The band has released numerous singles and six studio albums to date, with the most recent being "As Long As You Are" in 2020. Future Islands was originally formed in 2006 and consists of Herring on vocals, Gerrit Welmers om keyboard and programming, William Cashion on bass and guitars, and Michael Lowry on drums. Herring will play William Wheeler, a man who befriends Apollo in a quest to win back his wife and children.
Herring to the cast, Variety has learned. The upcoming Apple series "The Changeling" has added Future Islands frontman Samuel T.
The role will mark Herring's acting debut. He joins previously announced series lead LaKeith Stanfield in the series, along with cast members Adina Porter and Clark Backo.
Stanfield stars as Apollo, a passionate rare book hunter. "The Changeling" is based on the book of the same name by Victor LaValle. It is described as a horror story, a parenthood fable and a perilous odyssey through a New York City you didn’t know existed.
The series will be produced by Apple Studios and Annapurna.” /> Melina Matsoukas and Jonathan Van Tulleken will direct and executive produce. Kelly Marcel will write the adaptation in addition to serving as executive producer and showrunner on the series. Matsoukas will executive produce through her De La Revolution Films, and Khaliah Neal co-executive producers. Megan Ellison, Sue Naegle, Patrick Chu, and Ali Krug will executive produce on behalf of Annapurna, with David Knoller also executive producing. Stanfield will also executive produce in addition to starring.
Herring is repped by CAA and Constant Artists.

The Producers Guild of America has renewed PGA Create, a lab program for early-career creative producers from underrepresented backgrounds, for its second year.
Google serves as the lead sponsor of PGA Create, in a partnership that was initially brokered by United Talent Agency's entertainment and culture marketing division, which represents the tech giant. The PGA Create program was developed by One Guild, a PGA initiative that creates internal programs to address the needs of underrepresented groups in the entertainment industry and producing world.
“PGA Create proves that supplying emerging producers with the right tools and guidance can create amazing results," Tonya Lewis Lee and Lori McCreary, chairs of PGA’s One Guild, said in a statement. We are immensely grateful for the generous support of Google in building PGA Create into an invaluable community that unites and supports the next generation of vibrant creative producers."” /> "One Guild puts into action the Producers Guild’s commitment to inclusive membership, employment, content, and authentic depictions.
The second year of PGA Create will see the scripted cycle takes place in November of this year, while the documentary cycle will take place sometime in the Spring. Although the program is held virtually, all fellows will be invited to participate in an in-person PGA Create forum held during the guild's annual Produced By Conference in Summer 2023. Applications opened on Thursday and close on July 22. Accepted applicants will be invited to take part in special programming throughout the year.
The program's first year saw 35 fellows divided into two cohorts, for scripted and documentary producing, spend several days hearing from industry professionals and present their projects to PGA's creative producers. The lab ended with five of the fellows becoming Guild members and one of the fellows receiving the guild's Producers Mark for an upcoming documentary release.

She also handles executive media relations for Disney TV alternative boss Rob Mills’ portfolio, including working with the corporate communications team and others across Disney Television Studios and Hulu Originals. Kline-Shapiro, who has oversee unscripted publicity for ABC Entertainment, will add “Live with Kelly and Ryan” and the new slate publicity and special projects team to her oversight.
As part of the announcement, Kline-Shapiro's direct reports have also been promoted: Chelsie Tanamachi, who was elevated to director of publicity, unscripted and alternative programming for ABC Entertainment; and Nicole Balgemino-Kim, now director of slate publicity and special projects.
(Bulochnikov-Paul reports to Shannon Ryan, the president of content marketing, Hulu & General Entertainment, Walt Disney Television.) Kline-Shapiro reports to to Naomi Bulochnikov-Paul, executive VP, publicity and Events for ABC and Disney General Entertainment.
Kline-Shapiro was most recently executive director, communications, handling unscripted programming across ABC, including specials, award shows and late-night. Her other credits include Disney Channels Worldwide and Bravo.” />
Ashley Kline-Shapiro has been upped to VP of unscripted and slate publicity for ABC Entertainment and Walt Disney Television Alternative. As part of the announcement, ABC revealed that it had launched a new slate publicity and special projects division, overseen by Kline-Shapiro, "responsible for identifying collaborative opportunities across the ABC and General Entertainment programming slate, streamlining the approach to publicity events, festivals and junkets."

“I am so appreciative of Naomi, Shannon and Rob’s continued leadership and support,” said Kline-Shapiro. “They are the most creative and strategic leaders, and I feel so lucky to work with them and their incredible teams as we promote ABC Entertainment and WDT Alternative’s unparalleled unscripted programming and content.”
“Her expertise, understanding of Rob’s business, and irreplaceable hands-on experience have been key drivers for the success of our campaigns; and, most importantly, she has fostered an environment for her talented teams to feel empowered to do their best work.” “Ashley is a gifted publicist whose bold campaigns have distinguished ABC Entertainment unscripted content as best in class,” said Bulochnikov-Paul.

Those interested in paying their respects may donate in Mark’s name to or the Nashville Rescue Mission.” />
He was 62. Mark L. Perthel, vice president of Ambassador Theatre Group's North American music division, died on June 24 at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center in Nashville, the company has confirmed to Variety.
Since news of his passing, there's been an outpouring of respect and remembrances from Perthel's friends and colleagues who have been sharing remembrances of the industry veteran.
His work helped place the Majestic Theatre in Texas on the radar of major talent agencies across the country. Additionally, he played a key role in the reopening of the Saenger Theatre in New Orleans after the destruction of Hurricane Katrina and the opening of Smart Financial Centre in Sugar Land, Texas.
Throughout his 40 years in the business, Perthel held top talent-buying positions at Six Flags Theme Parks, Disney World, Bethlehem Musikfest and SMG North America prior. Perthel, who was also referred to as “Booker” in the entertainment industry, began his career at the tour accounting firm Phoenix Management, working with artists including the Police, U2, and Madonna.
“If it is true that the music business is one built on relationships it is no wonder, we stayed friends with an incredible success rate on the shows we did for more than thirty years. I will miss our talks tremendously.” He was a rock to many and a sympathetic ear to others. “He was a man of character, conviction, and incredibly devoted to his family,” added Mario Tirado of CAA.
In 2009, Mark joined Ambassador Theatre Group, North America as the primary talent buyer for the south-central/southeast U.S. He also launched MP Presents in 2002 where he presented, promoted, and managed concerts and festivals throughout the southeastern United States.
Above all, we will miss his warm nature and friendly smile." “For many of us at ATG, Mark was a colleague, a mentor, and a friend. “Mark was highly regarded across the industry,” noted Stephen Lewin, CEO of Ambassador Theatre Group, North America.

Greg Kinnear didn't shoot any scenes with Liotta, but ran into him multiple times on set. The cast also paid tribute to co-star Ray Liotta, who died less than two months before the show launched. He described the legendary actor as an absolute show-stopper.
Hauser donned a T-shirt with Liotta's "Field of Dreams" character, Shoeless Joe Jackson, in the actor's honor.
True crime is all the craze on the small screen. Now, "Black Bird" is looking to shake things up.
And they're normally made by men who think they know the lot. "I think this show examines the sort of darker aspects of humanity, but they still are humanity and valid nonetheless. And this show is full of them!" If you want to get broad and wordy about it, then I suppose, you know, we live in a world where awful, awful, hideous decisions are made that fuck up the world. "You can watch it and learn something about what it means to be a human being," Egerton told Variety at the Apple TV+ show's red carpet premiere on Wednesday.
The series, starring Taron Egerton and Paul Walter Hauser, aims to play mind games with its audience, pitting a high school football star against a suspected serial killer. For Egerton, the show is more than just an interesting story of a horrendous crime, it's a portrait of masculinity and how decisions made by men "fuck up the world."
"I think I probably did [take it home] unconsciously," Hauser explained on Wednesday night at the Regency Bruin Theatre in Westwood, Calif. There are people who work teaching positions in underfunded schools who are, like, making 40 grand a year. Get a second therapist." It's acting. You're OK. "I actually get annoyed when actors are like, 'I played this role and it was so taxing that I was messed up for 12 years.' It's like, dude, chill out.
"Black Bird" premieres July 8 on Apple TV+.” />
I wrote the part for him, it was my dream to work with him. He was as good as advertised. Dennis Lehane, showrunner and writer of the series, adds: "He meant everything to us. He was a complete, consummate professional. He raised all boats, and he never gave the same take twice. We just hope that at least the legacy lives on through this performance." He was there to work. And then when he died, it was tough because our last conversation three weeks earlier had been about what we were gonna do next.
He chooses the former, kicking off a tense, creepy psychological thriller. "Black Bird" follows the true story of Jimmy Keene, a young man sentenced to 10 years in a minimum security prison. Keene is given a choice: enter a maximum security prison and befriend suspected serial killer Larry Hall (Hauser), or stay where he is and serve his full sentence. Despite playing such a disturbed and dark character, Hauser said the role didn't define him.
"He's a magnificent actor and a magnificent person," Kinnear said. Listen, I would say he was great no matter what — I mean he could've read the phone book in this thing and I would say he's great — but I genuinely think he's extraordinary in this in a way that is going to knock people out." "He was a great guy.

