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Jack Reynor Joins Tom Holland In ‘Cherry’ From Russo Brothers

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Jack Reynor Joins Tom Holland In ‘Cherry’ From Russo Brothers
Jack Reynor has officially joined Tom Holland in the upcoming Russo Brothers film Cherry.The film based on the bestselling novel by the same name from author Nico Walker, a former Army medic who returned from Iraq with extreme un-diagnosed Ptsd and fell into opioid addiction and began robbing banks. Principal photography is set to start in Cleveland this fall.

From Anthony Russo and Joe Russo’s Agbo Films and Hideaway Entertainment, the film also stars Ciara Bravo (Red Band Society) Bill Skarsgard (It), Forrest Goodluck (The Revenant), Jeff Wahlberg (Dora and the Lost City of Gold), Michael Gandolfini (The Deuce) and Kyle Harvey (The After Party).

The Russo Brothers will direct the script adapted by Jessica Goldberg (Hulu’s The Path) and co-written by Angela Otstot (The Shield). The Russos will also produce alongside Chris Castaldi and studio president, Mike Larocca under their Agbo Films banner, as well as CEO,
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‘Mare Of Easttown’: Julianne Nicholson & Jean Smart Among 6 Cast In HBO Limited Series

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‘Mare Of Easttown’: Julianne Nicholson & Jean Smart Among 6 Cast In HBO Limited Series
Exclusive: Julianne Nicholson (Monos), Jean Smart (Life Itself), Angourie Rice (Black Mirror), Evan Peters (I Am Woman), Cailee Spaeny (On the Basis of Sex) and David Denman (The Replacements) have been cast opposite Kate Winslet in HBO’s Mare of Easttown, a limited series from Brad Inglesby and Paul Lee’s Wiip. The series is a co-production of HBO and Wiip. Gavin O’Connor directs and executive produces.

Written and executive produced by Inglesby, who also serves as showrunner, Mare Of Easttown stars Winslet as a small-town Pennsylvania detective whose life crumbles around her as she investigates a local murder.

Nicholson will play Lori Ross. She and Mare have been best friends since they were 4. Lori knows how mercurial and cutting Mare can be at times, but loves and accepts her exactly as she is.

Smart portrays Helen, Mare’s mother. Opinionated, stubborn, a devout Catholic, Helen never holds back on her opinions,
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Kate Winslet-Led HBO Drama Adds Julianne Nicholson, Jean Smart

HBO is filling out the cast of Kate Winslet-led limited series Mare of Easttown.

Six actors have joined the series, which stars Winslet as a detective in a small Pennsylvania town: Julianne Nicholson (Law & Order: Criminal Intent), Jean Smart (Watchmen), Angourie Rice (Spider-Man: Far From Home), Evan Peters (American Horror Story), Cailee Spaeny (On the Basis of Sex) and David Denman (The Office, Outcast).

Winslet, who's also an executive producer, plays Mare Sheehan, whose life is crumbling around her as she investigates a murder. Nicholson, who's coming off Netflix's Blonde and HBO's The Outsider, plays Lori Ross, Mare's ...
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‘Downton Abbey’ Rules Box Office Over ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

‘Downton Abbey’ Rules Box Office Over ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Rambo: Last Blood’
On Emmy Awards weekend, as theaters feel the squeeze from both streaming and cable, who comes to the rescue? The movie sequel to the British hit PBS drama “Downton Abbey” slays the competition –and sets a Focus Features record–by pulling older women to over 3,000 theaters.

And really rare these days (particularly for low-performers September and October): all three new movies opened to over $19 million. And the top five all came in over $17 million, unusual at any time of year.

On the other hand, there’s a big gap between the top five and the rest of the weekend slate (no other films grossed even $3 million). But the net result notches a $30-million bump from the same weekend last year, and could boost the lagging year total going forward. Will 2019 catch up to 2018? Not likely. But the margin should fall significantly. This gets the shortfall to around $500 million and
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‘Downton Abbey’ Rules Box Office Over ‘Ad Astra’ and ‘Rambo: Last Blood’

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On Emmy Awards weekend, as theaters feel the squeeze from both streaming and cable, who comes to the rescue? The movie sequel to the British hit PBS drama “Downton Abbey” slays the competition –and sets a Focus Features record–by pulling older women to over 3,000 theaters.

