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Box Office: ‘Baywatch’ Dives in With $1.25 Million on Wednesday

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Baywatch” got a head start on the competition by opening in previews on Wednesday, before it goes wide early on Thursday ahead of Memorial Day Weekend.

After its first night of earnings Paramount’s comedy made $1.25 million at 2,554 locations. Previews began at 7 p.m.

For its opening weekend, “Baywatch” is pegged at about $40 million from an eventual 3,647 locations. The summer comedy carries a $60 million production price tag.

Dwayne Johnson and Zac Efron star in the comedy that spawned from the 1990s NBC drama starring David Hasselhoff and a team of lifeguards who patrolled the beaches of Los Angeles. This time around it’s Johnson, an experienced and devoted lifeguard, who butts heads with a new recruit, Efron, until they uncover a criminal plot.

Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Jon Bass, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ilfenesh Hadera also star. Seth Gordon directed the film based on a screenplay by Damian Shannon and Mark Swift. »

- Seth Kelley

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Sony’s Silver Sable, Black Cat Movie Lands Gina Prince-Bythewood as Director

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Gina Prince-Bythewood is in talks to direct “Silver and Black,” the second announced standalone film in Sony’s Marvel Universe. If the deal goes through, she would become first African-American woman to direct a movie based on Marvel characters. The film will be based on the characters Silver Sable and Black Cat (aka Felicia Hardy), who are known for their connections with Spider-Man. Silver Sable is a mercenary who runs a company that hunts criminals. She hasn’t been introduced in a previous film. Meanwhile, Hardy made her debut in “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” played by Felicity Jones. Also Read: »

- Carli Velocci and Matt Donnelly

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Rosario Dawson in Negotiations to Star in X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to star in X-Men spinoff “New Mutants,” a person close to the project told TheWrap.

Dawson will play Dr. Cecilia Reyes. Her character in the spinoff acts as a mentor for the young adult ensemble cast that already includes “Game of Thrones” star Maisie Williams and “Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy.

Williams is set to play Rahne Sinclair, or Wolfsbane, who must figure out how to reconcile her ability to turn into a wolf with her religious beliefs. Taylor-Joy is Illyana Rasputin, »

- Ashley Boucher

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‘The Get Down’ Canceled by Netflix After 1 Season

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The Get Down” has been canceled after one season on Netflix, TheWrap has learned. The debut season of the Baz Luhrmann series about the rise of hip-hop in 1980s New York was split into two parts, with Part 2 premiering on the streaming platform last month. The series was marked by behind-the-scenes turmoil before it even premiered, with reports surfacing that the pricey musical drama suffered multiple delays in production. The series reportedly cost as much as $120 million for 12 episodes, and went through multiple showrunners, including “The Shield” alum Shawn Ryan and novelist Thomas Kelly. Also Read: 'The Get Down »

- Reid Nakamura

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Joseph Kosinski Front-Runner to Direct ‘Top Gun 2’ Starring Tom Cruise (Exclusive)

24 May 2017 11:10 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Tom Cruise is getting ready to head back to the Danger Zone — and he’s bringing an old friend along for the ride.

Sources tell Variety that Joseph Kosinski — who directed Cruise in “Oblivion” — is the front-runner to direct “Top Gun 2” for Paramount and Skydance Pictures. While no official offer has been made, several insiders believe one is imminent.

Paramount had no comment.

Cruise met with potential helmers prior to and while filming “Mission Impossible: 6” in London to ensure the “Top Gun” sequel was ready to go after production wrapped. Even with Cruise and Kosinski having previously worked together on the 2013 sci-fi action film, sources say it was Kosinski’s vision the sequel’s direction that officially won him the job.

Cruise recently confirmed to a British talk show that the sequel was moving forward and would hopefully shoot »

- Justin Kroll

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‘Fargo’ Review: A Battle Between Ewan McGregors Has Never Felt So Wretched — And Season 3 Never More Exciting

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[Editor’s Note: The review below contains spoilers for “Fargo” Season 3, Episode 6, “The Lord of No Mercy.”]

