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Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter' "Hollywood" Greenlit at Netflix

Ryan Murphy's L.A. 'Love Letter'
Ryan Murphy says he’s creating “a love letter to Tinseltown” with "Hollywood," his newest project to garner a green light at Netflix.

The production, which got a straight-to-series commitment at the streaming video service, comes from Murphy and Ian Brennan, with whom he collaborated on Glee and Scream Queens. The pair also work together on the upcoming Ben Platt-led comedy The Politician, also for Netflix.

Netflix and Murphy jointly announced the series order Friday via social media.

Ryan Murphy is bringing “Hollywood” to Netflix. Co-created with Ian Brennan, Murphy describes the new series as "a love letter to
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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’

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Yorgos Lanthimos to Direct and Adapt Crime Novel ‘Pop. 1280’
Yorgos Lanthimos, the Oscar-nominated director of “The Favourite,” will next write and direct “Pop. 1280,” an adaptation of a 1964 crime novel by Jim Thompson, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Lanthimos will develop the film at Imperative Entertainment, which will produce with Element Pictures in association with Discovery Productions.

Thompson’s novel is about a sheriff in a town with a population of 1280 people who presents himself as a simplistic, harmless fool, but in actuality is a manipulative psychopath and serial killer who preys on the worst impulses of the small town folk.

Andrew Lowe and Ed Guiney of Element Pictures are producing along with Lanthimos, Ryan Friedkin on behalf of Imperative Entertainment and John Alan Simon of Discovery Productions. Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas of Imperative Entertainment
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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million

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Box Office: ‘How to Train Your Dragon 3’ Takes Off With $3 Million
How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” flew to $3 million at about 3,200 North American location on Thursday night.

The figure doubled the preview gross for “The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part,” which pulled in $1.5 million two weeks ago on Feb. 8.

Universal has predicted an opening weekend for “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” in the $40 million range at 4,259 sites — somewhat shy of its predecessors, 2010’s “How to Train Your Dragon,” which made $43.7 million for Paramount, and 2014’s “How to Train Your Dragon 2,” which earned $49.4 million for Fox. The third entry in the franchise is the first DreamWorks Animation title being released by Universal since it acquired the animation studio in 2016 for $3.8 billion.

Other tracking services have estimated that “The Hidden World” could pull in as much as $50 million in its first three days of release. The animated adventure has already earned $181 million since beginning its international rollout in January.
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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too

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John Krasinski To Direct ‘A Quiet Place 2’, Emily Blunt Returning Too
Exclusive: Sources says John Krasinski is back to direct Quiet Place 2. He was already on board to write the sequel.

Production we hear begins in July on the Brad Fuller and Andrew Form produced film.

We also hear that Emily Blunt’s deal for the sequel is closed as well. She recently won a Screen Actors Guild best supporting actress award for her turn in the film. Today on Instagram Krasinski announced the sequel’s release date: May 15, 2020.

The $17M production made its world premiere at SXSW a year ago, where it promptly sent electricity into the audience. The pic was expected to open around $30M, and over-performed its domestic tracking with a $50.2M opening, and final stateside of $188M, $340M Ww. With Paramount struggling before Jim Gianopulos’ arrival to the studio, A Quiet Place came as a wonderful renaissance for them. Gianopulos announced the sequel to the alien thriller last spring at CinemaCon.
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Natalie Dormer Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ at Showtime

Natalie Dormer Joins ‘Penny Dreadful: City of Angels’ at Showtime
Natalie Dormer has been cast in upcoming drama series “Penny Dreadful: City of Angels” in a lead role, Variety has learned.

Described as a spiritual descendant of the original “Penny Dreadful,” the new series opens in 1938 Los Angeles. When a grisly murder shocks the city, Detective Tiago Vega is embroiled in a story that reflects the history of Los Angeles: from the building of the city’s first freeways and its deep traditions of Mexican-American folklore, to the dangerous espionage actions of the Third Reich and the rise of radio evangelism.