And really rare these days (particularly for low-performers September and October): all three new movies opened to over $19 million. And the top five all came in over $17 million, unusual at any time of year.

On the other hand, there’s a big gap between the top five and the rest of the weekend slate (no other films grossed even $3 million). But the net result notches a $30-million bump from the same weekend last year, and could boost the lagging year total going forward. Will 2019 catch up to 2018? Not likely. But the margin should fall significantly. This gets the shortfall to around $500 million and
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Amazon UK has listed the Midsommar Director’s Cut for Blu-Ray release in October

After being previously announced that the Director’s Cut of Midsommar would be released exclusively on Apple TV in the United States, Amazon has listed the extended cut for Blu-Ray release in the UK on 28th October. You can check out the official box art below…

Midsommar is the second film by Hereditary director Ari Aster and stars Florence Pugh (Fighting With My Family), Jack Reynor (On the Basis of Sex), Will Poulter (Black Mirror: Bandersnatch) and William Jackson Harper (The Good Place).

Dani (Florence Pugh) and Christian (Jack Reynor) are a young American couple with a relationship on the brink of falling apart. But after a family tragedy keeps them together, a grieving Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a once-in-a-lifetime midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday in a land of eternal sunlight takes
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Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+ Series Based on His Uncle’s Novel

Justin Theroux to Star in Apple TV+ Series Based on His Uncle’s Novel
Following his first Emmy win, Justin Theroux is returning to serialized television. Never mind that he won the long overdue trophy as an executive producer on “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons'” — the Emmy-winning star of “The Leftovers” (doesn’t that just sound right?) has committed to his next TV series: “Mosquito Coast.”

Ties to the title run deep for Theroux: His uncle, Paul Theroux, wrote the novel on which the new series is based, about an inventor who moves his family to Latin America after getting fed up with American consumerism. But when the stubborn father’s behavior becomes unpredictable and belligerent, their new jungle paradise turns dark.

Neil Cross (“Luther”) is attached as the series’ showrunner, and he’ll write the first episode alongside Tom Bissell. Rupert Wyatt, Helen Mirren (as “Mother”), and River Phoenix as their son Charlie,
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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple

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‘Mosquito Coast’ Series Starring Justin Theroux From Neil Cross & Rupert Wyatt A Go At Apple
Apple has given a formal green light to Mosquito Coast, a drama series from Luther creator Neil Cross starring Justin Theroux. The series, directed by Rupert Wyatt (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), is based on the 1981 novel The Mosquito Coast by Justin’s uncle, Paul Theroux.

Mosquito Coast stars Justin Theroux as an idealist who uproots his family to Latin America. In the 1986 feature adaptation of the novel, directed by Peter Weir, the role was played by Harrison Ford.

The first episode of Apple’s adaptation is written by Cross and Tom Bissell, with Cross writing and showrunning the series.

Wyatt will executive produce and direct the first episode, as well as several more throughout the season.

Fremantle is the studio, producing with Veritas Entertainment Group whose Alan Gasmer, Peter Jaysen and Bob Bookman also executive produce, along with Ed McDonnell.

Veritas previously worked with Fremantle’s Euston Films
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‘Queen & Slim’ to Open AFI Fest

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‘Queen & Slim’ to Open AFI Fest
Romantic drama “Queen & Slim,” starring Daniel Kaluuya and Jodie Turner-Smith, has been selected as the opening night title for the 33rd edition of the AFI Fest in Hollywood, Calif.

The film is directed by two-time Grammy winner Melina Matsoukas and written by Emmy winner Lena Waithe from a story by Waithe and James Frey. The story follows a couple whose first date takes an unexpected turn when a police officer pulls them over. The cast includes Bokeem Woodbine, Chloë Sevigny, Flea, Sturgill Simpson and Indya Moore.

Matsoukas, who graduated from AFI in 2005, was awarded AFI’s Franklin J. Schaffner Alumni Medal earlier this year. AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale said, “Melina’s powerful voice is the embodiment of the AFI ideal, for we believe in the revolutionary power of visual storytelling to share perspectives, inspire empathy and drive culture forward. We are honored to shine a proper light
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Toy giant Hasbro to buy film and TV group eOne in $4bn deal

The acquisition could affect eOne film and TV companies such as Sierra/Affinity and Les Filmes Seville.

