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Andy Serkis Confirmed to Direct ‘Venom 2’

  • The Wrap
Andy Serkis Confirmed to Direct ‘Venom 2’
Andy Serkis will officially direct “Venom 2” for Sony, TheWrap has learned.

According to The Pioneer, Serkis said he’s had meetings with Sony executives to direct the sequel after reports last month that he was in contention for the job alongside Travis Knight and Rupert Wyatt.

2018’s “Venom” grossed $856 million worldwide and starred Tom Hardy as the symbiote — the actor will reprise his role in the sequel, while Michelle Williams is expected to return as well alongside Woody Harrelson as Carnage. Kelly Marcel, one of the screenwriters of the first film, is writing the script for the sequel. Avi Arad, Matt Tolmach and Amy Pascal will return as producers.

Ruben Fleischer directed the first film. It received a score of 29 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

Serkis most recently starred in “Long Shot” and “Black Panther,” and directed “Mowgli: Legend of the Jungle
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Gemma Chan in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ (Exclusive)

Gemma Chan in Talks to Join Marvel’s ‘The Eternals’ (Exclusive)
Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan is in talks to join Marvel’s “The Eternals” sources tell Variety.

Chan would join previously announced cast members Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Brian Tyree Henry, Salma Hayek and Kumail Nanjiani. Earlier this year, Chan portrayed Minn-Erva in “Captain Marvel,” but its unknown if she will be playing the same role in “The Eternals.” Some sources have indicated that her part in “The Eternals” would be a completely different role, which if true, would mark one of the first times a star will have played two different characters in the same cinematic universe.

Marvel declined to comment.

Created by Jack Kirby in 1976, the comic book is set millions of years in the past, when the cosmic beings known as the Celestials genetically experimented on humans to create super-powered individuals known as the Eternals, along with the villainous Deviants. The two groups battled each other throughout history.
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‘Event Horizon’ Series in Development at Amazon (Exclusive)

‘Event Horizon’ Series in Development at Amazon (Exclusive)
Amazon and Paramount Television are developing a series adaptation of the 1997 sci-fi horror film “Event Horizon,” Variety has learned.

Adam Wingard is set to executive produce and direct the potential series. Wingard recently directed the film “Godzilla vs. Kong,” which is due out in theaters in March 2020. He has previously directed films like the recent “Blair Witch” reboot, “The Guest,” “You’re Next,” and the live-action version of “Death Note.” He also wrote and directed films like “Autoerotic” and “What Fun We Were Having.”

Wingard willl executive produce along with Larry Gordon, Lloyd Levin, and Jeremy Platt. Gordon and Levin both produced the film.
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‘Little Mermaid’ Live: Auli'i Cravalho Becomes Disney’s Second Colorblind Casting of Ariel

‘Little Mermaid’ Live: Auli'i Cravalho Becomes Disney’s Second Colorblind Casting of Ariel
Disney is getting into the live TV musical game, and it’s gone colorblind for its casting. ABC President Karey Burke announced at Monday’s Television Critics Association summer press tour that Auli'i Cravalho will star in the live musical of “The Little Mermaid” on Nov. 5 as part of the “Wonderful World of Disney.”

Cravalho – who is half native Hawaiian and also of Puerto Rican, Portuguese, Chinese, and Irish descent – has already been a Disney princess, having voiced the lead role in 2016’s “Moana.” In July, Disney had revealed Halle Bailey as the first black Ariel for the live-action theatrical remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

Joining Cravahlo as the titular mermaid are Oscar-nominated Emmy winner Queen Latifah, who will play the sea witch Ursula, and musician Shaggy, who will play Ariel’s crab pal Sebastian. More cast will be announced later.

The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!
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Amazon Boards Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Series ‘Truth Seekers’ (Exclusive)

  • Variety
Amazon Boards Simon Pegg, Nick Frost Series ‘Truth Seekers’ (Exclusive)
Truth Seekers,” starring Nick Frost and Simon Pegg as paranormal investigators, will bow on Amazon Prime Video, which has landed international rights to the comedy-horror series and will launch it as an original. The project is the first series from its stars’ Sony-backed production company, Stolen Picture.

Frost and Pegg’s characters, Gus and Dave, team up to uncover and film paranormal sightings across the U.K. in the series. They stake out haunted churches, underground bunkers, and abandoned hospitals using an array of homemade ghost-detecting gizmos and share their adventures on an online channel. Their supernatural experiences grow more frequent, terrifying, and even deadly as the pair begin to uncover a conspiracy that could threaten the entire human race.

