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‘Watchmen’ Pilot From Damon Lindelof Ordered by HBO
The premium service has also committed to additional backup scripts for the series. HBO confirmed the pilot order and script commitment Wednesday, one day after Lindelof teased on Instagram that work had begun in the writers room on the project.
“Watchmen” is based on the landmark DC Comics miniseries of the same name by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. The series, later collected as a graphic novel, was a serious-minded deconstruction of superhero comics loosely inspired by characters from the Charlton Comics library, which were owned by DC. Set in a universe in which the appearance of costumed heroes in the mid-20th Century had altered the course of history — leading to U.S. victory in Vietnam and a Nixon presidency that stretched into the mid-1980s — “Watchmen” followed a group of crimefighters investigating the murder of »
- Daniel Holloway
Jordan Peele Nazi Hunter TV Series in Works
Hot off the success of his directorial feature debut earlier this year, Jordan Peele is developing a TV series about Nazi hunters. The TV project, called “The Hunt,” is based on real-life events and centers on a group of Nazi hunters in the 1970s. A network is not currently attached.
- Ryan Gajewski
Mark Wahlberg to Star in Paramount’s ‘Instant Family’
Mark Wahlberg is set to star in the Paramount comedy “Instant Family,” sources confirm to Variety.
Anders and Brian Burns, the writing duo behind the “Daddy’s Home” series, wrote “Instant Family” and will produce alongside Wahlberg and Steve Levinson. Paramount is fast-tracking the project and aims to start shooting next year.
The film is about a couple who decide to start a family and adopt through the foster-care system, only to find themselves raising three wild kids who have no interest in being parented. »
- Justin Kroll
Disappointing August 2017 Closed Out the Worst Summer Movie Season in Over 10 Years
As the September box office attempts to get 2017 back on track*the month is currently up 14% compared to last year*the chapter ends on what was a dismal August 2017 at the domestic box office. August was the fourth month in a row to show a decline compared to the previous year, all of which contributed to the worst Summer movie season in over ten years, in which the total summer gross failed to top $4 billion for the first time since 2006. August 2017 wrapped up as the worst August in twenty years with calendar grosses delivering a combined $657.7 million from 225 movies, 35.5% behind last year's gross and failing to top $700 million for the first time since 2000. Thanks to the continued performance of Annabelle: Creation, which just topped $100 million domestically yesterday, the month did deliver a $100+ million earner, a feat that looked as if it might not happen not too long ago. Annabelle also »
- Brad Brevet <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Gal Gadot In Talks To Join Bradley Cooper In MGM’s ‘Deeper’
Exclusive: Gal Gadot is in early talks to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the MGM pic that Max Landis scripted and White God helmer Kornel Mundruczo will direct. In the drama, a disgraced astronaut embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly discovered oceanic trench, theorized to be the lowest point on planet Earth. He encounters an increasing level of danger, and soon finds himself in a psychological (and physical) fight against mysterious forces. Landis is… »
Linda Hamilton to Return to ‘Terminator’ Franchise
Arnold Schwarzenegger is also on board to reprise the role of the cyborg he made famous more then 30 years ago. The sequel will be produced by Skydance and series creator James Cameron. The upcoming film will mark the first time that O’Connor, Schwarzenegger, and Cameron will be working together on the franchise since the 1991 smash “Terminator 2: Judgment Day.”
- Justin Kroll
‘Game of Thrones’: Fifth Prequel Series in Development at HBO
A fifth “Game of Thrones” prequel series is officially in the works at HBO, Variety has confirmed.
