TheWrap Covering Hollywood 2017-09-20T22:03:30Z WordPress Tim Kenneally <![CDATA[Anthony Michael Hall Pleads to Assault Over Altercation With Neighbor]]> 2017-09-20T22:03:30Z 2017-09-20T22:03:30Z You mess with your neighbor, you get the horns, Anthony Michael Hall.

The “Breakfast Club” alum has pleaded no contest following a scuffle in Playa Del Rey, California, during which he pushed his neighbor, causing him to fall and break his wrist, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Wednesday.

In exchange for the plea to one misdemeanor count of assault with force likely to produce great bodily injury, Hall received three years of summary probation and 40 hours of community service.

According to the prosecutor, Hall and his neighbor got into an argument that ended with “The Dead Zone” star pushing the neighbor on Sept. 13, 2016.

Hall was charged with felony battery in relation to the incident in November 2016.

The actor was also sued by the neighbor, Richard Samson, who alleged that Hall confronted him in the common area of the condo, behaving in “a rude or intimidating manner” and subjected Samson to “offensive touching.”

According to the suit, Hall “assaulted, intimidated and battered” Samson, leaving Samson “hurt and injured in his health, strength and activities.”

This wouldn’t be the first time that Hall has been accused of being a bad neighbor. Back in 2011, he was arrested on suspicion of disturbing the peace, after allegedly tearing up the plants in the common area of the condominium, then threatening to beat a neighbor “to a pulp” after being confronted by the neighbor.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Lawrence O’Donnell Looks Like an Insane Person in Leaked MSNBC Outtakes (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T22:00:16Z 2017-09-20T22:00:16Z We sincerely hope Lawrence O’Donnell is having a better day today. Though honestly, in light of the above video leaking, he’s probably not.

Mediaite first posted the MSNBC show-taping outtakes on Wednesday. In the 8-minute-plus video from his August 29 episode, O’Donnell gets pretty frustrated with his earpiece, the control room, some lady talking about Labor Day specials, the script, and of course, the hammering. My God, the hammering.

“Stop the hammering!” he yells out into the distance from behind the desk. “Stop the hammering out there! Who’s got a hammer?”

That would not be the last we heard about this hammer.

“WHERE IS IT?” O’Donnell soon (pretty much) explodes on his staff. WHERE’S THE HAMMER?”

“I’LL GO DOWN TO THE GODDAMN FLOOR MYSELF AND STOP IT!” he continued. “Call f—ing Phil Griffin, I don’t care who the f— you have to call. Stop the hammering!”

Phil Griffin is the president of MSNBC, and thus has the power to call off hammering.

Back on Planet O’Donnell, the “Last Word” host instructs his crew to “Empty out the goddamn control room and find out where this is going on!”

We never would find out who this rogue carpenter was.

“F—ing out of control s—,” O’Donnell gripes of his rough now. “Crazy f—ing sound coming in my ear, this stupid f—ing hammering.”

“It just f—ing sucks. It f—ing sucks to be out here with this out of control s—,” he said. “Any f—ing thing could come into my ear at any moment. That’s what I know. Anybody could get into my f—ing ear at any time. Some woman, talking about what we’re doing after the show.”

It is unclear what they did after the show, but it probably wouldn’t qualify as “Happy” Hour. You seriously have to watch the video above.

Itay Hod <![CDATA[Netflix for Potheads? Welcome to BurnTV, Where Grass Is Always Greener (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T21:49:38Z 2017-09-20T21:36:12Z Call it a “joint venture,” even though there’s only one company involved.

BurnTV, a new cannabis-focused online network, is gearing up for its upcoming rollout and if its ratings are as high as its viewers, Netflix could face some blunt competition.

According the network, BurnTV will be delivering “broadcast-quality productions” programmed for “all tastes, all platforms, all devices.”

Though you don’t have to be a stoner to watch, it’s highly recommended.

“The cannabis lifestyle isn’t exclusively a stoner subculture any more,” the network explains on its newly-minted site. “Cannabis culture is mainstream. It’s front page news, and that means big global business.”

As more and more states legalize marijuana use across the U.S. and Canada, cannabis sales have grown by an unprecedented 30 percent in 2016 to $6.7 billion, according to recent report by Arcview Market Research.

Sales are projected to exceed $20 billion by 2021, assuming a compound annual growth rate of 25 percent.

“Any category with 25 percent growth is going to find a way to be legitimate,” Chad Kawalec, CEO and founder of the Brand Identity Center and 420BIC, a full-service cannabis marketing agency, told TheWrap. “As pot becomes less stigmatized, advertisers and marketers will need a legitimate place to reach their customers.”

From the syndication-darling “That ’70s Show” to “Family Guy” and “Workaholics,” plenty of TV hits have managed to make their way into stoners’ hearts. Adult Swim, the adult cartoon network, has delighted stoners for almost two decades. But, so far, few have overtly marketed themselves as a “stoner” platform or show.

“This category is starting to get dedicated content,” Kawalec said. “You’re starting to see things like MassRoots, a social network dedicated to stoners with close to a million users.”

The entertainment industry is also going to pot, with more and more marijuana-centric storylines popping up in TV and movies, including “Mary + Jane,” an MTV show following two friends in their quest to become L.A’s premier all-woman-run weed delivery company, and “Disjointed,” a Netflix pot dispensary comedy from hit-maker Chuck Lorre and starring Oscar-winner Kathy Bates.

Netflix even went as far as designing “The Netflix Collection,” which included 10 different strains on limited release at a West Hollywood pop-up event last month — each designed to be smoked while watching a Netflix show — according to Highsnobiety, an online publication covering marijuana trends.

BurnTV creator Jason Santos recently told LAWeekly that the company will initially offer “mostly aggregated content, secured through licensing deals with YouTube channels, brand partnership agreements to redistribute certain shows, and programming from other cannabis media sites.”

But BurnTV eventually plans on producing its own shows, starting with a series called “My Life, My Story,” which, according to Santos, will center not around cannabis but rather the people who use it, including a man battling muscular dystrophy and  a cannabis business owner struggling to keep his business afloat as he battles the legal issues.

TheWrap reached out to the company for comment. But true to their mission, they’re were in no hurry to respond three hours later.

Alonso Duralde <![CDATA[‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ Review: True Pooh Story More Than a Run-of-the-Milne Biopic]]> 2017-09-20T21:06:22Z 2017-09-20T21:06:22Z There are any number of minefields into which “Goodbye Christopher Robin” might easily have wandered — it’s a fall-release biopic set in England between the wars, about the creation of a beloved classic of children’s literature — but the film emerges mostly unscathed as neither a hagiography nor a hatchet job on A.A. Milne, the creator of Winnie the Pooh.

Or at least the co-creator: The film posits that Milne’s young son assembled the characters (from his collection of stuffed animals) and wandered with them through the nearby woods while dad, in a rare spate of attentiveness, took a lot of notes. While Milne’s skill as a writer gets its due in “Goodbye Christopher Robin,” his parenting skills, along with those of his wife, are subject to what appears to be appropriate criticism.

A.A. Milne (Domhnall Gleeson) — those close to him call him “Blue” — returns from World War I a changed man; still suffering from PTSD after his battlefield experiences, he’s of little mind to return to the witty, breezy comedies he used to write before going to the frontlines. Over the objections of his wife Daphne (Margot Robbie), Blue decides to move the whole family — including infant son Christopher Robin, whom everyone calls “Billy Moon,” and his devoted nanny Olive (Kelly Macdonald) — to the Sussex country side. Blue’s goal is to write a searing book about the horrors of combat, in the hopes that the War to End All Wars could be precisely that.

As Daphne makes Billy Moon less lonely by giving him a series of toys that would soon be world-famous, Blue struggles both with prose and his ongoing post-war mental state. When his wife heads to London for an extended stay and Olive takes a few days off, Blue finds himself having to tend to young Billy Moon (Will Tilston), who proves to be good company; when the buzzing of bees reminds Blue of bullets flying, it’s Billy who calms him down and assures him that they won’t sting so long as they’re unprovoked.

Screenwriters Frank Cottrell Boyce (“Millions”) and Simon Vaughan tread fairly lightly on the I-saw-it-then-I-wrote-it moments that so often plague biopics of authors, although we do see the various facets of the Milnes’ lives that found their way into print. (Vaughan, it’s worth noting, previously wrote “A Bear Named Winnie,” about the real-life Winnipeg animal who wound up in the London Zoo, where Billy Moon would later see him.)

Up to this point, “Goodbye Christopher Robin” fits in neatly with such tweedy, mumsy tales as “Miss Potter” and “Finding Neverland,” all crumpets and waistcoats and literary achievement. But director Simon Curtis (“Woman in Gold”) digs in a little deeper, understanding that what happens after the publication of the “Pooh” stories is just as interesting.

When the world falls in love with Christopher Robin, as he is called in the books, the Milnes are only all to happy to sacrifice their son on the altar of publicity, sending him out on public appearances and radio interviews, even putting him in the genuine danger of posing for a picture next to Winnie at the zoo. Nanny Olive seems to be the only person who objects to the child’s exploitation, and we see Billy Moon submit himself to it to make his parents happy, even though his father pays much less attention to him now that he’s no longer using him as a subject for his work.