In a deal driven by Peppa Pig and other IP but having implications for independent film and TV operations in a number of territories, toy giant Hasbro has agreed to acquire global media group Entertainment One (eOne) for around $4bn (£3.3bn).

The surprise, all-cash deal is expected to close during the fourth quarter of this year and represents a premium of 31% over the current price of eOne shares. The deal comes three years after eOne rejected a $1.3bn buyout deal from UK TV giant ITV.
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Full Trailer for Apple TV+'s The Morning Show Teases a Rivalry Between Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Apple TV+ is diving into the behind-the-scenes drama of morning news shows with their new series The Morning Show. We have a new trailer to share with you today that offers our first real look at the series, which stars Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, and Steve Carell as TV reporters who are dealing with some big changes in their lives and careers.

Some of the content will seem familiar, as the trailer begins with Aniston’s morning show host reporting that her co-anchor (Carell) was fired over sexual misconduct allegations. This is similar to the whole Matt Lauer scandal at NBC. This is the event that kicks off a series, and it follows Aniston’s character as she finds herself being threatened with the end of her career after the emergence of a rising star played by Witherspoon.

The series also has a great supporting cast that includes Billy Crudup,
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‘The Morning Show’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Are Doing It Their Way in Apple Series

‘The Morning Show’ Trailer: Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon Are Doing It Their Way in Apple Series
At long last, the first full trailer for Apple TV+’s “The Morning Show” has arrived. The all-star cast includes Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Steve Carell, Billy Crudup, Mark Duplass, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and Bel Powley. The series is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.”

Here’s the official synopsis from Apple TV+: “Executive-produced by Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon, who star alongside Steve Carell, ‘The Morning Show’ explores the high-stakes world of morning news and the lives of the people who help America wake up in the morning. Told through the lens of two complicated women working to navigate the mine field of high-powered jobs while facing crises in both their personal and professional lives, ‘The Morning Show’ explores ego, ambition and the misguided search for power.
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Kyle Chandler Joins George Clooney's Post-Apocalypse Netflix Film with Felicity Jones

Kyle Chandler has joined the untitled post-apocalyptic Netflix film that George Clooney is directing and will also star in alongside Felicity Jones. The script is being adapted by Mark L. Smith (The Revenant) from the book Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton.

Deadline reports the following descriptions for Chandler and Clooney:

Chandler is set to play an American astronaut named Mitchell in the film, which follows the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth.

This sounds like an interesting story. I am definitely down for an astronaut story involving this cast. We will let you know when we get a title and release date. In the meantime, have you read Good Morning, Midnight? Are you interested in this story line?
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Ruth Bader Ginsburg Had a Surprise Meeting With Her ‘SNL’ Alter-Ego Kate McKinnon

Only in New York. After portraying Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg on “Saturday Night Live” for years, actress and comedian Kate McKinnon was treated to a surprise meeting with the Notorious Rbg during a Tuesday night performance of an Off Broadway production of “Fiddler on the Roof.”

EW reports that “social media was full of photos and video footage of the two meeting,” including some particularly charming snaps of the comedian shaking the justice’s hand and looking pretty dazzled to be doing so. Ginsburg and McKinnon also both joined the cast and crew of the Joel Grey production for photos after the show.

Abby Goldfarb, one of the actresses in the production, shared her own Instagram of the duo posing for photos on stage. “The notorious, honorable, badass, iconic #Rbg visited us tonight at @fiddlernyc ,” Goldfarb wrote on Instagram. “If that wasn’t enough, #katemckinnon came too…their meeting was epic.
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‘The Morning Show’ First Trailer: Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston Bring Star Power to Apple TV+

When Apple’s new streaming platform Apple TV+ makes its big debut this fall, it’s going to have some major star power courtesy of “The Morning Show.” The upcoming series pairs Reese Witherspoon and Jennifer Aniston for a comedy-drama about the behind-the-scenes happenings at a popular morning talk show. Witherspoon is no stranger to television and is coming off the second season of HBO’s limited series “Big Little Lies,” while Aniston is an Emmy winner from “Friends” but has not had a series regular TV role since wrapping her run as Rachel on the mega-successful NBC comedy series.

