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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios

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‘Captain Marvel’ Sequel Officially In Development At Disney’s Marvel Studios
The most powerful superhero in the Marvel Cinematic Universe is officially ramping up for her big-screen encore. Disney’s Marvel Studios has officially begun production on the sequel to Captain Marvel (2019), the billion-dollar hit that energized and expanded the hitmaker studio’s young female constituency.

Brie Larson will return as the intrepid Carol Danvers, aka Captain Marvel, a former military pilot who taps into cosmic energies that make her a powerhouse champion for Earth when interplanetary dangers threaten the fragile globe. Larson’s no-nonsense hero also packed a wallop at the box office, with $1.13 billion in global box office.

A Marvel source says that Megan McDonnell, part of the writing team for the upcoming Disney+ McU series WandaVision, is in advanced negotiations to chart the course for Captain Marvel’s second cinematic solo flight. The original film was the 22nd Marvel Studios film, but the first with a female hero as the lead title character.
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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’

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Channing Tatum to Headline and Produce Disney’s ‘Bob the Musical’
Channing Tatum is attached to headline and produce Disney’s musical comedy “Bob the Musical,” an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Tatum will produce with his company, Free Association, along with partners Reid Carolin and Peter Kiernan. Tripp Vinson and Chris Bender are also attached to produce. There are no other attachments at this time and the studio will be looking to find a director. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

“Bob the Musical” centers on a regular guy whose worst nightmare comes to life after he receives a blow to the head and wakes up to finds that he’s trapped in a musical. The project initially was set in 2004 and is one of the longest projects in development at Disney this century. Tom Cruise previously circled the project.

Also Read: Todd Strauss-Schulson to Direct Channing Tatum's 'Zombie Brother' at STXfilms

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May

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Jon Stewart’s ‘Irresistible’ With Steve Carell to Hit Theaters This May
Focus Features will release the latest film from director Jon Stewart called “Irresistible” on May 29, 2020, the distributor announced Wednesday.

Steve Carell, Chris Cooper and Rose Byrne star in the political comedy that the former “Daily Show” host both wrote and directed.

Irresistible” is a satire about what happens when a small Wisconsin town becomes the main attraction of our political circus. After the Democrat’s top strategist Gary (Steve Carell) sees a video of a retired Marine Colonel (Chris Cooper) standing up for the rights of his town’s undocumented workers, Gary believes he has found the key to winning back the Heartland. However, when the Republicans counter him by sending in his brilliant nemesis Faith (Rose Byrne), what started out as a local race quickly becomes an out-of-control and hilarious fight for the soul of America.
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Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott in Showtime Series ‘Ripley’

Johnny Flynn Joins Andrew Scott in Showtime Series ‘Ripley’
Johnny Flynn has been cast opposite Andrew Scott in the upcoming Showtime series based on Patricia Highsmith’s Tom Ripley novels.

Flynn will appear in a series regular role in the eight-episode first season. In “Ripley,” Tom Ripley (Scott), a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to try to convince his vagabond son, Dickie Greenleaf (Flynn), who is living a comfortable, trust-funded ex-pat life in Italy, to return home. Tom’s acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

Flynn is a British actor and musician.
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‘The Staircase’ Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Is Back With Sundance Episodic Thriller ‘Laetitia’ (Exclusive Video)

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‘The Staircase’ Director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade Is Back With Sundance Episodic Thriller ‘Laetitia’ (Exclusive Video)
France’s legal system is scrutinized after a teenage girl is murdered in the first trailer for “Laetitia” from director Jean-Xavier de Lestrade, who is known for “The Staircase” and “Murder on a Sunday Morning.”

In the trailer, 18-year-old Laetitia goes missing, and it becomes clear quickly that something has gone horribly wrong. When lifelong criminal Tony Meilhon is arrested, the legal system is questioned when scrutiny arises of how a man like that could have been walking the streets freely.

The details of the crime develop, drawing the attention of politicians and the national media. The film is based the book “Laetitia,” or “End of Men,” by Ivan Jablonka, based on true events.

