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        ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Director Vows to Redesign Character After Fan Backlash

        ‘Sonic the Hedgehog’ Director Vows to Redesign Character After Fan Backlash
        Sonic the Hedgehog” director Jeff Fowler has given in to fan backlash over the title character’s physical appearance. The filmmaker took to social media May 2 to promise fans a redesign of the character will take place to correct the apparent issue before the movie’s November release date. The movie version of Sonic has been the center of fan backlash ever since Paramount debuted the film’s first poster December 10. The movie character appears more muscular and furrier than his original video game counterpart, plus Sonic’s eyes have been rendered differently.

        “Thank you for the support. And the criticism,” Fowler wrote on Twitter. “The message is loud and clear. You aren’t happy with the design and you want changes. It’s going to happen. Everyone at Paramount and Sega are fully committed to making this character the Best he can be.”

        Fowler’s statement arrived just two
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        Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Hiroshima-Inspired ‘One Thousand Paper Cranes’ (Exclusive)

        Evan Rachel Wood to Star in Hiroshima-Inspired ‘One Thousand Paper Cranes’ (Exclusive)
        Evan Rachel Wood will star alongside Jim Sturgess and Shinobu Terajima in “One Thousand Paper Cranes,” the story of Hiroshima survivor Sadako Sasaki and author Eleanor Coerr, who wrote the worldwide bestselling children’s book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.” Independent has boarded sales ahead of Cannes, where the project will be at the Marche. CAA Media Finance is handling North American rights.

        Richard Raymond (“Desert Dancer”) will direct from Ben Bolea’s script, which featured on the Black List, the roster of Hollywood’s hottest yet-to-be-produced screenplays. Ian Bryce (“Saving Private Ryan”) will produce alongside Richard Raymond and Irene Yeung.

        The film will tell the true story of Sasaki, who was a 2-year-old in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on the city in 1945. She was later diagnosed with leukemia caused by exposure to radiation from the blast. She drew strength from a Japanese legend that, if she folded 1,000 paper cranes,
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        Box Office: ‘The Intruder’ Overtakes ‘Long Shot,’ ‘UglyDolls’ on Thursday Night

        Box Office: ‘The Intruder’ Overtakes ‘Long Shot,’ ‘UglyDolls’ on Thursday Night
        Sony’s thriller “The Intruder” invaded the box office with $865,000 at 2,073 North American locations on Thursday night.

        The Intruder,” starring Dennis Quaid, Meagan Good and Michael Ealy, topped Lionsgate’s romantic comedy “Long Shot,” which opened with $660,000 at 2,500 locations during Thursday night preview showings. STX’s animated comedy “UglyDolls” took in $300,000 at 2,250 sites on Thursday night.

        The trio of new titles is expected to battle for second place this weekend in the $9 million to $16 million range as counter-programmers while moviegoers remain focused on Disney-Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” which opened with a stunning $357 million last weekend. The blockbuster could set a record for biggest domestic second weekend of all time. “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” currently holds that distinction with $149.2 million.

        On Wednesday, “Avengers: Endgame” collected $25.3 million, bringing its North American haul to $452.3 million after only six days. It’s already the 17th-highest domestic grosser of all time and
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        Peter Mayhew Remembered: Mark Hamill Calls Chewbacca Actor "A Big Man With an Even Bigger Heart"

        Peter Mayhew Remembered: Mark Hamill Calls Chewbacca Actor
        Peter Mayhew, the actor who originated the role of Chewbacca, was fondly remembered by his 'Star Wars' family as a "gentle" man with a "big heart."

        Mayhew's family announced the actor's death on Thursday via Twitter: "The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He left us the evening of April 30, 2019 with his family by his side in his North Texas home."

        George Lucas, who discovered the 7-foot-2-inch actor and cast him as the Wookiee warrior in 'Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope,' called Mayhew "a wonderful man."

        "He was the closest any human being could be to a Wookiee: big heart, gentle nature... and I learned to always let him win. He was a good friend and I'm saddened by his passing," the director said in a statement.
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        10 TV Pilots Likely to Score Series Pickups

        10 TV Pilots Likely to Score Series Pickups
        With a battle between agents and the Writers Guild being waged in the background, it's business as usual this month among the broadcast networks as executives cram into pilot screenings to decide the fate of 64 comedies and dramas and scores of bubble shows ahead of their respective May 13-16 upfront presentations to Madison Avenue ad buyers in New York.