Dormer will play Magda, a supernatural demon who can
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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest

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Jussie Smollett Removed From Final ‘Empire’ Season 5 Episodes Following Arrest
Jussie Smollett has been removed from the final Season 5 episodes of the Fox series “Empire” in the wake of his arrest Thursday morning.

“The events of the past few weeks have been incredibly emotional for all of us” said series executives Lee Daniels, Danny Strong, Brett Mahoney, Brian Grazer, Sanaa Hamri, Francie Calfo and Dennis Hammer. “Jussie has been an important member of our ‘Empire’ family for the past five years and we care about him deeply. While these allegations are very disturbing, we are placing our trust in the legal system as the process plays out. We are also aware of the effects of this process on the cast and crew members who work on our show and to avoid further disruption on set, we have decided to remove the role of ‘Jamal’ from the final two episodes of the season.”

Fox had previously issued multiple statements in support of Smollett,
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Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48

Comedian Brody Stevens Dies at 48
Brody Stevens, a well-known comic in the Los Angeles comedy community, died on Friday at the age of 48, his rep confirmed to The Hollywood Reporter

According to Fox News, the cause of death was an apparent suicide. 

Stevens was known for his positive and high-energy sets, and warm-up acts for shows around the city, including Chelsea Lately and Chris Hardwick's @midnight. As an actor, he appeared in The Hangover, Due Date and Nick Kroll's Kroll Show. He also toplined a Comedy Central series in 2013 called Brody Stevens: Enjoy It! 

Fellow comedians tweeted their love ...
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"Batwoman" Pilot Adds Elizabeth Anweis as Catherine Hamilton-Kane

The CW’s “Batwoman” pilot has cast Elizabeth Anweis, Variety has learned.

Anweis will play Catherine Hamilton-Kane, the stepmother of Kate Kane, a.k.a. Batwoman. Catherine made her fortune as a savvy, bullheaded defense contractor, and all those billions position Catherine as one of Gotham’s most powerful residents. For Catherine, it’s a matter of the bottom line: Batwoman is bad for business.

Ruby Rose is set to star as the titular lesbian DC superhero, who was first introduced in the latest DC series crossover on CW. Anweis will star with Rose along with previously announced cast members
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Clark Gable's Grandson, "Cheaters" Host Clark James Gable, Dies at 30

Clark Gable's Grandson,
Clark Gable‘s grandson, Clark James Gable, was found dead on Friday morning. He was 30.

The actor, who was also known as Clark Gable III, was found unresponsive, according to his sister Kayley Gable on Facebook.

“My brother was found unresponsive this morning by his fiancé and didn’t wake up,” she wrote. “I Love You Clarkie I’m so sorry we couldn’t save you my heart is broken and shattered Rip.”

His mother, Tracy Yarro Scheff, also confirmed the news on Instagram, writing, “It’s is with an extremely heavy heart we say goodbye to my beautiful son Clark.
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Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)

Luke Wilson Joins ‘Zombieland’ Sequel (Exclusive)
Luke Wilson is set to join the ensemble of the upcoming “Zombieland” sequel, sources tell Variety.

Wilson will star alongside Woody Harrelson, Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, and Abigail Breslin in “Zombieland 2.” As previously reported, Zoey Deutch, Thomas Middleditch, and Rosario Dawson are also boarding the cast.

In the sequel, the zombie slayers must face off against new kinds of zombies that have evolved since the first movie, as well as new human survivors. They also have to deal with the growing pains of their own makeshift family.

It’s unknown who Wilson will be playing in the pic.

Original “Zombieland” filmmaker Ruben Fleischer, who most recently helmed Sony’s “Venom,” is returning to direct the follow-up. He is re-teaming with original writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, known for their work on both “Deadpool” movies. The sequel is currently in the production and will be released this October, on the
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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72

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Vinny Vella Dies: ‘Casino’ & ‘The Sopranos’ Actor Was 72
Vinny Vella, known for his roles in the 1995 film Casino and HBO’s The Sopranos, among others, has died. His family shared the news on Vella’s Facebook page. Vella died Wednesday from liver cancer. He was 72.

