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Hot News     January 21, 2017
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Stephen King's 1980 novel The Mist is beiing madeinto a television scripted series on Spike, starring Frances Conroy.

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The CW television schedule for fall 2016 is now available on our site here.

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The CBS television schedule for fall 2016 is now available on our site here.

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The ABC television schedule for fall 2016 is now available on our site here.

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The NBC and FOX television schedules for fall 2016 are now available on our site here.

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Universal Pictures has signed Charlize Theron to star in Furious 8, with director F. Gary Gray and producer Neal Moritz and an April 14, 2017 release.

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Jonah Hill will direct the coming-of-age film Mid '90s, based on a script he wrote. The film will be produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush with their frequent collaborators A24.

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Roar Uthaug, the director behind the Norwegian disaster movie The Wave, will be directing the Tomb Raider reboot.

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Sarah Michelle Gellar has joined the NBC pilot for Cruel Intentions, the television adaptation of the 1999 film in which she starred.

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The Ridley Scott-produced sequel to Blade Runner, directed by Denis Villeneuve and starring Ryan Gosling and Harrison Ford, will hit theaters on January 12, 2018.

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Following this summer's X-Men: Apocalypse, Bryan Singer will tackle an adaptation of Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. The project will begin principal photography this fall.

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Universal has announced that a sequel to Jurassic World will be released on Friday, June 22, 2018. Chris Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return to star.

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Showtime's revival of Twin Peaks was on, then David Lynch quit, and now Lynch is back again. The original word was that the show would premiere sometime in 2016, but now it seems it drop down until 2017.

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Japanese brand Hello Kitty, famous globally for the red-bowed cat with six symmetrical whiskers, is getting her own film adaptation. Japanese lifestyle company Sanrio is planning to finance and produce a feature based on the character and release it globally in 2019.

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Game Of Thrones star Emilia Clarke admits there is a chance Jon Snow could return to the HBO series after his apparent death in the Season 5 finale.

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Britne Oldford has been cast as the female lead in Hunters, Syfy's 13 episode drama from The Walking Dead executive producer Gale Anne Hurd, which is slated to premiere in 2016.

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Hulu has ordered a 26 episode fourth season of The Mindy Project television series that Fox recently cancelled after three seasons.

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Ant-Man, The Vision and Hawkeye are among the Avengers taking place in the battle between Captain America and Iron Man in Captain America: Civil War. Also joining Chris Evans and Robert Downey, Jr. are Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Sebastian Stan as Winter Soldier,

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Netflix has ordered 13 episodes of an animated series based on Dr. Seuss's classic children's book Green Eggs And Ham. Ellen DeGeneres will serve as an executive producer on the show.

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Netflix has ordered 10 episodes of a half-hour comedy from Aziz Ansari. He will star in the as-yet-untitled sitcom along with Jon Benjamin, Lena Waithe, Eric Wareheim, Noel Wells and Kelvin Yu.

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After Michelle MacLaren dropped out of the Wonder Woman movie as director, atty Jenkins has been tapped to take over the job.

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The Get Down, Baz Luhrmann's upcoming Netflix series about Bronx teens growing up the 1970s, has cast its first four young male leads. TJ Brown will play Boo-Boo, a mechanically-minded kid who wants to get down who is an irrepressible 40-year-old in a 14-year old body. Justice Smith plays Ezekiel, a smart, resourceful teen brimming with untapped talent and unrequited love who is determined to make his mark in this world. Shameik Moore plays Shaolin Fantastic, a child of the streets who is thrill-seeking, unpredictable, eccentric and, above all, enigmatic. Skylan Brooks plays Ra-Ra, a loyal, respected, protective friend and brother with his head screwed on tight, he's the voice of reason beyond his years.

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Will Ferrell and Kristen Wiig have made a Lifetime TV movie in secret. They are starring in A Deadly Adoption, set to premiere in early summer.

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FX has made a first-look production deal with film and TV producer Stacey Sher and her production company Shiny Penny.

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Tron: Legacy director Joseph Kosinski will return to direct the upcoming third instalment in the Tron series.

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Fox is developing the film franchise The Expendables for a small-screen event series. The Expendables, whose third installment was released in 2014, follows a group of elite mercenaries who undertake different missions in order to get revenge on their enemies.

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Epix is in negotiations for a 10-episode series order for Graves, a half-hour comedy starring Nick Nolte as a former President of the United States. The project was created and executive produced by and will be directed by Joshua Michael Stern.

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Jill Marie Jones will star opposite Bruce Campbell in the 10-episode original series Ash Vs. Evil Dead on Starz. Campbell will reprise his original film role of Ash and Ray Santiago and Dana DeLorenzo will round out the cast. The series is set to debut late this year.

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James Franco has joined Hulu's upcoming series based on Stephen King's novel 11/22/63. He will star in and produce the nine-episode project, which follows his character, high school English teacher Jake Epping, as he travels back in time to prevent the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

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NBC has renewed The Blacklist, Chicago PD, Chicago Fire, Grimm, and Law & Order: SVU for the 2015-2016 television season.

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Jon Hamm, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, and Jason Schwartzman have joined the cast of Netflix's Wet Hot American Summer. They will star along side Elizabeth Banks, Michael Ian Black, Bradley Cooper, Janeane Garofalo, Jo Lo Truglio, Ken Marino, Christopher Meloni, Amy Poehler, David Hyde Pierce, Paul Rudd, and Molly Shannon.

