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Zoe Lister-Jones to Write, Direct ‘The Craft’ Reboot for Blumhouse, Columbia

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Zoe Lister-Jones to Write, Direct ‘The Craft’ Reboot for Blumhouse, Columbia
Zoe Lister-Jones is writing and directing “The Craftreboot for Blumhouse, Columbia Pictures and Red Wagon Entertainment, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Blumhouse’s Jason Blum is producing alongside Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher for Red Wagon Entertainment. Red Wagon’s Andrew Fleming and Lucas Wiesendanger are executive producing. Blumhouse and Columbia are co-financing the film.

The original 1996 film paved the way for an onslaught of TV series and films that were witch-themed and centered on female empowerment. The film starred Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, Christine Taylor, Fairuza Balk and Skeet Ulrich, and followed a new student at a Catholic prep high school who falls in love with a trio of outcast girls who practice witchcraft.
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‘Black Widow,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (Exclusive)

‘Black Widow,’ ‘Little Women,’ ‘Charlie’s Angels’ Among Most Tracked Female Directed Projects, IMDb Says (Exclusive)
Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women,” Cate Shortland’s “Black Widow,” Patty Jenkins’s “Wonder Woman 2,” and Elizabeth Banks’s “Charlie’s Angels” are among the ten most tracked projects on IMDbPro.

Ava DuVernay (“Selma”), Sofia Coppola (“Lost in Translation”), Chloé Zhao (“The Rider”), and Susanne Bier (“After the Wedding”) rank among the most widely followed female directors on the service.

The lists were revealed as part of the unveiling of a new feature on IMDbPro, an exhaustive database of film and television professionals and the projects they create. IMDbPro, will expand its popular IMDbPro Track feature to allow members to receive customizable notifications when the IMDb pages of people and titles they follow are updated. That includes everything from new cast or crew attachments project to changes in a project’s production status. IMDbPro Track launched in July 2018.

Top 10 Most-Tracked Pre-Release Films with Women Attached to Direct*

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Getting Remade at TriStar (Exclusive)

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‘Guys and Dolls’ Getting Remade at TriStar (Exclusive)
Guys and Dolls,” the venerable Broadway musical, is set to return to the big screen.

TriStar Pictures has purchased remake rights to the original Damon Runyon short stories about gamblers and gangsters that inspired the shows, as well as the rights to the Broadway musical with its book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows and its music by Frank Loesser. The studio has also acquired remake rights to the previous 1955 film adaptation from the Samuel Goldwyn company. That version of “Guys and Dolls” starred Marlon Brando, Jean Simmons, Frank Sinatra, and Vivian Blaine, and was directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz, who also wrote the screenplay.

Movie musicals have been robust box office performers in recent years. Hit adaptations of stage shows include “Hairspray,” “Chicago,” and “Les Miserables,” and original musicals such as “The Greatest Showman” and “La La Land” have also been successes. In the case of “Guys and Dolls,
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Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Lawyers Say

Charges Against Jussie Smollett Dropped, Lawyers Say
Charges against “Empire” actor Jussie Smollett have been dropped, his lawyers confirmed to Variety.

The actor had been indicted on 16 counts of filing a false police report, stemming from his alleged staging of a Jan. 29 hate attack.

“Today, all criminal charges against Jussie Smollett were dropped and his record has been wiped clean of the filing of this tragic complaint against him,” his legal team said in a statement to Variety. “Jussie was attacked by two people he was unable to identify on January 29th. He was a victim who was vilified and made to appear as a perpetrator as
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"Better Things" Renewed for Season 4

Well, this news is simply the best: FX has renewed its comedy series Better Things for a fourth season, TVLine has learned.

