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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie
Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes this film is a passing of the torch.

Sony and Jason Reitman
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Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24

Rashida Jones and Bill Murray to Star in Sofia Coppola’s ‘On the Rocks’ for Apple and A24
Sofia Coppola and Bill Murray are set to reunite for the first time since Murray’s Oscar-nominated turn in her 2003 film “Lost in Translation.”

The two will work together again in “On the Rocks,” which Coppola is writing and directing with Murray to star opposite Rashida Jones, according to an individual with knowledge of the project.

“On the Rocks” will also be the first film under the recently formed partnership between A24 and Apple.

Produced by Coppola and Youree Henley, “On the Rocks” follows a young mother (Jones) who reconnects with her larger-than-life playboy father (Murray) on an adventure through New York City. Production begins this spring on location in New York.

Also Read: Bill Murray Isn't Sure What Harvey Weinstein Is Accused of, Apparently

Back in November 2018, Apple and A24 entered into a multi-year agreement in which the studio will produce a slate of several films for the tech giant,
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Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97

Carol Channing, Iconic Broadway Star of Hello, Dolly!, Dies at 97
Carol Channing, the saucer-eyed, gravelly voiced Broadway barnstormer whose offbeat personality and marquee value fueled such Golden Age musicals as Gentleman Prefer Blondes and Hello, Dolly!, has died, her publicist B Harlan Boll confirmed in a statement to People. She was 97.

Boll said that Channing died at 12:31 A.M. on Tuesday, at her home in Rancho Mirage, California, of natural causes.

“It is with extreme heartache, that I have to announce the passing of an original Industry Pioneer, Legend and Icon – Miss Carol Channing,” the statement said. “I admired her before I met her, and have loved
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Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel

Danny Glover Joins ‘Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle’ Sequel
Danny Glover has joined the cast of Sony’s “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” sequel.

His role is being kept under wraps, as is the storyline. Glover will star opposite Dwayne Johnson, Jack Black, Kevin Hart, and Karen Gillan, all of whom are set to return.

Awkwafina is in final negotiations for a significant part in the film and Danny DeVito has also joined the cast.

Jake Kasdan returns to direct from a screenplay he co-wrote with Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner. Kasdan is also producing with Matt Tolmach and Johnson’s Seven Bucks Productions.

The untitled movie will open on Dec. 13, a week before Disney-Lucasfilm’s “Star Wars: Episode IX” launches.

“Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” earned $404 million domestically and $557 million internationally. After coming in second during its opening weekend to “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Jumanji” accomplished the unusual feat of climbing to No. 1 in its fifth weekend,
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"Veep" Star Matt Walsh to Lead ABC Comedy Pilot "Happy Accident"

Matt Walsh has been tapped for a lead role in the upcoming ABC single-camera comedy pilot “Happy Accident.”

In the series, two Pittsburgh families – a father (Walsh) with three adult daughters, and a hotel lounge singer with her med student son – are forced together after a decades-old secret is revealed.

Walsh currently stars in the acclaimed HBO comedy “Veep,” which will launch its final season this year. His other notable roles include appearances in comedies like “The Hangover,” “Ted,” “Role Models,” and the “Ghostbusters” reboot. He is also known for being a founding member of the Upright Citizens Brigade along with Matt Besser,
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DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)

DJ Khaled Joins ‘Bad Boys’ Sequel (Exclusive)
DJ Khaled has rounded out the cast of Sony’s upcoming “Bad Boys” sequel “Bad Boys for Life,” joining returning stars Will Smith and Martin Lawrence.

Khaled will also join series newcomers Vanessa Hudgens, Alexander Ludwig, Charles Melton, Jacob Scipio, and Paola Nuñez. Joe Pantoliano is on board to return as Captain Howard.

Production is currently under way.

Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah are on hand to direct the sequel from a script by Peter Craig with Joe Carnahan also doing a rewrite. Chris Bremmer is the current writer.

Jerry Bruckheimer returns as producer. Doug Belgrad will also produce, as will Smith. Barry Waldman, Mike Stenson, Chad Oman, and James Lassiter are executive producers.

The story revolves around a modern, highly specialized police unit that collides with the old school Bad Boys (Smith and Lawrence) when a new threat emerges in Miami. The pic will bow on Jan. 17, 2020.

It
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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)

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Corey Stoll, Billy Magnussen Join ‘Sopranos’ Movie Prequel (Exclusive)
Corey Stoll and Billy Magnussen are set to join the ensemble of the “The Sopranos” movie prequel, “The Many Saints of Newark.”

They join Alessandro Nivola, Jon Bernthal, and Vera Farmiga, who had previously been added to the cast. More players from the “Sopranos” lore are expected to be coming on board.

New Line could not be reached for comment on the casting.

The film is set during the Newark riots in the ’60s.

Series creator David Chase co-wrote the script with producer Lawrence Konner. Alan Taylor is directing “The Many Saints of Newark,” while Nicole Lambert and Marcus Viscidi are executive producing. Chase has been hands on from the get-go in the casting process, hand-picking Nivola to play Dickie Moltisanti, along with Stoll and Magnussen in their mystery roles.

