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"Dark Tower" Pilot at Amazon Casts Jasper Pääkkönen, Sam Strike

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The pilot for the planned “Dark Tower” series adaptation currently in the works at Amazon has cast two lead roles.

Sources say that Jasper Pääkkönen and Sam Strike have both been cast in the pilot, which is based on the Stephen King book series of the same name. Strike will play Roland Deschain, also known as The Gunslinger, while Pääkkönen is believed to be playing The Man in Black, also known as Marten Broadcloak and Randall Flagg. The series is said to tell the story of how Roland became a gunslinger and his first encounter with the villainous Man in Black.

Amazon declined to comment.

Strike most recently starred in the Syfy series “Nightflyers,” based on the George R.R. Martin novella. His other recent credits include “Mindhunter,” “Timeless,” and “EastEnders.” He will also appear in HBO’s upcoming miniseries “Chernobyl.”

Pääkkönen recently starred in Spike Lee’s Oscar-winning film “BlacKkKlansman
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Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!

Schitt's Creek: Coming to an End!
Schitt's Creek is coming to an end. The popular Pop comedy series will wrap with its sixth and final season in 2020, it has been announced.

Dan and Eugene Levy, who created and star in the wildly popular series took to social media to break the news.

"We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning," Daniel and Eugene Levy said.
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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)

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Noah Centineo in Talks to Play He-Man in Sony and Mattel Films ‘Masters of the Universe’ (Exclusive)
Noah Centineo is in talks to play the lead role of He-Man in Sony Pictures and Mattel Films “Masters of the Universe,” an individual with knowledge of the project exclusively tells TheWrap.

Aaron and Adam Nee are set to direct from a script rewritten by “Iron Man” screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The Nee Brothers also have screenwriting credit.

The project was previously written by David S. Goyer, who is also an executive producer.

Based on Mattel’s hugely successful 1980s toy line, “Masters of the Universe” follows Prince Adam, heir to the throne of planet Eternia, who uses the magical Power Sword to transform into the heroic warrior He-Man. With the help of his allies Teela, Man-at-Arms, Orko and The Sorceress, He-Man defends the kingdom from the evil wizard Skeletor (so-named because his face
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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’

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Katherine Heigl to Star in CBS Comedy Pilot ‘Our House’
Katherine Heigl is set to star in and executive produce the CBS comedy pilot “Our House,” TheWrap has learned.

The “Suits” star will play opposite Malcolm Barrett in the multi-cam from writer and executive producer Brendan O’Brien. The family comedy centers on a devoted mom and dad who are committed to raising their children with the love and support the mom never got as a kid, but discover how difficult that is with her insane parents and siblings back in the picture.

Heigl’s character Bridget is described as a woman who “tries her best to be a laid-back, progressive parent like her therapist husband, but often finds herself reverting to the old school style of her parents. Now that she’s moved back into her childhood home, surrounded by her parents and crazy siblings, finding a balance between these wildly different parenting styles is going to be more difficult than she imagined.
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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing

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Emily Blunt In Talks To Star In ‘Not Fade Away’ At Annapurna; John Krasinski & David O. Russell Producing
Exclusive: Emily Blunt is in talks to star in Not Fade Away, the feature from Annapurna Pictures that has David O. Russell and John Krasinski attached as producers. It’s based on a 2015 memoir, Not Fade Away: A Memoir of Senses Lost and Found, by Rebecca Alexander who, born with a rare genetic mutation which caused her to her sight and hearing over time, beat the odds and expectations of her prognosis.

Lindsey Ferrentino is adapting the screenplay.

We hear that both Russell and Krasinski aren’t looking to direct the adaptation. Krasinski and Allyson Seeger will produce the project through their Sunday Night banner with Russell and Matthew Budman.

Krasinski’s on hand to write and direct A Quiet Place sequel for Paramount with Blunt also reprising her role in the film. That has been dated for a May 15, 2020 release.

The Golden Globe-winning actress most recently gave an enchanting
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Jeanine Pirro’s Show Off Fox News Schedule for a 2nd Week

Fox News host Jeanine Pirro has been removed from her normal time slot this Saturday for the second week in a row, according to public data from Fox News’ online scheduling lineup.

Similarly to last week, the judge will be replaced on Saturday with an episode of the documentary series “Scandalous” looking into the legal trial of William Kennedy Smith.

The news was first reported by the Associated Press.

Also Read: Jeanine Pirro's Fox News Show Doesn't Air 1 Week After Remarks on Rep. Ilhan Omar's Muslim Faith

Pirro has been off the air after criticizing Rep. Ilhan Omar (D.-Minn.) in a monologue on her March 9 show in which she suggested that Omar’s Muslim faith may make her less loyal to the United States. The remarks received were heavily criticized at the time and was “strongly condemned” by Fox News.

Reps for Fox News declined to comment.

