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Damon Lindelof Promises Justin Theroux Will Get Naked if ‘The Leftovers’ Gets Emmy Nominations
In a series of Instagram posts Monday night, Lindelof took a fresh approach in convincing Emmy voters to nominate “The Leftovers.” “Nominate Theroux and the sweatpants go away,” the “Lost” co-creator wrote above a sweaty, shirtless Theroux.
The “For your consideration” period this year has had a few unconventional ploys to lure Emmy voters — like real-life handmaids from Hulu walking. »
- Ashley Boucher
Alec Baldwin Says He’ll Return to ‘SNL’ as Trump Next Season
Alec Baldwin said in an interview with CNN Tuesday that he will indeed return to “Saturday Night Live” next season for another round of Donald Trump impersonations. “Yea, we’re going to fit that in. I think people have enjoyed it,” said Baldwin, who was in New York City on Monday to promote is new movie “Blind.” Baldwin’s take on the 45th President of the United States was only meant to last for the duration of the presidential election, but after Trump’s victory, Baldwin stuck around for more cold open sketches during the president’s first 100 days. Baldwin »
- Jeremy Fuster
Kevin Bacon says the 'Tremors' reboot is heading to SyFy channel
“We are going to do a pilot for Syfy,” the Footloose and Diner star told Screen while at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, where he was attending a screening of Story Of A Girl, in which he co-stars.
Bacon originally approached Blumhouse CEO Jason Blum, whose horror credits include Paranormal Activity and Insidious, with the idea of reviving cult comedy-horror Tremors as a feature film, but the project is now being developed as an eight-episode TV series, which Bacon will star in and produce.
He will again be playing Valentine McKee, the Nevada handyman who tussles with gigantic man-eating sandworms. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Geoffrey Macnab)
‘Conjuring 3’ in the Works With David Leslie Johnson Attached to Write Script
The “Conjuring” universe continues to expand.
New Line is moving forward on its third iteration of the “Conjuring” franchise with “The Conjuring 3.” David Leslie Johnson is on board to script. James Wan will serve as producer through his Atomic Monster production company with Peter Safran.
The logline for “The Conjuring 3” is under wraps. As with the first two “Conjuring” films, which starred Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga as paranormal researchers Lorraine and Ed Warren, the story will be taken from the Warrens’ case files.
Johnson wrote “The Conjuring 2,” which went on to gross $320 million worldwide. The news comes two weeks after New Line launched development on “The Crooked Man,” based on the malevolent character in “The Conjuring 2” in the the fourth film spinoff from Wan’s 2013 hit “The Conjuring.” The others are “Annabelle,” “Annabelle: Creation” and “The Nun.”
- Dave McNary
Sissy Spacek to Make Return to Stephen King Multiverse in ‘Castle Rock’
Sissy Spacek is making her return to the Stephen King multiverse in the upcoming Hulu series “Castle Rock.” In “Castle Rock” she will play Ruth Deaver, the estranged adoptive mother of Henry (Andre Holland). Henry is the series lead — a retired professor with fading memories and a complicated history about the town. One of Spacek’s best known roles is thanks to a King work. She starred in the 1976 adaptation of “Carrie,” in which she played the titular, telekinetic high schooler. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her performance. Also Read: 'Moonlight' Star André Holland Cast as Lead Stephen King. »
- Carli Velocci
Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo Untitled Drama From Dan Gilroy Lands at Netflix
Dan Gilroy will direct from his own script. The project re-teams Gilroy with “Nightcrawler” stars Gyllenhaal and Russo in which the former played an ambitious cameraman and the latter a local news producer.
Gyllenhaal stars Netflix’s “Okja,” directed by Bong Joon-Ho, which competed at the Cannes Film Festival last month. The movie also starred Korean child actress Ahn Seo-hyun alongside Tilda Swinton and Paul Dano. Netflix will make “Okja” available to stream on June 28.