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The best deals we  found: a $50 digital air fryer; $100 Airpod Pros; this $119 Sony soundbar; and the best-selling Samsung Neo QLED Smart TV, currently $700 off (yes., $700 off!).” /> Best Buy has more deals than ever this Fourth of July — on everything from electronics and tech, to home appliances and furniture.
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"Many times I am asked about what it’s like coming up with challenges for a show as big as ‘Top Chef,' a show that prides itself on testing the most talented chefs in the culinary world,” he says. Another producer with elite culinary show credentials is Justin Brooks, whose work on “MasterChef USA” paired him with world-class cooking talent. But I would say there is a little more to it than that. It’s really about creating a meaningful hurdle for our chefs, not just to keep them busy on live TV, but one that allows for new learning experiences they couldn't have gotten anywhere else. Whether they dive into a culture or use an ingredient they've never had to deal with, in the end watching their growth is the best part of the job!” “One would think it's as simple as testing the chef's cooking abilities.
Does it have the largest Nigerian population? “From there, I dig deeper into the backstory to develop a challenge around it." Is their local hero a sports star?’” says Thi Nguyen. Is it known for ramen? “When coming up with Quickfire Challenges, I first start off with, ‘What’s a fun fact about our host city? Was the fajita invented here?
Frank Crane, whose credits also include “MasterChef Junior” and “Below Deck,” says: “Everyone has their preferences, but the best part of ‘Top Chef’ is the ability to research a new city every year and find out what ingredients help establish a sense of place.
Nguyen offered a Quickfire example from the most recent season of the show, "Top Chef: Houston," in which the chefs were asked to cook swallows, which are starches dipped into a stew or soup. "Nigerian cuisine consists of swallows, and has so many rich spices and flavors," Nguyen says. "But we’re not asking the chefs to make their own swallow — we want them to experience this, take inspiration, and then turn it into their own interpretation.
The “Top Chef” producers — all as passionate about food and storytelling through the culinary arts as the cheftestants — spill the beans. What usually emerges are memorable bites. But who comes up with the challenges?
For 19 seasons, the gifted contestants on Bravo’s Emmy-winning “Top Chef” have been thrown into the reality competition show deep end with the show’s signature Quickfire Challenge. While the Quickfire Challenge is not as diabolical as, say, “Chopped’s” baskets, it’s fast-moving, and constructed around themes or local ingredients or even cooking utensils (or lack of).
To share even a small bite of their stories through our show, it made me proud to do what I do.”” /> It was extremely inspiring hearing from local chefs about their passion for food and especially their city. Producer Caitlyn Owens notes, “I will be honest, before Season 19 of ‘Top Chef,’ I had been to Houston twice, and I couldn’t tell you where I went or what I experienced. These hard-working people were the root of our Asian Night Market Challenge, giving our viewers a virtual taste of something you may not normally associate with Texas. But coming back as a producer with the show and falling for a city through its culinary culture and overwhelmingly welcoming people was so unique.
Ideas and inspiration for a challenge will pop into my head at random times: while driving, at the gym, or sometimes just what I’m hungry for in that moment! Mexico”), and says of the Quickfires: “I feel there’s a deep part of my brain that is always working and thinking of challenges. Taking a deep dive into the host city really helps to get the brain working to find some unique and little-known facts then figure out a creative way to relate it to food. Producer John Adams has worked with some of the best (“MasterChef Junior”) and the worst (“Nailed It! Though I’m not a chef, I try to always think of fun, unique challenges and locations that I would like to personally take part in or experience.”
“I love exploring new cities but as a Southerner, I was patiently waiting to highlight my all-time favorite — queso! Houston became the perfect opportunity to ‘research’ my favorite food while also finding a way to turn this classic on its head, and find a new way to approach something I’ve known my entire life, which is exactly what we hope our chefs will do: Face an ingredient they may already know, and create something familiar in a completely new way.”
"You break them up into groups by the swallow, have them pull from a knife draw and push them outside their comfort zone by introducing them to spices and ingredients that they may be unfamiliar with. “So how do you make this challenging?" Nguyen continues. Quickfires should be fun, exciting and work up not only a sweat, but give you a little fun history lesson.” At the end of the day, I look at how to build a challenge that tests them on their creativity, agility, and/or skills.

“Julie, Emily and everyone on the team have created a surprising world of haves and have-nots that’s perfect for Freeform’s audience.”” /> “I’m incredibly excited about this series because it presents a contemporary twist on the classic mystery and thriller genre,” Jamila Hunter, EVP of programming and development for Freeform, said in a statement.
Moving into their apartment building the Greybourne, she quickly discovers the secrets of many of the other inhabitants, while struggling to hide her own complicated past. The show was ordered to pilot at the network back in September 2021 with Andrea Londo in the lead role. Formerly known as "The Nanny" and created by Julie Durk ("Grace and Frankie"), "The Watchful Eye" focuses on Elena Santos (Molino), a young woman who begins a new job as a live-in nanny for an affluent Manhattan widower and his young son.
Freeform has ordered the new scripted series "The Watchful Eye" to series, with Mariel Molino ("Promised Land") set to lead the cast.
In addition to Molino, the series also stars Warren Christie ("The Village") as Elena's employer Matthew, Kelly Bishop ("Gilmore Girls") as lifelong Greybourne resident Mrs. Ivey, Amy Acker ("The Gifted") as Matthew's sister-in-law Tory, Jon Ecker ("Firefly Lane") as Elena's boyfriend Scott, Lex Lumpkin ("All That") as teenage Greybourne resident Elliot, Henry Joseph Samiri ("The Bold and the Beautiful") as Matthew's son Jasper and Aliyah Royale ("The Walking Dead: The World Beyond") as Elena's fellow nanny Ginny.
ABC Signature produces the series. Reiner will also direct the show's pilot. The two executive produce along with Ryan Seacrest Productions' Ryan Seacrest, Nina Wass, Andrea Shay and Jeffrey Reiner. Emily Fox ("Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist") serves as showrunner of "The Watchful Eye," with Durk acting as a consultant.