This is a very handsomely mounted period piece, the kind where it almost never rains in England, which is one of the cinema’s two biggest lies. (The other one is that it always rains in Los Angeles.) But for the rolling hills and charming cottages and smart flapper dresses, we still see the lead characters commit genuinely despicable acts, and so “Goodbye Christopher Robin” should be commended for doing so, even though it crams in some third-act contrition so that everyone can leave the theater on a cloud of happy thoughts about Tigger and Rabbit.

Gleeson and especially Robbie excel at capturing these interesting, flawed characters; their motivations seem clear whether doing the right thing by each other and their child or even some very wrong things. (Many young performers would no doubt turn down a role like Daphne, who is so frequently unsympathetic; Robbie’s relish in playing her shows her to be more interested in being a serious actress than in merely being liked.) Macdonald shines as well, giving dimension and grit to a character who could have easily been a mere paragon of goodness.

Young Tilston, with his big eyes and bowl haircut, avoids gooiness; his Billy Moon feels like a real kid, both dreamy and down-to-earth. And in just a few scenes, Alex Lawther (“Freak Show”), as the teenage Christopher Robin, communicates just how crappy it must have been to attend British boarding school when everyone mocks you as a former kid-lit star.

No one’s going to accuse “Goodbye Christopher Robin” of subtlety or of rewriting the biopic rules, but it does dare to go darker than most films like it. And while it won’t lessen our enjoyment of Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore and the rest to know that their author wasn’t a perfect father, it’s fitting that the little boy who loved them first gets his moment in the spotlight.

Fabric Media <![CDATA[Why Donald Glover, Odell Beckham Jr and Mariah Carey Are TV’s Social Media MVPs of the Week]]> 2017-09-20T21:03:26Z 2017-09-20T21:03:26Z Donald Glover, Odell Beckham Jr. and Mariah Carey were the week’s most emotionally reacted-to TV personalities and characters.

An Emmy-winning actor/director, a New York Giant and a pop icon had viewers talking passionately on social media over the past seven days.

The Wrap has partnered with Canvs, the emotion measurement company, for a weekly look at some of the characters and personalities that have TV viewers the most worked up on social media. The data below covers Sept. 13-19 and is drawn from the most emotionally reacted-to television programs, including broadcast, cable, streaming and PPV.

The 69th Primetime Emmy Awards were broadcast on CBS on Sunday and as you’d expect, it was the most emotionally reacted-to programming of the period measured with 354,469 Emotional Reactions (ERs). Actor and director Donald Glover made history during the evening, winning two Emmys for his show “Atlanta” — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series and Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series — making him the first black person to win an Emmy for directing a comedy series. The congratulatory messages poured in, with people sending him kudos and love (with, of course, the obligatory comments about his good looks and outfit).

The NFL game between the Detroit Lions and New York Giants on ESPN got viewers talking to the tune of 75,330 ERs, with Giants wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. being the most mentioned. Beckham returned to the field Monday night after a previous ankle injury that kept him out of the season opener, but was unable to help his team secure a win (the Lions triumphed 24-10). While many fans were pleased to see Beckham play, others were underwhelmed by his performance and some merely trash-talked him.

“VH1’s Hip Hop Honors: The 90’s Game Changers” (44,115 ERs) aired Monday night to celebrate an era of music and honor those iconic artists who made history. Mariah Carey was the most-mentioned celebrity of the evening, with viewers discussing her look and their love for her. Of course, some haters are always going to hate, and they couldn’t help but throw their opinions into the mix as well.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Rapper Mystikal Indicted on Rape, Kidnapping Charges]]> 2017-09-20T21:34:32Z 2017-09-20T20:48:29Z Michael Lawrence Tyler, who raps under the stage-name Mystikal, has been indicted by a Caddo Parish, Louisiana, grand jury on one count each of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping, per KSLA News 12. His bond has been set at $3 million.

Mystikal is best-known for hits “Shake Ya Ass/Shake It Fast” and “Danger (Been So Long).” Both Top 20 tunes came out in 2000.

In August, Tyler turned himself in to authorities at the Caddo Correctional Center. KSLA had cameras there at the time; readers can watch that video above.

The Louisiana resident is one of three people who were wanted in connection with an Oct. 22 assault at a casino in downtown Shreveport.

Also indicted in the case are:

  • Averweone Darnell Holman, 26, of Shreveport, on one count each of first-degree rape and second-degree kidnapping. His bond has also been set at $3 million.
  • Tenichia Monieck Wafford, 42, of Harker Heights, Texas, on one count of obstruction of justice. Her bond is set at $500,000.

This is not Tyler’s first run-in with the law, and not his first sex-crime charge either.

In 2003, he pled guilty to sexual battery and extortion charges, and served six years in prison. The emcee and two of his bodyguards forced that victim, the rapper’s hairstylist at the time, to perform oral sex and then accused her of stealing $80,000 in checks, per The A.V. Club.

Following his release in January 2010, Tyler was on probation for five years and registered as a sex offender in his home state.

Ashley Boucher <![CDATA[Melania Trump’s Anti-Bullying Speech at UN Sparks Twitter Scorn: ‘Just Twilight Zone Worthy’]]> 2017-09-20T20:32:16Z 2017-09-20T20:32:16Z Folks on Twitter are pointing our the irony once again of Melania Trump’s anti-bullying stance, considering her husband and President of the United States is a well-known bully himself.

The First Lady addressed the United Nations at a luncheon Wednesday, using her platform to espouse her dedication to ending bullying.

“No child should ever feel hungry, stalked, frightened, terrorized, bullied, isolated or afraid, with nowhere to turn,” Melania said. “We need to step up, come together, and ensure that our children’s future is bright.”

Mrs. Trump announced in November that her focus as First Lady will be to launch an anti-bullying initiative, though plans for such a program are still unclear. She defended Trump’s June Twitter attack on “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, despite previously saying that social media bullying is “absolutely unacceptable” in America.

Now, Twitter is turning up the heat against FLOTUS, finding her speech incredibly ironic.

“Melania Trump talking about cyber bullying when her husband is the absolute worst offender is just Twilight Zone worthy,” one Twitter user said. “Disturbing family.”

“Melania Trump to condemn bullying at U.N. luncheon, 24 hours after her husband bullied planet earth,” another quipped.

Another juxtaposed a quote from Mrs. Trump saying to “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” with a GIF of her husband mocking a disabled reporter.

See below for more reactions.

Tim Kenneally <![CDATA[Judge Judy Gets Apology From National Enquirer Over Alzheimer’s, Cheating Stories]]> 2017-09-20T20:22:52Z 2017-09-20T20:22:52Z It looks like it’s case closed between Judge Judy and the National Enquirer.

Television judge Judy Sheindlin has received an apology from the National Enquirer, after the Enquirer and its sister publication the National Examiner ran a story that Sheindlin was fighting Alzheimer’s disease and depression, which the Enquirer now says was not true.

The Enquirer also apologized for stories claiming that Sheindlin had been unfaithful to her husband, and that her daughter Nicole faced jail time after she refused jury service, stories that also, as it turned out, were inaccurate.

“None of these statements are true, and we unequivocally retract them,” the Enquirer noted in its apology, published Wednesday.

“The National ENQUIRER, The National Examiner and American Media Inc. sincerely apologize to Judge Judy. The National ENQUIRER, The National Examiner and American Media Inc. also sincerely apologize to Nicole, who is a respected attorney and is the CEO of Her Honor Mentoring,” the Enquirer added.

According to Gossip Cop, one of the now-retracted stories was published in January and stated, “Judge Judy’s Alzheimer’s Shocker!” and “She’s been secretly fighting depression, and now brain disease!”

Beatrice Verhoeven <![CDATA[Gal Gadot In Early Talks to Star Alongside Bradley Cooper in ‘Deeper’]]> 2017-09-20T20:05:46Z 2017-09-20T19:55:29Z Gal Gadot is in early talks to star opposite Bradley Cooper in MGM’s “Deeper,” an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Max Landis is writing the screenplay, and Kornel Mundruczo will direct the drama.

“Deeper” follows a disgraced astronaut who embarks on a mission to reach the bottom of a newly-discovered trench in the ocean. There, he meets a level of danger that hasn’t been discovered before and soon finds himself fighting for his life.

Landis is also producing with David Goyer, and the project is a co-production between Phantom Four and Addictive Pictures. Kevin Turen from Phantom 4 and Russell Ackerman and John Schoenfelder from Addictive are producing as well.

Gadot recently starred in the hit blockbuster “Wonder Woman” and will reprise the role of Diana Prince in the upcoming DC Film “Justice League.” A sequel to “Wonder Woman” was also recently green lit at the studio, with Patty Jenkins returning to direct. Gadot is represented by WME.

Cooper will next star in “Avengers: Infinity War” and “A Star Is Born,” which he is also directing. He is represented by CAA.

Tim Kenneally <![CDATA[‘Flip or Flop’ Star Tarek El Moussa Shares Photo From ‘One of the Absolute Lowest Points of My Life’]]> 2017-09-20T21:18:06Z 2017-09-20T19:46:21Z “Flip or Flop” star Tarek El Moussa is once again sharing details about his past health issues.