“With every season, Better Things becomes more vital, engaging and revelatory, cementing Pamela Adlon’s status as one of the most accomplished creative forces in television today,” said John Landgraf, chairman of FX Networks. “Rarely has there been a show that is so personal and, at the same time, so thoroughly universal in the way it explores modern parenting, family and life. We are thrilled to extend the series for a fourth season and to continue this incredible partnership with Pamela,
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‘Walking Dead': Here’s What Exactly the Whisperers Just Did

‘Walking Dead': Here’s What Exactly the Whisperers Just Did
(The biggest possible spoilers ahead for the March 24 episode of “The Walking Dead” on AMC)

(Seriously)

Those who watch “The Walking Dead” are not strangers to the way the show loves to kill off its characters, and the most recent episode — the next to last of season 9 — saw the Whisperers take out a whole pile of protagonist characters. Ten of them, their zombified heads placed on spikes.

In a sequence ripped nearly straight from the pages of the “Walking Dead” comics, Alpha (Samantha Morton) and her Whisperers managed to capture Daryl (Norman Reedus), Michonne (Danai Gurira), Carol (Melissa McBride) and Yumiko (Eleanor Matsuura), held them captive overnight and then Alpha delivered a speech to Daryl about how the Whisperers can live peacefully alongside the communities so long as they stay out of Whisperer territory. And if they don’t abide by those rules then the Whisperers will sic a massive horde of zombies on them.
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Writers Guild Plans for Agency Pact Expiration: ‘There Will Be Difficult Moments’

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement on April 7 — and admitted that it may be a rocky road.

Members received the letter Tuesday from the guild’s negotiating committee as the WGA and agents were about the hold their seventh negotiating session. It began, “While we continue to work toward a negotiated agreement with the Association of Talent Agents prior to the expiration date of the agency agreement we must simultaneously continue with contingency planning.”

“We have a plan,” the letter continued. “We know we cannot replace agents. There will be difficult moments. But our goal is to get through staffing season and whatever period of time it takes to make a fair deal with the agencies.”

“Our industry will not grind to a halt. Studios and producers will still need writers,” the committee added. “Writers
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Writers Guild Plans for Agency Pact Expiration: ‘There Will Be Difficult Moments’

Leaders of the Writers Guild of America have sent members contingency plans for the possible expiration of its agency franchise agreement on April 7 — and admitted that it may be a rocky road.

Members received the letter Tuesday from the guild’s negotiating committee as the WGA and agents were about the hold their seventh negotiating session. It began, “While we continue to work toward a negotiated agreement with the Association of Talent Agents prior to the expiration date of the agency agreement we must simultaneously continue with contingency planning.”

“We have a plan,” the letter continued. “We know we cannot replace agents.
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Entertainment One, Universal to Partner on Home Entertainment

Entertainment One and Universal Pictures Home Entertainment have signed a multi-year, multi-territory distribution agreement.

Uphe will serve as the home entertainment distributor of eOne’s offerings across both physical and digital formats. The pact covers film, television, and select family content and includes all sales, marketing, and distribution, spanning the U.S., Canada, U.K., Germany, Spain, Australia, and New Zealand.

The news was announced on Tuesday by eOne film and television president Steve Bertram and Uphe president Eddie Cunningham.

The companies said the new agreement complements the existing theatrical marketing and distribution partnership between eOne and Universal Pictures International announced earlier this year for the Australian and New Zealand markets. Uphe will begin to distribute eOne’s catalog in Australia in May, beginning with Universal’s Academy Award best picture winner “Green Book.”

Entertainment One’s network includes distribution company Sierra/Affinity; Amblin Partners with DreamWorks Studios, Participant Media,
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Univision Stations Finally Back on Dish Network After 9-Month Carriage Dispute

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Univision and Dish Network have ended their nine-month carriage dispute, agreeing to a new contract on Tuesday.

The new agreement puts Univision channels back on Dish’s service, which is effective immediately. The new deal covers channels including Univision, UniMás, Univision Deportes Network, Galavisión, Tlnovelas and FOROtv. Separately, the companies agreed to settle all of its pending litigation against each other.

Last June, Univision ceased service on more than 60 stations programmed for the Dish Network and blocked Sling customers from accessing its channels on the network.

