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"Queer as Folk" Reboot in Development at Bravo (Exclusive)

A new version of “Queer as Folk” is currently in the works at Bravo, Variety has learned exclusively.

Russell T. Davies, the creator of the original UK series, is onboard the new project as an executive producer. Stephen Dunn is attached to write and executive produce. Nicola Shindler of Red Productions, who executive produced the original show, will also executive produce along with Lee Eisenberg of Quantity Entertainment. Digital Rights Group will also produce. Emily Brecht of Quantity is co-executive producing. Universal Cable Productions is the studio.

The original “Queer as Folk” ran for 10 episodes between 1999 and 2000 in the UK.
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Penny Marshall, "Laverne & Shirley" Star, Director, Dies at 75

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Penny Marshall, who starred alongside Cindy Williams in the hit ABC comedy “Laverne & Shirley” and then became a successful director, died on Monday night at her Hollywood Hills home due to complications from diabetes, Variety has confirmed. She was 75.

Marshall was the first woman to direct a film that grossed more than $100 million, the first woman to direct two films that grossed more than $100 million, and she was only the second woman director to see her film Oscar nominated for best picture.

Laverne & Shirley” ran from 1976-1983 and proved an enormous success for ABC. It was the No. 3 show on television in 1975-76, No. 2 in 1976-77, and No. 1 in 1977-78 and 1978-79, spawning ancillary revenue in the form of merchandising, a record album and an animated series based on the show.

Marshall began her directing career by helming several episodes of “Laverne & Shirley.” With little experience, she
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"Chilling Adventures of Sabrina" Renewed for Seasons 3 and 4 at Netflix

Netflix has ordered two more seasons of “Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.”

The streamer has ordered another 16 episodes of the series, which will be split into two parts like Season 1 and 2. Season 3 and 4 will begin production in 2019. Season 2 is set to premiere April 5, 2019.

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina” imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and witchcraft. It finds Sabrina wrestling to reconcile her dual nature — half-witch, half-mortal — while standing against the evil forces that threaten her, her family and the daylight world humans inhabit.

It stars Kiernan Shipka,
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Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush

Box Office Preview: 'Aquaman,' 'Mary Poppins Returns' to Lead Christmas Crush
A crowded pack of year-end holiday films faces a herculean task: make up for their being no Star Wars film for the first Christmas since 2014. By all accounts, Aquaman and Mary Poppins Returns, in particular, appear up to the task as the North American box office heads for a record year.

Directed by Rob Marshall, Mary Poppins Returns takes flight on Wednesday in order to get a jump on the competition. The sequel to the classic 1964 film stars Emily Blunt as the iconic nanny alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda, Emily Mortimer, Ben Wishaw and Angela Lansbury. Dick Van Dyke, who starred opposite Julie Andrews ...
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'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards

'The Favourite' Leads Nominations for London Critics' Circle Awards
Living up to its name, The Favourite has emerged as the favorite for the London Critics' Circle Film Awards. 

Yorgos Lanthimos' Oscar-tipped dark comedy has snared 10 nominations, as announced Tuesday by actors Molly Wright and Lee Shone, including film of the year, director of the year and actress of the year for Olivia Colman. Roma and Cold War, also expected to be among the pack heading to the Academy Awards, were behind with five nods each. 

Elsewhere, the members of the London Critics' Circle offered some love to titles that, despite critical acclaim, have largely been shut out of the ...
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"Elementary" to End CBS Run After Season 7

"Elementary" is coming to an end on CBS, Variety has confirmed.

The procedural will wrap up following its upcoming seventh season on the broadcaster, which does not currently have a premiere date. All 13 episodes of Season 7 have been shot. According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the network and producers came to the conclusion to end the show after it was renewed back in May.

More to come…
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"The Terror" Season 2 Adds George Takei as Consultant and Series Regular

AMC announced today that renowned actor, producer, author and activist George Takei will join the second season of the critically acclaimed, Ridley Scott-produced anthology series, The Terror, as a consultant and series regular. The network previously announced actor Derek Mio will star in the series as Chester Nakayama; Josef Kubota Wladyka (Narcos) will direct the first two episodes. Production is scheduled to begin in January in Vancouver. Season two will air on AMC in 2019 with ten episodes. Set during World War II, the second season of The Terror centers on a series of bizarre deaths that haunt a …
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"Making a Murderer" Detective Sues Netflix for Allegedly Framing Steven Avery

A retired Wisconsin sheriff’s detective, Andrew Colborn, is suing Netflix for defamation, alleging that the hit docu-series Making a Murderer falsely claims he planted evidence to frame Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey for murder, Variety reports.

