the manner HBO productions like “Game Change” and “Recount” had done, takes on a story whose very fundamentals are still in doubt. For those who believe the Brexit vote, a plebiscite that resulted in the U.K.’s protracted quitting of the European Union, turned out the way it did because of nefarious or illegal tactics, “Brexit” covers material that’s too painful,
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Here’s What It’s Like to Watch City Girls’ Nsfw ‘Twerk’ Video in an Office

Welcome to ‘Will I Get Fired For This?,’ Rolling Stone’s occasionally recurring column in which Staff Writer Charles Holmes — whose duties include but are not limited to watching and writing about music videos — watches a new music video that he fears will get him fired. You can read its previous entry, for Nicki Minaj’s “Good Form,” here.

The music video for City Girls‘ “Twerk,” featuring Cardi B, is built upon a simple concept. “On November 9th, The City Girls sent out a challenge to the world,” begins the
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7 New Midseason TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From ‘Masked Singer’ to ‘Schooled’ (Photos)

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When it comes to TV, winter is typically no fall — but a few of these series premieres could have made the cut for an earlier start, ratings-wise.

TheWrap has ranked all of broadcast’s midseason debuts (so far) by their “live” total-viewer tallies. A pair of new singing competitions were impressive, a kinda-sorta reboot on The CW was not.

Find them all below, in ascending order. Find our Fall TV version of these rankings here.

Also Read: 21 New Fall TV Shows Ranked by Premiere Viewers: From 'The Conners' to 'Charmed' (Photos)

Rank: 7

Show: “Roswell, New Mexico

Net: The CW

Total Viewers: 1.5 million

Rank: 6

Show: “Schooled”

Net: ABC

Total Viewers: 4.8 million

Rank: 5

Show: “The Passage”

Net: Fox

Total Viewers: 5.2 million

Rank: 4

Show: “The Titan Games

Net: NBC

Total Viewers: 6.5 million

Rank: 3

Show: “Fam”

Net: CBS

Total Viewers: 7.3 million

Rank: 2

Show: “The Masked Singer”

Net: Fox

Total Viewers:
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‘The Beach Bum,’ ‘Us,’ Johnny Cash Doc Lead 2019 SXSW Film Festival

‘The Beach Bum,’ ‘Us,’ Johnny Cash Doc Lead 2019 SXSW Film Festival
Matthew McConaughey’s Harmony Korine-directed comedy The Beach Bum, Jordan Peele’s Get Out follow-up Us and documentaries about Johnny Cash, David Crosby and Lil Peep are among the films that will premiere at the 2019 SXSW Film Festival, which opens in Austin, Texas on March 8th.

Us previously revealed that it would open the SXSW film festival on March 8th, a week before its March 15th theatrical release. The Beach Bum, starring McConaughey as a laidback drifted named Moondog, hits theaters March 22nd.

Other premieres set for the festival
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‘Deadly Class’ Creator on the Importance of Adapting His Own Comic for TV: ‘The Initial Spark Can Often Get Lost’

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(This article may contain spoilers for the premiere episode of Syfy’s “Deadly Class,” which the network released online in December.)

Rick Remender is getting to do what very few comic book or novel writers get to experience: Adapting their own work for television.

Wednesday night, Syfy will debut “Deadly Class,” an adaptation of Remender and artist Wes Craig’s 2014 Image Comics graphic novel, which follows a homeless teen who’s recruited into a storied elite private school where the world’s top crime families send their next generations.

Remender, who serves as co-showrunner on the Syfy series, noted the significance of being the one to shepherd the move from the page to the screen. “The initial voice and the initial spark can often get lost in adaptations,” he told TheWrap, going as far as to say that when he was shopping it around to studios, not being heavily involved was a deal-breaker.
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Review: Maggie Rogers Makes Good on Pop-Phenom Promise with ‘Heard It in a Past Life’

“I found myself,” Maggie Rogers sings on her major-label debut, “when I was going everywhere.” In 2016, Rogers played her song “Alaska” for Pharrell Williams at an NYU undergraduate seminar. A video of the performance went viral, resulting in a major-label deal, an Ep and a sold-out headlining tour all within a year of graduation. And so, the 24-year-old spends her first proper album making sense of what it means to be Maggie Rogers after skyrocketing into a peculiar form of semi-stardom. At its core, Heard It In a Past Life
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Trump-Loyal Senators Make Russian Oligarch’s Day

In the latest, alarming, sign of Russia’s influence over not just President Trump but the Gop more broadly, Senate Republicans went to bat Wednesday for sanctioned oligarch Oleg Deripaska, aka “Putin’s favourite industrialist,” who had loaned $10 million to Trump’s now-jailed former campaign manager Paul Manafort.

One month ago, Trump’s Treasury Department announced it would lift sanctions on three companies tied to Deripaska, an aluminum and energy magnate. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin asserted that “these companies have committed to significantly diminish Deripaska’s ownership and sever his control.
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‘Mad Men’ Alum January Jones to Star in Netflix’s Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’

‘Mad Men’ Alum January Jones to Star in Netflix’s Skating Drama ‘Spinning Out’
Mad Men” alum January Jones has joined the cast of Netflix’s figure skating drama “Spinning Out.”

Jones will play Carol Baker, the mother of Kat (Kaya Scodelario) and Serena (Willow Shields). The cast also includes Evan Roderick, Olympic figure skater Johnny Weir, Sarah Wright Olsen, Will Kemp, Kaitlyn Leeb, Amanda Zhou and Mitchell Edwards.

Carol is a former high-level figure skater who had to forfeit her dreams when she became pregnant with her oldest daughter at a young age. The head of the Baker family, Carol fiercely pushes both her girls to become Olympians in order to fulfill the dream she could never achieve herself. Simultaneously, she struggles with personal demons that threaten to ruin her relationship with her daughters.

Also Read: Olympian Johnny Weir Joins Netflix's 'Spinning Out' as Kat and Justin's 'Cutthroat' Skating Competition

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