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Gossip Girl Boss: HBO Max's Version More a 'Continuation' Than a Reboot

Gossip Girl Boss: HBO Max's Version More a 'Continuation' Than a Reboot
Sorry, Gossip Girl fans, Serena, Blair & Co. will not be part of HBO Max’s forthcoming take on the CW series — but they do exist in the ethos of the new drama.

“There aren’t, like, new actors playing Serena and Blair. It’s not a remake. [It’s] a continuation of that world,” executive producer Josh Schwartz told reporters at the Television Critics Association summer press tour, where he was promoting his Hulu limited series Looking for Alaska.

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Review: Got some sexual issues to confront? Go ahead and Ask Dr. Ruth in this charming documentary on the cherished sex therapist

The catchy tagline in the noteworthy documentary Ask Dr. Ruth boasts "size doesn't matter". It really should not matter especially when it comes to considering America's favorite and adored pint-sized sex therapist Dr. Ruth Westheimer whose diminutive presence has had an impactful influence on pop culture not to mention society in general. Director Ryan White pays homage to the famed soon-to-be nonasegenarian (she turned age 90 in June 2018) as he chronicles a rather interesting and topsy-turvy life of the treasured German-born love doctor on call. Dr. Ruth secured a prominent legacy not only as a heralded sex therapist but also as a ubiquitous media personality, author, and carnal confidante to millions of people during her illustrious career in radio, television, and print....

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List

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Producers Guild Awards: ‘Green Book’ Takes Best Picture – Complete Winners List
Green Book walked away with the marquee prize at the 30th annual Producers Guild Awards, which were handed out Saturday night at the Beverly Hilton.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse followed up its Golden Globes win and beat out a tough field to snare the statuette for Animated Feature, and the Mister Rogers pic Won’t You Be My Neighbor? laced up the Documentary Feature prize, also topping a solid field..

On the TV side, the final season of FX’s The Americans won the drama series awards, following up its Globes win two weeks ago. Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel continued its remarkable awards run, up its Emmy and Golden Globes triumph with its second consecutive Danny Thomas Award for Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television – Comedy at the PGAs. Its creator-ep Amy Sherman-Palladino was among tonight’s career award recipients – the Norman Lear Award for Achievement in Television.
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Susanne Bier To Direct Nicole Kidman In "The Undoing" at HBO

Susanne Bier To Direct Nicole Kidman In
Danish filmmaker Susanne Bier has bounced back in a big way. Her career came into sharp focus in the early aughts, but was minted later that decade when “After the Wedding” (2006; it made Mads Mikkelsen a household name) and “In a Better World” (2010) both scored Academy Award nominations for Best Foreign Language Film (“In A Better World” would win). She had done Hollywood in between (the underrated “Things We Lost In The Fire”; 2007), but she was poised for huge things when Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper had agreed to star in “Serena” just as both their stars were going supernova (Lawrence was already an Academy Award winner before the film’s release).

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Endeavor’s Ari Emanuel to Receive Variety Vanguard Award at Mipcom

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Endeavor CEO Ari Emanuel has been tapped to receive the Variety Vanguard Award at the Mipcom international TV sales conference, set for Oct. 15-18 in Cannes.

The award recognizes industry leaders who have made a significant contribution to the business of entertainment. Emanuel has steered Endeavor’s rise from a startup talent agency in 1995 through its recent expansion into a parent holding company active in entertainment, sports, and fashion. Endeavor is now home to such disparate assets as Ufc, Professional Bull Riders League, and the Miss Universe pageant franchise as well as the powerhouse talent agency Wme and Img, focused on sports, fashion, media rights, and events.

Emanuel was named CEO of Endeavor alongside his longtime Wme partner Patrick Whitesell as executive chairman last October when the company was reorganized to reflect its diversification. The Endeavor Content financing and development arm was also created last October to channel Wme and
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Emmys: A Look at All the Nominations 'Handmaid's Tale' Received

Emmys: A Look at All the Nominations 'Handmaid's Tale' Received
Blessed be: The Handmaid's Tale, already an awards darling after its first season won best drama series honors at the 2017 Emmys, is once again a pack-leader for the 2018 ceremony.