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“We want to thank our Dish customers for their patience as we worked to reach an agreement that is fair to all parties, especially our customers,” said Erik Carlson, Dish president and CEO. “For more than 20 years, Dish has led our industry in serving the U.S. Hispanic community, and today’s announcement is reflective of
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If ‘Miracle Workers’ Gets Renewed, It’s Going to Look a Whole Lot Different

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If ‘Miracle Workers’ Gets Renewed, It’s Going to Look a Whole Lot Different
The first season premiere of “Miracle Workers” airs tonight, and the possibility of renewal by TBS still hangs in the air — but if Simon Rich’s absurdist comedy does come back, you might not recognize it.

His vision for the anthology series, which he says was largely made possible by star and executive producer Daniel Radcliffe, is to recycle the same cast and stay true to the genre, but switch up everything else — the same way “American Horror Story” does each season.

The first seven episodes star Steve Buscemi as God and CEO of Heaven Inc., the grossly-mishandled corporation in the sky that puts angels to work making the world go round. But the fate of humanity is thrown into jeopardy when God, whilst going through a “midlife crisis,” decides to pull the plug on the whole operation.

Also Read: Why Owen Wilson Left TBS' 'Miracle Workers'

Enter
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Univision, Dish Network Reach Carriage Deal After Nine-Month Blackout

Univision and satcaster Dish Network have reached a carriage agreement after a nine-month blackout that marked one of the longest standoffs between a major programmer and distributor.

Univision channels went dark on Dish Network’s satellite and streaming platforms on June 30. The sides were at odds over carriage fees that have become increasingly contentious for large MVPDs as they adjust to the influx of lower-cost competition in the pay-tv eco-system.

This past weekend, Viacom went down to the wire in talks with DirecTV on a new deal that was make-or-break for the parent company of Nickelodeon, MTV, Bet, Comedy Central and more.
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How Metallica’s Lars Ulrich Landed a New Gig: Soundtrack ‘Thunder’ Drummer

Late last year, Metallica drummer Lars Ulrich worked on a recording that was incredibly unusual for him. He pummeled his kit for two days, generating militaristic rattles and big, tribal rhythms. As he played, he watched footage of Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac yanking money out of the walls of a drug kingpin’s mansion and racing down beaches in pickup trucks while being shot at, and within a few weeks, he heard his drumming incorporated into the score of the film that became Netflix’s recently released Triple Frontier.
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Trump’s Latest Attacks Place Him in the Company of Authoritarian Strongmen

Washington — President Trump’s response to the initial findings of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s final report has been misleading, claiming a full exoneration while Mueller offers no such thing. But more than that, Trump has used Attorney General William Barr’s brief summary of Mueller’s report to launch an all-out attack on his critics that bears the hallmarks of an authoritarian strongman.

“There are a lot of people out there that have done some very, very evil things, some bad things, I would say some treasonous things against our country,
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Brad Falchuk Signs Overall Deal With Netflix, Exiting 20th Century Fox TV

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Brad Falchuk Signs Overall Deal With Netflix, Exiting 20th Century Fox TV
American Horror Story” co-creator Brad Falchuk has inked a new multi-year overall deal with Netflix, leaving his longtime studio, 20th Century Fox.

The four-year deal, which reunites Falchuk with his frequent collaborator Ryan Murphy, will see Falchuk develop and produce new projects through his Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision banner. Terms of the deal have not been made public, but it is said to be worth somewhere in the eight-figure range.

Falchuk currently serves as executive producer on a number of ongoing 20th series, including “Ahs,” “Pose,” “9-1-1” and “American Crime Story,” as well has the upcoming political satire “The Politician” for Netflix.

Also Read: Ryan Murphy's 'The Politician' Sets Premiere Date at Netflix

Falchuk is the latest big-name producer to exit his longtime home at a traditional studio in favor of a rich overall deal at Netflix, following in the footsteps of the likes of Murphy, Shonda Rhimes and Kenya Barris.
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Brad Falchuk Sets Overall Deal at Netflix

Brad Falchuk Sets Overall Deal at Netflix
Brad Falchuk is joining Ryan Murphy at Netflix.

