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‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot

‘The Twilight Zone’: Jordan Peele To Host & Narrate CBS All Access Reboot
Academy Award winner Jordan Peele is about to enter another dimension. A dimension not only of sight and sound — but of mind. Peele is set as host and narrator of The Twilight Zone reboot on CBS All Access.

CBS announced last year that it would revive The Twilight Zone for streaming service CBS All Access with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films.

The Get Out director will explore similar creepy dimensions like the “sunken place” in the forthcoming CBS All Access series, which will be a modern reimagining of the original, which premiered in 1959 and continued through 1964. Creator Rod Serling also served as original host and narrator — and he had a very distinct and memorable voice. In the clip of the host announcement below, you’ll hear a mix of Serling and Peele’s voices doing the iconic opening intro.

“Rod Serling was an uncompromising visionary
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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig

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‘Bond 25’ Gets Cary Joji Fukunaga As New Director For 007 Daniel Craig
Eon Productions and MGM have set Cary Joji Fukunaga as the new director who’ll mount James Bond 25 with Daniel Craig in the starring role. Filming will begin March for a worldwide release date of February 14, 2020. MGM will distribute domestically, and Universal releases the film in international territories, after it won a hotly contested auction last May.

Producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli and the studio met numerous helmers after Danny Boyle dropped out over creative differences, this after they sparked to the filmmaker’s concept and hired his Trainspotting screenwriter John Hodge to write it. Sources said that it was a big creative swing, and they mutually decided it would be better to go back to the project they planned to make with venerable 007 scribes Neal Purvis and Robert Wade.

Fukunaga directed the critically acclaimed Beasts of No Nation for Netflix.

The producers just confirmed Fukunaga’s hire.
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Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film

Cary Joji Fukunaga to Direct New James Bond Film
Cary Joji Fukunaga will direct the new James Bond film, the producers announced Thursday. The 25th Bond installment will begin filming in London, at Pinewood Studios, on March 4, 2019, with a worldwide release on Feb. 14, 2020, a few months after its original target date.

Fukunaga, who won acclaim for 2015 war film “Beasts of No Nation,” replaces Danny Boyle, who exited the project last month over creative differences with producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson and returning star Daniel Craig.

“We are delighted to be working with Cary,” Broccoli and Wilson said on Twitter. “His versatility and innovation make him an excellent choice for our next James Bond adventure.”

Fukunaga won an Emmy in 2014 for helming the entire first season (eight episodes) of “True Detective” and giving the crime series a cinematic look. More recently, he directed multiple episodes of Netflix’s “Maniac,” a new half-hour comedy show starring Emma Stone and Jonah Hill.
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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’

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Bruce Greenwood Boards ‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’
Exclusive: Bruce Greenwood is joining Warner Bros.Stephen King The Shining sequel Doctor Sleep in the role of Dr. John.

The description of Greenwood’s character is being kept under wraps.

Deadline exclusively broke the news about Doctor Sleep as well as its castings which Mike Flanagan wrote and is directing. Ewan McGregor stars as the grown up Danny Torrance, and the film also has Carl Lumbly, Alex Essoe and Zahn McClarnon in key roles. Rebecca Ferguson plays Rose The Hat, the head of a cult that feeds on the “steam” created by young people who have a touch of the “shining” and her main target is Abra Stone. Back in August, we reported that young Broadway actress Kyliegh Curran landed the role of Abra Stone, a girl who has the gift of ‘The Shining’.

Flanagan rewrote Akiva Goldsman’s adaptation of Stephen King’s 2013 novel that picks up the
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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers

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NBC Buys Condo Comedy From Seth Meyers Starring His Brother Josh Meyers
The Meyers brothers have teamed for The Exceptional, a half-hour single-camera comedy series, which has been set at NBC with a script commitment.

Starring, co-written and executive produced by actor-comedian Josh Meyers and executive produced by late-night host Seth Meyers and his producing partner Mike Shoemaker, The Exceptional hails from Universal TV and Seth Meyers and Shoemaker’s studio-based Sethmaker Shoemeyers Prods.

