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Sam Raimi to Direct ‘Kingkiller Chronicles’ for Lionsgate and Lin-Manuel Miranda

Sam Raimi is in negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s adaptation of “The Kingkiller Chronicles,” based on Pat Rothfuss’ classic novels.

In 2016, Lionsgate tapped “Hamilton” star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to serve as creative producer and musical mastermind of the feature film and TV series adaptations of “The Kingkiller Chronicle,” along with Rothfuss. Miranda has the option to be involved in future stage productions as well.

Tom Hanks’ Mister Rogers Biopic ‘You Are My Friend’ Lands at TriStar

TriStar has bought the worldwide domestic rights to “You Are My Friend,” a biopic starring Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers, the legendary host of the children’s TV series “Mister Rogers Neighborhood,” the studio announced on Monday.

Directed by Marielle Heller (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”) from a script by Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster, the film follows a cynical journalist who begrudgingly agrees to do a profile piece on Rogers, but finds his life transformed by the experience. The story is based on a real-life friendship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Director Patrick Hughes Sets Next Project at Lionsgate

After seeing strong returns on the summer action comedy “The Hitman’s Bodyguard,” Lionsgate is reteaming with the pic’s director, Patrick Hughes, on what looks to be his next feature. Sources tell Variety that Hughes has come on to direct the action pic “Unsafe House” for the studio. Lionsgate had no comment on the news.

Cloverfield’s 4th Installment Is Already Complete

Who could have predicted that 2008’s hand-held monster movie Cloverfield would spawn a franchise we’d still be talking about 10 years later? 2016’s surprise sort-of-sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane provided our first look at the anthology-like nature of this loose franchise umbrella, and while we wait to see a trailer for God Particle (now possibly titled Cloverfield Station) and learn when and how we’re actually going to see that movie, we have confirmation that Cloverfield 4 not only exists, but that it’s already completed filming. The project is called Overlord, and you can read all we know about it below.

Paramount Suspends Production on Blake Lively’s ‘The Rhythm Section’ After On-Set Accident

Paramount has suspended production on director Reed Morano’s spy thriller “The Rhythm Section,” an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

Crews are being told to find other work while lead Blake Lively recovers from a hand injury she sustained on set in December – suggesting that the injury is far more serious than previously reported and that the shoot won’t resume for several months.

Margot Robbie and Producer Bruna Papandrea Honored at G’Day USA Australian Gala

“As a girl from the lucky country, living in the land of opportunity, I can say with absolute certainty that when you have opportunity collide with luck, incredible things can happen,” the Oscar nominee says.
The Aussie community recognized the women behind two of the year’s hottest projects — I, Tonya and Big Little Lies — Saturday night at the Intercontinental Hotel in Downtown L.A.

Joy Villa Makes Anti-Abortion Statement With Her Dress at the Grammys (Photo)

Joy Villa again used the Grammys to make a conservative political statement with her outfit, this year espousing an anti-abortion message with her white dress and handbag.

The 26-year-old singer appeared at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards in New York wearing a white Pronovias dress with a circular, rainbow-colored shape on it that represented a fetus in the womb. On her handbag was painted the message “Choose Life.” The outfit was topped off with a tiara.

Carrie Fisher Wins Posthumous Grammy for Spoken Word Album

Carrie Fisher was honored with her first Grammy Sunday, just over a year after her death. Fisher posthumously won the award for best spoken word album at the 60th Annual Grammy Awards, which took place at Madison Square Garden in New York. She won for the audio book version of her 2016 book, “The Princess Diarist,” a memoir she wrote chronicling her experiences playing Princess Leia Organa in the original “Star Wars.”

‘Saturday Night Live’ Hits Season High Ratings, ‘The Resident’ Draws L3 Crowd

Will Ferrell was very, very good to “Saturday Night Live.” NBC’s late-night mainstay delivered season-high ratings in Nielsen’s overnight metered markets with the episode hosted by the former “SNL” trooper and featuring musical guest Chris Stapleton.

“SNL” grabbed a 4.9 household rating and 11 share in Nielsen’s 56 metered markets, which represent about 70% of U.S. TV households. The show also delivered a healthy 2.3/11 in adults 18-49.

Aretha Franklin Chooses Jennifer Hudson To Star In MGM Queen Of Soul Film Biopic

Clive Davis’ pre-Grammy party is always the hottest ticket before the Grammy Awards. Tonight he dropped an exceptional surprise. Davis tonight introduced Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson to sing a couple songs, and then told the audience that Hudson will be playing Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic about the life of the Queen of Soul. Hudson was in fact hand picked by Franklin to play the role. It was appropriate that Davis introduce all this, since he has such a long professional relationship with Franklin. The party began with performances by Barry Manilow, Luis Fonsi, Ben Platt, Alicia Keys, Khalid and Logic. Hudson was the last singer to perform. Hudson sang Franklin classics Think, and Respect as part of her performance.