In an Instagram post Tuesday, the HGTV personality shared a photo from “one of the absolute lowest points of my life,” depicting his dramatic weight loss resulting from his use of pain medications.

El Moussa, who in the past has battled both thyroid and testicular cancer, said that the photo captured him during “the first time in my life when I wanted to quit!”

“NOT embarrassed to share!!! This was one of the absolute lowest points of my life!! After beating cancer twice I had a horrific back injury,” El Moussa wrote. “Over the course of 10 months I lost 50 pounds from all the pain meds which prevented me from wanting to eat and I was nauseous all the time.”

El Moussa continued, ” I remember those days…in this photo I’m pale white….eyes are black…. and I was 169 pounds!! My clothing didn’t fit and it looks like I’m wearing drapes! This photo is a reminder that anything is possible with hope. While I went through this it was the first time in my life I wanted to quit! Thank god I didn’t…or I wouldn’t be standing tall today!!”

The reality TV star wrapped up his post with an inspirational message, telling fans, “Reminder everyone, anything is possible! You just have to believe!”

El Moussa, who co-stars on “Flip or Flop” with his estranged wife Christina El Moussa, was diagnosed with cancer after a registered nurse emailed the show’s production company in 2013 to suggest that El Moussa have a nodule on his thyroid checked out by a doctor.

In addition to the thyroid cancer, El Moussa was diagnosed with testicular cancer.

In January, the reality TV star informed fans that he was still cancer-free.

On Monday, El Moussa detailed how a shoulder injury had left him unable to work out for two months, writing, “It’s amazing how two short months can take away all that hard work!!!”

Despite the injury, the reality TV star added that he was determined to mend his shoulder and get back on track.

“So…there is one thing I know! I’m working on fixing my shoulder and I’m more motivated than ever to get out there and go after it again,” he added. “We will always have setbacks In life but in order to succeed we must never stop fighting and never give up!!

NOT embarrassed to share!!! This was one of the absolute lowest points of my life!! After beating cancer twice I had a horrific back injury. Over the course of 10 months I lost 50 pounds from all the pain meds which prevented me from wanting to eat and I was nauseous all the time. I remember those days…in this photo I’m pale white….eyes are black…. and I was 169 pounds!! My clothing didn’t fit and it looks like I’m wearing drapes! This photo is a reminder than anything is possible with hope. While I went through this it was the first time in my life I wanted to quit! Thank god I didn’t…or I wouldn’t be standing tall today!! Reminder everyone, anything is possible! You just have to believe! T

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Carli Velocci <![CDATA[‘Will & Grace’ Lands First Ever Streaming Deal Ahead of New Season Premiere]]> 2017-09-20T19:42:49Z 2017-09-20T19:42:49Z Ahead of the iconic sitcom’s fall revival, NBC is making the entire “Will & Grace” back catalog available.

NBC announced Wednesday that fans can watch all 194 episodes of the series’ original run on the NBC app, Hulu and On Demand through cable providers.

The episodes will be available starting Thursday, just one week ahead of the new season’s premiere on Sept. 28.

New episodes will then be available across the platforms following their broadcast premieres.

“As we gear up for the launch of the upcoming season premiere, I can’t think of a better way to reintroduce ‘Will & Grace’ to the cultural zeitgeist than by giving audiences the opportunity to watch this historic and hilarious series wherever and whenever they want,” said NBC Entertainment Chairman Robert Greenblatt in a statement.

“To be able to bring such an iconic show into the streaming universe for the first time ever is an opportunity we couldn’t pass up,” Joel Stillerman, Chief Content Officer at Hulu, added.

And if you still can’t get enough “Will & Grace,” the new season will kick off a 16-episode run. NBC has also already picked it up for a second season with 13 additional episodes.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Ric Flair Details Near-Death Episode After Decades of Drinking: ‘It Scared the Sh– Out of Me’]]> 2017-09-20T19:46:51Z 2017-09-20T19:41:47Z “Nature Boy” Ric Flair is recovering from his recent near-death experience, which the WWE icon admits “scared the sh– out of me” in a recent interview.

“I’m not out of the woods yet,” he told People in this week’s issue.

Last month, the 68-year-old former pro wrestler was rushed to the hospital with stomach pains. Flair soon fell into kidney failure and was on the cusp of congestive heart failure. He was given just a 20 percent chance of survival, and placed in a medically induced coma.

Doctors removed part of Flair’s bowel, and inserted a pacemaker. Flair, who is now in an Atlanta convalescent center, currently needs a nurse to help steady his shaking hands just so he can sip water from a glass.

“I didn’t think I was an alcoholic, but obviously I was,” Flair, who had a failed rehab stint four years ago, told People.

The father of WWE Superstar Charlotte Flair said he started drinking in the early 1970’s to “bond” with fellow wrestlers.

“I never drank when I was working,” Flair added. “But as soon as work was over, I went right to the mill.”

The alcohol also helped with pain, he said. While wrestling results may the predetermined, much of the pain is very real. But moderation didn’t come easy to flair.

“I’ve never taken a pain pill in my life,” Flair said. “I’d just take a shower, flip my hair back and go to the best bar in town.”

But that’s all behind the living legend and subject of an upcoming “30 for 30” documentary.

“I’ll never drink again,” Flair swore. “I never want to go through this again.”

Ashley Boucher <![CDATA[Netflix in October: What’s Coming and What to Watch Before It’s Gone (Photos)]]> 2017-09-20T19:22:01Z 2017-09-20T19:22:01Z Now that the back-to-school rush has settled down, the weather is changing and pumpkin spice is being sprinkled in your coffee rotation, let’s embrace fall. We can also embrace all of the exciting new movies and TV shows coming to Netflix in October. Here, we breakdown which ones you definitely shouldn’t miss, and a couple things you definitely have to re-watch before they leave.

Coming October 1: “I Love You, Man”

We bet you didn’t even realize how much you’d like to watch this movie again until we told you it’s coming to Netflix next month. Starring Paul Rudd, Jason Segel and Rashida Jones, this movie gave us classic one-liners like “totes mcgotes” and “bro Montana.” It’s a great movie to put on for a Netflix and chill date if you know what we mean.

Coming October 6: “The Life and Death of Marsha P. Johnson”

One of the 1960’s biggest LGBT rights icons, Marsha P. Johnson’s body was found in the Hudson River in 1992. Police ruled it a suicide and didn’t investigate. David France’s documentary follows trans activist Victoria Cruz in a search for the truth.

Coming October 13: “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)”

The latest from Noah Baumbach, “The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)” features Adam Sandler and Ben Stiller alongside Dustin Hoffman and Emma Thompson in a dysfunctional New York family saga.

Coming October 13: “Mindhunter” Season 1

The David Fincher-produced series, set in 1979, follows two FBI agents, played by Jonathan Groff and Holt McCallany, as they listen to venting killers, searching for a way to understand the motivation behind their brutal and senseless violence in order to prevent future murders.

Coming October 17: “Patton Oswalt: Annihilation”

Netflix is adding a smattering of new Netflix stand-up shows next month, including a special by Patton Oswalt from Chicago tackling topics from social media to politics to grief.

Coming October 20: “The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate Del Castillo Story”

This three-part series tells the tale of Mexican actress Kate Del Castillo’s infamous meeting with one of the world’s most notorious drug lords. It features never-before-seen footage and new details from Castillo’s side of the story.

Coming October 27: “Stranger Things” Season 2

The Duffer Brothers’ cult hit “Stranger Things” returns right in time for Halloween weekend. This season promises the return of Eleven, a deeper dive into Hopper’s past and the gang looking real good in some Ghostbusters costumes.

Leaving October 1: “30 Rock”

Sadly, you read that right. Tina Fey’s hit comedy “30 Rock” will be leaving Netflix at the beginning of next month. Kenneth would probably tell you not to be sad, but we know you are. We are too.

Leaving October 1: “Titanic”

Our hearts will go on, somehow, after Kate and Leo’s classic love story jumps the Netflix ship.

Matt Donnelly <![CDATA[Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Irishman’ Casts Former Nightlife Kingpin Danny A Abeckaser (Exclusive)]]> 2017-09-20T19:20:30Z 2017-09-20T19:20:30Z Former nightlife impresario-turned actor Danny A. Abeckaser has joined the cast of Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman,” TheWrap has learned.

Abeckaser joins an all-star cast in the Netflix Original that includes Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Harvey Keitel, Bobby Cannavale, Joe Pesci and Ray Romano.

The project centers around Jimmy Hoffa, the controversial Teamsters labor union leader who vanished without a trace in the ’70s. Abeckaser previously worked with Scorsese on the HBO drama “Vinyl.”

Reps for the actor and Netflix did not immediately return TheWraps’ request for comment.

Abeckaser’s credits include “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “The Iceman,” starring Michael Shannon. After 15 years as a gatekeeper for New York celebrity nightlife haunts like Marquee and Avenue, he pivoted to his lifelong dream of acting.

Israeli born and Brooklyn raised, Abeckaser will also release “First We Take Brooklyn” this November. He directed and stars in the crime drama, via his company 2B Films, alongside Keitel and AnnaLynne McCord.