Co-written/executive produced by Steven Cragg and Brian Bradley, The Exceptional is set in Los Angeles. The Hoa board members of the Exceptional, a Los Angeles condo building, find themselves hopelessly deadlocked. That is, until a fellow resident, Justin (Josh Meyers), reluctantly agrees to join the board and, in his first meeting, stumbles into becoming its president. Now Justin has to leave his self-obsessed bubble and engage with his neighbors, finding himself knee deep not only in the issues of the building but also the personal problems of
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Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer

Marvel Female Superhero Project in the Works at ABC From ‘Wonder Woman’ Writer
ABC has given a production commitment to a series that will feature female Marvel superheroes, Variety has confirmed.

The project hails from Allan Heinberg, who wrote the screenplay for “Wonder Woman.” The exact details of the project are being kept under wraps, so no word yet on exactly which characters from the Marvel universe will be featured. Heinberg will executive produce along with Marvel Television head Jeph Loeb, with Marvel TV and ABC Studios producing. Heinberg is working on the series under his overall deal with ABC Studios.

A veteran comic book writer for Marvel and DC, Heinberg’s television credits include “The Catch,
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Amazon Studios Signs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Exclusive Overall TV Deal

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Amazon Studios Signs ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ Director Reed Morano to Exclusive Overall TV Deal
I think Reed Morano’s alone now… with Amazon Studios. The Emmy-winning director has signed an overall deal with Morano to exclusively create original series for Amazon Prime Video. Morano recently directed “I Think We’re Alone Now,” which won the Special Jury Prize for Excellence in Filmmaking at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival.

Morano made history last year when she won both the Emmy Award and DGA Award for directing the pilot to Hulu’s “The Handmaid’s Tale,” the first time a female director had won both prizes in the same year. She was also the first woman to win the Outstanding Directing for a Drama Emmy in 22 years.

“Reed is a creative powerhouse whose distinct point of view shines through her immersive, emotional storytelling and commanding cinematic style,” said Jennifer Salke, Head of Amazon Studios. “We’re honored to partner with her to exclusively create originals for the global Prime Video audience.
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Snowfall Renewed for Season 3 at FX

Snowfall Renewed for Season 3 at FX
The forecast at FX calls for more Snowfall: The basic cable network has renewed the ’80s-set drug drama for a third season.

Word of Snowfall‘s Season 3 pick-up comes just a day ahead of its Season 2 finale. Titled “Education,” the episode finds Franklin facing the consequences of his actions, while Teddy pulls out all the stops to assist his partners. Lucia, meanwhile, makes a sacrifice to save Gustavo’s life.

“It has been great to see Snowfall‘s audience and critical acclaim grow in its second season,” Eric Schrier, FX’s co-president of original programming, said in a statement. “The
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Downton Abbey Movie Gets a Fall 2019 Release Date

Downton Abbey Movie Gets a Fall 2019 Release Date
Focus Features will release the Downton Abbey movie on Friday, September 20, 2019 in North America and Universal Pictures International will release it on Friday, September 13, 2019 internationally. Commented Focus chairman Peter Kujawski about the release.

"Since the series ended, fans of Downton have long been waiting for the Crawley family's next chapter. We're thrilled to join this incredible group of filmmakers, actors and craftspeople, led by Julian Fellowes and Gareth Neame, in bringing back the world of Downton to the big screen next September."

The television series Downton Abbey followed the lives of the Crawley family and the servants who worked for them at the turn of the 20th century in an Edwardian English country house. Over its 6 seasons, the series garnered 3 Golden Globe Awards, 15 Primetime Emmy Awards, 69 Emmy nominations in total, making Downton Abbey the most nominated non-us television show in the history of the Emmys - even earning a Special
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Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City

Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City
We’ve been hearing rumblings about Wes Anderson’s next film for a few weeks now. First, we heard that it might be filming in France, where Anderson has called home for quite a while now. Then came rumors of the film potentially being some sort of musical. But now, it appears that we can confirm all that information, and round it out with a better idea of what we might expect. Suffice to say, Anderson appears to be pushing the boundaries of his whimsical comfort zone.