The suit, filed in Manitowoc County Circuit Court in Wisconsin, alleges that the series and its filmmakers “omitted, distorted, and falsified material and significant facts in an effort to portray [Colborn] as a corrupt police officer who planted evidence to frame an innocent man. Defendants did so with actual malice and in order to
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‘Aquaman’ Outpacing ‘Wonder Woman’ in Fandango Pre-Sales

‘Aquaman’ Outpacing ‘Wonder Woman’ in Fandango Pre-Sales
Pre-sales of “Aquaman,” which opens on Thursday night, are outpacing “Wonder Woman” at the same point in the advance ticket sales cycle on online ticketer Fandango.

Wonder Woman” opened with $103 million domestically during the June 2 to June 4, 2017, weekend on its way to a $412 million North American total for Warner Bros. “Aquaman,” which also comes from Warner Bros., has been forecast to take in $68 million to $72 million in its debut.

Fandango also reported that Disney’s “Mary Poppins Returns,” which launches on Wednesday, is topping “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” at the same point a year ago. “Jumanji” reeled in $52 million in its first five days on its way to a $404 million total in North America.

The ticket service said “Bumblebee,” which debuts on Friday, is outpacing its predecessor, “Transformers: The Last Knight,” at the same point in the sales cycle. “The Last Knight” opened with $44 million on June 21 to June
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‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained

‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Post-Credits Scene Explained
(In case it wasn’t clear from the headline, there are spoilers here for “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse”)

The live-action version of Spider-Man may be contained within the Marvel Cinematic Universe for the foreseeable future, but Sony can still do what it wants with animated “Spider-Man” flicks — and thank goodness for that, because “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” totally owns with the way it embraces all corners of the Spider-Canon.

But if you thought the seven Spider-People who participate in the plot in “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” — Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), Peter Parker (Chris Pine), Peter B. Parker (Jake Johnson), Gwen Stacy (Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), Spider-Man Noir (Nicolas Cage) and Spider-Ham (John Mulaney) — represented the full breadth of the Spider-Verse, well, you are sorely mistaken.

The post-credits scene for “Into the Spider-Verse” introduces us to another important Spider-Man from the comics, and also visits a past small screen incarnation of Peter Parker.
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Ronnie Milsap Announces 2019 76 for 76 Tour

Ronnie Milsap Announces 2019 76 for 76 Tour
With his 76th birthday and the release of a brand-new album of duets just one month away, tireless entertainer Ronnie Milsap plans to spend plenty of time in the new year where he’s right at home — on the concert stage. The Country Music Hall of Fame legend, whose pop-country hits including “Any Day Now,” “Stranger in My House” and “(There’s) No Gettin’ Over Me,” kicks off the upcoming trek, the 76 for 76 Tour, with a January 16th birthday show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium, which is likely to feature several surprise guests.
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CBS News Faces New Challenges in Weeks Ahead

At CBS News, President David Rhodes has a series of important decisions to make that could affect the trajectories of some of TV’s best-known news programs.

As its parent company seeks to move forward from recent seismic events – the ouster of its former CEO, Leslie Moonves; a corporate probe into its workplace culture; and a near-showdown in court with the company’s controlling shareholder, National Amusements Inc. – CBS News has a number of challenges looming. Meeting some of them has been delayed by the recent corporate controversies, but Rhodes is likely to focus on new remedies in the weeks ahead.
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Penny Marshall: It Didn’t Always Come Easy, But She Made It Work

Penny Marshall: It Didn’t Always Come Easy, But She Made It Work
The first time many Americans encountered Penny Marshall on their television sets, it was in this commercial for Head and Shoulders.

The ad’s main selling point is meant to be the luxurious blonde mane of Marshall’s co-star, Farrah Fawcett. But there’s something in the dry exasperation with which Marshall responds to Fawcett’s relaxed and bubbly energy that makes the whole idea land. As Fawcett blathers on and on, Marshall keeps patiently brushing her hair with an expression that makes clear how much harder she has to
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SiriusXM to Air Phish, Post Malone Concerts on New Year’s Eve

SiriusXM will air concerts from an array of artists including Phish, Post Malone, Willie Nelson and Lynyrd Skynyrd on New Year’s Eve. The shows will air on various Sirius stations: Nelson’s hometown gig at the Moody Theater in Austin, Texas will air on Willie’s Roadhouse, Phish’s Madison Square Garden gig will broadcast on Phish Radio, Skynyrd’s Oklahoma show will be available on Classic Vinyl and Post Malone’s concert at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn will air on Hip Hop Nation (a portion of Post
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Europe, Hollywood Hail Landmark E.U. Territorial Licensing Agreement

Industries bodies and major companies in Europe and Hollywood joined on Tuesday to welcome a high-level European Union agreement that in large preserves producers’ ability to sell movies and TV shows on an exclusive territory-by-territory basis.