Immediate Reaction

Gloria Burgle to the rescue!

After an episode of incredible tension and unexpected tragedy, we didn’t realize how badly we needed to hear Carrie Coon say, “Screw it,” whip the cruiser around, and high-tail it back to “the P.O.’s domicile.” While the simultaneously ominous and uplifting strings certainly served to get our hearts beating, “Fargo” may as well have played Bonnie Tyler’s famous “Footloose” jam “Holding Out for a Hero” — because one is on the way!

It’s just we had to hold out a little too long. Just enough road blocks were thrown in front of Burgle to keep her from cracking the case earlier, and all that time led to an inevitable tragedy. Ray (Ewan McGregor) is the first major victim of Season 3 (unless you count the annual pilot sacrifice of Scoot McNairy’s Maurice Lafay), in a particularly well-orchestrated offing. First »

- Ben Travers

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‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi for Office? ‘I Qualify in 2035’ for President

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Black-ish” star Yara Shahidi has ambitions that go way beyond television. How far beyond? Let’s just say the 17-year-old knows off the top of her head what year she’ll qualify to run for president. At TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco on Thursday, TheWrap’s Editor-in-Chief Sharon Waxman asked featured speaker Shahidi whether she would ever consider running for office, after the actress delivered a powerful speech about identity issues in America. “Well, I qualify in 2035!” Shahidi said to cheers from the audience. Also Read: Watch 'Black-ish' Star Yara Shahidi Speak at TheWrap's Power »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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History Orders Scripted UFO Drama From Ep Robert Zemeckis Straight to Series

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History has ordered a 10-episode scripted drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis straight to series, Variety has learned.

Currently titled “Blue Book,” the series chronicles the real top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as Project Blue Book. It will focus on college professor Dr. J. Allen Hynek, who is recruited by the military to spearhead the project.

“Rarely have I been associated with a project that is a perfect fusion of historical fact and extraordinary entertainment,” said Zemeckis. “We are grateful for A+E Studios and History’s support for what I know will be a fabulous series.”

“Blue Book” is an A+E Studios production in association with Compari Entertainment, a division of ImageMovers. David O’Leary serves as creator and writer. Arturo Interian is the executive in charge of production for History. Zemeckis, Jack Rapke, and Jackie Levine are executive producers for Compari Entertainment. Rapke »

- Joe Otterson

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Robert Zemeckis’ Fact-Based UFO Series ‘Blue Book’ Picked Up by History Channel

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History has picked up a fact-based UFO drama from executive producer Robert Zemeckis, the network announced on Thursday. Titled “Blue Book,” the 10-episode scripted drama will chronicle the true top secret United States Air Force-sponsored investigations into UFO-related phenomena in the 1950s and ’60s known as “Project Blue Book.” Ordered straight-to-series, “Blue Book” becomes the network’s fourth scripted original series, following “Vikings,” “Six” and the upcoming “Knightfall.” No premiere date or casting info have yet been announced. Also Read: History Renews Navy Seal Drama 'Six' for Season 2 The series follows Dr. J. Allen Hynek, a brilliant college professor recruited by the U. »

- Reid Nakamura

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Hollywood Flashback: Before 'Pirates,' Paul McCartney Starred in a "Dumb" Film Dud

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It has been more than three decades since Paul McCartney, who has a small part in Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (May 26), appeared in a feature film.

The last time was in 1984 when the former Beatle, then 42, wrote, produced, scored and played himself in Give My Regards to Broad Street. The musical drama, however, was not well-received. Phrases such as "congenial but dumb" and "a home movie on an amazing scale" were used almost everywhere — except in The Hollywood Reporter.