Continue reading Wes Anderson’s Next Movie Confirmed As A 1950s-Set Musical Comedy In A Fictional French City at The Playlist.
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Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot

Exclusive: Aubrey Plaza, Brian Tyree Henry in Talks to Star in ‘Child’s Play’ Reboot
MGM's Child's Play reboot has found its leads on FX, apparently, as Aubrey Plaza (Legion) and Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta) are in negotiations to star in the killer doll movie, Collider has exclusively learned. Lars Klevberg, who directed the as-yet-unreleased horror movie Polaroid, is set to direct from a script by Tyler Burton Smith (Kung Fury 2). It producers David Katzenberg and Seth Grahame-Smith will produce via their KatzSmith Productions banner, while Aaron Schmidt will serve as an executive producer. Production will start soon in Vancouver. The contemporary reboot is believed to follow a group …
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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color’ Picked Up by Lionsgate’s Codeblack

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Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color’ Picked Up by Lionsgate’s Codeblack
Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s “Fast Color,” directed by Julia Hart, has been acquired by Lionsgate’s Codeblack Films, the distributor announced Thursday.

La La Land” producer Jordan Horowitz wrote and produced alongside Hart under their Original Headquarters label. Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon also produced and fully financed the film under their Ld Entertainment banner.

Fast Color” will hit theaters on March 29, 2019 and Codeblack will release in partnership with AMC Independent. The two companies previously partnered for the release of “Kevin Hart: Laugh at My Pain.”

See Video: 'Fast Color' Filmmaker Julia Hart: Disney Hired Me to Direct 'Stargirl' at 5 Months Pregnant

Fast Color” tells the story of a woman who is forced to go on a run when her superhuman powers are discovered. However, years later, the only place left to hide is her home. Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham and David Strathairn also star.
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See Lady Antebellum’s Mournful ‘Hurt’ on ‘Seth Meyers’

See Lady Antebellum’s Mournful ‘Hurt’ on ‘Seth Meyers’
Lady Antebellum made a return visit to Late Night With Seth Meyers on Wednesday, performing the sorrowful “Hurt” from their 2017 album Heart Break.

Like the album’s title track, singer Hillary Scott takes the lead on “Hurt,” supported as usual by her bandmates Charles Kelly and Dave Haywood. She emphasizes vulnerability with her performance on Late Night, conveying the anguish of a woman who feels trapped under someone else’s powerful spell. “If you pull me close just to disappear / The chances are I’d wait for you a thousand years,
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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See

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‘Doctor Who': Here’s What Guests on Set Always Ask Jodie Whittaker to See
When guests visit the “Doctor Who” set, there’s one thing star Jodie Whittaker always gets asked about.

“Whenever we’ve had guest actors on, they always want to see” her sonic screwdriver, Whittaker told TheWrap in a recent interview. She added that guests usually gasp and ask, “please, can I hold the sonic?”

Whittaker added that while her sonic screwdriver might look very different from iterations in the past, it “still has all the powers and wonderful traits of the sonic. It hasn’t changed its function.”

Also Read: 'Doctor Who' Star Jodie Whittaker Tells Us Why the Doctor's Gender Is 'Irrelevant'

For those less versed in the “Who”-verse, the sonic screwdriver is a versatile piece of advanced Gallifreyan technology possessed by each iteration of the Doctor. And each Doctor has their own unique sonic screwdriver, meaning that the reveal of what the new tool will
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Sundance-Winning ‘The Guilty’ Picked by Denmark for Foreign-Language Oscar Race

Gustav Möller’s thriller “The Guilty” which won Sundance’s Audience Award in World Cinema, has been selected as Denmark’s official Oscar entry for best foreign language film.

Möller’s feature debut, “The Guilty” takes place over the course of a single night and centers on police officer Asger Holm (Jakob Cedergren) who has just been demoted to desk work and answers a panicked phone call from a kidnapped woman. The film follows Asger’s race against time to save the woman with the phone as his only tool.

On top of Sundance, “The Guilty” played at New Directors/New Films, as well as Seattle where it won Best Director and the Audience Award, and Rotterdam where it won the Audience Award. Magnolia Pictures will release the film on Oct.19 in New York and Los Angeles with a national rollout to follow.

Represented in international markets by TrustNordisk, “The Guilty
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‘Daredevil’ Season 3 First Look: Matt Murdock Lets Out His Inner Devil in Release Date Teaser (Video)

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Matt Murdock is letting his inner devil out.

“Marvel’s Daredevil” Season 3 will drop on Oct. 19, Netflix announced Thursday, along with a short teaser trailer.