"Fourth of July" is a movie directed by Louis C.K., and in its light-spirited and unimportant way it comes at the audience as a kind of moral curveball. 2017, when five women came forward to describe inappropriate conduct by Louis C.K., including instances in which he masturbated in front of them (accusations he did not deny), the comedian, actor, screenwriter, and director has been working to revive his career, kicking off his attempted rehabilitation with an appearance at the Comedy Cellar in New York on Aug. The arena of stand-up comedy, with its personal and confessional dimensions, presents an obvious way for someone like Louis C.K. 26, 2018. to advertise himself, in the wake of his #MeToo downfall, as an entertainer who is still viable. Starting less than a year after Nov. (He won a Grammy for his 2020 comedy album "Sincerely Louis C.K.") In that sense, all he needs is a nightclub willing to host him and fans willing to show up.
So you might think: Is that the point? That’s the indie version of a Hallmark sentiment, and "Fourth of July" ends with a hug. has set the audience up to judge these people for the rude, crude, defiantly "unwoke" things they say. And he puts us on Jeff’s side only to reveal the real message: that they’re still got big hearts. Why did Jeff have such a bug up his ass about his family in the first place? To which you might say, "Duh." But Louis C.K.
They keep ribbing him for being too New York. They think all that stuff is for wusses. What strikes us most about these people is how different they are from Jeff. They don’t respect his decision to quit drinking; they think it makes him a fraud. (Politics is never mentioned, but if it were I can guess who they would vote for.) They have no patience for Jeff's hoity-toity piano playing, his therapy, his AA. They’re the Maine version of Middle American philistine cads. They’re big drinkers and big talkers, speaking in broad New England accents, and their basic mode of conversation is taking the piss, busting balls — name your metaphor for saying not nice things as a pushy "joke." The worst offender is Uncle Kevin (Nick Di Paolo), a 50ish tattooed jerk with an aggro quip for every occasion. What’s the problem with them? Simply put, they’re a bunch of insensitive louts.
But he’s blaming his family dysfunction for his own conflicts. He’s just scared; he needs to grow up. Jeff’s real problem, we learn just before the trip, is that Beth desperately wants to have a child, but she may have waited too long — and the reason that happened is that Jeff didn’t feel like he was daddy material. When the movie reaches its big blowout set piece, with Jeff saying "Fuck you" to everyone in sight (including his mother), he thinks he’s having a catharsis, but it’s really a tantrum in a teapot. This is the family he’s stuck with, and he’s not going to change them. We look at him and think, "Nonsense." He’d obviously be a good dad.
The real answer to that is that the objection he had to his family is the film’s metaphor for holding overly harsh judgments of unenlightened behavior. "Fourth of July" is a trifle, and a facile, easy-to-watch one. But what it’s offering under the surface feels, in part, like a clandestine defense of Louis C.K.’s transgressions.” /> Sound familiar?
2017, two months before the scandal that toppled him, Louis C.K. The arena of filmmaking is trickier. It was called "I love You, Daddy," and it was an oddity and a squirmfest — a dramatic comedy, shot to look like Woody Allen’s "Manhattan," about fathers and daughters, older men and younger women, and a celebrity filmmaker, played by John Malkovich, who thinks he’s entitled to do whatever he wants, a point-of-view the movie never really dissects or questions. appeared at the Toronto Film Festival to premiere the third feature he had directed (after "Tomorrow Night" and the cult blaxploitation satire "Pootie Tang"). Even before the scandal, the film was problematic, and it was buried before it could be released. In Sept.
Early on, he’s so convinced there’s something amiss with his jaw that he demands an X-ray and an MRI, even though the doctor insists there’s nothing wrong with him. Yet Jeff has the look, and temperament, of a deeply anxious geek. Jeff's therapist (played by Louis C.K.) seems, more than anything, amused by his client’s problems. This is mostly shtick, though. The more we look at Jeff, the more we see that in his big-spectacled Poindexter way he’s kind of endearing, like an owlish version of John Cusack.
It’s not a taboo-tweaking sex comedy. Look, I can do this!" The funny thing is, if you look closely enough at it, "Fourth of July" actually does make a comment on the scandal, though a side-eyed and oblique one. It’s more of a millennial indie trifle about a whimsically neurotic New York dude trying to come to terms with his problematic family. saying, in essence, "Forget what I did back then. The movie is much better than "I Love You, Daddy," and on the surface it seems like an attempt to deflect our attention away from the scandal, with Louis C.K. on his best behavior. "Fourth of July," by contrast, is a movie that seems to have been designed to showcase Louis C.K.
He’s married to Beth (played by Sarah Tollemache, List’s real-life partner), and the two still act like cuddly bohemians out of an old mumblecore comedy. He’s also a recovering alcoholic, coming up on three years of sobriety, and he seems to have a solid relationship with his sponsor, Bill (Bill Scheft), and with the whole idea of having left the drinking life behind. (he’s a regular at the Comedy Cellar), and the two of them wrote the script together. The film’s star, Joe List, is a stand-up comedian who has opened for Louis C.K. He’s a jazz pianist, and when we listen in on the bebop stylings of one of his club gigs, it’s clear he’s got talent. List plays a fellow named Jeff who lives in New York City and seems to have a pretty good life.
It's not as if this kind of culture war doesn’t play out in some families. It does. That said, the way the movie is scripted, the things Jeff’s family members say that hit us like red flags are their tribal racism and their viciously intolerant language. Yet as you watch "Fourth of July," Jeff may strike you as such a sweetly polite and refined intellectual dork that it really is a little counterintuitive to imagine that he came out of this clan. Uncle Kevin calls Jeff’s piano playing "Liberace faggot shit." And when one of the cousins brings a friend for the weekend, a biracial woman whose husband recently died, her race becomes such a focal point of attention that we think, Do these people see anything else about her?
Jeff and Beth are planning their annual pilgrimage to Maine to spend the Fourth of July with Jeff’s clan, and the prospect of this ritual visit is causing Jeff's anguish to spike. Half an hour into the 90-minute movie, Jeff shows up, all by himself (he has decided to do the family visit solo), at his parents’ lovely, wood-plank home nestled in gorgeous green Maine mountain country. From that point on, "Fourth of July" turns into a sitcom riff on "August: Osage County" — a family truth-game saga in which Jeff will confront his folks, along with all the aunts and uncles and cousins who have gathered. And this is the year he’s going to call them out on it. It seems he’s got some major issue with his family.
Yet this, in fact, is the defensive strategic seed Louis C.K. has planted. There’s some major dysfunction in the family, like the blithe way Uncle Mark (Chris Walsh) talks about stealing copper from the plumbing store he once worked at. As presented, though, the truly glaring thing about Jeff's family members is how…incorrect they are. We’re meant to disapprove.

Jon Hamm will be featured as the celebrity guest in the premiere of game show revival "Password," NBC has announced.

Developed by Elan Gale and co-showrun by Sam Dean and Bill Dixon, the series follows three women who have to navigate a potential pool of 26 men, 13 "nice guys" and 13 "Fboys," in order to find a partner. Watch the trailer below. The show, shot in Cabo San Lucas, is produced by STXalternative with Nikki Glaser hosting. The official trailer for Season 2 of "FBoy Island," HBO Max's reality dating series, has been released. The first three episodes of the season premiere July 21 followed by additional episodes the following two weeks.
Speciality horror streaming service Screambox has acquired the North American streaming rights for "Terrifer 2." The film, a sequel to the original cult-classic slasher film about a demonic killer Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton), will open in theaters around Halloween before debuting exclusively on the Bloody Disgusting owned streamer. Dark Age Cinema and Fuzz on the Lens Productions produce.” /> Damien Leone writes and directs the film, with Thornton starring alongside Lauren LaVera, Samantha Scaffidi, Felissa Rose and Elliott Fullam.
The team that solves for the password ultimately takes home $25,000. The series premiere will see Fallon compete against Hamm in an episode dedicated to Betty White, a frequent player on the original "Password" and the wife of the show's original host Allen Ludden. Each team consists of a contestant and a celebrity player, with executive producer Jimmy Fallon leading one team and a rotating guest leading the other. Based on the original show, which ran from 1961 to 1975 (and has been revived in several forms since then), "Password" pits two teams compete against each other as they solve word puzzles using one-word clues.

Internationally, the movie will premiere on Nickelodeon and Paramount+ beginning October 6. The teleplay is by Jaffe and Billy & Matt Eddy. The film is directed and executive produced by Todd Holland with a story by Jenny Jaffe, Greg Erb and Jason Oremland. “Monster High: The Movie” has been given a premiere date and trailer by Nickelodeon, Paramount+ and Mattel, Inc. In addition to “Monster High: The Movie," an animated series based off the Mattel franchise is slated to premiere later this year on Nickelodeon. Watch the full trailer below. The movie will encore on Nickelodeon on October 7 and October 8 at 7 p.m. on Nickelodeon and streams that same day on Paramount+. The live-action movie musical — based on the Monster High franchise following the children of famous monsters and creatures — premieres Thursday, October 6, at 7 p.m.