The Hulu drama earned 20 nominations for its second season, which concluded this week with a finale that set the stage for a more rebellious third season. Handmaid's Tale is once again up for best drama series, as well as eight different acting categories: series lead Elisabeth Moss ("Offred"), Alexis Bledel ("Emily"), Yvonne Strahovski ("Serena"), Ann Dowd ("Aunt Lydia"), Joseph Fiennes ...
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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Fans Aren’t Here for Offred’s Season 2 Finale Choice: ‘Once Again June Worked My Last Damn Nerve’

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‘Handmaid’s Tale’ Fans Aren’t Here for Offred’s Season 2 Finale Choice: ‘Once Again June Worked My Last Damn Nerve’
(Spoiler alert: Please do not read ahead if you haven’t seen “The Handmaid’s Tale” Season 2 finale, “The Word.”)

June (Elisabeth Moss) made a huge decision on Wednesday’s Season 2 finale of “The Handmaid’s Tale” when she chose to hand her newborn baby, Holly/Nicole, over to Emily (Alexis Bledel) and stay behind in Gilead to try and get her older daughter, Hannah, back.

Oh, and that was after a whole mess of Marthas helped her get away from the Waterford house in an epic Underground Railroad-fashion and she convinced Serena Joy (Yvonne Strahovski) to let her and the infant go.

And while it’s pretty impossible to tell what you would do when faced with a conundrum like that (escape a dystopian regime with one child or remain in danger to have a chance to possibly save another), plenty of viewers who saw the Hulu series’ sophomore
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Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned For ‘Gossip Girl’

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Gossip Girl” director Josh Schwartz revealed that Jennifer Lawrence auditioned for the show as a teen! Related: Jennifer Lawrence Got In A Bar Fight In Budapest Schwartz, 41, dished to The Vulture about J-Law’s audition. “We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned,” the director said. “This story […]
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Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned for Blake Lively's Role on Gossip Girl

Jennifer Lawrence Auditioned for Blake Lively's Role on Gossip Girl
Attention Upper East Siders! We have some major Gossip Girl news. For six seasons, we watched Blake Lively star as Serena van der Woodsen in the CW series. The series helped launch Lively into Hollywood stardom and as a result she became a fashion icon. But what if Lively hadn't been cast as Serena? What if Jennifer Lawrence had be chosen for the role? The show's creator Josh Schwartz just revealed in an interview with Vulture that Lawrence actually auditioned for the part back when she was a teenager! "We did not realize this at the time, but Jennifer Lawrence really wanted to play Serena and auditioned," he told the site. "This story came to us secondhand, but we were told she...
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Mark Cuban Tells Us How Billionaires Shop For Groceries (Video)

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[[tmz:video id="0_c93z34af"]] All future ten digit pimps listen up ... Mark Cuban is about to tell you the how you shop for food when you have too much money to worry about normie stores (sorry Serena). Cuban was out in NYC when our photog asked him a question that is strangely intriguing when you think about it ... how does Cuban shop for groceries. If you think he grabs his basket and heads to Albertson's you're wrong ... but if
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Oscar Isaac to Lead ‘Operation Finale,’ ‘Puppet Master’ Franchise Returns, and More

We didn’t see much of him on screens last year, but Oscar Isaac has been quite busy. This year, we’ll see him in the next Star Wars film, along with the George Clooney-directed Suburbicon, as well as alongside Christian Bale in The Promise next month, not to mention next year in Alex Garland’s Annihilation next year. He’s now found his next role, according to Deadline.

The Inside Llewyn Davis star is set to lead the WWII drama Operation Finale, which will be directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy, The Twilight Saga: New Moon). Described as a drama akin to Argo and Munich, it will follow his character as an Israeli spy named Peter Malkin, who hunts down the Nazi general Adolf Eichmann, as scripted by Matthew Orton. Production is expected to begin this fall in Argentina, so we could see it by next year.
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Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing”

Amber Heard in “Syrup”: Magnolia Pictures

Amber Heard is teaming up with Polish auteur Agnieszka Holland. Heard will topline Holland’s upcoming crime thriller “The Kind Worth Killing,” Deadline reports. The feature hails from Chockstone Pictures and Nick Wechsler Productions.