“You can suffocate evil. Starve it. Lock it behind bars. But it will find a way to come back, even stronger,” Murdock says in voiceover in the video. “There’s only one true way to end evil. To finish it for good. Let the devil out.”

Also Read: 'Iron Fist' Post-Credits Teaser Hints at an Even Darker 'Daredevil' Season 3

This ultra-moody side of Murdock was teased in the end credits of “Iron Fist” Season 2, where we saw the superhero bloody and seemingly injured in a confessional booth, wearing his original black costume with the bandanna tied over his eyes. That’s what he wore when he first started beating up bad guys in Hell’s Kitchen, before getting the cool red
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Ann Wilson on Her Album of Cover Songs That Honors Recently Departed Rock Stars

Just over a year ago, Ann Wilson was scheduled to play Jimmy Kimmel Live! to promote a solo tour after Heart went on indefinite hiatus. Whatever she planned to sing that evening was scrapped when the news rolled in on everyone’s phones. Soundgarden singer Chris Cornell — a kindred Seattle soul, the shy guitarist that came to her Halloween house parties, the man who inducted her band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame — was dead at the age of 52.

“I got serious about making a record after Chris Cornell passed,
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Blake Shelton Joins Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas in Stx’s Animated Film ‘UglyDolls’

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Blake Shelton Joins Kelly Clarkson, Nick Jonas in Stx’s Animated Film ‘UglyDolls’
Blake Shelton is joining the cast of STXfilms’s “UglyDolls.”

The former “Sexiest Man Alive,” will lend his country crooner twang to the animated film as the character Ox, the unofficial Mayor of Uglyville. Shelton will also perform original songs as the character.

He joins a cast featuring his “The Voice” co-star Kelly Clarkson, as well as Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes and Gabriel Iglesias.

Also Read: Nick Jonas Joins Kelly Clarkson, Pitbull in Animated 'UglyDolls' Movie

“Blake is one of country music’s most talented and highly regarded artists, and his signature wit and infectious charisma lend themselves perfectly to the character of Ox, who fancies himself a defacto Mayor of the Uglydolls,” said STXfilms Chairman Adam Fogelson in a statement. “Blake joins an incredible line-up of artists already announced on this project, including his friend and colleague Kelly Clarkson, with whom he has undeniable chemistry that
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Codeblack Buys Gugu Mbatha-Raw’s ‘Fast Color,’ Sets March Release

Codeblack Film has acquired Julia Hart’s supernatural drama “Fast Color” starring Gugu Mbatha-Raw. It will release on March 29 in partnership with AMC Independent.

The film, which premiered in March at SXSW, is produced and written by Oscar nominee Jordan Horowitz (“La La Land”) and Hart under their Original Headquarters label. Mickey Liddell and Pete Shilaimon also serve as producers and fully financed the film under their Ld Entertainment banner.

Fast Color” tells the story of a woman forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered but, years after abandoning her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Lorraine Toussaint (“Orange is the New Black”), Saniyya Sidney (“The Passage”) Christopher Denham, and David Strathairn.

“‘Fast Color’ is a powerful and original superhero movie featuring amazing performances,” said Codeblack Films President Jeff Clanagan. “It’s great to reunite with the incredibly talented producers
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Blake Shelton Joins Kelly Clarkson in Stx’s ‘Uglydolls’ Movie

Blake Shelton Joins Kelly Clarkson in Stx’s ‘Uglydolls’ Movie
Blake Shelton will join Kelly Clarkson in STXfilms’ “Uglydolls” animated movie.

Shelton will voice act and perform original songs as the character Ox, the unofficial mayor of Uglyville. The cast also includes Nick Jonas, Pitbull, Wanda Sykes, and Gabriel Iglesias.

“Blake is one of country music’s most talented and highly regarded artists, and his signature wit and infectious charisma lend themselves perfectly to the character of Ox, who fancies himself a defacto Mayor of the Uglydolls,” said Adam Fogelson, chairman of STXfilms.

Shelton’s latest album, “Texoma Shore,” was his sixth record to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard top country albums chart. He’s been nominated for eight Grammy Awards and received five consecutive Cma male vocalist of the year Awards.

Variety first reported in 2015 that Stx had launched a family and animation division with the “UglyDoll” movie as its first project in a deal with Pretty Ugly LLC,
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