Bryan Cogman, who has worked on “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, has been tapped to pen a potential fifth prequel project for the network. It was previously known that four prequels were in development, though George R.R. Martin said that a fifth was also in the works. When Martin first spoke of the fifth writer being recruited in May, he said that apart from himself and “Thrones” experts Elio Garcia and Linda Antonsson, “I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”
Cogman has worked on the show in various capacities over the years, most recently as a writer and co-executive producer. Among the episodes Cogman has written for the series are “Stormborn,” the second episode of Season 7, and “The Broken Man, the seventh episode of Season 6 which introduced the character of Lyanna Mormont »
- Joe Otterson
Jake Lamotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Boxing legend Jake Lamotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95. Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last »
- TMZ Staff
Bernie Casey, ‘Revenge of the Nerds’ Star and Former NFL Player, Dies at 78
Lambda Lambda Lambda has lost its leader. Bernie Casey, who played national Tri Lams fraternity head U.N. Jefferson in the 1984 comedy “Revenge of the Nerds” and its sequels, died Tuesday, his representative told TheWrap. Casey was 78. Casey died peacefully surrounded by loved ones following a brief illness, his representative said. Born in Wyco, West Virginia, in 1939, Casey was an athlete before entering the acting world, first in track and field for Bowling Green State University and later as a professional football player for the San Francisco 49ers and the Los Angeles Rams. Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2017 (Photos) A. »
- Tim Kenneally
Carpool Karaoke: James Corden Air Drums His Way Into an Audition for the Foo Fighters
’Keep your hands on the wheel, man!’ »
- Tolly Wright
San Sebastián: Antonio Méndez Esparza Talks Race, Class and Understanding in ‘Life and Nothing More’
Selected by Variety’s chief film critics as one of their 10 best movies at Toronto, “Life and Nothing More” turns on a struggling African-American family in northern Florida, its frustrated single mother (Regina Williams) and teen son Andrew (Andrew Bleechington), written off as a juvenile delinquent. Variety talked to director Antonio Mendez Esparza (“Here and There”) about the Toronto-festival bowing film, which is produced by Pedro Hernández.
Would you see “Life and Nothing More” as a coming of age film about family and its need for reconciliation?
I’m glad you see the film that way. This film started out as the story of a single mother who works in a Walmart. Along the way, it transformed. For me, when you stop filming, you stop looking. When you film, your gaze crystalizes, you hunt and capture, you aim to understand, to share, to aim to reveal truths and intimacies.
How did you come to make “Life and »
- John Hopewell
Jimmy Kimmel Fires Back at Republican Leaders and Fox News Over Health-Care Plan
- Tolly Wright
Jimmy Kimmel Goes Off on Senator Bill Cassidy, ‘Phony Little Creep’ Brian Kilmeade Over TrumpCare
Following up on his impassioned remarks on Tuesday night’s show, Jimmy Kimmel topped off Wednesday’s episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” by doubling down on his opposition to the Gop’s latest attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act. And he had especially harsh words for the bill’s co-sponsor, Louisiana Sen. Bill Cassidy, as well as critics of his remarks like “Fox & Friends” co-host Brian Kilmeade. Cassidy, Kimmel said, “either doesn’t understand his own bill – or he lied to me.” He said Kilmeade talks tough on TV, but in private he “kisses my ass like… a little boy meeting Batman. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
See Adam Sandler, Ben Stiller Spar in New 'Meyerowitz Stories' Trailer
Sibling rivalry culminates in a knockdown brawl between Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller's characters in the new trailer for Noah Baumbach's film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), but the volatility doesn't stop there.
While the previous trailer featured a goofy family sing-along, the new clip takes a few serious turns amid the humor. In the new clip, the New York family headed up by artist Harold Meyerowitz (portrayed by Dustin Hoffman), reunite for his new exhibit. But tensions mount between father and sons (and his seemingly forgotten »
Colbert: Trump’s Nonexistent Country ‘Nambia’ Will Soon Have Better Health Care Than Us (Video)
During the opening monologue on tonight’s episode of “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert,” the host added his voice to the online bonfire Donald Trump sparked after he invented a fictional African country while speaking to actual African leaders. On Wednesday morning, during a speech given at a luncheon for African leaders, Trump made reference to “Nambia,” a country whose health care system he said “is increasingly self-sufficient.” Suffice to say, no such country exists (Trump was likely trying, and failing, to pronounce the name of Namibia). “Now, there is no such country as Nambia,” Colbert said at the top of. »
- Ross A. Lincoln
The Good Place Creator Michael Schur on Season Two, Food Puns, and Why You Shouldn’t Expect Another Finale Twist
“It’s not a double switchback reversal where we pull the rug out from under you again.” »
- Jen Chaney
The Good Place Season-Premiere Recap: Starting Over (and Over)
“Everything Is Great!” is a fiendishly clever way to blow everything up. »
- Noel Murray
‘America’s Got Talent’ 2017 finale results recap: Did Darci Lynne Farmer, Angelica Hale or Mandy Harvey win? [Updating Live]
After a summer of Golden Buzzers, child singers and shocking eliminations, “America’s Got Talent” 2017 held its season finale at the Dolby Theatre on Wednesday, September 20. The Top 10 Finalists performed on Tuesday during the Finals episode, with “Agt” viewers voting overnight for their favorites in anticipation of Wednesday’s live finale results episode. Who […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
Bernie Casey, Football Player and Revenge of the Nerds Actor, Dead at 78
- Tolly Wright
You’re the Worst Recap: The Pickup Artist
Becca and Vernon should really get a divorce. »
- Jessica Goldstein
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