Also Read: 'The Staircase' Director on Whether an Owl Could've Led to Kathleen Peterson's Death

Laetitia” has distribution in France and is up for acquisition at the Sundance Film Festival, which will start this week in Park City,
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Let’s Get Ready to (Royal) Rumble With 32 Years of WWE Royal Rumble Winners (Photos)

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Let’s Get Ready to (Royal) Rumble With 32 Years of WWE Royal Rumble Winners (Photos)
We’re days away from the 2020 WWE “Royal Rumble” pay-per-view, which will conclude with a 30-man over-the-top-rope battle royal.

Who will be the last man standing inside the ring? Well, Las Vegas favors Roman Reigns, despite the fact that Reigns also has a Falls Count Anywhere match with Baron Corbin to get through.

On the sports books’ big boards, the Big Dog is followed by Drew McIntyre, and then it’s a tie between Brock Lesnar and Cm Punk. Reigns and Lesnar have both won the Royal Rumble Match once before, Punk and McIntyre have not.

Lesnar and Punk, who come with 6-to-1 odds each, both have pretty strong cases to Not be good bets. Lesnar, by his own insistence, is entering the squared circle first of 30 spaced-out slots. As for Punk, he isn’t technically even an active professional wrestler anymore. Punk’s present-day wrestling involvement is pretty much
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Megyn Kelly Decries Being ‘Cancelled’ by NBCUniversal for Blackface Comments

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Megyn Kelly Decries Being ‘Cancelled’ by NBCUniversal for Blackface Comments
Megyn Kelly spoke out on Twitter Wednesday about her infamous ousting from NBC News, questioning why NBCUniversal “cancelled” her but Robert Downey Jr. was not similarly “cancelled” for wearing blackface in the film “Tropic Thunder.” That movie was filmed partially at Universal Studios and distributed by Universal Pictures International.

Sharing a Page Six article called “Why Robert Downey Jr. Doesn’t regret wearing blackface in ‘Tropic Thunder,'” she wrote, “R. Downey Jr: wears blackface for Universal w/o regret bc it ‘sparked a necessary convo.’ Univer.: yay Robert! Me: Never worn blackface but had one of those ‘necessary convos’ re how standard seems to have changed over time.NBC-Univer: F.U.! Cancelled!”

R. Downey Jr: wears blackface for Universal w/o regret bc it “sparked a necessary convo.” Univer.: yay Robert!????????

Me: Never worn blackface but had one of those “necessary convos” re how standard seems to have changed over time.
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Trump, Guns, and White Fragility

Trump, Guns, and White Fragility
As the definition of whiteness in America has expanded over generations, the unearned advantages that come with it become harder to kick. While racism is rightly regarded as a social disease, the privilege that it affords white people can be more like a drug. So even when Donald Trump becomes an obviously horrid president whose policies hurt even some of his own voting blocs, there are many who won’t give up the sweet taste of superiority over other groups — immigrants of color, African Americans — whom he marginalizes even further.
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Flashback: Van Halen’s Forgotten Reunion Song ‘Can’t Get This Stuff No More’

Flashback: Van Halen’s Forgotten Reunion Song ‘Can’t Get This Stuff No More’
David Lee Roth is just about a week away from beginning a long American run of arena dates with Kiss as part of their supposed farewell tour. If his recent Las Vegas shows are any guide, expect lots of Van Halen classics, a sprinkling of solo tunes, and plenty of complaints about the state of his singing voice.

Where exactly this leaves Van Halen is anyone’s guess, though Roth has repeatedly told the press the band is “finished.” It’s hardly the first time that the public was left
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Annabella Sciorra Testifies at Harvey Weinstein Trial: ‘He Raped Me’

Annabella Sciorra Testifies at Harvey Weinstein Trial: ‘He Raped Me’
Annabella Sciorra testified about allegedly being sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein during the disgraced producer’s trial Thursday. While Weinstein isn’t facing charges related to his encounter with The Sopranos actress, Sciorra is serving as one of the prosecution’s four “prior bad acts” witnesses that detail Weinstein’s pattern of sexual assault.

