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Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy

Greg Kinnear Joins Amazon's Lee Daniels-Whitney Cummings Comedy
Amazon's comedy pilot Good People, from creators Lee Daniels and Whitney Cummings, has signed a second star.

Oscar and Emmy nominee Greg Kinnear will join Lisa Kudrow in the show, which revolves around three generations of women working in a college ombudsman's office. Cummings will also have an on-screen role.

Kinnear will play Dr. Paul Keating, a charming, charismatic philosophy professor at Sacramento University. Described as Indiana Jones meets Joan Didion, he causes problems for ombudsman Lynn Steele (Kudrow) and Hazel Miller (Cummings) because of his unorthodox teaching methods and refusal to acquiesce to "PC" rules.

Per Amazon's ...
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Reed Morano, Amazon’s "The Power" Drop Georgia Over Abortion Bill

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Reed Morano has decided to no longer film any scenes from Amazon Studios’ “The Power” in Georgia, following the signing of the state’s anti-abortion bill that would restrict abortions beyond the point of detection of a fetal heartbeat, which typically occurs around six weeks of pregnancy.

“The Power” canceled interviews with those working in local production in late April amid uncertainty over whether the production would remain in the state, an individual familiar with the issue told Variety.

“It feels wrong for a reason,” said Morano via Instagram, extrapolating on comments she provided to Time magazine, which first reported the news. “And it felt wrong to us to go ahead and make our show and take money/tax credit from a state that is taking this stance on the abortion issue. We just couldn’t do it.”

The 10-part thriller drama, which was ordered to series in February, is
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Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing

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Kristen Wiig’s New Lionsgate Comedy Pulls Out of Georgia Following Anti-Abortion Bill Signing
A feature film reunion of the creative team behind “Bridesmaids” will no longer shoot in Georgia, following the signing of anti-abortion legislation in the Hollywood-centric state.

Kristen Wiig and Annie Mumolo’s new comedy, “Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar,” has pulled out of the state in light of its so-called “heartbeat bill,” a rep for Wiig told Variety. Wiig is a co-writer and star alongside Oscar nominee Mumolo in the movie, which is produced by Gary Sanchez Productions and distributed by Lionsgate. A spokesperson for Lionsgate had no immediate comment.

The bill seeks to ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, and has become a lightning rod for protest and outcry since Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed it in early May. The state’s generous 30% tax rebate for film and TV production has made it an optimal location for shoots, contributing an estimated 92,000 jobs and
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‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Film Review: A Contemplative Quentin Tarantino Still Blows the Roof Off Cannes

‘Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood’ Film Review: A Contemplative Quentin Tarantino Still Blows the Roof Off Cannes
Quentin Tarantino has loomed over this year’s Cannes Film Festival ever since the lineup was announced on April 18 and he wasn’t on it. At the press conference to reveal this year’s slate, Cannes chief Thierry Fremaux went out of his way to say that Tarantino’s film, “Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood,” was missing from the lineup simply because it wasn’t finished, and that he hoped Tarantino would complete the editing in time to bring it to Cannes.

He did finish and he did bring it. Boy, did he bring it.

Tuesday turned into Tarantino Day on the Croisette, with hordes of passholders clamoring, pushing and shoving to get into the first press screening and tickets at a premium for the official premiere. (It was also the only competition film to be excluded from the early morning press screenings restricted to a limited number of outlets.
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Amazon’s "Lord of the Rings" TV Series Lands "Game of Thrones" Writer-Producer as Consultant

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Bryan Cogman, a writer and producer on “Game of Thrones” since its start on HBO in 2011, isn’t taking a break now that the blockbuster fantasy series has aired its final season. Per Variety, Cogman has been officially hired to consult on Amazon’s upcoming “Lord of the Rings” television series. The move is a natural progression for Cogman, as “Thrones” author George R.R. Martin has been vocal about his series being inspired by J.R.R. Tolkien’s masterwork.

As previously reported, Amazon’s “Lord of the Rings” series is being written and developed by J.D. Payne and Patrick McKay. Cogman will work closely with the writing duo and will serve on the “LOTR” series in a consulting role. Amazon announced last September it had signed an overall deal with Cogman to produce and develop new series.

Cogman got his start on “Thrones” as the assistant to the show’s
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Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969

Dan Aykroyd Has Written a ‘Ghostbusters’ Prequel Series Set in 1969
Back when Ghostbusters: Answer the Call was first announced, it was revealed that the original Ghostbusters director Ivan Reitman and co-writer, co-producer and star Dan Aykroyd were teaming up to start a production company called Ghost Corps. that would focus on developing projects with different takes on the paranormal investigator franchise. And while we’ve heard […]

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"Succession" Season 2 Adds Holly Hunter in Recurring Role

Holly Hunter is joining HBO’s “Succession.”

Hunter will recur in the second season of the drama series in the role of Rhea Jarrell, the politically savvy CEO of a rival media conglomerate. She joins a returning cast that includes Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin, Hiam Abbass, Alan Ruck, Sarah Snook, and Natalie Gold.