As previously announced, Keke Palmer serves as the show's host. Smoove and Meghan Trainor have been confirmed as future celebrity guests for the show's first season. In addition to Hamm, Yvette Nicole Brown, Tony Hale, Chelsea Handler, Heidi Klum, Joel McHale, Chrissy Metz, Martin Short, J.B.
9 and Aug. "Password" is produced by Fremantle in association with Universal Television Alternative Studio and Electric Hot Dog. Fallon executive produces with showrunner John Quinn and Jim Juvonen. The one-hour game show will receive a special two-night premiere Aug. 10. NBC also unveiled a first look trailer for the revival; watch below.
Robinson plays Phoebe, a 30-something podcast star with a messy personal life that poses a threat to her older brother's political campaign. ABC Signature produces. The series premieres on Freeform on July 13. Jordan Carlos, Toccarra Cash, Nneka Okafor and Moses Storm also star in the series, which is executive produced by Robinson and showrunner Jonathan Groff. The official trailer for "Everything's Trash," the upcoming Freeform comedy series starring Phoebe Robinson, has been released. Watch the full trailer below.
24, the streamer announced Thursday. Created by Shannon Tindle and based on the children's book "Ollie’s Odyssey" by William Joyce, the series focuses on a lost toy who searches the countryside to reunite with his owner. Blige, Tim Blake Nelson, Gina Rodriguez, Jake Johnson and Kesler Talbot star in the series, which is executive produced by Tindle, director Peter Ramsey, Brandon Oldenburg, Lampton Enochs and Shawn Levy and Josh Barry for 21 Laps Entertainment. Jonathan Groff, Mary J. Netflix also revealed a first look photo for the four-part limited series; view below. "Lost Ollie," a hybrid live-action and animation limited series, will premiere on Netflix Aug.
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All three will report to Tiffany Faigus, senior vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment for ABC Entertainment and WDT Alternative, while WDT Alternative is led by Rob Mills, executive vice president of unscripted and alternative entertainment for Walt Disney Television. Walt Disney Television Alternative, the studio’s newly formed unscripted unit, has named Jill Chapman, Alicia Martino and Mike Rosen to executive positions.
Rosen has held production executive positions at networks and studio groups including the CW, Fox, MTV, ABC and, most recently, Amazon Studios. His credits include Amazon’s “The One That Got Away,” ABC’s “Pooch Perfect,” MTV’s “Ex on the Beach,” Fox’s “Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours to Hell & Back” and Logo’s “RuPaul’s Drag Race.”
Chapman joins Disney from Hulu, where she led the unscripted TV development strategy across original and licensed content with a focus on docu-soap and docu-follow, competition and lifestyle programming. She was responsible for fostering and providing strategic guidance and programming implementation through Hulu’s partnerships with Walt Disney Television, ABC News and Onyx Collective. Additionally, she worked across Hulu Originals series including “The D’Amelio Show” and “Taste the Nation with Padma Lakshmi.”
Chapman has been named vice president of alternative series and content planning, while Martino joins as vice president of alternative series and Rosen will serve as vice president of production. WDT Alternative aims to generate new projects to live on the networks and platforms within the Disney ecosystem. As a team, they will be responsible for building on the company’s existing unscripted brands by identifying new ideas and concepts for series, collaborating with creatives as well as new and existing talent, and supervising creative production on unscripted series and pilots.
Martino’s previous experience includes having worked on the early seasons of ABC’s “The Bachelor” and “The Bachelorette” and projects such as Bravo’s “Queer Eye for the Straight Girl” and Fox’s “Hell’s Kitchen.” More recently, she executive produced BET’s “Next Chance Girl Group” and co-executive produced CBS’s “Love Island,” MTV’s “Are You The One?” and ABC’s “Family Food Fight.”
“We are proud to have set the all-star team that will work with all of our creative partners across our platforms and beyond to produce the most groundbreaking and buzzworthy unscripted series and specials.”” /> “We are excited to have Jill, Alicia and Mike leading production services and creative oversight for WDT Alternative,” said Mills and Faigus.

He has now stepped away from "Alan Wake," which recently landed at AMC, due to conflicting project timelines. Based on the best-selling video game of the same name, the potential series, which is in the very early stages of development at the cable channel, was originally set to have Peter Calloway (“Cloak & Dagger,” “Legion”) serve as its showrunner when it was first set up at producer Contradiction Films in 2018.
Carter and Harlan will also produce the project alongside Jashni and Ludwig, as well as Sam Lake, creator of the "Alan Wake" video game.” />
AMC's "Alan Wake" TV adaptation has brought on two new producers following the exit of its previously announced showrunner, Variety has learned exclusively.
The series hails from Tim Carter and Tomas Harlan's Contradiction Films, a production company with a focus on adapting video games into live-action TV series and movies including "Mortal Kombat: Legacy," "Dead Rising," and "Electra Woman and Dyna Girl." The "Alan Wake" adaptation is based on the Remedy Entertainment and Microsoft Studios video game, which follows best-selling thriller novelist Alan Wake as he tries to uncover the mystery behind his wife's disappearance during a vacation in the small fictional town of Bright Falls, Wash., all while experiencing events from the plot of his latest novel, which he doesn't remember writing.
Meanwhile, Jon Jashni, former president of Legendary Entertainment, and Jeff Ludwig, former vice president of scripted film and television production for Ritchie/Wigram Productions, have joined the drama as executive producer and producer, respectively. A search is currently underway for a new showrunner for the in-the-works show.

Under their Le Train Train banner, McCormack and Jones’s credits include TNT’s “Claws,” AMC's “Kevin Can F**k Himself,” Netflix’s “#BlackAF” and NBC’s “A to Z” as well as the documentaries “Hot Girls Wanted: Turned On” and “Centerpiece.” Up next, Jones is set to executive produce “Sunny” for Apple TV+.
Rashida Jones and Will McCormack’s production company Le Train Train has entered a first look deal with the Lionsgate Television Group, where Jones and McCormack will produce scripted projects across platforms. The first project in development under the deal is “Lovesick,” based on the UK series of the same name.
“We are looking forward to working with both of them to create more premium and compelling content for all types of viewers.” “There aren’t many writer/producers like Rashida and Will who can master both an R-rated comedy ala ‘Celeste and Jesse Forever’ and a G-rated masterpiece such as ‘Toy Story 4.’” said Scott Herbst, head of scripted development and executive vice president of Lionsgate Television.
Jones and McCormack’s adaptation of “Lovesick” is part of the scripted co-production partnership between Lionsgate and BBC Studios Los Angeles Productions. Jones and McCormack will executive produce alongside original series creator Tom Edge as well as Clerkenwell’s Petra Fried, Ed Macdonald and Andy Baker and BBC Studios’ Angie Stephenson. A search for a writer is underway.
“We are thrilled to be in business with Lionsgate,” Jones and McCormack said. “Their imagination and blue sky thinking around what's possible in this rapidly changing landscape of television is incredibly exciting to us as creators and producers.”
“Lovesick” was a romantic comedy series that ran for one season on Channel 4 before moving to Netflix for Seasons 2 and 3. Produced by Clerkenwell Films and originally titled “Scrotal Recall,” the series starred Johnny Flynn as Dylan, who, with the support of his roommates (Antonia Thomas and Daniel Ings), must get back in touch all of his previous sexual partners after being diagnosed with chlamydia.
Le Train Train is represented by UTA.” />