The Morning Show” is inspired by CNN senior media correspondent Brian Stelter’s 2013 book “Top of the Morning,” which explored the morning show rivalry between NBC’s “Today” and ABC’s “Good Morning America.” The series’ plot specifics have yet to be revealed, although at an Apple TV+ event earlier
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Lena Waithe’s ‘Twenties’ Adds Rapper Big Sean, Rounds Out Cast For New Bet Comedy

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Lena Waithe’s ‘Twenties’ Adds Rapper Big Sean, Rounds Out Cast For New Bet Comedy
Lena Waithe’s forthcoming Twenties has set the cast for the Bet comedy that focuses on those angsty adult formative years. Rapper Sean “Big Sean” Anderson will make his acting debut joining the previously announced cast that includes “JoJo” T. Gibbs, Christina Elmore, Gabrielle Graham and Sophina Brown.

Created and written by Waithe when she was in her early 20s, the eight-episode half-hour series follows the adventures of a queer black girl, Hattie (Gibbs), and her two straight best friends, Marie (Elmore) and Nia (Graham), who spend most of their days talking ‘ish’ and chasing their dreams. Waithe executive produces with Susan Fales-Hill, who will co-showrun with Waithe. Rishi Rajani and Andrew Coles also executive produce.

Read the full character descriptions below.

“Hattie” (Gibbs): An aspiring television writer who dreams of glory,
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Hear Kesha get Optimistic on ‘Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)’

Hear Kesha get Optimistic on ‘Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix)’
Kesha is all about the positive vibes on her latest track, “Best Day (Angry Birds 2 Remix),” which comes off the soundtrack of the upcoming The Angry Birds Movie 2. Produced by Ryan Lewis and co-written with Lewis and Scott Harris, the upbeat song is presumably a remix of a number called “Best Day,” although Kesha hasn’t dropped that one yet.

On the buoyant song she sings, “Hey you, this is gonna be the best day of your life, of your life, of your life.” The verses underscore this sentiment:
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‘Perry Mason’: Juliet Rylance, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, Robert Patrick & Stephen Root Join HBO Limited Series

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‘Perry Mason’: Juliet Rylance, Andrew Howard, Eric Lange, Robert Patrick & Stephen Root Join HBO Limited Series
Exclusive: McMafia‘s Juliet Rylance is set as a series regular and Andrew Howard (The Oath), Eric Lange (Narcos), Robert Patrick (True Blood) and Stephen Root (Barry) will recur opposite Matthew Rhys and John Lithgow in Perry Mason, HBO’s limited series from Team Downey.

Written and executive produced by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, who also will showrun, and based on the characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the reimagined Perry Mason is set in 1931 Los Angeles. While the rest of the country suffers through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong! Based on characters created by Erle Stanley Gardner, the limited series follows the origins of American Fiction’s most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason (Rhys). When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason’s relentless pursuit of the
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Felicity Jones Joins George Clooney in Netflix Film Adaptation of Good Morning, Midnight

Felicity Jones has been hired on to the Netflix film Good Morning, Midnight, based on the 2016 novel of the same name by Lily Brooks-Dalton. George Clooney will direct and star in the film, which Deadline describes as a:

“post-apocalyptic drama follows the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to make contact with the crew of the Aether spacecraft as they try to return home to Earth.”

Jones’s role has not yet been revealed, but this sounds like an incredibly exciting and different story, and I’m super interested in this film. Have you read this book? Are you interested in this movie?
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Felicity Jones joins cast of George Clooney’s ‘Midnight’

‘Rogue One’ actress, Felicity Jones, has officially joined the cast of George Clooney’s Netflix feature ‘Midnight’.

Jones joins in an undisclosed role in the film which is based on Lily Brooks-Dalton’s novel ‘Good Morning, Midnight’.

The post-apocalyptic tale follows the parallel stories of Augustine (Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, and an astronaut onboard the Aether spacecraft, which is trying to return home to Earth, as Augustine races to make contact with the spaceship.

Also in news – J.A. Bayona to direct first two episodes of Amazon’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ series

Clooney will star and direct in the film and also produce alongside Grant Heslov while Mark L. Smith will adapt the screenplay from the sci-fi thriller.

“Grant and I couldn’t be more excited to be involved with this incredible project,” said Clooney. “Mark is a writer we’ve long admired and his script is haunting.
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