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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

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        ‘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

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        ‘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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        Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew From ‘Star Wars’ Dies at 74

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        Chewbacca Actor Peter Mayhew From ‘Star Wars’ Dies at 74
        “Star Wars” actor Peter Mayhew, who played Chewbacca in the original trilogy, died on Tuesday, his family announced on his Twitter. He was 74.

        He died at his North Texas home surrounded by his family, read the Twitter statement.

        The family of Peter Mayhew, with deep love and sadness, regrets to share the news that Peter has passed away. He l… twitter.com/i/web/status/1…—

        Peter Mayhew (@TheWookieeRoars) May 02, 2019

        Though he spoke entirely in growls, snarls, and the occasional roar, Chewbacca’s unwavering loyalty to Han Solo made him one of the most beloved characters in the franchise. Much more than just the hairy co-pilot of the Millennium Falcon, Chewie’s dependability and trustworthiness helped the iconic Wookiee function as the series’ ultimate “wing man.”

        He was discovered by producer Charles H. Schneer while working as a hospital attendant in London, and cast in Ray Harryhausen’s “Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger.
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        'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance

        'Avengers: Endgame' Readies for Second Weekend Dominance
        Records continue to fall as Disney's Avengers: Endgame makes ready for its sophomore frame. After having already topped $452 million domestically (#17 all-time) and $1.664 billion worldwide (#6 all-time), the film enters its second weekend looking to top Star Wars: The Force Awakens's $149.2 million second weekend and add that record to its list of achievements. Beyond that, the film will top $600 million domestically this weekend and has a shot at outperforming 2012's The Avengers, which brought in $623.4 million after 154 days in release — Endgame is looking to do push past that number in just ten. As already mentioned, Star Wars: The Force Awakens currently holds the record for the largest second weekend of all-time with $149.2 million. While Avengers: Endgame destroyed Force Awakens's opening weekend by more than $100 million, Force Awakens dipped just -40% in its sophomore frame. Don't look for Endgame to follow suit, but given the sheer size of Endgame's debut, the second
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        Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Disappears From May 24 Release

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        Brad Pitt’s ‘Ad Astra’ Disappears From May 24 Release
        Brad Pitt’s science-fiction adventure movie “Ad Astra” has quietly vanished from the release schedule, three weeks prior to its previously announced May 24 opening date.

        Fox had originally dated “Ad Astra” for Jan. 11, 2019, then decided in late 2018 to move it back four months to the Memorial Day weekend on May 24. Disney closed the deal for the 20th Century Fox film assets in March and has not done any promotion for the movie since then — no trailer or stills have been released. “Ad Astra” was not included in early tracking numbers released Thursday for the Memorial Day period, expected to be dominated by Disney’s live-action “Aladdin.”

        Pitt is expected to be at the Cannes Film Festival for the premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” in which he co-stars with Leonardo DiCaprio. The screening will likely be on May 21, the 20th anniversary of “Pulp Fiction.”

        The studio had no comment Thursday.
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        Julian Fellowes’ "The Gilded Age" Moves From NBC To HBO With Series Order

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        Julian Fellowes’
        Julian Fellowes’ long-gestating The Gilded Age is on the move. The period drama, which had a 10-episode order from NBC to premiere later this year, has landed at HBO.

        The premium cable network has ordered 10 episodes of the project, a sweeping fictional epic of the millionaire titans of New York City in the 1880s from the Downton Abbey team of Fellowes, producer Gareth Neame and director Michael Engler.

        This marks the latest turn in The Gilded Age’s road to the screen. NBC originally tapped Fellowes to create and executive produce The Gilded Age in 2012 through Universal Television. But with Downton, produced by NBCUniversal-owned Carnival Films, being a big global hit and Fellowes writing every episode of the intricate period drama, Gilded Age was put on the back burner until Downton wrapped in 2015. Fellowes then had pause his work on the show to write the upcoming Downton Abbey movie.
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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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        "This Is Us" Creator Dan Fogelman Rumored To Be New ‘Indiana Jones 5’ Screenwriter

        The saga of the fifth “Indiana Jones” film seems to add a new wrinkle every few months. This all started with Steven Spielberg saying that the latest entry in the iconic franchise would be his next film. Then came word that the script was being overhauled and the film was pushed to summer 2021. Now, there’s a rumor that the overhauled script is getting tossed out in favor of a new one.
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        NFL Draft Has ‘Become the Ultimate Reality TV,’ ESPN VP of Production Says

        The 2019 NFL Draft smashed records in both attendance and ratings last week, as a total 600,000 people attended the three-day event in Nashville, Tennessee, and an average 6.1 million viewers watched across linear television and digital platforms, according to Nielsen.

        Meanwhile, ABC scored a primetime touchdown with its coverage of Day 1 of the 2019 NFL Draft on Thursday night, rising 26% in total viewers compared to the first night of last year’s broadcast on Fox.

        For those who had doubted that the Music City could pull off football’s second-biggest event after the Super Bowl with such huge success, don’t feel bad — you weren’t alone.