Matt Pressberg <![CDATA[Thanks, Spotify: Subscription Services Deliver Real Money to Music Industry]]> 2017-09-20T19:22:52Z 2017-09-20T19:20:17Z Streaming subscriptions services like Spotify, Tidal Music and Apple Music have helped the industry boost consumer sales by 17 percent through the first half of 2017, according to a new report from the Recording Industry Association of America.

That year-over-year change reflects a massive shift from physical CD sales. Streaming revenue made up 62 percent of the music market during the period, with digital downloads comprising 19 percent and physical sales 16 percent. That’s a significant change from just the first half of 2015, when one-third of music revenue came from streaming. The RIAA’s streaming category includes paid services like Tidal and Apple Music and ad-supported products like YouTube and Vevo. Spotify, one of the largest streaming players, offers paid and ad-supported services.

“Record labels continue to do their part, embracing new business models, partnering with more than 400 services worldwide to deliver music to fans instantaneously at the touch of a fingertip,” RIAA Chairman and CEO Cary Sherman said in a Medium post accompanying the study. “The pace of change embraced by record labels is staggering. Just two years ago, digital downloads was the largest format, and streaming was only beginning to take hold. Fast forward a few short years, and the business is already dramatically different.”

Despite a 48 percent surge in streaming revenue from the same period last year, the industry still faces challenges, Sherman said in the post. Total revenue for the industry is still far below its levels of the late 1990s.

And all streaming is not created equal: subscription services make up 44 percent of total industry revenues, while ad-supported music contributes just 7 percent. Subscription streaming contributed $1.7 billion through the first half of the year, while digital radio delivered $493 million and ad-supported on-demand streaming brought in $273 million.

“To the fan, there is often little difference between the multitudes of services available, yet the payouts to creators are very different and vastly impacted by outdated or abused laws and regulations,” Sherman wrote. “And that’s why a united music community continues to be incredibly animated about music’s ‘value gap’ and calls upon policymakers  –  and our business partners  —  across the globe to do better and address these inequities.”

Carli Velocci <![CDATA[CBS Orders Dick Wolf Drama ‘FBI’ Straight to Series]]> 2017-09-20T19:23:04Z 2017-09-20T19:10:24Z An NBC staple is moving over to CBS.

The network announced Wednesday that it is giving a 13-episode straight-to-series order to “F.B.I.,” (working title) a show about the inner workings at the New York office of the government agency.

Dick Wolf, the iconic creator behind “Law & Order” and the “Chicago” franchise on NBC, created the series and is serving as an executive producer.

The one-hour drama is expected to air during the 2018-19 TV season.

Craig Turk (“The Good Wife”), Arthur W. Forney and Peter Jankowski are also serving as executive producers. Turk will serve as the showrunner and will write the pilot.

The series is a co-production between Universal Television and CBS Television.

Wolf currently has five series airing during the fall TV season: “Law & Order: SVU,” “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago P.D.,” “Chicago Med” and the premiere of “Law & Order True Crime: The Menendez Murders.”

Wolf got his start on NBC. Some of his first writing credits include the hit series “Miami Vice” and “Hill Street Blues.” However, he’s best known as the creator of the “Law & Order” franchise, which has been airing since 1990.

He also produces Oxygen’s non-scripted true crime series “Cold Justice” and “Criminal Confessions,” along with A&E’s “Nightwatch,” which follows emergency first responders.

Jeremy Fuster <![CDATA[Lillian Ross, Longtime New Yorker Reporter, Dies at 99]]> 2017-09-20T19:06:14Z 2017-09-20T19:06:14Z Lillian Ross, longtime reporter for The New Yorker, died Wednesday at the age of 99, according to her editor, Susan Morrison.

Ross (pictured above left with Anjelica Huston) joined The New Yorker in 1945, writing short articles on New York’s social scene. Later, she became a staff writer with her own Talk of the Town column, getting her big break in 1950 with a profile piece on Ernest Hemingway.

Later, Ross took on Hollywood with a series of articles about the making of John Huston’s 1951 adaptation of “The Red Badge of Courage.” The articles were later compiled into a book called “Picture,” which was praised for its deep dive into Hollywood studios and the struggles that come with making a big picture.

Ross was known for keeping her personal life very private, but the big exception to this was her 1998 memoir “Here But Not Here: A Love Story,” in which she revealed in-depth her 50-year love affair with New Yorker editor William Shawn, who was married to another woman. The memoir, which was published six years after Shawn’s death but while his widow was still alive, earned Ross immense backlash from media circles.

Despite the criticism, Ross’ articles continued to appear in the New Yorker more than 60 years after she first joined the magazine. Her last piece was published online in 2012, in which she reflected on her relationship with J.D. Salinger after the death of the “Catcher in the Rye” author. Her last print piece was a Talk of the Town column about Robin Williams.

Ross died of a stroke at Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan.

Reid Nakamura <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton’s ‘What Happened’ Sells Most Hardcover Copies of Nonfiction Books Since 2012]]> 2017-09-20T19:01:22Z 2017-09-20T19:01:22Z Hillary Clinton’s campaign memoir “What Happened” has sold more than 300,000 copies across all formats in its first week, moving more hardcover copies than any nonfiction book in five years.

According to the Associated Press, Clinton’s reflection on her loss to Donald Trump in the 2016 presidential election moved 168,000 hardcover copies in its first week. The last nonfiction book to do better was 2012’s “No Easy Day,” a memoir by one of the former Navy SEAL Team members responsible for the death of Osama bin Ladin, which sold more than 250,000 copies in its first week.

Clinton’s publisher Simon & Schuster also told the AP that the book set a company record for most e-book and audio sales.

“The remarkable response to ‘What Happened’ indicates that, notwithstanding all that has been written and discussed over the last year, there is clearly an overwhelming desire among readers to learn about and experience, from Hillary Clinton’s singular perspective, the historic events of the 2016 election,” Simon & Schuster CEO Carolyn Reidy said in a statement to the AP. “In its candor and immediacy, ‘What Happened’ is satisfying that demand.”

Clinton’s last book “Hard Choices,” the 2014 memoir reflecting on her time as Secretary of State in the Obama administration, sold just 100,000 copies. Her 2003 book “Living History,” which included her first statements regarding her husband’s scandals while in the White House,” came at a time when the hardcover book market was much bigger and sold more than 600,000 copies.

Last week, Amazon deleted hundreds of negative reviews of “What Happened” from its listing of the book after the publisher questioned their authenticity. The book had 50 percent one-star and 45 percent five-star reviews with a 3.2-star rating before the suspicious reviews were deleted. The rating since went up and now stands at 4.8.

Tim Kenneally <![CDATA[Ariel Winter Speaks Out After Her Mother’s ‘Cry for Help’ Comment: ‘Very Sad’]]> 2017-09-20T20:07:28Z 2017-09-20T18:54:36Z Ariel Winter is speaking out, after her estranged mother Crystal Workman claimed that the “Modern Family” star’s provocative wardrobe choices are a “cry for help.”

Winter took to Twitter on Wednesday morning to share her thoughts, and while the actress didn’t specifically call out Workman by name, the target of her tweet seemed pretty clear.

“Very sad when someone chooses a public forum to reach out to someone,” Winter wrote. “Also sad when that reach out comes in the form of criticizing.”

Winter’s tweet came a day after Workman gave an interview to Inside Edition. Discussing her estranged daughter’s wardrobe choices, Workman said, “I feel that Ariel is starving for attention … I feel this is a cry for help from my child.”

The actress’ tweet was also published shortly after she retweeted a tweet about Workman’s interview.

Workman, who was taken to court and accused of abuse by Winter, also said that she wants to reunite with her estranged daughter — a reunion that seems very unlikely, particularly in light of this most recent development.

“It’s time to fix your relationship with your mom,” Workman said.

The interview aired hours after Winter posted a Twitter “rant” that declared, in part, “Screw always having to look appropriate.”

Winter, 19, has often been criticized by her choice of clothing. Notably, the actress was savaged on social media on Labor Day, after she posted a photo of herself in a bikini in celebration of the holiday.

“Respect the memorial day,” cautioned one commenter, who punctuated the comment with an eye-rolling emoji.

“bc nothing says happy Memorial Day like sneak peak at her pubes,” offered another.

Workman has also criticized her daughter’s wardrobe choices in the past. In June, Workman told In Touch, “She needs to grow up. I would tell her to dress properly, be the beautiful person she is. I feel sad that she feels the need to expose herself when it’s not necessary … Ariel is smart, beautiful and talented. She is a legitimate actress. She does not need to do this. She is beautiful with her clothes on.”

TheWrap has reached out to Winter’s publicist for comment on Wednesday’s tweet.

Ryan Gajewski <![CDATA[Amy Poehler Comedy Set at Netflix With Natasha Lyonne to Star]]> 2017-09-20T19:34:06Z 2017-09-20T18:48:40Z Netflix has given an eight-episode order to a comedy series from Natasha Lyonne, Amy Poehler and Leslye Headland.

The untitled Universal Television project stars Lyonne as Nadia, a young woman who is the guest of honor at an apparently inescapable New York City party.

Lyonne co-created the series with Poehler and Headland (“Bridesmaid”), who are all executive producing. Headland is penning the first episode, while Lyonne and Headland are writers on the series.