        With executive changes at ABC (hello, Karey Burke), NBC (farewell Bob Greenblatt), CBS (Les Moonves will no longer have a say in pickups) and Fox (welcome, Charlie Collier) the pilot pickups will provide a greater sense of each broadcaster'...
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        ‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Season 6 at ABC, ‘Mixed-ish’ Prequel Ordered to Series

        • Variety
        ‘Black-ish’ Renewed for Season 6 at ABC, ‘Mixed-ish’ Prequel Ordered to Series
        ABC has renewed “Black-ish” for a sixth season and has also put out a series order for a prequel to the show titled “Mixed-ish.”

        The spinoff series, which has been in development since February, focuses on the experience of Tracee Ellis Ross’s character, Rainbow Johnson, growing up in a mixed-race family in the ‘80s.

        Black-ish” centers on the Johnsons, an affluent black family in a predominantly white neighborhood. Parents Andre “Dre” (Anthony Anderson) and Rainbow are trying to raise their kids, who are growing up in very different worlds than they did, to have the right values and appreciate their roots.

        Season 5 of show has been posting solid ratings to-date, with an Live+Same Day rating of 0.80 in the key 18-49 demographic, and an average of 3.33 million viewers per episode.

        Also starring in the show are Laurence Fishburne as Pops, Yara Shahidi as Zoey Johnson, Marcus Scribner as Andre Johnson Jr.,
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        ‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium

        • Variety
        ‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed for Season 3 at YouTube Premium
        Cobra Kai” has been picked up for a third season at YouTube Premium, Variety has learned.

        Season 2 of the series premiered on April 24. The series, a continuation of the story from the original “Karate Kid” film franchise, features William Zabka and Ralph Macchio reprising their roles from the films.

        In Season 1, Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) reopened the Cobra Kai dojo and introduced its no-mercy style of karate to a new generation of students. Daniel Larusso (Macchio), now a successful businessman, clashes with Lawrence and their old rivalry is reborn. In Season 2, after Cobra Kai’s controversial win at the All Valley Championships, Larusso decides to open his own dojo called Miyagi-do in honor of his late mentor, Mr. Miyagi.

        Season 2 also stars Xolo Maridue?a, Mary Mouser, Tanner Buchanan, Courtney Henggeler, Jacob Bertrand, Nichole Brown, and Peyton List. Martin Kove appears in the role of John Kreese, reprising his role from the films.
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        The Pair From Set It Up Are Starring in a Brand-New Romantic Comedy on Netflix!

        The Pair From Set It Up Are Starring in a Brand-New Romantic Comedy on Netflix!
        Good news, Set It Up fans (aka everyone who's seen Set It Up). Zoey Deutch and Glen Powell are teaming up for a new movie along with the filmmakers behind the popular Netflix romantic comedy, which premiered last June. It's not a sequel to the rom-com - which also stars Lucy Liu and Taye Diggs - but we have no doubt it will deliver on all of our heartwarming-meets-funny needs. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed that it's tentatively titled Most Dangerous Game, and it will begin production in early 2020.

        "While it was clear that audiences were clamoring for a sequel, we are excited by the thought of creating a new, distinct film that explores different romantic comedy tropes while still being anchored in everything that we loved about the first movie," producer Justin Nappi said. Set It Up writer Katie Silberman, who also wrote Booksmart, will produce the film as well.
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        Hot Docs Film Review: ‘Buddy’

        As documentary pitches go, a study of service dogs and their humans is as critic-proof, in its own way, as a Marvel spectacular: It will have a particular audience at “hello” (or perhaps that should be “heel”) regardless of execution. Which is to say that veteran Dutch docmaker Heddy Honigmann’s “Buddy” doesn’t need to be as delicate and intelligent as it is to work, but its thoughtful, unsentimental gaze makes an already guaranteed awww-fest into something more substantially affecting. Examining a diverse half-dozen of dog-person pairs at close but not overly invasive quarters, the film captures the remarkable breadth and depth of assistance these canine aides offer their variously disabled, trauma-afflicted or special-needs owners. An unsurprising hit with audiences on the docfest circuit, “Buddy” is bound for a long life in ancillary.

        A humane, straightforward stylist who began in narrative cinema before making a non-fiction name for herself in the 1990s,
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        ‘Chambers': Tony Goldwyn on Ben’s ‘Tragic Mistake’ and What His Fate Means for a Season 2

        (Warning: This post contains spoilers for “Chambers” through the Season 1 finale)

        Ben Lefevre is no more and it’s pretty much all his fault. On the second-to-last episode of the first season of Netflix’s new horror series “Chambers,” Tony Goldwyn’s character is killed by his wife Nancy (Uma Thurman) when she discovers he led their teenage daughter Becky (Lilliya Scarlett Reid) to commit suicide by helping the cult The Annex resurrect the spirit of Adam’s first wife, Lilith, inside the girl.