But the battle is not over to protect this backbone of film-tv business in Europe, warn the same 18 mainly European trade organizations which also include the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa), representing the interests of Hollywood’s major studios.

Recognition of territorial licensing came last Thursday in an E.U. pact over an upcoming Online Broadcasting Directive ruling on the so-called Country of Origin principle. This would allow E.
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Europe, Hollywood Hail Landmark E.U. Territorial Licensing Agreement

Industries bodies and major companies in Europe and Hollywood joined on Tuesday to welcome a high-level European Union agreement that in large preserves producers’ ability to sell movies and TV shows on an exclusive territory-by-territory basis.

But the battle is not over to protect this backbone of film-tv business in Europe, warn the same 18 mainly European trade organizations which also include the Motion Picture Assn. (Mpa), representing the interests of Hollywood’s major studios.

Recognition of territorial licensing came last Thursday in an E.U. pact over an upcoming Online Broadcasting Directive ruling on the so-called Country of Origin principle. This would allow E.U. broadcasters to carry catch-up and simulcast online programming in other countries, if they have cleared the rights in their home country.

Country of Origin has been a cornerstone of the drive by the European Commission, the E.U.’s administrative arm, to create a pan-European online market,
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MTV Orders ‘Made in Staten Island’ Reality Show From ‘Mob Wives’ Star Karen Gravano (Exclusive)

MTV has ordered new series “Made in Staten Island” from “Mob Wives” star Karen Gravano, the network exclusively tells TheWrap. Karen is the daughter of former Gambino crime family underboss Sammy “The Bull” Gravano, and the mother of “Made in Staten Island” star Karina.

“Made in Staten Island” follows a group of young Staten Island, New York hustlers as they work to step out from the shadows of the once mob-driven island. These friends will either choose wisely or fall prey to the mistakes of past generations, per MTV’s series description.

The eight cast members are below, where there are also links to their Instagram pages and brief bios. All of that came courtesy of MTV, and how could we possibly take it away from you?

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Karina (@karinaaseabrook) has a
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Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Battles ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in Crowded Holiday Weekend

Box Office: ‘Aquaman’ Battles ‘Mary Poppins Returns’ in Crowded Holiday Weekend
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the most competitive time at the multiplexes. This weekend sees two very different heroes vying for the box office crown with “Aquaman” and “Mary Poppins Returns” both eyeing sizable debuts.

Mary Poppins Returns” is getting a head start by opening on Wednesday, though estimates show “Aquaman” is swimming toward the No. 1 spot when it launches on Friday alongside “Bumblebee,” “Welcome to Marwen,” and “Second Act.” Jason Momoa stars as the Atlantean King in “Aquaman,” the latest DC entry that could make as much as $65 million to $72 million during its first three days of release. Box office watchers anticipate that number could float up to $120 million through Christmas, which falls on a Tuesday this year.

If its overseas reception is any indication, “Aquaman” could make a big splash during its Stateside debut in over 4,000 venues. The superhero adventure directed by James Wan
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Tucker Carlson Juxtaposes Migrants With Piles of Garbage as Advertisers Flee

Update: Fox News has released a new statement defending Carlson’s comments while attacking the “agenda-driven intimidation efforts” of organizations that have criticized the host.

New: Fox News issues statement as advertisers flee Tucker Carlson's show: ""We cannot and will not allow voices like Tucker Carlson to be censored by agenda-driven intimidation efforts…" pic.twitter.com/yFlatJh8hC

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“It is a shame that left wing advocacy groups, under the guise of being supposed ‘media watchdogs’ weaponize social media against companies in an effort to stifle free speech,
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‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot in the Works at Bravo

‘Queer as Folk’ Reboot in the Works at Bravo
There’s another adaptation of “Queer as Folk” on the way.

Bravo has put into development a new reboot of the 1999 British television series about a group of gay men living in Manchester. The new show, said to be a modern take on the original series, centers on a group of club-going friends who find support in the gay community following a tragedy.

The creator of the original “Queer as Folk,” Russell T. Davis is attached to executive produce, with Stephen Dunn to write.

Also Read: Eric Bana on Challenge of Creating a Version of Real-Life 'Dirty John' You Won't 'Wanna Turn Off'

Queer as Folk” has already been adapted for North American audiences once before, with a Pittsburgh-set adaptation running for five seasons on Showtime and the Canadian network Showcase from 2000 to 2005.

Starring Gale Harold, Randy Harrison, Hal Sparks, Peter Paige, Scott Lowell, Thea Gill and Michelle Clunie,
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