Poehler‘s Paper Kite Productions, JAX Media and 3 Arts Entertainment are producing with Universal. Paper Kite’s Brooke Posch and 3 Arts’ Dave Becky are executive producing.

“So excited to get cracking with the intensely brilliant Leslye Headland, the GOAT with a heart of gold Amy Poehler, and Netflix, the safe haven I’ve been searching for since the ’80s,” Lyonne said. “Deeply moved to work with such heavy hitters and to share our show with the world.”

Headland added, “These women are heroes of mine and to work with them at a company that promotes originality and creativity is a thrill.”

“Natasha’s humor, humanity and depth have connected with audiences around the world on ‘Orange is the New Black,'” said Netflix vice president of original content Cindy Holland. “With this new series, she, Leslye and Amy are creating an ambitious and uniquely formatted comedy that will have viewers guessing as much as they will be laughing.”

This is not the first time that Netflix has worked with Lyonne or Poehler. Lyonne earned an Emmy nomination for her role on “Orange Is the New Black,” while Poehler co-stars in the “Wet Hot American Summer” series.

Tim Kenneally <![CDATA[Rosie O’Donnell Goes Off on Estranged Daughter Chelsea After Scathing Interview]]> 2017-09-20T18:50:36Z 2017-09-20T18:19:55Z The tensions between Rosie O’Donnell and her estranged daughter Chelsea received a very public airing on Tuesday, after the 20-year-old gave a scathing interview to the Daily Mail, saying that she was pregnant — and that O’Donnell “will not be in my child’s life.”

“SMILF” actress O’Donnell then unleashed a flurry of tweets directed at her daughter.

“u want a public discussion – did they pay u again – how much this time? same same same chelsea,” one tweet read.

Another O’Donnell missive featured a picture of Chelsea at a Mac store, with the caption, “did u hate me this day? last year – at the apple store – was this b4 nick was arrested for beating u up? same same.”

Yet another tweet read, “we have been here before Chelsea u wanna go a few rounds in public seems so Michelle’s death = money 4 Chelsea.” That tweet included a link to a March 2017 post by O’Donnell which read, “My 19 year old daughter adopted by me at two months old was once again paid by ‘Inside Edition’ to talk about her life and me.”

“Michelle” is an apparent reference to Michelle Rounds, O’Donnell’s ex-wife, who died Sept. 11 at age 46. In the Daily Mail interview, Chelsea discussed Rounds’ relationship with O’Donnell and her death at length.

In her Twitter frenzy, O’Donnell also took Daily Mail reporter Martin Gould, who conducted the interview, to task, calling him a “cowardly old sh–” and linking to a 1997 article detailing an assault charge against him following a car chase in relation to a story while working for Star Magazine.

O’Donnell has discussed her strained relationship with Chelsea, who in August 2015, in the past. During an October 2015 stand-up routine, the actress told the audience,  “I love all of my kids … My daughter has been in the news. It’s been in the news, but it’s not news to the family. It’s been a decade long. As Mom, my wish is for love and peace and wait until it’s done.”

Reid Nakamura <![CDATA[Woman in Kevin Hart Scandal Says She Is Also a ‘Victim,’ Was Secretly Recorded]]> 2017-09-20T20:28:46Z 2017-09-20T18:10:56Z Montia Sabbag, the woman at the center Kevin Hart’s extortion scandal, spoke out at a press conference with attorney Lisa Bloom on Wednesday, saying she is not behind what Hart has said is an attempt extort money from him.

“I am not an extortionist,” Sabbag said.

In an emotional Instagram post on Saturday, Hart apologized to his wife Eniko Parrish and children for a video in which he and Sabbag were seen engaging in suggestive behavior. He went on to accuse an unnamed person of seeking “financial gain off of my mistakes.”

“I had nothing to do with these recordings,” Sabbag went on to say on Wednesday. “I hired Lisa Bloom to protect my rights. I’m truly sorry for any involvement that I had in this.”

At the press conference, Sabbag said she was recorded without her knowledge. Bloom said her client is a “victim of multiple felonies” and invited Hart to help them “[bring] the perpetrator to justice.”

“It is a crime to secretly put cameras in a private place like a hotel room,” she said. “It is another crime to secretly record people in a private place. It is yet another crime to distribute those images. Montia is the victim of multiple felonies under state and federal laws.”

TMZ reported over the weekend that someone was demanding payment from Hart to prevent the tape’s release.

“Someone tried to set Kevin up in a failed extortion attempt. As law enforcement is involved, we cannot comment further as it could affect the investigation,” his representatives said in a statement following the apology video.

Matt Pressberg <![CDATA[Magnolia Acquires Venice Film Fest Fave ‘Nico, 1988’]]> 2017-09-20T17:54:35Z 2017-09-20T17:54:35Z Magnolia Pictures has picked up U.S. rights to Susanna Nicchiarelli’s “Nico, 1998,” the distributor announced on Wednesday. The film is a look at the last two years of the Velvet Underground singer and actress’s life. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Danish actress, singer and songwriter Trine Dyrholm plays Nico during singer and former Warhol superstar’s last hurrah during the final two years of her life, 1987 and 1988, when her new manager convinces her to go on tour and promote her new album. Nico is also looking to reconnect with her son.

“Nico, 1988” won Best Film in Horizon section at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Magnolia is planning for a 2018 theatrical release.

Nicchiarelli wrote and directed the movie, which is an I Wonder Pictures release of a Vivo film with Rai Cinema and Tarantula production in coproduction with VOO and BE TV. Marta Donzelli, Gregorio Paonessa, Joseph Rouschop and Valérie Bournonville produced, while the executive producer is Alessio Lazzareschi.

Magnolia SVP of Acquisitions John Von Thaden negotiated the deal with Charlotte Mickie of Celluloid Dreams representing the filmmakers.

“Susanna Nicchiarelli has conjured up a beautifully filmed window into the world of Nico that rings truer than any documentary could,” Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles said in a statement. “It would not have been possible without the daring, transcendent performance by Trine Dyrholm as the reluctant, deeply flawed icon.”

“I am so excited that my film will be seen by an American audience, and I am really proud that ‘Nico, 1988’ has been acquired by such a highly regarded, tasteful distribution company,” Nicchiarelli said in the statement. “Magnolia has handled some of my favorite films. I trust that my unconventional look at the last years of Nico, a European, will be appreciated in the United States, the very place that discovered the original Nico and made her a star.”

Ryan Gajewski <![CDATA[Sabrina the Teenage Witch Horror Series in Works at The CW as ‘Riverdale’ Companion]]> 2017-09-20T18:44:01Z 2017-09-20T17:53:32Z Sabrina the Teenage Witch might be flying back to TV.

The CW is developing “The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina,” an hour-long dark drama in the horror genre.

The series will reimagine the origin of the Archie Comics character Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age tale that involves witchcraft and the occult. It is envisioned as echoing the tone of such classic horror films as “Rosemary’s Baby” and “The Exorcist,” with Sabrina battling evil forces while coming to terms with her identity as half-witch and half-mortal.

It is being considered for the 2018-19 TV season as a companion show to “Riverdale,” which similarly centers on dark themes surrounding Archie Comics characters.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa (“Riverdale,” “Glee”) is writing and executive producing the co-production from Berlanti Productions and Warner Bros. Television. Lee Toland Krieger (“Riverdale,” “The Age of Adaline”) is directing and executive producing.

Greg Berlanti, Sarah Schechter and Jon Goldwater are also executive producing.

Melissa Joan Hart portrayed a comedic version of the character on ABC’s “Sabrina the Teenage Witch,” which signed off in May 2000 after seven seasons.

Sean Burch <![CDATA[iOS 11: Here Are 5 Things We’re Stoked About in Apple’s Update]]> 2017-09-20T18:39:18Z 2017-09-20T17:43:04Z Check out iOS 11 yet?

Apple’s latest software update has been out for about 24 hours now, and after playing around with it a bit, I’m ready to give it the Siskel and Ebert trademark two thumbs up.

The update comes right before the rollout of Apple’s new iPhone 8 series, and later, the iPhone X. But even if you’re still hanging tough with the 5s, you can bump up your phone to iOS 11. When you do, here are a few things that stood out to TheWrap.

1) Augmented Reality Apps: Now a Thing 

We’ve talked about it a lot leading up to the latest iPhone launch, and it’s finally here. iPhones (and iPads) are now augmented reality-enabled, thanks to the ARKit, and with it comes a new class of AR apps to try out. Before the release, TheWrap tried out a nifty Goldilocks-themed AR experience from Within VR, which was part video game, part children’s book.

The App Store will soon be filled with AR apps, but the first one that stood out was purely for functional reasons. My roommate has been asking me to help hang a (rather lame) painting in our living room of a horse walking on a beach. I hit the App Store and downloaded MeasureKit, which allows you to use a ruler for free, or upgrade to get other tools, like a digital level. I shelled out the $2.99 for the full version, and it helped get the job done. I now have a painting that I hate, hanging perfectly straight, in my living room. AR apps are already paying off.

2) Siri, Improving

I’ve had a hate-hate relationship with Siri for years now. It’s been deactivated on my iPhone for so long at this point, I can’t remember the last time I used it. With hesitation, I fired it back up with iOS 11, and it’s… better.