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros. Developing 'The Accountant' Sequel With Ben Affleck
Writer Bill Dubuque and director Gavin O’Connor are also in talks for the proposed sequel to the 2016 feature, which followed a highly functioning autistic man who worked as an accountant for criminal organizations. When the Treasury Department starts to follow his activities, he uses his background as an assassin to protect himself and others.
The action-drama grossed $86 million at the domestic box office on the relatively modest budget of $44 million. »
- Mia Galuppo
Richard Hammond Details Grand Tour Car Crash: I Thought, ‘I’m Going to Die’
He also promises that it won’t significantly affect his plans for the show. »
- Jackson McHenry
Every ‘SNL’ Alec Baldwin Donald Trump Sketch Ranked, From Least to Most Retweetable (Photos)
We’re in for at least four years of Donald Trump as President of the United States. That means one particularly great thing: We’re in for a lot more Alec Baldwin impersonations of Trump on “SNL.” From the often ridiculous phrases to the weird outbursts, “SNL” has captured all of it. In fact, the sketches often seem to struggle to surpass reality in terms of absurdity. But they get there. Here’s a list of every Baldwin-as-Trump “SNL” sketch, ranked from least to most hilarious. 18. Trump’s Classroom Cold Open (Dec. 3): Trump retweets ridiculous people, like a 16-year-old and a white supremacist. »
- Phil Hornshaw
Can the Academy’s Class of 2017 Possibly Be as Big and Diverse as Last Year’s?
A year ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences extended invitations to just about every qualified woman and person of color they could think of, in a massive outreach designed to increase the diversity of the Academy’s very male, very white, very old membership. Can the organization do it again? That’s the question that faced membership committees from each of the Academy’s 17 branches over the last two months, as they looked at applications and compiled lists of prospective members. And it’s the question that will face the AMPAS Board of Governors on Tuesday evening, »
- Steve Pond
Jimmy Fallon Tops Stephen Colbert in Total Viewers Thanks to ‘Late Show’ Russia Hiatus
For the week of June 19-23, Fallon averaged 2.66 million viewers to Colbert’s 2.62 million, according to Nielsen data. It should be noted, however, that Colbert’s number does not include Thursday and Friday, as Colbert aired repeats in order to travel to Russia.
In addition, Fallon posted a 0.68 rating in adults 18-49, beating Colbert’s 0.42 by 0.26 of a rating point, or 62%. That represents the biggest margin of victory for Fallon in the measure since the week of Jan. 9-13. The rating is also Fallon’s highest since the week of April 3-7, when a week of episodes from Orlando averaged a 0.69.
Colbert’s viewership numbers have surged ever since the Trump’s election, with Colbert’s pointedly political comedy resonating strongly with viewers in Trump’s America. Colbert »
- Joe Otterson
Emmy experts predict Movie/Mini Actress: Can Bryce Dallas Howard (‘Black Mirror’) upset Jessica Lange (‘Feud’)?
Bryce Dallas Howard (“Black Mirror”) is surging in our experts’ Emmy nominations predictions for Best Movie/Mini Actress. Just last month she had the support of two experts from major media outlets, but now four think she’ll earn an Emmy nom: Eric Deggans (NPR), Tom O’Neil (Gold Derby), Lynette Rice (Entertainment Weekly) and Paul Sheehan (Gold […] »
- Marcus James Dixon
North Korea Compares Trump to Hitler in Latest Anti-us Diatribe
North Korea’s state controlled media, Korean Central News Agency, called Donald Trump’s “America-first” policy “the American version of Nazism far surpassing the fascism in the last century in its ferocious, brutal and chauvinistic nature.” The editorial ran on Tuesday, according to The Wall Street Journal and several other outlets. Pyongyang’s state media also described U.S. policy as “Nazism in the 21st century.” Also Read: Dennis Rodman Defends North Korea, Takes Credit for Otto Warmbier's Release (Video) “The world has never seen peace since the emergence of the American-first principle,” the op-ed went on to say. Other »
- Ashley Boucher
Ratings: Jimmy Fallon Beats Stephen Colbert for First Time Since Before Inauguration
Jimmy Fallon has bested Stephen Colbert in the ratings for the first time since the week before Donald Trump’s inauguration. “The Tonight Show,” hosted by Fallon, won late-night last week with most total viewers in the coveted 18-49 demographic, averaging 2.66 million viewers overall compared to “The Late Show’s” 2.62 million. Fallon also saw a 62 percent demo margin over Colbert, which is its highest since the week of Jan. 9-13. He had a 0.68 rating compared to Colbert’s 0.42. This is the second week in a row that “The Tonight Show” can claim its biggest margin of victory versus its »
- Carli Velocci
Lauren Graham cast in Disney Junior’s ‘Vampirina’: Could she finally win that elusive Emmy?