In a monologue earlier this month,
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Mock Executions? Real Screams and Blood? Just Another School Shooter Drill

Active-shooter training has become a macabre ritual for educators in America’s public school system. “There’s a trauma that comes simply from being part of one of those drills,” Sen Chris Murphy (D-ct) told Rolling Stone recently.

But some trainers in Indiana have been amping up the realism, making the alarming decision to use non-lethal ammo in their demonstrations — shooting teachers in mock executions with pellet guns that allegedly left the educators with bloody welts.

The practice was revealed in series of tweets Wednesday by the the Indiana State Teachers Association.
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Mark Steines to Host Nat Geo’s ‘Animal ER Live’ in First TV Job Since Hallmark Channel Ouster

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Mark Steines to Host Nat Geo’s ‘Animal ER Live’ in First TV Job Since Hallmark Channel Ouster
Former “Home & Family” co-host Mark Steines has been set as the host of Nat Geo’s upcoming “Animal ER Live,” the cable network said Thursday. This marks the TV journalist’s first small-screen job since he was ousted from Hallmark Channel last June.

Here’s the official logline for “Animal ER Live”:

Capturing the fast-paced drama and intensity of a hospital procedural mixed with the unbreakable bonds between pets and their owners, each episode of Animal ER Live will trail teams of emergency veterinarians and specialists as they work tirelessly through the night to save the lives of our pets from coast to coast, giving viewers insight into the extraordinary and unpredictable world of urgent animal care. The series will also follow a wide range of touching cases in emergency rooms and waiting rooms, and accompany on-call vets to homes and farms to treat animals that are too sick or too big to travel.
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Review: Strand of Oaks’ Coming-of-Middle Age Reflection ‘Eraserland’

Review: Strand of Oaks’ Coming-of-Middle Age Reflection ‘Eraserland’
Timothy Showalter is ready to put away childish things, or at least sing about it. Over the past decade, the singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist has made his mark as the mastermind auteur behind the blissed out jams and shaggy rock mythmaking of Strand of Oaks. “I was lonely,” he sang on the cautious nostalgia trip of his 2014 breakthrough “Goshen 97,” “but I was having fun!”

Five years later, Showalter spends the majority of his new album meditating on what to do when that fun grows stale and creating your own rock and roll legend starts feeling tired.
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Disney Expected to Lay Off 4,000 Employees at Fox

  • The Wrap
The other shoe has dropped: Fox began the process of laying off about 4,000 employees on Thursday, one day after the film and TV studio finalized its multibillion-dollar sale to Disney, a studio executive told TheWrap.

Senior-level staff will likely be the first impacted by the cuts, the executive said. Fox human resources began calling employees at the senior vice president, executive vice president and presidential level to deliver the news on Thursday.

Fox head of distribution Chris Aronson was among the first executives at the studio to get the call, putting out a statement on Thursday announcing that he had been let go.

Also Read: Disney Studio Chairman Alan Horn Tells Fox Staff to Prepare for 'Quite a Bit of Change'

“I am extremely grateful for my time at [Twentieth Century Fox] under the leadership of Tom, Jim, and Stacey,” Aronson said in the statement. “It has been an honor
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Criminal Justice Legislation Means Nothing Without Follow-Through

When President Trump signed the First Step Act last December — the first major federal criminal justice reform legislation in the past eight years — he wanted credit. He chose to take it in the form of Matthew Charles. By inviting the newly released Tennessee man to February’s State of the Union address and displaying him as an example of a black man whom he’d saved, the president earned some See, I’m Actually Not Racist cred with the sliver of American voters who might buy that. Charles’ appearance also
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New Fox CEO Lachlan Murdoch Announces All Employees to Receive Stock in Company

The new standalone entity Fox Corp. held a town hall on Thursday, just over a day after the official closing of the 21st Century Fox-Disney merger.

Fox Corp. chairman and CEO Lachlan Murdoch led the meeting, at which sources say he announced that all employees would receive stock in the new company. The amount of stock the employees receive will depend on how long they have been at the company. Employees with 10 years or less under their belts will receive $1000 in stock, while those with 10-20 years will receive $2000. Fox employees who have been there for 20 years or
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Watch Old Rivals Duel in New ‘Deadwood’ Movie Trailer

Watch Old Rivals Duel in New ‘Deadwood’ Movie Trailer
The gunslingers of Deadwood battle each other and the encroaching inevitability of modernity in the new teaser for the upcoming film sequel to the hit Western, set to premiere May 31st on HBO.

The Deadwood movie will be set 10 years after the series wrapped, with the characters reuniting to mark the official statehood of South Dakota. The new teaser doesn’t offer much in the way of plot points, but it does boast a quick-fire montage of shootouts, political intrigue and all sorts of old West grit.

The Deadwood movie
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‘Deadwood’ Movie Drops First Trailer, Premiere Date (Watch)

HBO is taking fans back to Deadwood.