Falchuk and his Brad Falchuk Teley-Vision banner have signed an overall deal with the streamer, which sources say is for four years and worth eight figures. He is currently set up under a deal at 20th Century Fox Television, with that deal set to expire on June 1. While at 20th TV, he collaborated with Murphy on shows like Fox’s “9-1-1,” and FX’s “Pose,” “American Horror Story,” and “American Crime Story.” Falchuk and Murphy are also working together on the upcoming Netflix series “The Politician,” which will be produced by 20th TV.
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AFI, Will and Jada Smith Family Foundation Launch Second Young Women in Film Intensive

The AFI Conservatory and the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation have partnered to launch the second annual Young Women in Film Intensive.

The AFI Campus in Los Angeles will host 45 high school girls for an eight-week filmmaking workshop, where students will receive mentorship from current fellows and working professional alumni of the AFI Conservatory. Participating girls come from Icef (Inner City Education Foundation) View Park Preparatory Accelerated Charter High School, Immaculate Heart and Synergy Quantum Academy High School. The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs helped made this program possible with a grant.

“AFI has long been an epicenter for educating and inspiring creators, and we are proud to have them join us, for the second year, in our effort to put a spotlight on female storytellers in film,”said Jana Babatunde-Bey, president and CEO of the Will & Jada Smith Family Foundation. “Inclusion can only be made possible
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‘Empire': Cookie and Lucious Can’t Agree on What to Do With an Old Crack House (Exclusive Video)

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‘Empire': Cookie and Lucious Can’t Agree on What to Do With an Old Crack House (Exclusive Video)
Lucious (Terrence Howard) and Cookie (Taraji P. Henson) are ready to make the world a better place — one crack house at a time.

After coming to an agreement about how running Empire has caused their family nothing but trouble in the past on last week’s “Empire,” a special sneak peek of Wednesday’s episode — which is exclusive to TheWrap — shows how the power couple is making moves to give back.

Except they can’t agree on exactly how they would like to do that.

Also Read: Fox 'Gratified' That Charges Have Been Dropped Against 'Empire' Star Jussie Smollett

Cookie wants to convert an old crack house Lucious bought into a community center — the Cookie Lyon Community Center, to be more specific — but her husband wants to use it as a rehab facility.

Clearly, Lucious is feeling guilty after discovering he fed the crack habit of Kingsley’s mother, without
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‘Screwball’ Film Review: Billy Corben’s Baseball Doping Doc Is Disreputable Fun

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The Florida Man Birthday Challenge on social media has made Sunshine State criminal weirdness into a badge of honor for us all: Google your birth date and “Florida Man” and you might get the headline “Florida man wasn’t drinking while driving, just at stop signs” or “Florida man who had sex with dolphin says it seduced him.”

I bring this up to note that if “Cocaine Cowboys” filmmaker Billy Corben — that Miami-based celebrator of all that’s criminally excessive about his state — doesn’t squeeze a jokey documentary series out of it soon, I’d be shocked.

Until then, we have “Screwball,” Corben’s adrenalized rehash of one of the more nationally rippling “Florida man” stories in recent memory, the Biogenesis steroid scandal that in 2013 exposed widespread doping in Major League Baseball. It’s a story that grew out of a petty cash dispute between underground “anti-aging” specialist Anthony
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Chicago Prosecutors ‘Stand Behind’ Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: ‘We Didn’t Exonerate Him’

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Chicago Prosecutors ‘Stand Behind’ Jussie Smollett Investigation Despite Dropped Charges: ‘We Didn’t Exonerate Him’
Chicago prosecutors dropped all charges against “Empire” star Jussie Smollett on Tuesday, but the office says it stands behind the investigation and having brought the charges in the first place.

“We didn’t exonerate him,” First Assistant State’s Attorney Joe Magats said in an interview with New York Times on Tuesday. “We stand behind the investigation, we stand behind the decision to charge him and we stand behind the charges in the case. The mere fact that it was disposed of in an alternative manner does not mean that there were any problems or infirmities in the case or the evidence.”

The Cook County State’s Attorney and an attorney for Smollett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Also Read: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Calls Jussie Smollett's Dropped Charges a 'Whitewash of Justice'

Smollett, who had been accused of staging a hate crime, was indicted earlier
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