THR really liked Broad Street, describing it as "a fanciful musical »

- Bill Higgins

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‘F Is for Family’ Creator Bill Burr Wrote a Standalone ‘Colt Luger’ Episode

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Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do. In Bill Burr’s case, that meant setting aside his script for a planned standalone “Colt Luger” special. The co-creator and star of Netflix’s “F Is for Family” told TheWrap that he wrote a full script for an entire episode of his show-within-a-show, but Burr ultimately spiked the idea after seeing “BoJack Horseman” did a “Horsin’ Around” Christmas special. “I wrote a whole half-hour script. I’ve got that somewhere on my computer — a first draft of it,” he said. “It just was gonna be too similar. »

- Tony Maglio

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Jennifer Lopez’s ‘Bye Bye Birdie Live’ Pushed to 2018 at NBC

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Jennifer Lopez’s “Bye Bye Birdie Live!” is migrating to a later date, as NBC has pushed the live musical to 2018, TheWrap has learned. The delay for the production, which was originally set to air in December 2017, is due to Lopez’s busy schedule. She is onboard to star and executive produce in “Birdie.” Lopez is currently involved with two other NBC projects: She is a judge on “World of Dance,” premiering May 30, and stars on the cop drama “Shades of Blue,” which is heading into its third season. She is also juggling film projects and her Las Vegas residency, »

- Ryan Gajewski

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Jonas Carpignano on His ‘A Ciambra’ and Getting Notes From Martin Scorsese

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After making a splash in Cannes with ‘Mediterranea,’ which won the Critics Week Grand Prize in 2015, Jonas Carpignano is back, in Directors’ Fortnight this year, with ‘A Ciambra,’ which IFC’s Sundance Selects snapped up for U.S. distribution shortly after the premiere, reportedly following a bidding war. The young director (pictured, left) born in New York from an Italian father and an African-American mother, but raised in Rome, spoke to Variety about why he stayed in the Calabrian coastal town of Gioia Tauro for his ‘Mediterranea’ followup, and what it was like getting notes on his rough cuts from Martin Scorsese, who executive-produced the pic. Excerpts.

A Ciambra’ follows from ‘Mediterranea’ in various ways. I read it was actually prompted by the production’s car being stolen while shooting the short that became ‘Mediterranea.’ Can you tell me more?

Yes, I had never known about a Gypsy community in Gioia Tauro. »

- Nick Vivarelli

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NBC Pushes ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Live Musical to 2018

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NBC has delayed its plan produce “Bye Bye Birdie” toplined by Jennifer Lopez as live musical until next year.

The tuner had been set to air as NBC’s holiday musical event this year. The decision to push it a year was driven by Lopez’s overflowing schedule, which includes two series for NBC, “World of Dance” and the drama “Shades of Blue.”

The postponement of “Birdie” means NBC will not stage a musical event this holiday season. Earlier this month, NBC unveiled plans for a “Jesus Christ Superstar Live” event to air on Easter Sunday next year. That project will be shepherded by Craig Zedon and Neil Meron, the pair behind all of NBC’s live musical events to date. Given the high cost of the one-night-only live events, it was unlikely that NBC could field “Superstar” just a few months after staging “Birdie,” had the show stayed on its original date, and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Ariana Grande’s Manager Responds to Manchester Tragedy: ‘Am I Angry? Hell Yes.’

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Ariana Grande’s manager has responded to the deadly bombing at Grande’s concert in Manchester, expressing his anger over the tragedy but vowing to honor the victims. In a series of tweets published Wednesday, Scooter Braun said that he had experienced joy “for the first time in days” after taking his parents out to dinner,” and said that he will honor those whose lives were lost in the tragedy by “by living each day full. Full of fun, full of laughter, full of joy.” To the perpetrators of the bombing and other terrorist acts, Braun offered, “So if u think u scared. »

- Tim Kenneally

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Watch ‘Black-ish’ Star Yara Shahidi Speak at TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast on Facebook Live (Video)