A tearful Sciorra testified that Weinstein allegedly raped her following an industry dinner in the early Nineties; after driving her home to her apartment, “There was a knock at the door. I just opened it up to look out.
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Stone Gossard Talks New Pearl Jam Album: ‘It Captures the Spirit of the Band’

Pearl Jam guitarist Stone Gossard explained how the group’s upcoming album, Gigaton, captures “the spirit of the band” in a new interview with Zane Lowe on Beats 1 radio.

The first single from Gigaton, “Dance of the Clairvoyants,” found the band exploring funkier and more experimental sonic territories, with Gossard saying the track exemplifies “the outer edge of something that we haven’t tried before, a new way of configuring our sort of collaborative talents.” But he went on to note that “Dance of the Clairvoyants” is just one of several flavors on the record.
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Dierks Bentley’s Hot Country Knights Sing With Travis Tritt in New Song ‘Pick Her Up’

Dierks Bentley’s Hot Country Knights Sing With Travis Tritt in New Song ‘Pick Her Up’
Dierks Bentley’s faux Nineties country group Hot Country Knights dispense some advice on how to make a winning first impression in their new song “Pick Her Up,” which Bentley wrote with Jim Beavers and Brett Beavers. The group’s first official release since signing with Universal’s Nashville wing, “Pick Her Up” also features vocal contributions from actual Nineties country star Travis Tritt.

With their trademark tongue-in-cheek humor, Hot Country Knights offer a few suggestions to anyone who might nervous about asking a woman out for whatever reason.

“You
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Ben Platt’s SXSW Favorite ‘Run This Town’ to Stream Exclusively on Twitter

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Twitter is linking with Oscilloscope Laboratories to release Ricky Tollman’s feature film debut, “Run This Town,” starring Grammy and Tony award-winner Ben Platt as a precocious journalist who stumbles into a life-altering story. The film will release day-and-date on March 6 on Twitter, after the company has signed on as its exclusive content distribution platform.

Run This Town” follows Bram, a young newspaper intern who desperately wants to cover hard-hitting news but is stuck writing listicles; his fortunes suddenly change when he luckily finds some salacious information on ex-Toronto mayor Rob Ford and is thrust into a hasty investigation that links him with two of the mayor’s aides. The Twitter-Oscilloscope partnership comes a year after the film debuted at the SXSW Film Festival.

Joining Platt in the film are Mena Massoud (“Aladdin”), Nina Dobrev (“Lucky Day”), Gil Bellows (“Shawshank Redemption”), Scott Speedman (“Animal Kingdom”), Jennifer Ehle (“Zero Dark Thirty
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Rosalía Returns to Her Flamenco Roots in ‘Juro Que’

Grammy-nominated Spanish superstar Rosalía dropped a surprise new single on Thursday, titled “Juro Que,” or “I Swear That.”

After she chopped and screwed flamenco traditions with the 2018 avant-pop masterpiece El Mal Querer — and made a brief foray into reggaeton in 2019, followed by a striking cameo in Travis Scott’s “Highest In the Room” — she bounds back to her classical training in “Juro Que.” Circled by acoustic guitars and fluttering palmas, Rosalía sings theatrically from the perspective of a woman whose boyfriend is to serve 400 days in prison.

She serves Mob-wife
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Bert Kreischer to Star on Netflix Improv Comedy Series ‘Cabin,’ an Adaptation of Martin Petit’s ‘Les Pecheurs’ (Exclusive)

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Bert Kreischer to Star on Netflix Improv Comedy Series ‘Cabin,’ an Adaptation of Martin Petit’s ‘Les Pecheurs’ (Exclusive)
Standup comedian Bert Kreischer is set to star in and executive produce “Cabin,” a new Netflix improv comedy series based on Martin Petit’s “Les Pecheurs,” TheWrap has learned exclusively.

Additionally, Kreischer has set his second comedy special for the streaming service, “Bert Kreischer: Hey Big Boy.” The standup event, which is directed by Jeff Tomsic and produced by Jax, will launch March 17.

