New J.J. Abrams Drama Series In the Works

J.J. Abrams is developing a new drama series via his Warner Bros. TV-based Bad Robot Productions banner, Deadline has learned.
Written by Abrams, the untitled project is said to center around a world’s battle against a monstrous, oppressive force. Abrams is executive producing with Bad Robot’s Ben Stephenson. The project is currently being shopped with interest from multiple bidders.
Next up for the Fringe creator is psychological-horror drama series Castle Rock at Hulu…

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Jane Fonda, Common & Gloria Allred To Speak At Sundance Respect Rally

EXCLUSIVE: Jane Fonda, Common and Gloria Allred rarely do things by half and this weekend the frequently outspoken trio will be among the speakers at the Respect Rally set to happen at the Sundance Film Festival.
All with films at the Robert Redford founded fest this year, the two Oscar winners and the relentless attorney the heart of the Seeing Allred documentary will be joined by the likes of Daveed Diggs, Nick Offerman, Sage Trudell, Rafael Casal and Bart Powaikee…

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Hugh Wilson Dies: ‘WKRP In Cincinnati’ Creator Who Helmed ‘Police Academy’ & ‘First Wives Club’ Was 74

Hugh Wilson, an Emmy-winning writer-producer and WKRP in Cincinnati series creator who also directed several features including The First Wives Club and the original Police Academy, has died. He was 74. WCAV-TV Charlottesville, VA, reported that he died over the weekend in Albemarle County.
Wilson started his TV writing career on The Bob Newhart Show and The Tony Randall Show in the mid-1970s. He then created the influential sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati, which aired for four…

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The Flash Movie: John Francis Daley & Jonathan Goldstein In Talks To Direct

Warner Bros has just entered into negotiations with John Francis Daley and Jonathan Goldstein to direct Flashpoint, the studio’s DC stand-alone movie centered on The Flash. Ezra Miler stars as the speedy one after playing the role in last summer’s franchise mashup Justice League.
The potential tie-up signals a comedic bent to the latest superhero pic from DC and Warners. The pair, who know a thing or two about the genre having penned Sony/Marvel’s franchise reboot Spider-M…

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Broadway B.O. Leaps Even As ‘Lion King’ & ‘Wicked’ Feel Winter Chill

With the three-day Martin Luther King holiday weekend as a spur, the Broadway box office defied the January trend, pole-vaulting 27% over the same week in 2017 and even surpassing the previous week by 2%. All that despite some staggering nose-dives among the family-friendly crowd.
That includes Disney’s two shows: The Lion King was off $681K from the previous week at the Nederlander Organization’s Minskoff Theatre, while Aladdin, installed at the Mouse’s New Amsterdam…

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‘9-1-1’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

Just two episodes in, Fox has renewed hit drama series 9-1-1 for a second season.
Written and executive produced by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Tim Minear, 9-1-1 is coming off record ratings for its series premiere. The debut episode has drawn more than 15 million viewers in seven-day multi-platform viewing for Fox’s largest premiere since Empire in 2015, excluding post-Super Bowl premieres, according to the network. In Nielsen Live + 7, the show drew 10.7 million…

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MPAA: Hollywood Is Key Driver Of U.S. Economy With $49 Billion Payout, Salaries Much Higher Than Nat’l Average

The Motion Picture Association of America released economic figures today culled from an analysis of data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics 2016 report — only made available in late 2017 — which shows that the American film and TV industry accounted for supporting 2.1 million jobs and 400,000 local businesses across this country. It says that the industry “continues to be a key driver of the U.S. economy, adding high quality domestic jobs and paying out $49 billion to…

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Sam Rockwell To Receive Santa Barbara’s American Riviera Honor

Sam Rockwell, who is piling up awards for his supporting turn in Fox Searchlight’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, is set as this year’s recipient of the Santa Barbara Film Festival’s American Riviera Award. The honor, recognizing actors who have made a significant contribution to American cinema, will be presented February 7 during the fest’s January 31-February 10 run.
Rockwell plays a disgruntled, jaded police officer who faces off against Frances McDormand…

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‘True Detective’: Scoot McNairy Cast In Season 3 Of HBO Anthology Series

Godless star Scoot McNairy has been cast opposite Mahershala Ali, Carmen Ejogo and Stephen Dorff in the third season of Nic Pizzolatto’s HBO crime anthology series True Detective.
Season 3 will tell the story of a macabre crime in the heart of the Ozarks and a mystery that deepens over decades and plays out in three separate time periods. Ali will play the lead role of Wayne Hays, a state police detective from northwest Arkansas.
McNairy will play Tom, a father who…

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Alec Baldwin Says Treatment Of Woody Allen Is “Unfair And Sad”

As the backlash against working with Woody Allen gains momentum, Alec Baldwin has come forward to express his opinion calling the “renunciation” of the director is “unfair and sad.”
Baldwin took to Twitter to point out that Allen was “investigated forensically” and that “no charges were filed. He adds “I worked [with Woody Allen] 3 times and it was one of the privileges of my career.”
“Is it possible to support survivors of pedophilia and sexual assault/abuse and also…

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