The Kind Worth Killing” is based on Peter Swanson’s 2015 novel of the same name, which has earned comparisons to Paula Hawkins’ “The Girl on the Train,” recently adapted into a movie starring Emily Blunt, and Patricia Highsmith’s classic “Strangers on a Train,” the source material for the 1951 Alfred Hitchcock film.

The novel centers on Lily, “a mysterious and stunning killer who meets Ted Severson on a late-night flight from London to Boston,” Deadline summarizes. “Ted confesses that he’s had thoughts about murdering his unfaithful wife. Lily offers to help, and the two form a strange, twisted bond while plotting his wife’s demise.”

“[I’m] really intrigued by this story. It’s full of paradoxes and I love paradoxes,” Holland has said of “The Kind Worth Killing.” “The main heroine is tough as steel, but also as fragile as glass. Is she a victim? A psychopath? An avenger? What a great role for a talented actress!” She continued, “The storyline is unpredictable, the genre feels fresh. A psychological thriller, which sometimes veers off towards black comedy, mixing humor with gore, genuine emotions with a detective mystery.”

Holland’s “In Darkness” was nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at the 2012 Oscars, and she received a nod in 1992 for her “Europa Europa” script, which she also directed. Her most recent film, “Spoor,” premiered at the Berlinale this year, where it won the Silver Bear. Holland has directed episodes of series such as “The Killing,” “Treme,” “House of Cards,” and “The Affair.”

Penned by Christopher Kyle (“Serena,” “Alexander”), “The Kind Worth Killing” is being produced by Wechsler, Paula Mae Schwartz, and Steve Schwartz.

Heard’s credits include “The Adderall Diaries,” “The Danish Girl,” and “Magic Mike Xxl.” She’ll play Mera, the Queen of Atlantis, in the highly anticipated “Justice League” movie, opening November 17.

Amber Heard to Star in Agnieszka Holland’s “The Kind Worth Killing” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Love Is All You Need?’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of Forbidden Love Set in a World Where Heterosexuality Is Taboo

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‘Love Is All You Need?’ Exclusive Clip: The Story of Forbidden Love Set in a World Where Heterosexuality Is Taboo
What if we lived in a world where the norm is to be homosexual and heterosexuality is taboo? How would we react to societal transgressions? The new film “Love Is All You Need?” embraces that premise and explores a “Romeo and Juliet”-like story between a Middle American star quarterback and a male sports journalist that rock a small town to its very core, setting off a series of catastrophic events that will forever change the community. Based on the 19-minute short film of the same name that sparked controversy around the country, the film tackles bullying and prejudice head on, examining our most fundamental biases. Watch an exclusive clip from the film below.

Read More: ‘Love & Friendship’: Why Oscar Dark Horse Kate Beckinsale Had to Wait for Her Acclaimed Role

The film is directed by Kim Rocco Shields, who directed the original short. She has previously directed the
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Susanne Bier to deliver keynote at Screen Film Summit

Speakers confirmed for the annual summit, which will take place November 24 at Picturehouse Central, include Andy Harries, Tim O’Shea, Tristan Goligher, Faye Ward, Eve Gabereau, Chris Green and David Hancock; finance breakout area new addition.

Award-winning writer-director Susanne Bier, fresh from the success of hit BBC/AMC mini-series The Night Manager, will deliver the keynote speech at the Screen Film Summit 2016, to be held on November 24 at Picturehouse Central in London.

The accomplished Danish film-maker, who has directed 14 feature films to date including Brothers (2004), Things We Lost In The Fire (2006), Love Is All You Need (2012) and Serena (2014), won a Primetime Emmy this year for her direction on The Night Manager. She also has an Oscar win, with drama In A Better World scoring Best Foreign-Language Film in 2011.

