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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)

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Sterling K. Brown to Star in Fox Searchlight’s ‘The Fence’ (Exclusive)
Following his SAG nomination for actor in a drama series, Sterling K. Brown is in negotiations to star in Fox Searchlight’s biopic “The Fence,” sources tell Variety.

Peter Nicks is on board to direct. George Pelecanos and Dennis Lehane, who originally brought the book to HBO before it landed at Searchlight, teamed up to adapt the script.

Based on the book by award-winning Boston Globe journalist Dick Lehr (“Black Mass”), “The Fence” follows the true story of Michael Cox, an African-American undercover cop who is mistaken for a suspect and brutally beaten by his own force following one of the largest police chases in Boston history. As Cox seeks answers and justice for what happened, he finds himself on the other side of the “blue wall of silence” as the Boston Police Department aggressively covers it up.

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Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer

Pixar’s ‘Onward’ To Star Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Octavia Spencer
Chris Pratt, Tom Holland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Octavia Spencer have been set to lead the voice cast of Onward, the next film in the works at Pixar Animation Studios. Dan Scanlon (Monsters University) is directing the pic, which is set to hit theaters on March 6, 2020.

Disney said today in announcing the film that it is set in a suburban fantasy world and centers on two teenage elf brothers who embark on a quest to discover if there is still a little magic left out there.

“At Pixar we try to create stories that come from some kind of personal truth,” Scanlon said. “This film was inspired by my own relationship with my brother.”

Scanlon first tipped the film at Disney’s D23 convention last year under the working title Suburban Fantasy World. He said the plot is inspired by the story of his childhood and how his father died when
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'A Star Is Born,' "Mrs. Maisel," "Ozark" Lead SAG Nominations

'A Star Is Born,'
A Star Is Born” led the way with four SAG feature film nominations while “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” and “Ozark” each scored a quartet of TV nominations.

BlacKkKlansman” and “The Favourite” each took a trio of film nominations. “Barry,” “Glow,” “The Handmaid’s Tale” and “The Kominsky Method” all scored three TV nods.

Nominees for the feature film ensemble cast trophy were “A Star Is Born,” “Black Panther,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “BlacKkKlansman” and “Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Lady Gaga scored an actress nomination for “A Star is Born” along with Glenn Close for “The Wife,” Olivia Colman for “The Favourite,” Melissa McCarthy for “Can You ever Forgive Me?” and Emily Blunt for “Mary Poppins Returns.”

Bradley Cooper, who also directed “A Star Is Born” nabbed a best actor nod along with Christian Bale for “Vice,” Rami Malek for “Bohemian Rhapsody,” Viggo Mortensen for “Green Book” and John David Washington for “BlacKkKlansman.”

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‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel

‘Doctor Strange’ Director Scott Derrickson to Return for Sequel
Doctor Strange” director Scott Derrickson has signed up for Disney-Marvel’s sequel.

The studio, which had no comment, is about to start searching for a writer. Derrickson co-wrote the 2016 original with C. Robert Cargill and Jon Spaihts.

Benedict Cumberbatch is expected to reprise his role as Stephen Strange, along with co-stars Benedict Wong and Rachel McAdams. “Doctor Strange” centered on Cumberbatch’s surgeon character deciding to practice mystic arts after a career-ending car accident left his hands injured. Instead, he began learning about the astral plane, the hidden world of magic, and other dimensions.

The movie was a solid performer at the box office, grossing $677 million worldwide. “Doctor Strange” also starred Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Benjamin Bratt, Scott Adkins, Mads Mikkelsen, and Tilda Swinton.

Disney and Marvel have not yet dated the “Doctor Strange” sequel. Doctor Strange was created by artist Steve Ditko and writer Stan Lee. The
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Amazon Renews "Goliath" for Season 3

Amazon Renews
Amazon has renewed legal drama “Goliath” for a third season.

Goliath” centers on washed-up lawyer Billy McBride, played by Billy Bob Thornton, who has one shot at redemption after a client he successfully defended from a murder charge went on to slaughter a family. Thornton won a Golden Globe for his performance in 2017.