Put yourself in my shoes. Kelly,” before continuing. Kelly, to look at me, man to man, father to father. I’ve certainly put myself in your shoes.” Kelly did not meet his gaze. The father of a sixth victim, who accompanied his daughter to the stand, said, “I didn’t come here to bash Mr. “I do want to ask you, Mr.
Federal prosecutors had asked for a sentence “in excess of 25 years,” reflecting Kelly’s continued danger to the public and apparent lack of remorse for using his fame to sexually and emotionally abuse alleged victims, many of them underaged.
The 55-year-old singer, whose full name is Robert Sylvester Kelly, was convicted of racketeering and eight counts of violating the Mann Act, which prohibits transporting people across state lines for prostitution. He has been in jail since July of 2019; 45 witnesses testified for the government. He still faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in Chicago, as well as charges in state courts in Illinois and Minnesota.
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R. Kelly was sentenced to 30 years in prison in a New York court on Wednesday.
Kelly, one of the most successful hitmakers of the 1990s and early 2000s, was found guilty of all nine counts against him in September, after a six-week trial revealed how he had used employees and intermediaries to lure fans and hopeful singers into sexually abusive and controlling conditions, including locking them in rooms without food or access to a bathroom for days.
Prosecutors wrote in their sentencing letter that Kelly evidences no remorse for or even acknowledgement of his illegal behavior, showing “a callous disregard” for the impact of his abuse, which was apparently “fueled by narcissism and a belief that his musical talent absolved him of any need to conform his conduct” to the law.
I am now 45, a mother and I struggle with mental health." Looking directly at Kelly, who did not return her stare, she said, “Robert, you destroyed so many people’s lives." Another, identified as "Jane Doe No. Lizette Martinez said in her impact statement, “I do not know how to put a price on all I’ve gone through. 2," said, "I hope you go to jail for the rest of your life.”
According to the New York Times, Kelly’s attorney wrote in her sentencing letter that prosecutors had portrayed her client as “a one-dimensional villain” whose “severe history of sexual abuse” as a child at the hands of relatives and others deserves leniency. She stated that Kelly has an IQ of 79 and is "functionally illiterate," which has also caused him shame and fear throughout his life. “He is not an evil monster but a complex (unquestionably flawed) human-being who faced overwhelming challenges in childhood that shaped his adult life,” she wrote.
A second victim, Addie, said she regrets keeping silent for decades about her 1990s experience with Kelly, because “the last four years have been a rude awakening of how my silence has hurt others.”
His career — and his alleged abuse — continued, largely unabated, until allegations began arising again in the early 2010s and finally "Surviving R. By the time he was jailed, his substantial touring and recorded-music income — which had funded the lawyers and other efforts to keep the allegations against him at bay — had largely dried up. Kelly," a 2019 Lifetime docuseries featuring vivid accounts from his alleged victims, turned public opinion dramatically against him, even though it largely repeated information that had been public for many years.
card that his former manager later admitted he had procured. In 2000, the Chicago Sun-Times was sent a graphic video that Kelly had filmed of himself having sex with a girl who was allegedly underaged but refused to testify against him. He was indicted and briefly jailed in 2002 but was acquitted six years later. In 1994 he illegally married Aaliyah Haughton, a protégé singer, when she was just 15 by using a faked I.D. Allegations of Kelly’s abuse of underaged girls followed him throughout his career, first arising in the early 1990s.
Kelly, who wore black eyeglasses and a khaki shirt, largely kept his head down during the hearing, according to the Times, occasionally looking up at the judge or a witness.
At the trial last fall, nine women and two men graphically described Kelly’s sexual and emotional abuse, and several said under oath that they were minors when he first had sex with them.
Kelly’s attorney — Jennifer Bonjean, who also represented Bill Cosby in his successful overturn of sexual assault conviction last year — argued for the minimum sentence of no more than 10 years in prison, even though the singer had been convicted of scheming over decades to recruit women and underaged girls and men for sex, claiming that his own experience as an abused child could have caused his "hypersexuality" later in life.
The first victim to take the stand was a woman named Angela, who stood at a lectern and looked directly at Kelly as she spoke, according to the New York Times, calling him a Pied Piper who lured children with his money and fame.
After the sentencing Kelly will likely be transferred to Chicago, where he faces an August trial on child pornography and obstruction charges.
“We are no longer the preyed-upon individuals we once were. “With every addition of a new victim, you grew in wickedness.  pray that god reaches your soul,” she said. You used your fame and power to groom and coach underage boys and girls for your own sexual gratification," she said.

San Francisco-based Substack, founded in 2017, had been seeking to raise $75 million-$100 million in a series C round — at a valuation of about $1 billion valuation — but abandoned the effort last month, the New York Times reported. The company generated about $9 million in revenue in 2021, per the Times.
In the memo, Best said, “Our goal is to make Substack robust even in the toughest market conditions, and to set the company up for long-term success without relying on raising money — or, at least, doing so only on our time and our terms."″ />
Some of Substack's most popular newsletters are penned by Heather Cox Richardson, Matt Taibbi, Bari Weiss, Noah Smith, Glenn Greenwald, Joseph Pompliano and Emily Oster. The company has claimed that more than 1 million paying newsletter subscribers. Other notable authors on the platform include Chuck Palahniuk, George Saunders and Salman Rushdie.
"By refocusing our team and financial planning, we can fund our investments from our growing business while remaining a reliable partner for the writers who are building their own businesses on our platform." ”In recent weeks, the macroeconomic outlook has become increasingly uncertain, making it clear that we should be prepared for a period of challenging conditions that could last years," Best wrote in the note to staff.
Read Best's memo:
In another blow to the creator economy, Substack, a company that provides services for writers to offer paid newsletters, laid off 13 employees, about 14% of its headcount.
CEO Chris Best told staffers of the layoffs in a memo, which he posted on Twitter. "Today’s the saddest day we’ve had at Substack," he wrote.