        Also Read: ESPN's Coverage of Larry Nassar, Stories of the Survivor Sisters Wins Peabody Award

        “The ratings were tremendous. I was a little surprised by how good the ratings were. I thought going in that this Draft wasn’t as sexy as last year’s,
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        On-Set Stealth Is Key Skill of Longtime Hollywood Still Photographer Ron Jaffe

        On-Set Stealth Is Key Skill of Longtime Hollywood Still Photographer Ron Jaffe
        Cruising the edge of sets like a shark in shallow water, still photographer Ron P. Jaffe has spent a career using his stealthiness to capture the perfect shot. Sharing tales from times past as he sits in the serenity of his Playa del Rey home, he describes taking pictures on many of the crime movies, comedies and dramatic television series made in Hollywood during the past 30 years.

        As a “stillman” — industry jargon for his profession — he has photographed everything from actors and on-set action to sets and props, and even provided the pictures for 30-foot-wide promotional billboards.

        Jaffe was raised in Montgomery, Ala., after World War II. As a schoolkid, his grades were average, but he enjoyed the high school darkroom and worked on yearbook photography. He qualified for prelaw at Cal State Los Angeles in 1969 but chose to attend UCLA instead. He quit after the first day of lectures,
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        Writers Slam Guild’s ‘Belligerent’ Tactics in Agency Battle: ‘You Cannot Coerce Solidarity’

        With the Writers Guild of America locked in a bitter standoff with Hollywood agents, three high-profile screenwriters have slammed the severity of the WGA’s tactics.

        The letter, addressed to WGA leaders, was written by Brandon Camp, Peter Landesman and Phyllis Nagy. The WGA and the Association of Talent Agents saw talks crater on April 12 over efforts to revamp the 43-year-old rules governing how agents represent WGA members. No new talks are scheduled.

        “We are writing to you because we are torn,” Camp, Landesman and Nagy said. “On the one hand, we agree TV packaging has gotten out of hand. On the other, we have serious qualms about the Guild’s tactics in righting this situation. Its methodology has seemed belligerent at times. Meanwhile, leadership’s tone toward its own members has seemed outright threatening, especially toward those who have chosen to dissent from the path you are on.”

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

        ‘Avengers: Endgame’ – That Last Scene Makes No Sense
        (This article contains a pretty humongous spoiler for “Avengers: Endgame”)

        Chris Evans has been saying for a while that he’s done with the Marvel Cinematic Universe after “Avengers: Endgame.” It was hard to know if he was being sincere or this was some kind of misdirect — the secretive way Marvel Studios handles things meant anything would be possible. But it would be a pretty weird misdirect, so it seemed safe to assume Evans was being sincere and that Captain America would no longer be a part of the McU after this.

        Of course, we didn’t really know what Evans’ decision to exit the McU actually meant for what would happen during “Avengers: Endgame” — we just knew that it would be the last ride for Steve Rogers as Captain America, but not if it meant he would die or if they would write him out of the series in some other way.
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        Kevin Bacon Tackles a Boston Accent in New ‘City On a Hill’ Trailer (Video)

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        Kevin Bacon Tackles a Boston Accent in New ‘City On a Hill’ Trailer (Video)
        Philadelphia native Kevin Bacon tackles a Boston accent in the latest trailer for “City On a Hill,” the Boston-set drama executive produced for Showtime by locals Matt Damon and Ben Affleck.

        The Golden Globe-winning actor plays a corrupt FBI veteran who forms an unlikely alliance with assistant district attorney, played by Aldis Hodge.

        “I treat everyone the same way — bad,” Bacon says in the teaser released Friday. “I wanna rip out the f—-‘d up machinery in this bulls–t city,” Hodge tells him in return.

        Also Read: Jaden Smith to Play Young, 'Alternate Reality' Version of Kanye West in Showtime Anthology 'Omniverse'

        Jonathan Tucker, Mark O’Brien, Jill Hennessy, Lauren E. Banks, Amanda Clayton, Kevin Chapman and Jere Shea also star in the 10-episode series set to premiere on Sunday, June 16.

        Created by Chuck MacLean (“Boston Strangler”), the drama is set in early 1990s Beantown, which Showtime reminds
        See full article at The Wrap »

        Memphis Rapper BlocBoy Jb Arrested Again on Gun, Drug Charges

        Memphis rapper BlocBoy Jb (real boy James Baker) was arrested on gun and drug charges for the second time in three months, Memphis, Tennessee Fox affiliate Whbq reports.

        Baker was charged with being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and marijuana, as well as speeding. Police reportedly detained Baker earlier today, May 3rd, hours before he was scheduled to perform at the Beale Street Music Festival in downtown Memphis.

        It’s unclear if BlocBoy Jb will still perform at the festival tonight. A representative
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        ‘Designated Survivor’ Season 3 Trailer: Kiefer Sutherland’s President Kirkman Finally Has to Run for President (Video)

        President Kirkman “really screwed” up his State of the Union address to the nation — but that doesn’t mean he’s ready to throw in the towel on his first presidential campaign. Just yet, anyway.

        In the 2-minute trailer for Season 3 of Netflix’s “Designated Survivor,” Kirkman (Kiefer Sutherland) has to face a political reality he’s never come across before: campaigning.

        Per the streaming service: “What does it take to make a leader? What price will he be willing to pay? This season will explore today’s world of campaigning, smear tactics, debates, campaign finance and “fake news.” Democracy, as we know it, will hang in the balance.”

        The high-stakes political thriller, which was picked up by Netflix last fall after being canceled at ABC, stars Sutherland as a low-level cabinet member who is suddenly catapulted to the position of President of the United States after a devastating terrorist
        See full article at The Wrap »
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