“Our Prime Video customers loved the first two seasons of Goliath, and I’m excited we can bring them a new season of this sharp and surprising legal drama,” said Vernon Sanders, co-head of television, Amazon Studios. “We have an incredible array of stars joining Billy Bob and the Goliath cast,
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Netflix Orders "I Am Not Okay With This" From Producers of "Stranger Things"

Netflix Orders
The producers of “Stranger Things” and creator and director of “The End of the F***ing World” series are making “I Am Not Okay With This” for Netflix, a coming-of-age tale about a girl with mysterious powers.

21 Laps will make the series, which was co-created by Jonathan Entwistle, who was behind Channel 4 and Netflix show “The End of the F***ing World.” As with that project, the series is an adaptation of a Charles Forsman graphic novel.

In the novel, the main character, a regular suburban 15-year-old freshman called Sydney, has telekinetic powers that kick in at inopportune moments.
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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry

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‘Brokeback Mountain,’ ‘Jurassic Park,’ ‘My Fair Lady’ Added to National Film Registry
Brokeback Mountain,” “Jurassic Park,” “My Fair Lady,” “The Shining,” “Hud” and “Monterey Pop” are among the best known titles among this year’s additions to the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress.

A place on the list — always made up of 25 films — guarantees the film will be preserved under the terms of the National Film Preservation Act. The criteria for selection is that the movies are “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant.

“The National Film Registry turns 30 this year and for those three decades, we have been recognizing, celebrating and preserving this distinctive medium,” said Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden. “These cinematic treasures must be protected because they document our history, culture, hopes and dreams.”

The 2018 selections bring the total number of films in the registry to 750. Hayden will discuss the 25 new films with Leonard Maltin on Turner Classic Movies at 8 p.m. E.T. Wednesday.

The new titles
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Netflix Orders True Crime Series on Ted Bundy

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Netflix Orders True Crime Series on Ted Bundy
Netflix has ordered “Conversations With a Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes,” a true-crime docuseries about serial killer Ted Bundy.

The docuseries will be directed by Joe Berlinger, who is helming a separate scripted film about the serial killer, “Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile,” which stars Zac Efron as Bundy, and will premiere at Sundance.

The four-part series will feature previously unheard audio of interviews with Bundy while he was on death row in Florida. This unique and gripping doc series focuses on the man whose personality, good looks and social graces defied the serial-killer stereotype, allowing him to hide in plain sight as he committed the brutal sex-crime slayings of more than 30 women before being caught in 1978. While on trial, Bundy received extraordinary adoration from American women, which made his gruesome crimes doubly haunting, even in an era of anything-goes mayhem.

It will premiere on Jan 24, 2019, 30 years after the date of his execution in Florida.
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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed for Season 3 at Epix

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‘Get Shorty’ Renewed for Season 3 at Epix
Epix has renewed “Get Shorty” for Season 3.

The loose adaptation of the 1990 Elmore Leonard novel and subsequent film stars Chris O’Dowd, Ray Romano, Lidio Porto, Megan Stevenson, Sean Bridgers, and Carolyn Dodd. In the series, O’Dowd plays a hitman from Nevada who struggles to shed his criminal past after he moves to Hollywood to become a movie producer.

The series is executive produced by Davey Holmes and Adam Arkin. The series is produced by MGM Television and internationally distributed by MGM, now the sole owner of Epix.

“Chris O’Dowd and Ray Romano have so thoroughly embraced their roles, and I know I speak for all fans of ‘Get Shorty’ when I say that we can’t wait for their escapades to unfold in season three,” said Epix President Michael Wright. “The entire Epix team is looking forward to working again with Davey Holmes, Adam Arkin and the
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Bill Siegel, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Producer, Dies at 55

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Bill Siegel, Oscar-Nominated Documentary Producer, Dies at 55
Bill Siegel, producer of the Emmy-winning documentary “The Trials of Muhammad Ali,” has died at the age of 55.

“Bill was an erudite, passionate and intelligent activist and independent thinker as well as being a gifted filmmaker and cherished friend,” read a statement from Kartemquin Films, which announced his death on Tuesday.