        TheWrap spoke with Goldwyn about the “tragic mistake” Ben made and how it set the entire series in motion, as Becky’s suicide led to Sasha (Sivan Alyra Rose) receiving her heart, which is something he knew about the character from the very beginning. And that’s because “Chambers” creator Leah Rachel needed him to know what he was getting himself into.

        “Leah really wanted to
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        ‘Trial by Fire’ Director Edward Zwick on a ‘Tipping Point’ in the Politics of the Death Penalty

        ‘Trial by Fire’ Director Edward Zwick on a ‘Tipping Point’ in the Politics of the Death Penalty
        Washington — Edward Zwick’s new movie, “Trial By Fire,” which will screen in D.C. next week before its May 17 release, is coming out amid a potential shift in the politics surrounding the death penalty.

        California Governor Gavin Newsom put a moratorium on the state’s death penalty in March, suspending executions for the more than 700 people on death row. Lawmakers in New Hampshire and Washington state have introduced bills repealing capital punishment.

        Trial by Fire” is the true story of the relationship between a Texas death row inmate, Cameron Todd Willingham (Jack O’Connell), and Elizabeth Gilbert (Laura Dern), who helps lead the effort to try to secure his freedom. Willingham was convicted of the arson-related triple homicide of his children in 1992 and then executed in 2004, despite appeals to then Gov. Rick Perry that investigators used flawed methods to determine that it was a case of arson. Those doubts
        See full article at Variety - Film News »

        Sharon Tal Yguado Steps Down at Amazon Studios

        Sharon Tal Yguado has stepped down as head of genre programming at Amazon Studios, TheWrap has learned.

        No reason was given for Yguado’s departure, and Amazon declined to comment. A replacement has not yet been named.

        The executive, who first joined the studio in 2017 to oversee event programming, was briefly elevated to lead all of the studio’s scripted TV efforts in the months following the departure of former studio boss Roy Price and Joe Lewis.

        Also Read: Amazon On Pace to Spend $7 Billion on Content in 2019

        She shifted back to her focus on genre programming, including the upcoming “Lord of the Rings” series, under the new leadership of Jennifer Salke and co-heads of TV, Albert Cheng and Vernon Sanders. Her areas of oversight included hour-long dramas in science fiction, fantasy and supernatural.

        Yguado was said to have been instrumental in securing the rights to the series, which was
        See full article at The Wrap »

        From R&B Star to ‘Real Housewives’ and Back: How Kandi Burruss Built an Empire

        From R&B Star to ‘Real Housewives’ and Back: How Kandi Burruss Built an Empire
        Before her role on Bravo’s “Real Housewives of Atlanta,” Georgia-bred Kandi Burruss made her name in one of the biggest R&B acts of the 1990s, Xscape, whose hits “Just Kickin’ It,” “Understanding” and “Who Can I Run To” helped put the Southern state on the hip-pop map. At the same time, Burruss was also moonlighting as a songwriter, earning credits with Mariah Carey, Pink, Whitney Houston, Alicia Keys and TLC, for whom Burruss wrote the smash “No Scrubs” with her partner in Xscape, Tameka “Tiny” Cottle (T.I.’s wife).

        Indeed, Burruss has a rich, full musical life that
        See full article at Variety - TV News »

        ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – That Last Scene Makes No Sense

        ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – That Last Scene Makes No Sense
        (There are major spoiler for “Avengers: Endgame” ahead)

        We knew coming in to “Avengers: Endgame” that this was it for Chris Evans and, thus, Captain America in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Evans talked about it plenty, alarming fans every time, I suppose to prevent fans from being too shocked when “Endgame” ushered Steve Rogers out the door.

        The point being that nobody really should have been surprised “Endgame” gave Cap his sendoff, but obviously knowing that a character will be written out of a series is not the same as knowing how they’re being written off. We just knew that it would be the last ride for Steve Rogers/Captain America, but not if it meant he would die or retire or ascend to a new plain of existence. It turns out they went an early retirement, and the way they go about it doesn’t make narrative or thematic sense.
        See full article at The Wrap »

        Peter Golden Out as Head of Casting at CBS

        CBS’ head of casting Peter Golden is leaving the network, TheWrap has confirmed.

        Golden’s departure is effective immediately, an individual with knowledge tells TheWrap.

        In recent months, Golden’s name has come up in unflattering reports regarding the culture at CBS. Last week, Whitney Davis, a former CBS diversity executive, accused Golden of passing over minority actors in favor of white ones. “It is my opinion that Peter Golden doesn’t find minority performers to be as talented as white actors,” she said.

        Golden denied that comment in a statement to TheWrap last week, saying: “The claims and innuendos made about me by Ms. Davis are categorically untrue.”