Hunter won the Academy Award for best actress for her performance in “The Piano.” She has also received Oscar nominations for the films “Broadcast News,” “The Firm, and “Thirteen.” On the TV side, she is known for roles in the show “Saving Grace” and in
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New Coke to Return This Summer to Make "Stranger Things 3" Even More ’80s

New Coke to Return This Summer to Make
Things are gonna get dark when “Stranger Things” returns with its third season on July 4 — and we’re not even talking about what’s happening in Hawkins, Indiana.

In was announced Tuesday that Coca-Cola is partnering with Netflix to journey back to one of the darkest chapters in our nation’s history: the birth of New Coke.

The infamous soda sparked outcry when Coca-Cola changed its formula for Coke in the summer of 1985 in what is now considered the biggest marketing mistakes of all time, according to the AP. New Coke lasted just 79 days before the original recipe returned.

Per Coca-Cola: “In a first-of-its-kind partnership for Netflix, the ‘Stranger Things’ team collaborated with Coca-Cola to immerse viewers in 1980s nostalgia. Executives from Netflix visited the Coca-Cola archives in Atlanta last year to study New Coke packaging, memorabilia,
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Watch James Blake Perform Romantic ‘I’ll Come Too’ During Kcrw Live Session

James Blake and his bandmates Rob McAndrews and Ben Assiter performed the first-ever live session at Kcrw’s new Annenberg Performance Studio in California. They played “I’ll Come Too” for the station’s Morning Becomes Eclectic program, where they delivered a seven-song set. The song appears on the musician’s fourth studio album, 2019’s Assume Form.

Blake opened the ethereal ballad with delicately hummed melodies from Bruno Nicolai’s “La Contessa, Incontro,” which he looped to serve as an undercurrent for the romantic song that finds the singer yearning
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See Megan Thee Stallion Get ‘Realer’ in New Blaxploitation-Flavored Video

Megan Thee Stallion and her “thee hotties” female posse are out to take Ill Will Jackson down, “a known hater,” via a “fever that will never be forgotten” in the Houston rapper’s new Blaxploitation-flavored, Seventies-tipped video for “Realer.” The track appears on her 300 Entertainment debut LP, Fever, which dropped last week.

In the Munachi Osegbu-directed clip, she and the ladies pull up in a vintage convertible, clad in shiny swimwear as Megan Thee Stallion takes on detractors with confident rhymes over foreboding beats. “I keep it realer than real
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Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer

Film News Roundup: ‘Three Identical Strangers’ Feature Adaptation Taps ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ Writer
In today’s film news roundup, “Three Identical Strangers” is moving ahead, Skeet Ulrich has been cast with Tom Hanks, the “Minions” sequel has been titled and “Vegas Dave” is getting a movie.

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Bohemian Rhapsody” screenwriter Anthony McCarten will write and produce the feature adaptation of the documentary “Three Identical Strangers.”

Raw, Film4 and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment announced the project last year, based on the story of Robert Shafran, David Kellman and Eddy Galland, three complete strangers who inadvertently discover that they are identical triplets separated at birth. McCarten was nominated for an Academy Award for writing and producing “The Theory of Everything” and producing “Darkest Hour.”

Raw’s original documentary feature “Three Identical Strangers” premiered at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival and was awarded the Special Jury Prize for Documentary Storytelling. It grossed over $12 million at the Us box office and won the DGA Award for Documentary.

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‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’

‘Game of Thrones’ Composer Ramin Djawadi: ‘I’m Still in Denial’
Since the first season, Ramin Djawadi has composed the music for “Game of Thrones” and created the epic tunes, including the iconic theme song, heard over the series’ most memorable moments. With the series finished, he talked with Zane Lowe on Apple Music’s Beats 1 about his experience on the show and an upcoming 20-city “Game of Thrones” live concert tour.

“I have to admit I’m still in denial,” Djawadi said. “I feel like it’s not over yet. I can’t let go. I never expected this to be such a success in that it would have such
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Sony Chief Tom Rothman on Quentin Tarantino and Original Films: ‘You Have to Commit’

WaxWord tracked down a beaming Sony Motion Picture Group Chairman Tom Rothman after the Cannes Film Festival premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood.” The Cannes audience, which always loves Tarantino, gave him a lengthy standing ovation at the Palais de Festivals. But the early critical reactions were also glowing, hence the happy movie executive, accepting good wishes at the hotel rooftop after-party.

Rothman, at pains to emphasize that his studio wants to make distinctive, original films amid the rush of superhero fare and franchises, called this moment in the industry “the best of times, the worst of times.”

Here’s the conversation:

Sharon Waxman: Congratulations.