“We are saddened to report that Vinny Vella has passed and I’m sure that no one more saddened than himself,” the Facebook statement read. “Vinny loved life from his family to his friends and fans he was easily one of the funniest, endearing actors to have ever graced the screen. Vinny also had integrity and pride rarely seen.”

The statement continued, “Arguably the fastest on the draw, king of the comebacks. His verbal jousting was legendary but many know Vinny for his favorite saying – ‘Who’s better than you?’ Well Vinny, I think we all can agree on the answer to that, it was you, it always was you! We miss you my boy!
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‘Holmes & Watson,’ Melissa McCarthy and Donald Trump Win Razzie Awards for Worst of 2018

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‘Holmes & Watson,’ Melissa McCarthy and Donald Trump Win Razzie Awards for Worst of 2018
Holmes & Watson,” the Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly buddy comedy, “won” the Worst Picture award at the 39th Annual Razzie Awards.

The film also picked up the Golden Raspberry, or the “$4.97 Trophy,” in three other categories, including John C. Reilly for Worst Supporting Actor, Etan Cohen for Worst Director and the prize for Worst Remake, Rip-Off or Sequel.

President Donald Trump won a pair of awards from the Razzies for his likeness appearing in two documentaries, Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9” and “Death of a Nation” from Dinesh D’Souza, including Worst Actor and Worst Screen Combo, paired with his “self-perpetuating pettiness.” Kellyanne Conway won the prize for Worst Supporting Actress for “Fahrenheit 11/9.”

Also Read: Will Ferrell's 'Holmes & Watson' Whacked by Critics: 'Witless Sherlock Holmes Spoof'

Melissa McCarthy, who is nominated for an Oscar for “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” won Worst Actress from the Razzies.
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Bill Maher Shreds Jeff Bezos: ‘Stop Playing Cities’ Against Each Other in Bid for Amazon’s New HQ (Video)

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Bill Maher Shreds Jeff Bezos: ‘Stop Playing Cities’ Against Each Other in Bid for Amazon’s New HQ (Video)
Bill Maher took a swipe at Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, accusing the billionaire of “playing cities off against one another” in their effort to be the site of the company’s new headquarters.

“Amazon has scrapped its plans to build a giant headquarters in New York because the city balked at giving the richest company in the world a $3 billion tax bribe… so Amazon took their ball and went home,” Maher said on Friday’s “Real Time.”

“Herein lies a chance for Amazon to show the world that a tech company can actually do good,” he added.

Also Read: Bill Maher Urges Rep. Adam Schiff to 'Get In' the Fox News 'Bubble' (Video)

Maher said that America’s “flyover states” have become the “passed-over states,” with 238 cities and regions having submitted proposals to Amazon for the company to locate in their area, all of which were desperate for jobs.
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Razzie Awards: 'Holmes & Watson' Named Worst Picture of the Year

Razzie Awards: 'Holmes & Watson' Named Worst Picture of the Year
Holmes & Watson is the "big winner" at the 39th annual Razzie Awards, taking home worst picture, worst director, worst remake/rip-off/sequel and worst supporting actor for John C. Reilly.

Melissa McCarthy is a double winner for worst actress in The Happytime Murders and Life of the Party, while also taking home the redeemer award for her Oscar-nominated performance in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Donald Trump picked up two awards, for worst actor and for worst screen combo, which the category notes as "Donald J. Trump & His Self-Perpetuating Pettiness." Trump scored wins for appearing as himself in Michael Moore's ...
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Film Review: ‘2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action’

Film Review: ‘2019 Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action’
The Academy skewed dark in its choice of live-action shorts this year, selecting four films to slit your wrists by — each one featuring child endangerment in a different form — and a fifth, about a diabetic on her death bed, that finds a glimmer of uplift at the other end of life. If that sounds like a complaint, think again: All too often, the Academy falls for either lightweight comedic shorts or over-earnest social-issue dramas, whereas this lot consists of several genuinely well-tooled micro-thrillers. It’s just a lot to stomach in a single, two-hour sitting.