Frost, Pegg, and Miles Ketley formed London-based shingle in 2017 and set “Truth Seekers” as an early television project. “Simon, Miles and I, and everyone at Stolen Picture, are incredibly
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Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' to Close London Film Festival

Martin Scorsese's 'The Irishman' to Close London Film Festival
Martin Scorsese's hotly anticipated all-star gangster epic The Irishman is set to close this year's BFI London Film Festival, organizers unveiled Monday.

The Netflix film — starring Academy Award winners Robert De Niro, Al Pacino and Joe Pesci — will have its international premiere in London on Oct. 13, two weeks after its world premiere as the opening night film of the New York Film Festival.

Marking Scorsese's ninth collaboration with star De Niro, The Irishman was adapted by Steve Zaillian from Charles Brandt's book I Heard You Paint Houses about Frank Sheeran (De Niro), a World War II ...
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Stu Rosen, Creator of Emmy-Winning ‘Dusty’s Treehouse,’ Dies at 80

  • Variety
Stu Rosen, Creator of Emmy-Winning ‘Dusty’s Treehouse,’ Dies at 80
Stu Rosen, best known for his work as the creator of “Dusty’s Treehouse,” died Sunday after a battle with cancer, his cousin Donna Siegel confirmed on Facebook. He was 80.

“This is a very sad day for my family and I. My wonderful, colorful, fantastic cousin, Stu Rosen died this morning,” she wrote. “My heart is broken and I’m sure anyone who has ever met him feels the same way. What a character he was… I will always have a special place in my heart for this fabulous man. Rest in peace my special cousin.”

Rosen first entered the entertainment industry as a production assistant for Kcet, before pitching “Dusty’s Treehouse” to CBS in 1965. He would end up working on the show for ten years, starring as the eponymous Dusty himself alongside a number of puppet animal costars. “Dusty’s Treehouse” would also go on to win eight
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‘The Rookie’ Producer eOne Investigating Co-Star Afton Williamson’ Allegations Of Racism & Sexual Misconduct

  • Deadline
‘The Rookie’ Producer eOne Investigating Co-Star Afton Williamson’ Allegations Of Racism & Sexual Misconduct
More than 12 hours after former The Rookie co star Afton Williamson posted a bombshell statement on Instagram that she had walked away from the show after being sexually harassed and racially discriminated against, the studios behind the ABC cop dramedy, Entertainment One and ABC Studios, on Sunday afternoon issued separate statements.

“We take claims of this nature very seriously,” said a spokesperson for lead studio eOne, which handles production and any related issues. “We have initiated an independent investigation which is ongoing and as such, it would not be appropriate to comment at this time.”

In their statement, ABC Studios said that eOne in late June “made us aware and informed us that they launched an investigation that is ongoing,” adding, “The safety of working environments is a top priority for us, and we take this matter very seriously.”

In her Instagram post., Williamson, who played John Nolan’s (Nathan Fillion
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ABC Sets Holiday-Themed ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ With Norman Lear

  • The Wrap
ABC Sets Holiday-Themed ‘Live in Front of a Studio Audience’ With Norman Lear
ABC has lined up its next two “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” specials with Norman Lear and Jimmy Kimmel.

The next installment of the special will air this winter and carry a holiday theme. It will be followed by another special in the spring. No casting information has been released, nor details about which of Lear’s episodes would be featured.

The first “Live in Front of a Studio Audience” special aired back in May and re-created two episodes of “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons” with a cast led by Woody Harrelson, Marisa Tomei, Jamie Foxx and Wanda Sykes.

The live event debuted to an average audience of 10.4 million total viewers and a 1.8 rating among adults 18-49, propelling ABC to win the night. It also received three Emmy nominations last month,
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‘The OA’ Canceled by Netflix After 2 Seasons

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‘The OA’ Canceled by Netflix After 2 Seasons
The OA” has been canceled by Netflix after two seasons, the streaming service said Monday.

“We are incredibly proud of the 16 mesmerizing chapters of ‘The OA,’ and are grateful to [creators Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij] for sharing their audacious vision and for realizing it through their incredible artistry,” Cindy Holland, VP of Original Content at Netflix, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with them again in the future, in this and perhaps many other dimensions.”

An individual with knowledge of Netflix’s decision to ax the drama — which launched its second season on March 22 — told TheWrap that when it comes to renewals/cancellations, the platform looks at viewing versus cost and that “The OA” was “a big creative swing” the streaming service was “proud to take.”
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