Stoll has been busy on both the big and small screens, most recently appearing as Buzz Aldrin in “First Man.
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Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films

Christopher McQuarrie Turned Down a Number of DC Film Projects To Direct The Next Two Mission: Impossible Films
Yesterday we learned the exciting news that Christopher McQuarrie would return to direct Tom Cruise in two more Mission: Impossible sequels that he would shoot back-to-back. I expected at least one more sequel, but getting the news that there would be two of them was pretty cool!

McQuarrie is obviously very committed to the franchise. He’s so committed, in fact, that he turned down several offers to direct other movies for various studios that courted him. According to THR, Warner Bros. "even tried to seduce him with DC projects." But, McQuarrie ended up choosing to turn down these opportunities so that he could continue to work on the M:I franchise, which he obviously loves!

While it would have been great to see McQuarrie take on a DC project, the DC films aren’t going anywhere anytime soon and WB will still be making DC movies when McQuarrie is done working on the M:I franchise.
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Jason Reitman to Direct New Sequel to Original ‘Ghostbusters’

  • The Wrap
Jason Reitman to Direct New Sequel to Original ‘Ghostbusters’
Jason Reitman has co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and will direct a new “Ghostbusters” movie, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Reitman’s father, Ivan Reitman, who directed and produced the original 1984 film, will produce. The new film will go into production this summer and will be released summer 2020.

The project is the next chapter in the original story – the original universe and not that of the 2016 film.

Also Read: 'The Front Runner' Film Review: Hugh Jackman Is Gary Hart in Jason Reitman's Enjoyable, Slight Political Saga

“I’ve always thought of myself as the first Ghostbusters fan, when I was a 6-year-old visiting the set. I wanted to make a movie for all the other fans,” Reitman told EW which first reported the news. “This is the next chapter in the original franchise. It is not a reboot. What happened in the ’80s happened in the ’80s,
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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny Star in Puerto Rico Episode of ‘Tonight Show’

Lin-Manuel Miranda, Bad Bunny Star in Puerto Rico Episode of ‘Tonight Show’
Described by host Jimmy Fallon as a “a love letter to Puerto Rico,” the upcoming telecast of The Tonight Show boasts an inside look at the unique culture and spirit of the island. Recorded in and outside the capital city of San Juan, Fallon dedicated the special episode to raising awareness about Puerto Rican recovery efforts following the devastating Hurricane María in 2017 — but also amplifying the strengths and talents of its residents. The episode airs Tuesday, January 15th at 11:35pm Est on NBC.

The new trailer previews an exclusive
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Paramount Network Hit With Layoffs Amid Viacom Restructuring

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A number of employees at Paramount Network have been laid off as parent company Viacom undergoes a reorganization of its brand groups, TheWrap has learned.

The cuts fell across the company’s entertainment networks Comedy Central, Paramount Network and TV Land, with the majority of the layoffs affecting Paramount Network, according to an individual familiar with the situation. Fewer than 20 staffers were given the pink slip in total, a number said to represent less than two percent of the group’s workforce.

Viacom first announced plans to reorganize its brand groups following the departure of Paramount Network boss Kevin Kay in October 2018.

Also Read: Kevin Kay to Exit Paramount Network, Kent Alterman to Add Channel to Oversight

Paramount and its sister network TV Land were grouped with Comedy Central under the oversight of Comedy Central president Kent Alterman. Chris McCarthy, already president of MTV, VH1 and Logo, assumed oversight of Cmt,
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Jason Reitman to Direct Secret ‘Ghostbusters’ Movie

Sony Pictures is getting the wheels in motion for the next installment in the “Ghostbusters” franchise, and it knows who it’s going to call to direct: Jason Reitman.

Sources tell Variety that Reitman, whose father, Ivan, directed the first two “Ghostbusters” movies, will direct the latest pic in the famous franchise.

Reitman has also co-written a screenplay with Gil Kenan and plans to shoot the film this summer, with Sony planning to release the latest sequel in summer 2020. Insiders say this film will be a continuation of the 1984 sequel and will not be connected to the 2016 film. Sources couldn’t say if that means that the original cast members will be back, as exact story details are still being kept under wraps but sources say Reitman has begun testing teenagers for four mystery roles.

Ivan Reitman’s Montecito Pictures is producing and insiders close to Ivan say he believes
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Hollywood Studios, Unions Support Parents and Educators as L.A. Teachers’ Strike Rages

Hollywood unions and entertainment companies have stepped up to support the 31,000 Los Angeles teachers in the second day of a massive strike that’s affected nearly half a million students.

More than 50 SAG-AFTRA members picketed at a Tuesday afternoon rally in the driving rain next to the Hollywood & Highland Center with secretary-treasurer Jane Austin among the speakers in support of the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

“It’s important for us to support our fellow union members,” Austin said. “It’s all about showing solidarity and supporting better education for our children.”