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Simon Pegg has signed on to co-write the script for the upcoming Star Trek 3 with Robert Jung. The director is Justin Lin, who shot the paintball episode of Community , which means that this will be the first Star Trek movie entirely made up of comedic references to other Star Trek movies.

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Dolly Parton has signed a development deal with NBC for a slate of two-hour TV movies. The movies will be based on the songs, stories, and life of the country legend.

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HBO announced the premiere date for the fifth season of Game Of Thrones on Sunday, April 12. HBO will also launch the fourth season of Veep and the second season of Silicon Valley on the same date.

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Paramount Pictures will screen its Martin Luther King Jr. biopic Selma on January 9 for free in the town where it all started: Selma, Alabama. p>NEWS ITEM: 
Katherine Waterston has been cast in the latest Steve Jobs biopic. The Inherent Vice actress has been offered the role of Chrisann, Jobs' first wife. Michael Fassbender is in talks to play Jobs while Seth Rogen will play Steve Wozniak. The project, which was written by Aaron Sorkin, is based on the Jobs biography by Walter Isaacson.

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USA Network has given a 10-episode series order to Mr. Robot, a drama set in the world of cybersecurity starring Christian Slater and Rami Malek. The series is about a young programmer who suffers from a debilitating anti-social disorder and decides that he can only connect to people by hacking them.

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Justin Long will star in the comedy pilot Irreversible, which centers around Andy (played by Long) and Sarah, a somewhat eccentric, self-absorbed couple, and their trials and tribulations - most of which they bring upon themselves. NEWS ITEM: 
Cliff Curtis has been cast as the male lead in AMC's The Walking Dead companion series. Curtis will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher described as a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life and father to Sean, his whip-smart and rebellious teenage son.

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The first teaser for J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: The Force Awakens has hit the web. The 88-second tease, which debuted at 30 select theaters and on iTunes, offers the first real glimpse at the Disney movie, the plot details of which have been kept tightly under wraps. While the teaser reveals no major plot points for the film, catch a glimpse at some new droid and lightsaber tech, and stormtroopers preparing for battle.

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IFC's Portlandia will premiere its new 10-episode season on January 8, 2015.

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Universal Pictures has acquired the rights to M. Night Shyamalan's The Visit, which he will write, produce, and direct. The film is currently set for a September 11, 2015 release.

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Downton Abbey has been renewed for a sixth season. PBS announced that Season 6 of the popular ITV British drama will go into production in 2015 and will be written by Julian Fellowes. News of the renewal comes a few months before Season 5 debuts in the United States on January 4, 2015. The series completes its fifth season run in the UK on Sunday.

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Hulu announced that it will be going straight to series on 10 episodes of Jason Reitman's half-hour comedy Casual. Reitman is set to direct the pilot. and he will executive produced the series with writer Zander Lehmann and production partner Helen Estabrook.

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Christian Slater will play the title role in the pilot for USA Network's cyber crime thriller Mr. Robot.

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Amazon Studios has renewed the acclaimed dysfunctional family drama Transparent for a second season.

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CBS has given a pilot production commitment to a television series adaptation of the 1998 action-comedy Rush Hour from Bill Lawrence and Warner Bros. TV. Lawrence will co-write the script with Blake McCormick and is executive producing. Like the original feature, the series' storyline will revolve around a stoic Hong Kong police officer who is assigned to work a case with a cocky African-American police officer.

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With networks increasingly tightening their purse strings, digital platforms like Amazon and Netflix are opening up a whole range of opportunities for European animation producers and sales agents. Netflix, which launched last week in France (along with Germany, Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and Luxembourg), has been on a buying spree, picking up five shows, including Pok Et Mok, Alfred, Franklin, and La Petite Geante, from Gaumont Animation. Ahead of its launch, it had already acquired Ankama's Wakfu, based on the videogame.

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FX renewed the political drama Tyrant for a second season, and increased its second season order to 13 episodes.

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The Showtime series Nurse Jackie will end its run after the upcoming seventh season. The series will soon begin production on its final season, which will premiere next year.

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Syfy will adapt the 1953 sci-fi novel Childhood's End, written by Arthur C. Clarke, as a six-hour miniseries.

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Netflix has stated it is positive that a fifth season of Arrested Development will happen, noting that it's just a matter of when.

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John Stamos will guest-star in the upcoming television series Galavant as a rival for the show's title character, played by Joshua Sasse. Although he's only scheduled to appear in one episode, there's a chance his character will recur.

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Portia de Rossi will join the upcoming season of Scandal, doing a secret arc. The series will premiere this fall on September 25.

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Two And A Half Men will find Walden, played by Ashton Kutcher, proposing marriage to Alan, Jon Cryer, in its final season. The series is planning on a wedding in its final season between the two characters.

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BBC America has renewed its series Orphan Black for a third season and Broadchurch for a second.

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Actor Andre Mattos has joined the cast of the Netflix drama Narcos. The shows stars Wagner Moura as infamous drug kingpin Pablo Escobar. Mattos will play one of the founding members of the Escobar's notorious Medellin cartel. Chris Broncato, Eric Newman, Jose Padilha and Carlo Bernard will executive produce, with Padilha directing the pilot. Broncato, Bernard and Doug Miro penned the script.

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Joan Allen will play Colonel Margaret Rayne, the headmaster of an all boys' military academy, in the fourth season of The Killing. Detective Linden and Detective Holder are assigned a new case: a picture-perfect family is murdered, survived only by son Kyle Stansbury, who was shot in the head during the massacre. Stansbury attends Margaret Rayne's school. The new season also stars Gregg Henry, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden. The fourth and final season premieres August 1, 2014 on Netflix.

 
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