Users are now able to text to Siri, rather than just voice activation. That’s a nice wrinkle. Siri’s voice is more human, too, and you can pick between a female and male voice. The best facet, though, is it now translates from English into other languages. Rather than scrambling to Google Translate, I can now ask Siri how to say “good morning” to my colleague Beatrice Verhoeven in her native German (it’s “guten morgen,” apparently). Thanks, Siri.

3) Screen Recording 

This might be my favorite aspect of iOS 11 — users can now record whatever is playing on their screen. To add the feature, go to Settings, open Control Center, click “Customize Controls,” and scroll down to select “Screen Recording.” To record your screen, swipe up on your screen and select the circle record icon. One hangup: to make sure it’s recording audio, hard press the icon and tap the “Microphone Audio” option. You can now grab YouTube videos and save them directly to your Photos.

Select the “Record” icon on iPhone’s Control Center to video capture your screen

4) Sharing Wifi, Now Easier

Everyone hates having to spell out their Wi-Fi password for guests, and iOS 11 has a fix for that. Users can now share their Wi-Fi info via Bluetooth with friends nearby — meaning you don’t have to grab their phone and punch in the password yourself anymore.

5) Camera Update

Apple continues to make the camera one of the top draws for the iPhone, and iOS 11 only adds more reasons why. That looping feature you see too much on Instagram? iOS 11 has now added its version with “Live Photos.”  More filters and long exposures are a nice addition, too, making it easier to snap a basketball game or your kids running around without motion blur.

Jeremy Fuster <![CDATA[‘It’ to Pass ‘The Exorcist’ as Highest Grossing Horror Film Ever]]> 2017-09-20T18:16:32Z 2017-09-20T17:30:20Z Warner Bros.’ runaway horror hit “It” will pass “The Exorcist” this week to become the highest domestic grossing horror film of all-time.

Upon its initial release in 1973, “The Exorcist” grossed $193 million domestically, followed by an additional $39.9 million from two director’s cut releases in 2000 and 2010, for a total of $232.9 million. “It” currently has $228.4 million after adding $4.2 million on Monday and $5.3 million on Tuesday. The movie should easily pass “The Exorcist” record this week — as early as Wednesday night.

“It” is the highest grossing R-Rated film of 2017 so far. While expected to cede this weekend’s No. 1 spot to “Kingsman: The Golden Circle,” “It” is still expected to make roughly $30 million, putting it at around $265-270 million by this Sunday.

Of course, while “The Exorcist” is the most successful pure horror film, there are hybrid horror flicks that have made more. Foremost among them is the horror-thriller hybrid “The Sixth Sense, which made $293 million in 2001. “It” is expected by analysts to pass that mark and become only the fourth R-Rated film to gross more than $300 million domestically, joining “The Passion of the Christ,” “Deadpool,” and “American Sniper.”

Other films “It” is expected to pass include “Gravity,” the highest grossing October release with $274 million. That would make “It” the highest grossing film released between Labor Day and the start of November.

Elsewhere on the Warner Bros. slate, “Annabelle: Creation” passed the $100 million mark on Tuesday in its sixth week in theaters. The latest installment in the “Conjuring” series has grossed $290 million worldwide and pushed the franchise past the $1 billion mark earlier in its run.

When WB’s two horror hits are combined with the domestic totals from its summer juggernaut “Wonder Woman” and Oscar contender “Dunkirk,” you have a total of $915 million grossed by the studio since the start of June, putting the film in position to be the first to gross $1.5 billion at the domestic box office this year.

Sharon Waxman <![CDATA[John Singleton Joins TheGrill 2017 as Spotlight Interview]]> 2017-09-20T19:51:38Z 2017-09-20T17:00:21Z Writer, producer and director John Singleton has joined the outstanding lineup of speakers at TheGrill 2017 conference.

The eighth annual leadership conference, to be held on October 2-3 at the Montage Beverly Hills, will feature a spotlight interview with Singleton sharing his insights on the impact of his filmmaking on American culture, from “Boyz N the Hood” to “Snowfall.”

In 1991, John Singleton blew Hollywood away and opened America’s eyes with “Boyz N the Hood,” a powerful, sensitive and insightful look at life on the streets of South Central L.A.

This year, he went back to L.A. with “Snowfall,” FX’s deep-dive series exploring the rise of crack in the 1980s. In between, he has expanded the scope and imagination of screen storytelling with films ranging from “Rosewood” to “Poetic Justice,” and action hits like “Four Brothers” and “2 Fast 2 Furious.”

And he has elicited unforgettable performances from cultural icons including Janet Jackson, Tupac Shakur and Ice Cube. Last year he reunited with “Boyz N the Hood” star Cuba Gooding Jr. to direct the most shocking episode of FX’s acclaimed “The People v OJ Simpson” — an episode all the more incredible because it stayed so close to the facts.

Notable speakers already announced for TheGrill include Fox Television Group’s Dana Walden and Gary Newman along with Kathleen Grace of New Form, Darren Throop of Entertainment One, Jason Hirschhorn of REDEF, Sandra Stern of Lionsgate Television, Rich Greenfield of BTIG Research, Michael Bloom of First Look Media, Megan Colligan of Paramount Pictures, Beatriz Acevedo of mitú, Dave Shull of The Weather Channel and more. A complete schedule and speaker line-up for TheGrill 2017 are available online.

TheGrill leads the conversation on convergence between entertainment, media and technology, bringing together newsmakers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing content in the digital age.

Diverse programming anchored by versatile talent and supported by big brands has always been the hallmark of Hollywood.

Carli Velocci <![CDATA[‘Game of Thrones’ Writer Bryan Cogman to Develop Fifth Prequel]]> 2017-09-20T16:56:15Z 2017-09-20T16:56:15Z Bryan Cogman, a writer who’s been with “Game of Thrones” since Season 1, will be penning a fifth prequel idea with “A Song of Ice and Fire” author George R.R. Martin.

HBO told TheWrap that the writer has been working with Martin to develop the idea, which is one of five that could be ordered to series.

The network previously announced that it was working with four different writers on potential new series. Each is connected to “Game of Thrones,” but not all will make it to air.

Max Borenstein and Brian Helgelan are both working solo on their own potential follow-ups to the hit fantasy series, while Jane Goldman and Carly Wray will each team up with Martin on two other projects.

However, Martin wrote in a followup post on his blog that he was working with an unknown writer on a fifth idea.

“We have added a fifth writer to the original four,” he wrote. “He’s a really terrific addition, however, a great guy and a fine writer, and aside from me and maybe Elio and Linda, I don’t know anyone who knows and loves Westeros as well as he does.”

Cogman most recently wrote the Season 7 episode “Stormborn.” He also wrote the book “Inside HBO’s Game of Thrones,” which features a preface by Martin.

Current showrunners D.B. Weiss and David Benioff will not be returning to lead upcoming prequels after the main series ends, but will be executive producers. Out of the five writers, Cogman is the only one from the current series who is working with Martin.

Martin had previously shut down theories that the new “Game of Thrones” show ideas would involve spinoffs like “Joey” or “AfterMASH.” He instead clarified that they would all be prequels with no current characters.

A spokesperson for HBO also confirmed that the five ideas currently in development are all prequels.

Programming president Casey Bloys previously said we won’t hear specifics until “Game of Thrones” airs its finale. The final season still doesn’t have a premiere date.

The news was first reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Ashley Boucher <![CDATA[Here’s Everything That’s Coming and Leaving Netflix in October]]> 2017-09-20T19:26:21Z 2017-09-20T16:51:52Z Is it just us, or does it seem like Labor Day was yesterday?

Halloween candy has been in stores for weeks now, but as the weather cools off and the aroma pumpkin spice starts to permeate our lives, we’re ready to lean in to fall. And with fall comes fall TV. And with fall TV comes Season 2 of “Stranger Things,” which is all we can think about — and we know you’re probably going to dress up as Eleven come Oct. 31.

A quick heads up on what’s leaving the platform: “Titanic” will no longer be available on Oct. 1, so you have two weeks to get in a good cry if you need it. If you’re a Tina Fey/Alec Baldwin fan, you might want to binge as many episodes of “30 Rock” as you can, as all seven seasons will be gone that same day.

Here are the shows and movies joining Netflix next month.

