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Noah Hawley to Produce Reese Witherspoon’s Astronaut Drama ‘Pale Blue Dot’

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Noah Hawley, creator of the FX series “Legion” and “Fargo,” has come on board Reese Witherspoon’s astronaut drama “Pale Blue Dot” at Fox Searchlight. Variety reported in 2015 that Witherspoon was attached to star and produce, based on the original spec script by Brian C. Brown and Elliott DiGuiseppi. The story follows a successful female astronaut… Read more »

TV Academy Celebrates New Choreography Peer Group With Derek Hough, ‘La La Land’s’ Mandy Moore

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The best choreographers in all of showbiz waltzed down to the Saban Media Center on Thursday night to celebrate the the Television Academy’s creation of a peer group for choreographers. Mandy Moore, of “La La Land,” and Derek Hough, from “Dancing With the Stars,” were among the choreographers in attendance. The event, curated by the omnipresent Moore,… Read more »

‘The Batman’: Negotiations Break Down Between Studio and Director Matt Reeves

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In another setback for the highly-anticipated superhero tentpole, talks have broken down between Warner Bros. and Matt Reeves about becoming the director of “The Batman,” Variety has confirmed. A studio source indicates that negotiations have stopped, but adds that talks could resume down the road. WB is still intent on making the film, the source insisted, whatever means necessary…. Read more »

Box Office: ‘Lego Batman’ to Tear Down ‘The Great Wall,’ Beat ‘Fist Fight’

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Holy, box office champ! “The Lego Batman Movie” is heading for a dominant $41 million at the North American box office this Presidents Day weekend, taking in more than the combined haul of three new entries, early estimates showed Friday. Action-fantasy “The Great Wall” was heading for $18 million at 3,325 sites for the Friday-Monday period,… Read more »

TV News Roundup: Busy Philipps Cast in NBC Comedy Pilot, Starz’s ‘Howards End’ Cast Grows

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In today’s TV news roundup, Busy Philipps has been cast in NBC comedy pilot “The Sackett Sisters,” BBC and Starz announce additional casting for miniseries “Howards End,” and more.  CASTING  Busy Philipps is returning to broadcast TV. The “Cougar Town” alum will star in NBC’s comedy pilot “The Sackett Sisters,” Variety has confirmed. The project hails from executive producer Tina… Read more »

Trump Calls News Media the ‘Enemy of the American People’

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President Trump continued his attacks on the news media on Friday by tweeting his disdain for a number of media outlets and accusing them of being the “enemy of the American people.” Trump originally tweeted — then deleted — a similar post that did not include CBS and ABC. The latter two networks have not… Read more »

Justin Timberlake Working on New Music With Max Martin, Shellback

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Justin Timberlake revealed that he’s working on new music with Max Martin and Karl Johan Schuster — aka Shellback — on Thursday night during a Q&A at the Variety Screening Series presented by AARP. “We literally came from the studio tonight to come to this Q&A and we’re going back after this,” Timberlake said. “There’s a ton… Read more »

ABC Casts Sonia Braga in ‘Las Reinas’ Pilot, Sets Showrunner and Director

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ABC pilot “Las Reinas” has cast Sonia Braga, Variety has learned. Additionally, Chris Brancato — creator of Netflix’s “Narcos” — has been set as showrunner, and Liz Friedlander will direct. “Las Reinas” centers around detective Sonya De La Reina, who is forced to confront her past when a case compels her to reconnect with her estranged… Read more »

‘Shazam’: Superhero Movie Eyes ‘Lights Out’ Director

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“Lights Out” director David F. Sandberg is in talks to direct New Line’s “Shazam” superhero movie. “Lights Out,” based on Sandberg’s short film, was a breakout success last summer for New Line with the horror film grossing nearly $150 million on a $5 million budget. Several months before the release of “Lights Out,” New Line… Read more »

Tom Hanks, Chris Martin Turn Women’s Cancer Research Benefit Into Comedy Show, Coldplay Concert

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When Coldplay lead singer Chris Martin insisted on giving an intimate mini-concert while dinner was being served, the Women’s Cancer Research Fund’s “An Unforgettable Evening” benefit started to become just that, unforgettable. Whether it was Tom Hanks improvising after a video broke down, Martin serenading the guests during dinner, or Jason Derulo lighting up the… Read more »