Nearly 13 years after the hit Western series ended, HBO Films has released the first look at “Deadwood: The Movie.” The film will premiere on the network on May 31.

Series regulars Ian McShane, Timothy Olyphant, Molly Parker and John Hawkes will reprise their roles in the film, which will take place 12 years after the show ended its story. The residents of Deadwood have reunited to celebrate South Dakota’s statehood in 1889, but time has taken a toll on the characters, especially Al Swearengen (McShane). He butts heads with Sheriff Seth Bullock (Olyphant) in the trailer,
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Fox News Will Keep Jeanine Pirro Off Schedule for Another Week

Fox News Will Keep Jeanine Pirro Off Schedule for Another Week
“Justice With Judge Jeanine,” the Saturday-night opinion show led by Jeanine Pirro, will be off the Fox News schedule for a second week in the wake of remarks she made about a Muslim congresswoman.

The network’s online schedule shows that it will run another repeat of the documentary series “Scandalous” in its place Saturday night at 9 p.m.

Fox News declined to comment and has in recent days said it will not elaborate on what it has called “scheduling changes.” There has been recent speculation that Pirro, a fierce supporter of President Donald Trump, could return to the schedule Saturday,
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Drew Goddard Inks Exclusive Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV

Drew Goddard Inks Exclusive Overall Deal With 20th Century Fox TV
Writer, director and producer Drew Goddard has signed an exclusive, multiyear overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television, under which he will write, create, direct and develop new TV series for the studio across all platforms.

Goddard’s deal, announced by Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden, is the first to close since 20th Century Fox Television officially became a part of Walt Disney.

“We have wanted to be in business with Drew since the day his work on our series ‘Angel’ was over. That was in 2004,” said Walden in a statement. “Having a new deal with
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‘Daredevil’ Creator Drew Goddard Signs Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox TV

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‘Daredevil’ Creator Drew Goddard Signs Overall Deal at 20th Century Fox TV
Twentieth Century Fox TV has signed an overall deal with “Daredevil” and “The Defenders” creator Drew Goddard, the studio announced Thursday.

Under the multi-year deal — the studio’s first since the completion of its acquisition by Disney — Goddard will develop and produce original series for the studio for all platforms. The deal reunites him with the studio and Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment chairman Dana Walden more than a decade after getting his start as a writer on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer.”

Goddard was the creator and an executive producer on Netflix’s first Marvel superhero series, “Daredevil,” as well as its spinoff, “The Defenders.” He most recently wrote and directed the film “Bad Times at the El Royale.”

Also Read: 'Fresh Off the Boat' Creator Nahnatchka Khan Moves From Fox to Universal

His other TV credits include “Lost,” “Alias,” “The Good Place” and the “Buffy” spinoff “Angel.
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Hear Bruce Hornsby, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s Gentle ‘Cast-Off’

Hear Bruce Hornsby, Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon’s Gentle ‘Cast-Off’
Bruce Hornsby invited Bon Iver’s Justin Vernon to join him in the studio for a serene new song, “Cast-Off,” that will appear on his upcoming album, Absolute Zero. The two artists trade off vocals about loving someone so much they’d be Ok with being someone’s castoff. “I’ll be your castoff,” they sing. “I’ll be your discarded toy/Be your rejection foil.”

The record, which also features contributions from yMusic, Blake Mills and Jack DeJohnette, among others, is due out April 12th.

“[‘Cast-Off’] is a song about
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Why Asheville, North Carolina, Is the New Must-Visit Music City

Why Asheville, North Carolina, Is the New Must-Visit Music City
Dave Grohl had never been to Asheville, and when a wicked snowstorm hit the same December weekend that he played Warren Haynes’ annual Christmas Jam in the North Carolina town, the Foo Fighters leader wondered if he’d ever leave. Socked in by feet of snow, Grohl couldn’t fly out. But instead of holing up in his hotel, he decided to put together an impromptu show at a venue he kept hearing people rave about.

“Everyone was talking about this place the Orange Peel,” he told Rolling Stone late last winter.
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Layoffs Hit Fox After Disney Completes Deal

Layoffs have hit Fox following the entertainment company’s sale to Disney.

The staff cuts are hitting employees at the Svp, Evp, and president level. Senior staff is expected to be among the first to be impacted. However, the cuts will be deep, with the ax falling hardest of Fox’s film team. There could be as many as 4,000 jobs cut in the merger, according to some reports. On the studio side, the first wave of job losses is relatively small and targeted.

One of the most prominent names to lose his post is domestic distribution head Chris Aronson, a fixture at Fox, who was given his 60 day notice on Thursday. The blunt-spoken Aronson helped oversee the rollout of such Fox hits as “Life of Pi,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” and “Kingsman.”

“It has been an honor and a privilege to lead the domestic distribution team, which I consider to be the gold standard in the business,
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