Available October 1

88 Minutes
A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song
Before Midnight
Blood Diamond
Boogie Nights
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Cleverman: Season 2
Death Sentence
Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood
Eagle vs. Shark
Eyes Wide Shut
Generation Iron 2
Ghost Patrol
I Love You, Man
Ice Guardians
Lockup: Disturbing the Peace: Collection 1
Made of Honor
Miss Congeniality
Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous
Must Love Dogs
Never Let Me Go
No Reservations
PJ Masks: Season 1
Set Up
The Reaping
Tokyo Idols
Tommy Boy

Available October 2

Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown
Sleeping with Other People

Available October 3

13 Demons
Rodney Carrington: Here Comes The Truth — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Cult of Chucky
The Survivalist

Available October 4


Available October 5

Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Schitt’s Creek: Season 3
The Fosters: Season 5

Available October 6

Skylanders Academy: Season 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Suburra: Season 1 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Death and Life of Marsha P. Johnson — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Word Party: Season 3 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 7

Chris Brown: Welcome To My Life
Middle Man

Available October 10

Christina P: Mother Inferior — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Skyjacker’s Tale

Available October 11

Donnie Darko

Available October 12


Available October 13

El Especial de Alex Fernández, el Especial — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Super Monsters: Season 1  — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected)  — NETFLIX ORIGINAL FILM
Voltron: Legendary Defender: Season 4  — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 15

Belief: The Possession of Janet Moses
LEGO: City: Season 1
She Makes Comics

West Coast Customs: Season 6

Available October 17

Patton Oswalt: Annihilation – NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Slasher: Guilty Party — NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 19

Wedding Unplanned

Available October 20


Haters Back Off: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Smurfs: The Lost Village

The Day I Met El Chapo: The Kate del Castillo Story– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 23

Meet the Robinsons
While We’re Young

Available October 24

Wanted: Season 1– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Wanted: Season 2– NETFLIX ORIGINAL
The Mist: Season 1

Available October 25

The Hateful Eight
The Final Master
La Querida del Centauro: Season 2

Available October 26

Strange Weather

Available October 27

Stranger Things 2 — NETFLIX ORIGINAL
Joan Didion: The Center Will Not Hold– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 28

Pup Star: Better 2Gether

Available October 30

Judah Friedlander: America Is The Greatest Country In The United States– NETFLIX ORIGINAL

Available October 31

Zumbo’s Just Desserts: Season 1 – NETFLIX ORIGINAL

And here’s everything you need to watch before it leaves:

Leaving October 1

30 Rock: Seasons 1 – 7
A Love in Times of Selfies
Across the Universe
Barton Fink
Big Daddy
Cradle 2 the Grave
Crafting a Nation
Curious George: A Halloween Boo Fest
Daddy’s Little Girls
Dark Was the Night
David Attenborough’s Rise of the Animals: Triumph of the Vertebrates: Season 1
Day of the Kamikaze
Death Beach
Dowry Law
Dr. Dolittle: Tail to the Chief
Friday Night Lights: Seasons 1 – 5
Happy Feet
Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison
Love Actually
Malcolm in the Middle: Seasons 1 – 7
Max Dugan Returns
Million Dollar Baby
Mortal Kombat
Mr. 3000
Mulholland Dr.
My Father the Hero
My Name Is Earl: Seasons 1 – 4
One Tree Hill: Seasons 1 – 9
Picture This
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The Bernie Mac Show: Seasons 1 – 5
The Shining
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Bones: Seasons 5 – 11

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Lie to Me: Seasons 2 – 3

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Family Guy: Seasons 9 – 14

Steve Pond <![CDATA[Judi Dench to Receive Kirk Douglas Award From Santa Barbara Film Festival]]> 2017-09-20T16:26:30Z 2017-09-20T16:30:32Z Judi Dench has been named recipient of the 2017 Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the Santa Barbara International Film Festival announced on Wednesday.

The award is given out annually at a black-tie fundraising dinner for the festival. This year’s dinner will take place on November 30 at the Bacara Resort & Spa in Santa Barbara, with the film festival itself running from January 31 through February 10, 2018.

Dench is expected to be a strong Best Actress contender this year for her performance as Queen Victoria in Stephen Frears’ “Victoria & Adbul,” which will be released by Focus Features on September 22.

The Kirk Douglas Award has been handed out by the festival since 2006, when the first award went to Douglas himself. Subsequent recipients have included Warren Beatty, Jane Fonda, Robert De Niro, Harrison Ford, Quentin Tarantino and Douglas’ son Michael.

The Santa Barbara International Film Festival hands out a number of honorary awards during the run of the festival, with nightly tributes to actors and directors who are then in the thick of the Oscar race.

But those awards are designed to honor work in specific films, while the Kirk Douglas Award is a larger career-achievement prize presented outside the run of the festival.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Kristen Bell Knows How ‘The Good Place’ Ultimately Ends]]> 2017-09-20T16:13:43Z 2017-09-20T16:09:57Z “The Good Place” returns to NBC tonight, when viewers get to see what happens to the gang after that crazy Season 1 cliffhanger. Though fans heads’ may still be reeling from last year’s big reveal, star Kristen Bell knew it was coming before she even signed a contract.

“I learned the entire plot to Season 1, including the twist, and where it would go in Season 2 during the pitch meeting I had with Mike [Schur],” she told TheWrap, affectionately recalling those three hours with the “Parks and Recreation” creator as “the longest meeting I ever had.”

(And if you want to know what happened, watch the show because we’re not about to spoil it for you here.)

Bell wasn’t alone in the know. Schur told co-star Ted Danson about the twist, too, the “Frozen” and “Veronica Mars” actress added.

“[Schur] wanted us to know what we were getting into,” Bell said. “He wanted us to know the type of show it was, because the entire first season ramps up to that moment.”

That’s pretty much where the secret-sharing stopped, however. Bell didn’t even spoil the big turn for actor husband Dax Shepherd, who told his wife he loved the freshman sitcom, though thought Danson was “underused” in Season 1, she recalled. That’s a pretty astute observation, and it was by design.

“We can’t ever even have a shot where he’s alone in the frame,” Bell explained. “I couldn’t leave the room and they stay on Ted, they have to follow me out the door, because he’d be a different person [if Eleanor, Chidi, Tahini or Jason weren’t there].”

Like this writer, Bell has wondered how long the series could go considering its setup — a concern that continued even after wrapping Season 1.

“I thought, ‘Where is this gonna go?'” Bell told TheWrap. “Is he just gonna reset us the whole time?’

Nope, he’s not. But Bell still did her homework on this one.

“I went into the writers’ room a couple times as they were building Season 2 and they were telling me what was gonna happen, then Mike pitched me Season 3,” she said. “And then he pitched me the eventual end of the show.”

Yes, the end-end. Not only does Schur already know where he’s going, Bell does too. She promised us that this whole afterlife project isn’t just for ad-sales, there’s a point to it.

“When you’re making a comment like this, when you’re talking about something that’s actually sort of important — like life and death, why we have to be nice to each other, ethical dilemmas — he’s put a lot of thought into why this show means something,” she said.

We asked Bell for more, but didn’t get much behind this cryptic tease: “You’ll see what Season 3 is gonna be — or what it’s gonna do — at the end of Season 2.”

“The Good Place” Season 2 premieres tonight at 10/9c on NBC.

Reid Nakamura <![CDATA[Joanne Froggatt Has No Memory of Her Date With Ioan Gruffudd in ‘Liar’ Preview (Exclusive Video)]]> 2017-09-20T03:20:58Z 2017-09-20T16:00:01Z Joanne Froggatt can’t remember the details of a date gone wrong in a new exclusive clip from the upcoming SundanceTV drama “Liar.”

In the clip, a troubled Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), who plays Laura Nielson on the six-part limited series, visits a friend to tell her that she can’t remember what happened after inviting her date home the previous night. “I don’t know what I did,” she says, on the verge of tears.

Froggatt’s character on the show is a bright and dedicated teacher, who agrees to a seemingly innocent date with Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd, “Titanic”), a renowned surgeon whose son is a student at Laura’s school. When she accuses him of rape, both their lives are turned upside down and their secrets and lies begin to unravel.

The six-part series is created, written and executive produced by Harry and Jack Williams and co-produced with ITV and All3 Media. Zoe Tapper, Warren Brown, Shelley Conn and Richie Campbell also star.

“Liar” premieres Wednesday, Sept. 27 at 10/9c on SundanceTV.

Beatrice Verhoeven <![CDATA[Jake LaMotta, Boxing Legend Who Inspired ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies at 95]]> 2017-09-20T17:53:40Z 2017-09-20T15:32:32Z Jake LaMotta, the boxing legend who inspired the film “Raging Bull,” has died. He was 95.

News of his death was shared by his daughter, Christi LaMotta, on Facebook on Tuesday: “Jake LaMotta July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017. Rest in Peace Pop.”

LaMotta’s wife told TMZ that the famous boxer “died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.” Another family member told the publication that LaMotta’s condition had deteriorated in the last few weeks.

LaMotta was born in the Bronx in 1922 and became a professional boxer at the age of 19. He spent most of his career fighting as a middleweight and fought professionally from 1941 to 1954 with a record of 83 wins, 19 losses and 4 draws, including 30 knockouts.

He had a famous rivalry with Sugar Ray Robinson, which led to a six-fight series. LaMotta was able to knock him down in round one during their first fight in 1942. However, that was the only bout LaMotta won out of the six, and their final fight in 1951 was one for the books. Over the span of his career he earned the title “The Raging Bull” for his aggressive fighting style.

Robert De Niro portrayed LaMotta in Martin Scorsese’s 1980 film “The Raging Bull,” which was based on LaMotta’s 1970 memoir “Raging Bull: My Story.” De Niro won an Oscar for his part, while the movie was nominated for seven other Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director.

In a statement about LaMotta’s passing, De Niro said, “Rest in peace, champ.”

William Forsythe played LaMotta in the 2016 film “The Bronx Bull.”

After LaMotta retired from boxing, he owned and managed bars and became a stage actor and comedian. He also starred in various movies and TV shows, including “The Hustler” and the NBC police comedy, “Car 54 Where Are You?” He also co-starred with O.J. Simpson in 1979’s “Firepower” and was top billed on 1989’s “Mob War.”