Lauren Graham has been cast in a new TV role, which raises the perennial question, could it finally win her that elusive Emmy? She has been cast in the Disney Junior animated series “Vampirina” as Oxana Hauntly, the mother of the title character. James Van Der Beek has been cast alongside her as her husband […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Alamo Drafthouse Cinema Unveils Series of Events to Celebrate 20th Anniversary
Austin-based Alamo Drafthouse, which has gone from one theater to 28 locations since 1997, is unveiling a series of commemorative events to celebrate its 20th anniversary, Variety has learned exclusively.
“There is no better way for us to celebrate two decades of existence than sharing and celebrating movies we love,” said Tim League, Alamo Drafthouse founder and CEO. “That’s what our company is all about, and that’s what Alamo20 is all about.”
The original Alamo Drafthouse was a single-screen theater showing second-run titles that had been converted from an old warehouse. The promise to patrons was “good food, good beer and good film, all at the same place.”
Alamo Drafthouse, Kodak Partner on 35Mm Film Celebration (Exclusive)
The location gained notice quickly with Austin players such as “Dazed and Confused” director Richard Linklater and Harry Knowles of Ain’t It Cool News. Within its first year the venue was playing host to film premieres and hosting »
- Dave McNary
Fox News Dominates Cable Ratings for 4th Consecutive Quarter
Fox News continues its reign, becoming the most watched basic cable network for four consecutive quarters. The network’s commanding second-quarter ratings also crushed their direct competitors MSNBC and CNN, marking 62 consecutive quarters as the highest-rated cable news channel in total viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Fnc also reached No. 1 among basic cable networks in both primetime and total day, ahead of TNT and Nickelodeon. That’s four consecutive quarters as the most-watched basic cable network in both categories. Also Read: Sean Hannity on Seth Rich Conspiracy: 'My Investigation Continues' Fnc was up double-digits in the second quarter of 2017, compared to the same. »
- Meriah Doty
Ratings: ‘American Ninja Warrior’ Bests ‘The Bachelorette’ for NBC Win
“American Ninja Warrior” led NBC to a win Monday night, besting ABC and “The Bachelorette” as well as Fox and “So You Think You Can Dance.” NBC’s agility competition averaged a 1.5 rating in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demo and 6 million total viewers in its airing from 8-10 p.m. NBC tied with ABC for first in ratings with a 1.3, but was first in total viewers with 5.3 million viewers. Aside from “American Ninja Warrior,” its airing of “Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge” in the 10 p.m. hour garnered a 1.1 rating and 3.9 million viewers. Also Read: Ratings: NBC Tops ABC on »
- Linda Ge
Pregnant Serena Williams Goes Nude for Vanity Fair, Twitter Responds
Tennis superstar and world’s greatest athlete Serena Williams graces the cover of August’s Vanity Fair naked and pregnant. Of course, people are responding. Williams and the magazine tweeted out the cover, photographed by Annie Leibovitz, Tuesday morning, asking Twitter whether they think it’s a boy or a girl. She is set to have a baby with her fiance, co-founder of Reddit, Alexis Ohanian. Check out my Vanity Fair Cover. Question- what do u guys think boy or girl? I'm waiting to find out but would love to hear your thoughts. pic.twitter.com/Nnq4VKCu8N — Serena Williams »
- Carli Velocci
Glow Recap: It’s Raining Tampons
“Maybe It’s All the Disco” is filled with surprising revelations. »
- Kenny Herzog
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