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“He has been a valued member of the Kartemquin community since he first worked as a researcher on ‘Hoop Dreams.’ We will miss him greatly,” the statement added.

Siegel’s career in documentaries spans more than 20 years and was highlighted by “Trials of Muhammad Ali,” which premiered at the 2013 Tribeca Film Festival and aired on PBS’ “Independent Lens.” The series followed the late boxer’s struggles outside the ring as he converted to Islam, changed his name and fought to overturn the prison sentence he received for refusing to serve in the Vietnam War.
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Megan Mullally to Host 2019 SAG Awards

Megan Mullally to Host 2019 SAG Awards
Will & Grace” actress Megan Mullally has been selected as the host the 25th edition of the SAG Awards on Jan. 27 at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

Kristen Bell performed the emcee duties this year as the first-ever host of the ceremonies.

Mullally won two Primetime Emmy Awards for supporting actress in a comedy series in 2000 and 2006, along with four SAG Awards for her role as Karen Walker in “Will & Grace.”

“We are delighted to have the talented, warm and funny Megan Mullally to host the SAG Awards Silver Anniversary,” said executive producer Kathy Connell. “This is a very special year, and we are all looking forward to a memorable show.”

Mullally said, “As a frustrated casting director and full-on fangirl of great actors everywhere, I’m over the moon to be a part of the SAG Awards 25th Anniversary.”

Will & Grace” returned after an 11-year hiatus
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Aaron Sorkin’s ‘Trial of the Chicago 7’ Put on Hold (Exclusive)

After getting close to pushing the long-in-development project into production, Amblin Entertainment is shutting down pre-production on Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago 7,” sources tell Variety.

Sources say Sorkin is focusing on his play “To Kill a Mockingbird,” which opens Thursday, while the studio figures out how to move forward on the film. Amblin released a statement on Wednesday saying they are still involved and are giving Sorkin time to finish work on his play.

“Aaron just adapted ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ which is premiering on Broadway this Thursday. He is currently evaluating his schedule and commitments to determine the best time and way to make ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7.’ Amblin remains involved as a producer,” Amblin said in a statement.

Amblin had been trying to get the film into production for more than a decade, with Paul Greengrass and even Amblin CEO Steven Spielberg
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ABC Sets Midseason Premiere Dates, Eva Longoria’s ‘Grand Hotel’ Pushed to Summer

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ABC has revealed its schedule of midseason premiere dates for new dramas “The Fix,” “Whiskey Cavalier” and “Grand Hotel” and returning shows like “For the People” and “American Idol.”

Whiskey Cavalier” will be the first of the three new series to debut, on Wednesday, Feb. 27 in the 10 p.m. timeslot occupied by previously “A Million Little Things” in the fall. “The Fix” will premiere on Monday, March 18 at 10 p.m. “Grand Hotel,” from executive producer Eva Longoria, will be held back until summer with a Monday, June 17 premiere at 10 p.m.

When it returns for midseason, freshman drama “A Million Little Things” will move to Thursday nights to follow “Grey’s Anatomy,” beginning Jan. 17.

Also Read: Midseason TV 2019: Complete List of Premiere Dates for New and Returning Shows (Updating)

As previously announced, the network’s ’90s-set “Goldberg’s” spinoff “Schooled” will premiere Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 8:30, with “American Housewife
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Jenny McCarthy Says Barbara Walters Asked Her to ‘Act Republican’ During Her Time on ‘The View’ (Video)

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Jenny McCarthy Says Barbara Walters Asked Her to ‘Act Republican’ During Her Time on ‘The View’ (Video)
Jenny McCarthy had a short-lived stint on ABC’s daytime program, “The View,” having served as a co-host for just the 2013-14 season.

On Tuesday’s episode of “Watch What Happens Live” on Bravo, McCarthy expanded a bit on her time with “The View” to Andy Cohen, claiming that Barbara Walters, the show’s creator and longtime host, asked her to “act Republican.”

While “The View” currently has conservative voices Meghan McCain, Abby Huntsman and Ana Navarro, the show had a dearth of Gop-leaning voices during McCarthy’s time. She explained that she wasn’t initially hired to be the conservative voice, but that quickly changed.