Tom Rothman: Thank you. It’s a great director, great film. That’s what happens more often than not. We firmly believe that there is room for originality. It’s not easy, with all the sequels and super heroes.
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‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993

‘Defiant Ones’ Director to Helm Docuseries on Tupac, Who Assaulted Him in 1993
Director Allen Hughes, who helmed the award-winning HBO documentary “The Defiant Ones,” has closed a deal with Tupac Shakur’s estate for a five-part docuseries for which he will have full access to all of the late rapper’s released and unreleased recordings, writings and poetry, according to an announcement from his rep. The announcement says the series will be “the first definitive, comprehensive project on Shakur with the full cooperation of the estate.” A rep for the estate confirmed the deal.

Hughes will direct and is an executive producer with Lasse Järvi and Charles D. King. Tom Pellegrini is
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Ellen DeGeneres Extends Deal for Her Talk Show Through 2022

Ellen DeGeneres Extends Deal for Her Talk Show Through 2022
Ellen DeGeneres will keep doing her talk show for at least another three seasons, she said on Tuesday.

“The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” which was already renewed through next season, will now run through the 2021-22 season. In a New York Times profile last December, DeGeneres spoke about the possibility of leaving her successful daytime show when her current contract was up.

“I’m excited to announce that I’ll be doing my show for three more years,” DeGeneres said during Tuesday’s show. “Mostly because I love doing it so much every day, but also because that takes me to the end of my car lease.”

Doing this show has been the ride of my life. pic.twitter.com/Mytkjxj4xa

— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) May 21, 2019

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“Ellen is, quite simply, a force of nature,” said Peter Roth,
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Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation

Bong Joon-ho’s ‘Parasite’ Earns Five-Minute Cannes Ovation
Just days after the announcement of the selection of “Parasite” for main competition at the Cannes Film Festival, South Korean director Bong Joon-ho warned members of the local press not to expect his film to win the Palme d’Or. He also suggested that the film was “hyper local” and possibly difficult for foreign audiences to understand.

Whether that was a case of false modesty, or a genuine instance of pre-presentation nerves, Bong has little to worry about on the evidence of Tuesday night’s gala screening.

For more than five minutes after the lights went up, with the credits roll nearly completed, the audience in Cannes’ Grande Theatre Lumiere was on its feet clapping and cheering. That appreciation almost equaled the six-minute standing ovation recorded earlier in the day for Quentin Tarantino’s “One Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

Bong received hugs from his cast, and one from friend Tilda Swinton,
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Ellen DeGeneres Extends Daytime Talk Show Run Through 2022

Ellen DeGeneres Extends Daytime Talk Show Run Through 2022
Ellen DeGeneres is sticking with her daytime talk show.

DeGeneres announced Tuesday that she has signed a new deal to continue hosting “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” through 2022. There had been rumors for some time that DeGeneres was planning to leave the show when her current contract was up in 2020, something she leaned into when making the announcement to her studio audience in a video released Tuesday.

“[From] the beginning I said this show was going to be like a relationship,” DeGeneres said. “We’ve been through the good, the bad, the ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ phase. It’s been a lot
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How YouTube Is Trying to Get Will Smith His First-Ever Emmy Nomination (Exclusive)

YouTube could be the key to Will Smith finally earning a Primetime Emmy nomination — or win.

The superstar Formerly Known as the Fresh Prince has been nominated for two Academy Awards, five Golden Globes and one Screen Actors Guild Award, and has won four Grammys (out of eight nominations). Yet a Primetime Emmy nomination has so far eluded Smith.

That’s despite Smith’s long-running stint as the star of the hit 1990s sitcom “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Smith’s other TV credits include executive producing Upn’s “All of Us.” But neither of those even got him a primetime nod.
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James Corden Gets Celine Dion to Sing ‘Baby Shark,’ Sail the Vegas Seas (Watch)

James Corden Gets Celine Dion to Sing ‘Baby Shark,’ Sail the Vegas Seas (Watch)
Anyone who has seen Celine Dion’s long-running Las Vegas show knows she plays the comedienne almost as much as chanteuse, with a goofball quality that came in especially handy on a Monday night edition of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” The 15-minute segment ended with Dion and Corden trading carpooling for ship-pooling and sailing around Las Vegas’ version of the high sea — the Fountains at Bellagio — with the CBS late-night host in a Leo moptop wig and the singer spreading her arms, Kate-like, at the tiny ship’s mast.

That may have been the highlight for “Titanic” buffs, but
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Cannes Film Review: ‘Parasite’

Cannes Film Review: ‘Parasite’
A laugh turns into a snarl which gets stuck in the throat like a sob — or an arrow through the neck — in Bong Joon-ho’s latest wild, wild ride, “Parasite.” On paper, that might not sound so very different from the experience of watching Bong’s “Snowpiercer,” “Memories of Murder” “The Host” or “Okja.” The Korean trickster god is above all known for his uncategorizable movie melées which tumble bloodily down the genre stairs hitting every step — comedy, horror, drama, social commentary, slasher, creature feature, murder mystery, manifesto for vegetarianism — on the way. But while “Parasite” certainly cycles through more than half that list, the laugh is darker, the snarl more vicious and the sob more despairing than we’ve ever had from him before. Bong is back and on brilliant form, but he is unmistakably, roaringly furious, and it registers because the target is so deserving, so enormous, so
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