        Also Read: Former CBS Executive Whitney Davis Accuses Network of 'Systemic' Racial and Sexual Discrimination

        Variety first reported on Golden’s departure, adding that Golden’s ouster comes after “numerous” complaints were made against him by the casting department, including instances of verbal abuse.
        See full article at The Wrap »

        ‘The Quiet One’ Film Review: Reticent Rolling Stone Bill Wyman Shares Little of Interest in Documentary

        • The Wrap
        When you think about a Rolling Stones documentary, you might expect sordid details about Mick Jagger’s or Keith Richards’ drug use and rampant sexual escapades, or even the backstory behind the band’s greatest hits such as “Paint It Black” or “Gimme Shelter.” Never would you consider a film that negates all those interesting tidbits to highlight the least flamboyant and popular member of the group, Bill Wyman, the taciturn bass guitarist who documented his nearly 30-year career with the quintet. But that’s what the dull “The Quiet One” does.

        In all fairness, there’s already been a number of Rolling Stones films in the past that have offered a more intimate chronicle of the band’s cultural impact and controversies that are at the very least provocative. (“Shine a Light” and “Gimme Shelter” come to mind.) So, it’s not like we need another one of those.
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        Vince Vaughn Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge

        Vince Vaughn Pleads No Contest to DUI Charge
        Vince Vaughn on Friday pleaded no contest to reckless driving after his arrest last June and was sentenced to a three-year probation.

        Vaughn entered his plea to one misdemeanor count of alcohol-related reckless driving. Last September, the “Wedding Crashers” actor was charged with three misdemeanors, including driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, driving with a .08% blood alcohol content or higher and refusing to comply with a peace officer or to submit to an inspection.

        He was stopped at a sobriety checkpoint in Manhattan Beach, California, on June 10, 2018. Prosecutors said Vaughn was asked repeatedly to get out of his vehicle, but he refused, and was eventually detained and arrested.

        Also Read: Vince Vaughn Charged With DUI After June Arrest

        Vaughn was ordered on Friday to complete a three-month alcohol program, pay fines, and cannot refuse a preliminary alcohol screening test while on probation if requested by law enforcement. A
        See full article at The Wrap »

        TV News Roundup: Showtime’s ‘City on a Hill’ Trailer Debuts (Watch)

        In today’s roundup, Showtime debuts a trailer for its upcoming drama “City on a Hill,” and MSNBC expands into weekend programming with “Saturday Night Politics With Donny Deutsch.”

        Dates:

        MSNBC‘s “Saturday Night Politics With Donny Deutsch” will premiere this Saturday, May 4 at 8 p.m. Et. The new program, which is part of the network’s expansion into weekend programming, will be hosted by Deutsch as he conducts one-on-one interviews with politicians and newsmakers. Saturday’s premiere will feature an interview with Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

        First Looks:

        Showtime has released the first trailer for its upcoming drama series “City on a Hill.
        See full article at Variety - TV News »

        Jacki Weaver Slaps Back at ‘Petty’ Anjelica Huston’s ‘Poms’ Diss: ‘She Can Go F– Herself’

        • The Wrap
        Jacki Weaver Slaps Back at ‘Petty’ Anjelica Huston’s ‘Poms’ Diss: ‘She Can Go F– Herself’
        Jacki Weaver slapped back at Anjelica Huston on Friday, saying she could “go f— herself” for the “petty” diss she delivered about Weaver’s latest film, “Poms,” in which she plays a member of a senior citizen cheerleading squad.

        Huston’s comments came in a Vulture interview posted Wednesday after she was asked how she chooses her roles. “Quite honestly, I’m looking for movies that impress me in some way, that aren’t apologetically humble or humiliating like, ‘Band of cheerleaders gets back together for one last hurrah,’ you know,” Huston said.

        “An old-lady cheerleader movie. I don’t like that kind of thing. If I’m going to be an old lady — and I’m sort of touching old lady these days — at least I want to be a special old lady. I don’t want to be relegated to some has-been making a comeback. I hate comebacks.
        See full article at The Wrap »

        CBS Casting Chief Peter Golden Exits Following Allegations of Inappropriate Behavior (Exclusive)

        Veteran exec Peter Golden is departing his longtime post as head of casting at CBS, Variety has learned. The move follows complaints to human resources about Golden’s behavior made by members of the CBS casting department. It also comes just months after Golden’s name surfaced in reporting on sexual-misconduct allegations against ousted CBS CEO Leslie Moonves, and fewer than two weeks after a former CBS executive wrote in Variety that Golden discouraged the casting of minority actors in CBS television shows.

        To Variety‘s knowledge, none of the complaints made against Golden are related to sexual misconduct.

        Sources
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