Also Read: Former Fox News Anchor Abby Huntsman Joins 'The View' as Co-Host

“When I was on there, it was really hilarious, because they initially had me come on to be the pop culture girl because they wanted to change it. And
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Tencent, China’s Spotify, Goes Public on U.S. Stock Market

After months of anticipation, China’s version of Spotify has finally made its U.S. stock market debut. Tencent Music Entertainment, the leading music-streaming service in China that was recently spun off as a separate arm by its parent company Tencent, opened on the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday after raising about $1.1 billion on an initial share price of $13.

The company (trading under the ticker symbol “Tme”) opened above its Ipo price at $14.10 an American depositary share, and it says half of those shares will be sold by Tencent
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TV Shows We Quit in 2018

With approximately 500 scripted series premiering new seasons in 2018, sometimes it feels like the television landscape is like a bubble. If it keeps getting inflated larger and larger, eventually something will have to give and it will pop, right? Well, maybe not for the platforms on which these shows are released — after all, new ones are created there often, as well. However, for the average television viewer — and even members of Variety‘s dedicated, professional staff — the limit has been reached.

Here, Variety staff selects the series they had to leave behind in 2018 — from the longest-running staple of Dick Wolf’s “One Chicago” franchise,
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Avril Lavigne Mourns Relationship in New ‘Tell Me It’s Over’ Video

Avril Lavigne Mourns Relationship in New ‘Tell Me It’s Over’ Video
Avril Lavigne has released the soulful relationship post-mortem “Tell Me It’s Over.” This marks the second new song off Head Above Water, out on February 15th.

On the song, Lavigne wonders if a relationship is actually done since the break-up still doesn’t feel real to her. It’s a soulful, retro-pop sound with horns and a mid-tempo beat. The video shows scenes from a tumultuous relationship, switching from moments that Lavigne and her beau are in bed together or slow dancing in front of a Christmas tree to
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Hear Jim James Cover Burt Bacharach’s ‘What the World Needs Now Is Love’

Jim James adds a ragged, ghostly edge to Burt Bacharach/Hal David’s “What the World Needs Now Is Love” with his cover of the pop ballad for the Spotify Singles series. The My Morning Jacket frontman croons over gentle acoustic guitar and the oceanic harmonies of Resistance Revival Chorus. During the a cappella climax, he ascends to a high, shaky falsetto – adding a mournful vibe to the 1965 hit.

“I look forward to the day when these songs are outdated and there is So Much Love that we don’t
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Michelle Obama Talks Stevie Wonder, Early Music Memories on Questlove’s Podcast

Michelle Obama Talks Stevie Wonder, Early Music Memories on Questlove’s Podcast
Michelle Obama reminisced about her earliest musical memories in the former First Lady’s conversation with Questlove’s Pandora podcast.

Stevie Wonder’s Talking Book is the first album I remember getting as a gift, and I got it twice, that’s how good an album it is,” Obama said, adding that her copy – as did all original pressings of the 1972 album– came with Braille lettering on the sleeve.

“I remember spending time not only listening to the record over and over again, but trying to feel the Braille and understand the words,
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‘Sesame Street’ to Introduce First Homeless Muppet (Videos)

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‘Sesame Street’ to Introduce First Homeless Muppet (Videos)
Sesame Street” is introducing its first homeless Muppet, Lily.

Lily (pictured above) is 7 years old and her family is “staying with friends on Sesame Street after losing their home,” Sesame Workshop said on Wednesday.

She’s not actually a new puppet, however — her situation just got a bit worse.

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“Lily was originally introduced in 2011, when her family was struggling with hunger,” Sesame Workshop wrote in its release to media members. “Unfortunately, Lily’s path is common for many children experiencing homelessness.”

Lily, who is described as “resilient and relatable,” will be featured in new videos, storybooks, and interactive activities for families with children ages 2 to 6, in addition to materials for the professionals who serve them, such as teachers, social workers, and healthcare providers. The initiative is part of Sesame Workshop’s
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