Some note privately that Abrams has urged them to stay in Georgia, arguing in meetings and calls with studio chiefs that leaving the state only hurts average citizens who have nothing to do with the new restrictions. In an interview with Variety on Tuesday, Abrams reiterated her position that cameras should keep rolling in Georgia, but with some caveats.
The law has been on hold due to a federal court challenge. Wade, an appeals court is expected to allow it to take effect within days or weeks at most. In 2019, Gov. But now that the Supreme Court has overturned Roe v. Brian Kemp signed a "heartbeat" bill, outlawing abortion after six weeks with limited exceptions for rape and incest.
"We stay away from politics… "I was very disappointed — it made me look silly," he said, adding that he will never work for Apple again. If you want to film here, we don’t care about your politics, your race, your creed or your religion." We just want to make movies.
We want the industry to stay here and help." "We are no stranger to calls for boycotts. But the thing is, the film industry leaving the state of Georgia will only hurt the most vulnerable in our state. "The feeling here is nervousness that our livelihoods could be taken away from us," said Melissa Simpson, executive director of Film Impact Georgia.
"My very strong belief is that the film industry is vital in the state, and I intend to be a governor who will keep business and keep the entertainment industry here in Georgia," she said. So, my response to what businesses should do, is that every single business, every single woman needs to do what they feel is best for them." "But we have to do so with a fervent belief in reproductive rights because of who works in this industry.
"The community is at the whim of others outside the state," said Ava Davis, an actor and filmmaker based in Atlanta, who said that most of the local industry has developed in the decade since the Great Recession. "There’s always been this fear of what happens when it goes away… I don’t think that fear will ever go away for this generation."
As abortion bans start to become enforced across the South and Midwest, companies appear to be wary of getting involved in a losing battle. For Hollywood in particular, Georgia's $1.2 billion tax credit for film and TV production may be too good to pass up.
Georgia has been home to shows including "Ozark" and "The Walking Dead," as well as numerous Marvel films including "Black Panther: Wakanda Forever." Some 39 productions are currently underway in the state, including the Netflix adaptation of the Tom Wolfe novel "A Man in Full."
"The vast majority of people in the entertainment industry in Georgia are against what’s happening," he said. "I would encourage anyone to stay here, donate to the ACLU or abortion rights groups — let's do everything we can do to fight what’s going on."
In 2019, "Barb and Star Go to Vista Del Mar" was relocated out of Georgia due to the abortion bill. But that approach has risks too. Last year, the Will Smith film "Emancipation," for Apple TV+, left the state due to the new restrictions on voting. A boycott might not involve entire studios, but rather individual filmmakers who have the clout to relocate specific projects, as has already happened in a handful of cases. More than half the states in the country are expected to ban or curtail access to the procedure, and even abortion rights advocates aren't sure that steering clear of places with restrictions will ultimately prove helpful to the cause.
"The subsidies to filming in Georgia are so great," said J.C. Bradbury, an economist at Kennesaw State University. "I think it’s going to be very hard for movie companies to turn down filming in Georgia no matter what the political ramifications are."
Supreme Court, the studios have gone quiet. But now that the law is on the verge of going into effect, thanks to the U.S. Most of them have said they will pay for workers to travel out of state to get an abortion, but none has threatened to stop production.
Several other states with abortion bans also have generous filming subsidies, including Louisiana, Texas and Ohio.
After all, in fiscal year 2021 the film and television industry was responsible for a record $4 billion in spending on productions that shot in the state. And even if Kemp has at times struck an adversarial tone with Hollywood, decrying the threats that some filmmakers made to take their business elsewhere after his administration put new voting restrictions into law in 2021, it's hard for him to justify completely alienating the entertainment business.
The state's film industry has boomed over the last decade, but has faced a series of boycott threats over legislation restricting LGBTQ rights, voting rights, and abortion rights. In the Atlanta film community, however, there is still concern that a boycott could develop once the so-called "heartbeat bill" becomes law.
The entertainment studios made a lot of noise threatening to boycott Georgia in 2019, after the state passed a bill outlawing abortion after six weeks.
"It's not like this situation is unique to Georgia," notes Amy Steigerwalt, professor of political science at Georgia State University. If you want to change the law, pulling out a bunch of people from a place where they're registered to vote doesn't really do much for you." "And there are arguments to suggest that pulling out only exacerbates the situation.
It's also a reminder that their livelihoods are contingent on outside forces. For some in Atlanta, the controversy means they will have to spend time explaining their state's politics to outsiders.
Meanwhile, Kemp is facing pressure from some conservatives to call a special session to tighten the restrictions. Stacey Abrams, Kemp's Democratic challenger, has vowed to work to repeal the law if elected. Kemp has praised the ruling and tweeted a photo of himself putting his signature on the "heartbeat" bill, but political scientists say that overturning Roe could bolster Abrams' campaign and put Kemp, who has tried to portray himself in a pro-business light, in a difficult position.
"Before this came along, Kemp was well-positioned to run the kind of campaign that got Glenn Youngkin elected governor in Virginia," says Charles S. Bullock III, a political science professor at the University of Georgia. "But now the legislature could force him to take positions that could alienate the suburban voters he needs and the investment and industry he hopes to attract as governor."
Charles Bowen, founder of the Savannah Film Alliance, urged the entertainment industry to find some way to fight back that does not involve exacting an economic toll.
The hope is that position will be enough to provide staff with access to reproductive care without forcing these companies to forgo access to credits that help defray the cost of making movies and shows. For now, studio sources say that the plan is to continue to work in the Peach State and to take a wait and see approach. Almost as soon as Roe was struck down, media companies like Netflix, Disney, and Comcast announced that they will reimburse employees who must travel out of state for abortions.
Douglas Vaught, a location manager in the southeastern corner of the state, said he did pre-production work on "Emancipation" and was annoyed when it left.
Jazz Tangcay contributed to this report.” />

Rosengart calls Spears' request to depose his daughter "a particularly low blow even for him."
Rosengart says that Spears' father has dodged his own deposition and has not produced documents that the singer's legal team has requested, and he's now trying to turn the tables with a new "strategy" to "intimidate" his daughter by trying to depose her.
In asking the court to deny the elder Spears' request to for a "revenge deposition," Rosengart notes that his own conduct "ranging from his severe alcoholism, to bankruptcy, defaults, financial mismanagement, conflicts of interest, illicit surveillance, violating his daughter’s attorney-client relationship, and other abuses, effectively render him libel proof."
"He could not sustain a living before the conservatorship (from which he reaped at least $6.3 million), and it appears he cannot do so now," Rosengart's filing continues. "But that is his fault, not his daughter’s."” />
In the latest move in the saga against her father Jamie Spears — who was her former conservator — the pop star's attorney is blasting the elder Spears for seeking "revenge" by trying to depose his famous daughter, calling it a "low blow" and a strategy to "intimidate" the singer.
Last month, he filed court documents that claimed she had gone on a social media campaign to sully his name, asking her to sit for a deposition to be questioned under oath about her post. Those docs from the elder Spears' attorney, Alex Weingarten, stated that the singer "continues to make public social media posts containing incendiary allegations of various factual matters." Spears' father has continuously stated he loves his daughter and was always serving in her best interest throughout his role as conservator.
The attorney writes, in part: "Rather than abiding by his fiduciary obligations, producing all documents in a proper, labelled, and professional manner (including his email and text messages concerning the illicit surveillance operation, of which he has produced none), and submitting to his own deposition (which he has been hiding from since 2021)."
Britney Spears' conservatorship is terminated, but the legal battle continues for the pop star.
"Mr. Spears and his counsel chose to file their meritless motion shortly after his daughter’s wedding and just before Father’s Day," Rosengart writes. (After dating for five years, Spears married actor Sam Asghari earlier this month at an intimate wedding with guests including Madonna and Paris Hilton.)
"He now, with no legitimate, good-faith basis, seeks to take a sham deposition of his daughter, all in an effort to upset and intimidate her," the star's attorney, Mathew Rosengart, wrote in a new legal filing to the Los Angeles Superior Court.
But if the conservatorship is over, why is this messy battle still ongoing? The next hearing in Spears' case is set to be held on July 13, where this matter is expected to be addressed in court.
"Instead, he chose to run up legal fees, abuse the system, and begin a battle he cannot win — all for improper purposes, while futilely trying to rehabilitate his reputation, which he himself long ago irreparably destroyed."
With Jamie Spears' team asking Britney Spears' team to schedule a deposition, the singer's lawyer is now blasting him in new court docs for seeking "revenge" through a "sham deposition" of his daughter.
Spears should be ashamed, but as he has proven even in the relatively-short time since he was suspended in disgrace as conservator, he is utterly shameless," Rosengart writes in the new filing. "James P.
The singer is still fighting against her father, who has requested she pay his hefty legal bills, despite being suspended by the court, shortly before the conservatorship was terminated in November 2021. (Spears had been under a conservatorship for more than 13 years with her dad serving as her conservator for the majority of the court-approved arrangement, until he was suspended in September 2021.) Spears' legal team claimed that her father was "abusive," "cruel" and "toxic," and took advantage of his role as conservator, taking millions from his superstar daughter's earnings, instead of looking out for her best interest. Rosengart has pledged to investigate his conduct, but has said that his client's father has failed to appear for his deposition three times.
Rosengart states in the filing that after asking Spears to resign as conservator last year, he refused and was then suspended by the court, and now, "refuses to simply go away, as he should and as any decent man or father would do." 

Entertainment and Warner Bros. That game, which debuted in 2019, shut down earlier this year. Niantic, which spun out of Google in 2015, also was the developer and publisher of “Harry Potter: Wizards Unite” under a pact with Warner Bros. Games.
Niantic needs to “further streamline our operations in order to best position the company to weather any economic storms that may lie ahead," Hanke wrote. The company is laying off 85-90 employees, Niantic CEO John Hanke said in a memo to staff Wednesday, which was first reported by Bloomberg.
“Transformers: Heavy Metal,” which Niantic announced last year in a pact with Hasbro, was going to use the same AR tech that powers "Pokémon Go" to let players use their smartphones to battle the transforming autonomous robots. Niantic also axed three other games that were in development, "Hamlet," "Blue Sky" and "Snowball."
In a statement, a Niantic spokesperson said, “We recently decided to stop production on some projects and reduce our workforce by about 8% to focus on our key priorities. We are grateful for the contributions of those leaving Niantic and we are supporting them through this difficult transition.”
This increased focus, as well our strong core business, puts us in a position to weather the broader economic uncertainty many companies are facing and continue investing in the future of AR." The rep continued, "This means we can focus on our most important priorities, including 'Pokémon Go' and a select set of new experiences, as well as the Lightship platform [a toolset for building AR experiences].
Niantic's latest project, announced Tuesday, is "NBA All-World," an upcoming real-world sports game, which lets users play one-on-one against "the best players in the world." The free-to-play geolocation basketball game will let players "find, challenge and compete against today’s NBA ballers in their neighborhoods, then recruit them to their team before proving themselves on the court," according to a press release from Niantic and the NBA.” />
Niantic, the augmented-reality games company behind "Pokémon Go," is letting go about 8% of its workforce and has scrapped several game titles it had in development, including "Transformers: Heavy Metal."