The theatrical program opens with Spanish director Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s Goya-winning “Madre,” which begins with a slow pan of an empty beach — meaningless at first, but setting the stage for a parental nightmare that plays out entirely in the audience’s imagination. Like Gustav Möller’s nail-biting Danish feature “The Guilty,” this short conjures an
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Hollywood Agents Association Accuses WGA of Attempting to ‘Remake the Entire Industry’

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The Association of Talent Agents volleyed back at the Writers Guild of America on Friday, telling its members that the WGA was attempting to divide Ata “membership with misinformation and myths and their unilateral attempt to impose what they are calling a ‘Code of Conduct.'”

In a statement to the association’s membership, Ata executive director Karen Stuart said that she was frustrated that the WGA is misleading its members into voting for new rules that she said would hurt the writers and Ata agents and agencies.

Also Read: WGA Sets March Vote on Tough New Rules for Talent Agents

“Let’s be clear – the WGA’s ‘Code’ is not about agents’ conduct,” Stuart wrote. “Their proposals are a sweeping attempt by the WGA to remake the entire industry, restraining not only the business of agencies and their affiliates but also interfering with the livelihoods and businesses of producers,
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How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix
Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the focal item next to the host’s mirror tells a different story: An ancient Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner comedy LP, signed by both.

Indeed, a closer look at some of the guest snapshots along the walls reveals a striking number of Hollywood figures among
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How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix

How the ‘Rich Eisen Show’ Mixes Sports and Showbiz in an Entertaining Mix
Walking through the El Segundo studio where veteran sportscaster Rich Eisen tapes his daily “Rich Eisen Show,” the sheer density of sports memorabilia is overwhelming — everything from game balls to jerseys, gear, autographs and uncountable photos are crammed onto every inch of wall and desk space. But step into Eisen’s dressing room, and the focal item next to the host’s mirror tells a different story: An ancient Mel Brooks and Carl Reiner comedy LP, signed by both.

Indeed, a closer look at some of the guest snapshots along the walls reveals a striking number of Hollywood figures among the expected who’s-who of football legends. Ever since launching “The Rich Eisen Show” in 2014, Eisen has been striving to make his show an unlikely meeting point between the worlds of sports and showbusiness, combining the deep-dive debate of sports talk radio with the breezy banter of late night TV.
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TV Review: ‘Whiskey Cavalier’

TV Review: ‘Whiskey Cavalier’
The crux of “Whiskey Cavalier” can be found right in its protagonist’s name. “Will Chase” is a purposefully ridiculous wink of a name that tries to be both debonair and very silly all at once, just like the FBI agent (played by Scott Foley) to which it belongs. This isn’t a regular spy drama, “Whiskey Cavalier” insists at every turn, but a fun spy drama that refuses to take itself too seriously. Yes, it’s cheesy, but it’s hard to hold that against the show too much when it’s also half the point.

Despite its hour-long run time,
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Wanna Win Best Actor? Be in a Biopic

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Wanna Win Best Actor? Be in a Biopic
Rami Malek is widely considered the frontrunner to win the Best Actor Oscar for his performance as Freddie Mercury in “Bohemian Rhapsody” on Sunday night. But even if he doesn’t, there’s a good chance an actor from a biopic will win regardless.

That’s partly due to simple numbers. Four of the five nominees in this year’s Best Actor race come from biopics. with only one of them — Bradley Cooper for “A Star Is Born” — nominated for playing a fictional character. But this year’s lopsided representation of biopics among Best Actor nominees isn’t a rarity. Five times in the last 15 years, the same ratio of biopic-to-fictional character nominees has happened, four of those instances since 2013.

But even without superior numbers, the Best Actor category has come to be dominated by biopics. Six of the last eight Best Actor winners have all been from biopics, and
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