SAG-AFTRA member Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul
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Hollywood Studios, Unions Support Parents and Educators as L.A. Teachers’ Strike Rages

Hollywood unions and entertainment companies have stepped up to support the 31,000 Los Angeles teachers in the second day of a massive strike that’s affected nearly half a million students.

More than 50 SAG-AFTRA members picketed at a Tuesday afternoon rally in the driving rain next to the Hollywood & Highland Center with secretary-treasurer Jane Austin among the speakers in support of the United Teachers of Los Angeles.

“It’s important for us to support our fellow union members,” Austin said. “It’s all about showing solidarity and supporting better education for our children.”

SAG-AFTRA member Patrick Fabian (“Better Call Saul”) spoke as an Lausd parent. L. Scott Caldwell, Ellen Crawford and national vice president Clyde Kusatsu were among those attending.

For its part, the Writers Guild of America West has adopted Hancock Park Elementary School, near its headquarters on Fairfax Avenue as its picket line location for two days
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Will ‘Glass’ Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?

Will ‘Glass’ Be Cracked at Box Office by Bad Reviews?
Two years ago, M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split” became one of the surprise box office hits of 2017. Critics and audiences hailed the film as a long overdue return to form for the “Sixth Sense” director, and the surprise twist ending that revealed the film as a secret sequel to his 2000 film “Unbreakable” created a wave of anticipation for “Glass,” the trilogy-completing film that hits theaters this Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend.

But as Universal prepares to release the film on 3,700 screens, “Glass” is being hammered by critics as a big letdown, currently holding a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 38 percent compared to 76 percent for “Split.” What’s more, some critics are predicting that fans of “Split” are going to be very disappointed, leading to bad word of mouth.

Also Read: Why Didn't 'Bumblebee' Get Box Office Buzz Despite Series' Best Reviews?

“In a way, ‘Glass’ feels like a giant
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‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Producers on the Lifetime Doc’s Ripple Effect

‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Producers on the Lifetime Doc’s Ripple Effect
The ripple effect of “Surviving R. Kelly” continues to widen more than a week after the documentary aired on Lifetime, renewing public interest — and outrage — over the litany of sexual abuse allegations against the R&B artist.

Lady Gaga and Phoenix have apologized for working with him. Chance the Rapper and other artists are said to be pulling their musical collaborations from streaming platforms. More accusers have reportedly stepped forward.

“The feedback has just been remarkable and completely unexpected that it’s sort of become as big as it has,” said Lifetime’s Brie Miranda Bryant, an executive producer and
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‘Glass’ Again Tops Studios’ TV Ad Spending

In this week’s edition of the Variety Movie Commercial Tracker, powered by the TV advertising attention analytics company iSpot.tv, Universal Pictures claims the top spot in spending for the second week in a row with “Glass.”

Ads placed for the superhero thriller had an estimated media value of $9.89 million through Sunday for 1,183 national ad airings on 38 networks. (Spend figures are based on estimates generated from Jan 7-13. Estimates may be updated after the chart is posted as new information becomes available.) Universal prioritized reaching a sports-loving audience, with high spend during programming such as NFL Football, the College Football Playoff National Championship and NBA Basketball, and across networks including NBC, Fox and ESPN.

Just behind “Glass” in second place: Columbia Pictures’ “A Dog’s Way Home,” which saw 1,442 national ad airings across 39 networks, with an estimated media value of $5.99 million.

TV ad placements for Twentieth Century Fox’s
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The Six Best Portable Projectors For Your Next Movie Night at Home

Forget the popcorn, cold beer and big screen TV, the best way to throw a movie night at home these days is with a portable projector. Today’s projectors cast theater-quality images onto any available wall (or white sheet) and are packed with powerful performance features, all in portable, palm-sized packages. Whether you’re screening a film, watching a big game, or want to take your gaming experience to the next level, these projectors pair easily with your phones, media players, consoles and computers to deliver a full-sized viewing experience
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Viacom Lays Off Paramount Network Staffers Amid Reorganization (Exclusive)

Viacom has laid off a number of staffers in its entertainment group, with the majority of the affected employees hailing from Paramount Network, Variety has learned exclusively.

A Viacom spokesperson declined to comment. But a source with knowledge of the situation that the number of affected employees was fewer than 20, or less than 2% of the entertainment group’s workforce.

The layoffs come fewer than three months after Viacom reorganized its entertainment group. Longtime Viacom executive Kevin Kay–who oversaw Paramount Network, TV Land, and Cmt–exited the company after two decades in October. The move came as part of a
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TV News Roundup: ‘Last O.G.’ Sets Season 2 Premiere Date on TBS

In today’s TV News Roundup, “The Last O.G.” announces its Season 2 return date and Variety has the exclusive first look at Fox’s new legal drama “Proven Innocent.”

First Looks

Netflix has announced its new limited series “Black Earth Rising” will launch on Jan. 25. The contemporary thriller series stars Michaela Coel as Kate Ashby, a Rwandan girl raised in London by her adoptive mother after being orphaned by genocide. She attempts to learn the truth about her past with the help of lawyer Michael Ennis, played by John Goodman.

Variety has the exclusive first look at “Proven Innocent,
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