See Christi LaMotta’s Facebook post below.

Carli Velocci <![CDATA[First Trailer for ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Features a Whole Lot of Guns (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T15:29:02Z 2017-09-20T15:29:02Z We’re not surprised that Frank Castle got violent in the first full trailer for “Marvel’s The Punisher,” which was posted online Wednesday.

The trailer starts off fairly quietly, with scenes of Castle (Jon Bernthal), a guitar and his family. Of course, if you know anything about the Punisher — or watched “Daredevil” Season 2 — you know this idyllic life doesn’t last long.

In his first standalone series, Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than just New York’s criminal underworld. According to the trailer, it includes the FBI, the CIA and Homeland Security.

An unnamed “they” are the ones who killed his family in order to get to him. And now he’s out to kill them all.

The Netflix Marvel series doesn’t hold back in terms of its violence, which is apt for a “Punisher” installment. There are plenty of guns, shots of people firing guns, car chases, explosions and, since it’s become Marvel tradition now, a stairwell fight.

Netflix and Marvel have been coy with “Punisher” marketing material up to this point. So far, the series has been teased in small 30-second clips and mysterious documents with redacted details.

The series also stars Ebon Moss-Bachrach, Deborah Ann Woll, Ben Barnes, Amber Rose Revah, Michael Nathanson, Jaime Ray Newman, Jason R Moore, Daniel Webber (11.22.63) and Paul Schulze.

“The Punisher” will debut on Netflix sometime this year.

Watch the full trailer above.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Ratings: ‘AGT’ Performance Finale Scores Show’s Most Tuesday Viewers in 6 Years]]> 2017-09-20T18:31:31Z 2017-09-20T15:23:58Z “America’s Got Talent” (“AGT”) just smoked the rest of broadcast with its performance finale, earning the show’s most-watched Tuesday episode in six years. The other finale of the evening, ABC’s “Somewhere Between,” didn’t exactly fare as well.

NBC easily topped the rest of its English-language broadcast competition combined in both the key 18-49 demographic’s ratings and among overall eyeballs. So yeah, it was a successful night for “AGT.”

Univision actually finished runner-up in the main demo, though CBS was second among total viewers.

NBC was first in ratings with a 2.4 rating/9 share in the advertiser-coveted 18-49 demographic and in total viewers with an average of 11.3 million, according to preliminary numbers. “AGT” at 8 p.m. scored a 2.9/12 and 14.3 million viewers. A Paley Center special about “Will & Grace” at 10 had a 1.2/5 and 5.3 million viewers.

Univision was second in ratings with a 0.8/3, but fourth in viewers with 2 million.

CBS and Telemundo tied for third in ratings, both with a 0.7/3. CBS was second in total viewers with 5.9 million, airing all reruns; Telemundo was sixth with 1.6 million.

ABC was fifth in ratings with a 0.6/2, but third in viewers with 2.3 million. Following repeats, the “Somewhere Between” finale settled for a 0.4/1 and 1.9 million viewers.

Fox was sixth in ratings with a 0.5/2 and fifth in viewers with 1.8 million, airing only reruns.

The CW was seventh in ratings with a 0.2/1 and in viewers with 695,000, running just repeats.

Beatrice Verhoeven <![CDATA[‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Gorgeous, Tragic New York Tale Set in Two Eras (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T18:24:39Z 2017-09-20T15:18:25Z Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which takes audiences on a beautiful, heartbreaking trip through the lives of two deaf children.

The filmmaker’s follow-up to his lesbian romance “Carol” is based on Brian Selznick’s acclaimed 2011 illustrated novel about two deaf children (Oakes Fegley and Millie Simmonds) from two separate eras who secretly wish their lives were different.

The young boy goes on a journey to learn more about his father based on a single book mark he found of a bookstore that no longer exists — while the young girl reads an enticing headline in a newspaper that sends her to New York.

Frequent Haynes collaborator Julianne Moore co-stars, alongside Michelle Williams.

“Wonderstruck” premiered at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival in May and competed for the Palme d’Or. It currently holds a 73 percent approval rating on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 44 reviews.

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Haynes’ last film, “Carol,” was nominated for six Academy Awards, including Best Actress (Cate Blanchett) and Best Supporting Actress (Rooney Mara).

Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions will release “Wonderstruck” in theaters on Oct. 20.

Watch the trailer above.

Ashley Boucher <![CDATA[HHS Secretary Tom Price Draws Fire for Reports of ‘Mind-Blowing’ Use of Private Jets]]> 2017-09-20T15:09:45Z 2017-09-20T15:09:45Z Donald Trump’s Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price has come under fire after Politico reported late Tuesday that the Republican politician has used private jets for government business five times in the last week — including for a 125-mile trip from Philadelphia to Washington, D.C.

“This is a mind-blowing story, coming as Price & Admin are working feverishly to slash health coverage for millions,” CNN commentator David Axelrod tweeted.

“A DC to Philly charter flight is one of the most insane expenditures I’ve ever heard of,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes noted.


As Politico reported, using a private jet cost tens of thousands of dollars more than booking a commercial flight — which Obama-era HHS secretaries Sylvia Mathews Burwell and Kathleen Sebelius did when traveling on government business.

Ultimate Jet Charters estimated it cost about $25,000 to charter the Embraer 135LR twin jet that ferried Price and about 10 other people to one New Hampshire event, Politico wrote, compared to $447 to $725 per person for a commercial flight.

As a congressman from Georgia, Price was a frequent critic of federal spending and a proponent in 2009 of decreasing the amount of money spent on jets used by government employees, declaring on CNBC that spending millions on the aircraft was “another example of fiscal irresponsibility run amok in Congress.”

On Twitter, several are retweeting the Politico article and adding their own commentary.

One pointed out that Joe Biden as Vice President used to take the train from Washington, D.C., to Delaware. Another listed a handful of commercial travel options, all that cost less than $500. Another simply called him “a fantastic piece of s—.”

Check out more reactions below.

Tony Maglio <![CDATA[Hillary Clinton Accuses Putin of ‘Manspreading’ During Meetings (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T18:33:59Z 2017-09-20T15:04:54Z Not-president Hillary Clinton dropped by “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” on Tuesday, when the two tried to figure out just what the hell happened in November.

Among Clinton’s many stories shared last night, the politician-turned-author, who referred to herself as “Paula Revere,” spoke of experiencing Russian president Vladimir Putin’s sexism first-hand — like the time she was bypassed in favor of her husband on an invite for a polar bear-tagging trip, as well as the Democracy-hater’s general disinterest in dealing with women in power.

That latter biological fact “does seem to get him a bit agitated,” Clinton said.

And then there was the “manspreading.” Watch the video above to see what that’s all about.

Carli Velocci <![CDATA[Sean Penn to Star in Beau Willimon Sci-Fi Series ‘The First’ on Hulu]]> 2017-09-20T16:06:27Z 2017-09-20T14:51:01Z Sean Penn will be making his first foray into series television thanks to a starring role in “House of Cards” creator Beau Willimon’s upcoming sci-fi drama “The First.”

The series, which will premiere on Hulu in the U.S. and Channel 4 in the U.K. and Ireland, follows the first human mission to Mars in the not-too-distant future.

The character drama focuses on the astronauts who embark on the mission but also their families, loved ones and the people participating back on Earth. It also hopes to explore the challenges that go into interplanetary colonization.

It was given a straight-to-series order on both Hulu and Channel 4.

The particulars of Penn’s role are being kept under wraps.

“I have such deep admiration for Sean’s immense talent and extraordinary body of work,” Willimon said in a statement. “I feel very lucky to be collaborating with an artist of his caliber.”

Penn, a two-time Oscar winner for his performances in “Mystic River” and “Milk,” has been relatively absent from film, with credits in “The Angry Birds Movie,” a few short films and “The Gunman” since 2013. He’s since been putting his time into activism and journalism projects like interviewing El Chapo.

“The First” is set to go into production this year and will debut sometime in 2018.

Willimon and Jordan Tappis, from Westward Productions, are executive producing.

Westward owns and will produce the series, which is co-financed by Hulu, Channel 4, IMG and AG Studios. IMG will handle all international rights.

Beatrice Verhoeven <![CDATA[Dwayne Johnson, Kevin Hart Discover Their Weaknesses in New ‘Jumanji’ Trailer (Video)]]> 2017-09-20T18:25:54Z 2017-09-20T14:29:16Z Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart play a dangerous game in the new trailer for “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle.”

The reboot’s second trailer reveals new footage of the upcoming film, where four misbehaving students are transported into a video game. There, they take on alter-ego avatars, played by Johnson, Hart, Karen Gillan and Jack Black — and some are in for a surprise.

“Weakness: none?” Johnson’s character says in surprise as he looks at his character stats.

“Weakness: cake,” Hart’s character discovers — and his obsession with cake gets him into trouble later, the trailer reveals.

Directed by Jake Kasdan, the screenplay was written by Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers and Scott Rosenberg & Jeff Pinkner with a story by Chris McKenna, based on the book Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg. Matt Tolmach and William Teitler are producers.

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Nick Jonas, Bobby Cannavale and Alex Wolff also star.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” opens Dec. 20.

Watch the trailer above.