An encore presentation of the BET Awards will air on June 30 at 9 p.m. on BET.” />
This year's BET Awards experienced a boost from last year’s numbers, drawing in 3.2 million viewers across a simulcast of 10 Paramount Global networks on Sunday.
The stage lineup included Lizzo performing “About Damn Time” as well as a tribute to Sean “Diddy” Combs, who took home the BET Lifetime Achievement Award. Blige, Jodeci, Nas and Lil’ Kim, along with a surprise appearance from Kanye West. Among the other prominent moments of the night were Jack Harlow's appearance in a Lil Nas X T-shirt to protest his friend and collaborator's exclusion from the nominations, as well as the several artists who spoke out onstage or on the rep carpet about the Supreme Court's overturn of Roe v. Taraji P. The tribute featured Mary J. Wade. Henson hosted the BET Awards, with top honors going to artists such as Silk Sonic, Jazmine Sullivan, Kirk Franklin and Tems took top honors.
The rest of the viewership came from other Paramount cablers including Comedy Central, MTV, TV Land and VH1. BET averaged 2.1 million viewers out of this year’s total 3.2 million. 1 awards show on cable in the key adults 18-49 demographic, while also becoming the best-performing telecast ever on BET’s digital platforms, with 103 million social views. According to BET, the ceremony is also the No.
In comparison, the 2020 BET Awards (which were held virtually) averaged 3.7 million people, in large part due to simulcasting with CBS. This marks a 34% jump in viewership from 2021, when BET’s in-person ceremony brought in only 2.4 million viewers across multiple outlets. (CBS didn't return as a partner in 2021 or 2022.)” />
The series was a satire of suburban life and an homage to classic monster movies. It achieved better ratings than the similarly-themed, and concurrently aired, show “The Addams Family.” But "The Munsters" was canceled after two seasons when the extremely popular “Batman” series began to take over the ratings during the same timeslot. The original “Munsters” sitcom ran from 1964 to 1966.
Butch Patrick, who played the young werewolf Eddie in the original cast of "The Munsters," will join the feature reboot's cast as the Tin Can Man, director Rob Zombie announced in an Instagram post Wednesday.
In the original '60s television series, the Tin Can Man was a robot that Eddie built for a science fair before it was sabotaged, forcing his grandpa (Al Lewis) to fix it.
 I am thrilled to have another original Munster in my new film. Well, I’ll tell you!," Zombie wrote on Instagram. "My good buddy [Butch Patrick] is now in THE MUNSTERS as THE TIN CAN MAN. "Where’s Eddie you ask? Get ready for some robot fun!"
The film will be rated PG, in a departure from Zombie's previous work, which include horror films "Halloween" and "31." Zombie will direct, write and produce "The Munsters."
Elvira), as real estate agent Barbara Carr. The film will be released this fall by Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production arm of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group that develops and produces films for worldwide distribution across all non-theatrical platforms. "The Munsters" feature film was announced in June 2021, followed by a trailer released last month that featured some of the cast, which includes Jeff Daniel Phillips as Herman Munster, Sheri Moon Zombie as Lily Munster, Daniel Roebuck as Grandpa, Catherine Schell, Jorge Garcia, Sylvester McCoy, Richard Brake and Cassandra Petersen (a.k.a.

"AZNBBGRL," the upcoming coming-of-age series from Freeform and 20th Television, revealed its series regular cast on Tuesday. The show will be led by Cathy Bui, Lynn Kim Do and Jazelle Villanueva.
Bui, previously seen in Erin Tau's short film “All I Ever Wanted," will play Anh, a hard working woman focused on getting into a top college. Her dream is derailed when she and her best friend Jenny, played by Kim Do of "FBI: Most Wanted," are forced into a scheme that leads them to a street gang. Though initially at odds with Jenny, Dang-Dang grows a surprisingly deep friendship with Jenny and Ahn. Jenny, born to a well-off family but constricted by her parent’s expectations, enlisted her best friend Anh in the dangerous plan. Finally, Villanueva portrays Dang-Dang, a lively young woman with a troubled past.
Driven by a desire to break free from generational expectations, the three women form an intense bond when they become entangled with a street gang that offers them a way out. Set in the Vietnamese community of Little Saigon in Orange County, "AZNBBGRL" follows three Asian American teenagers as they carve out their own place in the world.
Jake Kasdan produces for The Detective Agency. Wu will serve as showrunner, and Thai will also direct.” /> "AZNBBGRL" is executive produced by Natalie Chaidez, Dinh Thai, Kai Yu Wu and Melvin Mar.
Also confirmed as part of the "AZNBBGRL" cast is Quentin Nguyen-Duy (“Law & Order: SVU”), Alejandro Akara (“Dark Harvest”), Audrey Huynh (The Boss Baby: Back in Business) and Cat Ly (“Owl and the Sparrow”).

Tiny yellow henchmen will attempt to spark fireworks at the box office over the July 4 weekend.
Variety's Peter Debruge called the film a "delightfully silly sequel," adding that Illumination delivers "another feel-good dose of bad behavior." Debruge's fellow film critics were mixed on "Minions 2," which holds a 68% on Rotten Tomatoes, though reviews rarely matter for kids' movies.
The saga of Gru and the gang reached a high with 2015's spinoff "Minions," which opened to $115 million and later crossed the billion-dollar mark. In and around that time, 2013's "Despicable Me 2" pulled in $84 million in its debut and 2017's threequel "Despicable Me 3" collected $72.4 million to start. With any luck, "Minions" will score a bigger opening weekend than "Sonic 2" and "Lightyear." But according to current projections, the newest goofy comedy about mischievous yellow critters is on pace to score the series' lowest debut since 2010's "Despicable Me" ignited the franchise with $56 million. Those receipts indicate that even if "The Rise of Gru" gets off to a slower start compared to its predecessors, the film could keep playing in theaters to sizable crowds throughout the summer. Those films grossed $970 million and $1 billion, respectively. After becoming a word-of-mouth hit, the first "Despicable Me" film ended its box office run with a strong $543 million globally.
The film opens in 61 additional markets in the coming days. "Minions: The Rise of Gru" began its rollout at the international box office over the weekend, generating $3.7 million in Australia. The single-eyed creatures are especially popular overseas, where the first "Minions" spinoff generated a staggering $823 million — 71% of overall ticket sales.” />
Pixar veteran Kyle Balda directed "Minions: The Rise of Gru," which takes place in the 1970s as a young Gru (the baddie-turned-daddy from "Despicable Me," voiced by Steve Carell) tries to test the waters of supervillain life. Henson, Michelle Yeoh, Jean-Claude Van Damme and Julie Andrews round out the voice cast. Taraji P. It goes awry at first, but Gru eventually finds his crew of scoundrels. C'mon, what did you expect for a guy whose first name is Felonious?
Though it's the only new nationwide release, "Minions" will have to fend off holdover titles including Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis," "Jurassic World: Dominion," "Top Gun: Maverick" and Pixar's "Lightyear." "Minions: The Rise of Gru," the fifth installment in Universal and Illumination’s popular "Despicable Me" franchise, is headed for a first-place finish, with the family film expected to bring in $65 million to $75 million from 4,400 North American theaters during the extended holiday period.
Paramount's "Sonic the Hedgehog 2" beat forecasts in April, debuting to $72 million over President's Day weekend, but Disney's less-embraced "Lightyear" fell short of expectations, launching with $51 million. But as the box office has attempted to rebound from COVID-19, movies that cater to younger crowds have been a mixed bag in terms of ticket sales. These days, it can be tricky to predict the movies that'll entice parents and their kids. The well-reviewed "Minions: The Rise of Gru" looks to test the viability of kid-friendly animated flicks on the big screen. Family audiences are huge drivers in box office revenues and therefore key to the movie theater industry's revival.