Bier will deliver the Film Summit’s keynote address followed by an on-stage conversation with Screen editor Matt Mueller.

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She joins a roster of high-profile
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Movie News: Jennifer Lawrence Touted as Zelda Fitzgerald; 'Han Solo' and 'Godzilla 2' Movie Rumors

Zelda Fitzgerald: Jennifer Lawrence (Serena, above) may star as Zelda Fitzgerald in a project that's under development by Ron Howard's production company. Best known for her troubled marriage to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Zelda Fitzgerald was also a writer and in recent years has been reappraised as a unique creative talent. British TV veteran Emma Frost wrote the script. [Deadline]   Han Solo: Now that we know Donald Glover will be playing young Lando Calrissian opposite Alden Ehrenreich in the Han Solo stand-alone movie, naturally we wonder about the premise. A new rumor suggests it "will tell how Lando Calrissian lost the Millennium Falcon to Han." The official Star Wars site says young smuggler and gambler Lando lost the...

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News Briefs: Jennifer Lawrence Touted As Zelda Fitzgerald for Ron Howard

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Zelda Fitzgerald: Jennifer Lawrence (Serena, above) may star as Zelda Fitzgerald in a project that's under development by Ron Howard's production company. Best known for her troubled marriage to famed author F. Scott Fitzgerald (The Great Gatsby), Zelda Fitzgerald was also a writer and in recent years has been reappraised as a unique creative talent. British TV veteran Emma Frost wrote the script. [Deadline]   Han Solo: Now that we know Donald Glover will be playing...

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Are Popular Characters Replacing Big Name Actors?

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The long-accepted rule in the film industry is that established names bring in the box office gold. Hollywood has always relied on big-name actors to guarantee them big box office. But is the trend changing now? Are fans now becoming less interested in A-list actors than in the characters they play?

A-List Hollywood stars get the big money because they bring in big profits for Hollywood studios. Or at least, they have up until now. Is the era of the A-Lister starting to fade? It’s possible, because in recent years, it seems that film fans have more interest in the role and less in the person playing the role. Look at what’s been happening to many A-lister in recent years.

Let’s take Johnny Depp, for instance. He used to play a variety of roles and could draw in crowds with his name alone. More recently, however, his
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Alicia Vikander Teams With Charlotte Rampling and Eyes Agatha Christie Film

Coming off of one of last year’s best performances in 45 Years, Charlotte Rampling has just signed on to writer-director Lisa Langseth‘s latest drama Euphoria, which will be her English-language debut. Deadline reports Rampling will join cast members Eva Green and Langseth-regular Alicia Vikander, who is also producing through her new company Vikarious. The story focuses on two sisters (Green and Vikander), traveling towards an unknown destination in Europe while in conflict. No more information is currently known about the film, which has plans to shoot in the German Alps this August.

In related news, two Agatha Christie films are in the works from Sony and Paramount, with their eyes on Alicia Vikander and Emma Stone, respectively, THR reports. The projects will not be adaptations of Christie’s work, but instead examinations of her life. Sony’s project, titled Agatha Christie, would focus on the titular character (Vikander) crossing
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What will ‘How I Met Your Mother’ alum Josh Radnor bring to the sci-fi genre?

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How I Met Your Mother alum Josh Radnor is getting into sci-fi. He will direct a sci-fi drama called The Leaves, based on a Virgin Comics (now Liquid Comics) one-shot comic of the same name. Summit Entertainment acquired the rights to the graphic novel way back in 2008. Here is the description of The Leaves on Amazon: Inspired by the real-life Naadi fortune-tellers of India and one man’s legendary experience, Doctor Max Mellick has the universe at his fingertips — a world-renown heart surgeon with a striking girlfriend and extravagant New York lifestyle. When he attends a friend's funeral in India, something deep within him is forever changed. Identified as evil by an Indian fortune-teller, Max is forced to flee the country — to save his own life, but more importantly, to preserve his destiny. Interestingly, there’s a major aspect of The Leaves’ story (which Variety mentions) that’s not in that summary.
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