Here is the logline for “Cabin,” per Netflix:

After years on the grind, Bert Kreischer sets out on a purifying retreat to a remote cabin. But Bert only has one speed. Joined by his celebrity friends, Bert attempts bizarre therapy techniques, intense physical challenges, and ridiculously improvised encounters with nature. Bert attempts to cleanse his “mind, body and soul” at breakneck pace with often disastrous results.

Also Read: Netflix Sets 'The Witcher' Anime Film 'Nightmare of the Wolf'

The “celebrity friends” joining Kreischer for the improv series include Anthony Anderson,
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Variety Studio Returns to Sundance With Star-Studded Interviews

Variety will return to the Sundance Film Festival with its annual interview studio in partnership with AT&T, held at the WarnerMedia Lounge on Main Street.

The studio runs from Jan. 24 through Jan. 27 and will host the stars from this year’s buzziest premieres including Hillary Clinton (“Hillary”), Gloria Steinem (“The Glorias”), Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emma Gonzalez (“Us Kids”), Kerry Washington (“The Fight”), St. Vincent (“The Nowhere Inn”), and Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Will Ferrell (“Downhill”).

Original photography by Ryan Pfluger will be posted on Variety’s social media channels with interviews going live starting Friday.

Additionally, Variety will host its annual Indie Impact cocktail party on Friday night, celebrating director Justin Simien whose film Bad Hair is premiering at the festival. Variety will also be present a screening of the Eko original interactive program “Damage Control,” followed by a Q&a on Sunday.

In addition to daily coverage such as news, reviews and event recaps,
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Changing Pay TV Landscape Heralds Ott Growth in Latin America

Offering a snapshot of the new realities in Latin America’s Pay TV market, Buenos Aires-based data and marketing research firm Business Bureau (Bb) has published a map of both the Pay TV and Ott landscape in Latin America for the first time.

“We have been posting the map of Pay TV statistics in the region since 2012 but it’s the first time we have incorporated the Ott market in it,” said Bb Chief Executive Officer Tomas Gennari, who has observed the exponential growth of Pay TV in the region for the past 10 years.

“It accelerated in 2018 but seems to have plateaued last year,
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Tinder App to Add Panic Button For Extremely Bad Dates

Tinder is introducing new safety features, including a panic button, to better protect users if a date starts to turn dangerous,The Wall Street Journal reports.

The new features are expected to arrive at the end of January and they will be provided by the security app Noonlight, which Tinder’s parent company, Match Group, recently purchased a stake in. (The same features will appear on Match Group’s other dating apps, like OKCupid and PlentyOfFish, in the coming months.) The increased focus on safety comes as Tinder has faced
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Katey Sagal to Star Erin Brockovich-Inspired Pilot From Krista Vernoff at ABC

Krista Vernoff is looking to set up another show at ABC.

The “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Station 19” showrunner is the writer and executive producer on a new pilot which has been ordered at ABC, inspired by the life of famous legal clerk Erin Brockovich. Katey Sagal has been cast to play the lead role.

Titled “Rebel,” the project hails from ABC Studios and Sony Pictures Television, and centers around Annie “Rebel” Bello (Sagal), a blue collar legal advocate without a law degree. Rebel is described as a funny, messy, brilliant and fearless woman who cares desperately about the causes she
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TV Pilot Season 2020: TheWrap’s Complete Guide

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It’s pilot season — when broadcast networks decide which of dozens of prospective shows should become full-fledged series.

TheWrap’s complete network pilot guide will keep you up to speed on the status of every project under consideration by ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC. In cases where they’ve already ordered a show to series, we’ll say so.

Check back often for regular updates.

ABC: Comedy / Drama

CBS: Comedy / Drama

The CW: Drama

Fox: Comedy / Drama

NBC: Comedy / Drama

ABC Comedy

Prospect

Writer(s): Sherry Bilsing-Graham, Ellen Kreamer

Director: Randall Einhorn

Studio: ABC Studios

Logline: A comedic western with a feminist twist: an idealistic young woman moves to the frontier to be a schoolteacher, but her ideals are quickly tested when she learns that her students are rowdy ranch hands, not children. (Single camera)

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ABC Drama

Rebel

Writer(s): Krista Vernoff

Producer(s): Davis Entertainment,
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