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TheWrap’s Power Women Breakfast in San Francisco is underway with featured guest speaker Yara Shahidi, who stars in ABC’s “Black-ish.” Shahidi joins professional beach volleyball player and Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings at the annual event. During the breakfast, there will also be a digital panel about “The Pace & Face of Change.” The May 24 breakfast is hosted by TheWrap CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Sharon Waxman, at the Dolby Laboratories in San Francisco. Also Read: The Scene at TheWrap's 2017 Power Women Breakfast in Washington DC (Photos) The Power Women Breakfast series brings together influential women of entertainment, media, technology and brands. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed on HBO

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HBO has renewed “Veep” for a seventh season and “Silicon Valley” for a fifth season, the premium cable network announced Thursday. “Silicon Valley,” created by Mike Judge, stars Thomas Middleditch, T.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Read More See Julia Louis-Dreyfus's latest Power Move. PowerRank: 6893 “Veep’s” fifth season was the first without creator and original showrunner Armando Iannucci and is currently airing its sixth season under showrunner David Mandel. The show stars Tony »

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‘Veep,’ ‘Silicon Valley’ Renewed by HBO

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HBO has renewed comedy series “Veep” and “Silicon Valley.” The new seasons for both shows will premiere in 2018.

Currently in its fourth season, “Silicon Valley” has been nominated for 21 Primetime Emmy Awards and won two. The series, about a startup set in the cradle of the tech industry, stars Thomas MiddleditchT.J. Miller, Zach Woods, Kumail Nanjiani, Martin Starr, Josh Brener, Amanda Crew, Matt Ross, Jimmy O. Yang and Suzanne Cryer. Created by Mike Judge, John Altschuler, and Dave Krinsky, the series is executive produced by Judge, Alec Berg, Michael Rotenberg, and Tom Lassally.

In its sixth season, “Veep” is the winner of 12 Primetime Emmy Awards. The series stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the former vice president and president of the United States. Tony Hale, Anna Chlumsky, Matt Walsh, Reid Scott, Timothy Simons, Kevin Dunn, Gary Cole, and Sam Richardson also star. Created by Armando Iannucci, the series is executive produced  by David Mandel, Frank Rich »

- Daniel Holloway

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Comedy Central Sets ‘Fake News With Ted Nelms’ Special Starring Ed Helms

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Comedy Central has set comedy special “Fake News With Ted Nelms,” starring Ed Helms, a person close to the project told TheWrap. Helms will play the fake cable news broadcaster Ted Nelms and will executive produce with Mike Falbo through their Pacific Electric Picture Company banner. Former “Daily Show” producer Stu Miller will also serve as an executive producer. The special will parody the current “fake news” phenomenon in our turbulent political climate, and see Helms reading absurd news items in s deadpan fashion, parodying CNN or Fox News. Read More See Ed Helms's latest Power Move. PowerRank: »

- Linda Ge

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Rosario Dawson in Talks for X-Men Spinoff ‘New Mutants’

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Rosario Dawson is in talks to join the X-Men spinoff “New Mutants” for Fox and Marvel as Dr. Cecilia Reyes.

“New Mutants” is in pre-production and has been set for an April 13, 2018, opening. “The Fault in Our Stars” director Josh Boone is helming “New Mutants” from a script he co-wrote with Knate Lee about teenage superheroes-mutants.

Dr. Cecilia Reyes serves as a mentor for the superheroes. Her character has the ability to generate an invisible bio-field around herself.

Split” star Anya Taylor-Joy and Maisie Williams of “Game of Thrones” are already signed up for the project with Taylor-Joy playing Illyana Rasputin, also known as Magik, who uses teleportation. Williams is on board as Rahne Sinclair, a.k.a. Wolfsbane, who can to turn into a wolf. Simon Kinberg and Karen Rosenfelt are producing.

Fox announced last month that it was dating three Marvel movies for 2018 — “New Mutants” for April 13, “Deadpool 2 »

- Dave McNary

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