Bee" (18.2 million). Elsewhere on this week's chart was "Peaky Blinders" Season 6 (30.4 million), "You Don't Know Me" (21.9 million), "First Kill" (18.6 million) and "Man vs.
2 position, "Stranger Things" Season 4 was watched for 76.9 million minutes from June 20-26. In the No. However, the season will likely climb back to the top next week — the two episodes that make up Season 4 Volume 2, which have a combined runtime of approximately four hours, will debut on July 1. Volume 1 took "Stranger Things" Season 4 to the top of Netflix's list of most popular English-language series of all time, and to the No. 2 position on the Most Popular list overall, where it's second only to South Korean drama "Squid Game."
See Netflix’s Top 10 lists for the week of June 20-26 below, beginning with English-language series and followed by non-English-language TV shows, English-language movies and then non-English-language movies.” />
This storyline was written in response to Page's own gender identity; the actor came out as non-binary and trans in 2020. "Umbrella Academy" Season 3 was highly anticipated, as Netflix announced in March that Elliot Page's character, previously known as Vanya Hargreeves, would come out as transgender and change his name to Viktor. Viktor's coming out story on the show has been well-received; Variety chief TV critic Daniel D'addario praised the show's "strikingly, even movingly low-key approach" and noted a "nuanced and an elegantly performed" scene where Viktor gets his first haircut from a men's barber.
After four weeks in the No. 1 position of Netflix's Top 10 chart, Season 4 of "Stranger Things" has finally slipped from the top. Season 3 of "The Umbrella Academy" took that position during the June 20-26 viewing window, having premiered on June 22. The series was watched for 124.5 million hours in its first five days of availability on the streamer.
Based on My Chemical Romance lead singer Gerard Way's comic book series of the same name, "The Umbrella Academy" first debuted on Netflix in 2019. The series follows a group of young superhero siblings, with Season 3 centering the Umbrella Academy's conflict with a new group called the Sparrow Academy — while an unidentified destructive entity is wreaking havoc in the universe.
3 position with 32.3 million hours, Season 2 came in fourth place with 31.2 million, and Season 1 came in sixth with 29.2 million. All previous seasons of "Stranger Things" made the Top 10 list again, as has been the case since the debut of Season 4. Season 3 took the No.
Also of note is the chart reappearance of "The Umbrella Academy" Season 1, which took the No. 7 position with 27.2 million hours as fans presumably prepared to watch Season 3.” />
RLJE Films and Shudder have acquired Nyla Innuksuk’s "Slash/Back," an alien invasion thriller that premiered to raves at this year’s SXSW.
He went on to compare the film to geek favorite "Attack the Block," adding that it "…seems bound to find a cult following, but it will mean the most to Inuit audiences, for whom standing up to invaders is more than just another genre-movie cliché."
It stars a young cast that includes Tasiana Shirley, Alexis Wolfe, Nalajoss Ellsworth and Chelsea Prusky. "Slash/Back" is the feature directorial debut of Innuksuk, who also co-wrote the film with Ryan Cavan ("The Secret Goat").
Mark Ward and Betsy Rodgers from RLJE Films negotiated the deal with UTA Independent Film Group on behalf of the filmmakers. Innuksuk produced "Slash/Back" along with Daniel Bekerman, Alex Ordanis, and Chris Yurkovich of Good Question Media, as well as Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Stacey Aglok MacDonald, and Ethan Lazar.
“The brilliant effects, strong female leads and fun, adventurous story make this a film we know audiences are going to love," said Mark Ward, chief acquisitions officer at RLJE Films.
Using makeshift weapons and their horror movie knowledge, they battle back against the intruders. But for Maika and her ragtag friends, things change after they discover an alien invasion threatening their hometown. Set in Pangnirtung, Nunavut, a sleepy hamlet nestled in the mountains of Baffin Island in the Arctic Ocean, "Slash/Back" opens as the village wakes up to a typical summer day.
Critics embraced the film after it debuted at SXSW, with Variety's Peter Debruge writing, "Indigenous director Nyla Innuksuk imagines an alien-invasion thriller that works on multiple levels, empowering the community in which she made it.”
The film is expected to be released in theaters and on VOD/Digital before streaming on Shudder later this year. Shudder is focused on horror, thriller and supernatural content, so the appeal is obvious. The two companies are business units of AMC Networks.
“We look forward to working with our new friends at RLJE Films/Shudder, fellow genre nerds who we feel really appreciate 'Slash/Back' and all its heartfelt horror love.” “It was a dream to make 'Slash/Back' alongside my talented teenage cast in one of the most remote and beautiful places on the planet and I am thrilled to be partnering with RLJE Films/Shudder to bring our quirky alien movie to a wider audience,” said Innuksuk.

In addition to that, he was arrested last June for pointing a gun at a hotel employee over a parking fee. He was also caught in a drive-by shooting in September of 2021, resulting in him being shot in both legs. The incident stemmed from a road rage argument in which another vehicle pulled up to the rapper and shot into his car 22 times.
He was accused of recklessly swerving through boats and swimmers in the area and given a series of charges including reckless operation of a boat and eluding law enforcement. Instead of pulling over, the Jacksonville rapper kept going until police eventually caught up to him. According to NBC Miami, officers tried to pull SpotemGottem over as he was speeding on a jet ski near the Miami Marine Stadium.
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Footage of SpotemGottem getting arrested after he allegedly ran from police on a jetski.👀
Rapper SpotemGottem was caught in an unconventional face-off with Miami police over the weekend after he reportedly attempted to flee from officers on a jet ski.
The song was acclaimed and remixed by many artists including DaBaby, Latto, Polo G, Lil Yachty and NLE Choppa. SpotemGottem is best known for his 2020 hit single "Beat Box," which peaked at No. 12 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart.
He was arrested in a hotel room just a week before he was scheduled to play the Rolling Loud Festival. SpotemGottem was already out on bond for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and aggravated assault for a July 2021 altercation.
He was arrested and taken to Miami-Dade jail after police caught up to him in the pursuit.
SpotemGottem was set to appear in Miami-Dade County court on June 27 after spending the night in jail.” />

Fans of Schwartz's songs won't have to wait till Christmas 2024 to get any of them on the screen: He co-wrote new tunes for "Disenchanted," the sequel to "Enchanted," which will be released as a Disney+ streaming exclusive on Thanksgiving Day of this year — with a song for Idina Menzel, the original "Defying Gravity" singer, who did not get any musical numbers in the first film back  in 2007.
This was common practice in the late '50s, 1960s and even early '70s, with a significant number of musicals going out to cinemas with a break mirroring where the intermission spot came in their Broadway incarnations, including "My Fair Lady," "The Sound of Music," "Fiddler on the Roof," "Oklahoma!," "South Pacific," "Paint Your Wagon," "Hello, Dolly!," "West Side Story," "Camelot," "South Pacific," "Sweet Charity," "Star!," "Oliver!," "Thoroughly Modern Millie" and "Chitty Chitty Bang Bang." Apparently never under consideration: an initial road-show version of a long movie with an intermission built in.
Chu and have Cynthia Erivo as the Wicked Witch delivering "Defying Gravity," with Ariana Grande as her blonde-privileged counterpart. The Universal films will be directed by Jon M.
"So, for these two reasons," Schwartz continued, "plus the excitement of doing something that’s never been done before with a musical, we have decided to do two movies. Of course, when it’s all done, if it doesn’t work that way, we’ll have to figure something out. But we strongly believe that this is what’s best for our story, our show, and our fans.”
It's not just about overall length, the composer is saying — it's about the audience needing a breather after one of the great Act 1 closers of all time. (Even if that breather is 12 months of moviegoers going on with their daily business, versus 20 minutes cooling their heels outside a Broadway house.)
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But Quentin Tarantino is the only major filmmaker to try a theatrical intermission in recent years, with "Hateful Eight," and that was limited to a very narrow run before he went nationwide with an intermission-free cut at the same running time.
He did not address the power of "Defying Gravity," the most pop-u-lahr song in the score. … So we decided to give ourselves a bigger canvas." But he did write at the time that there was no way to "wrestle" the stage show "into a single film without doing some real damage to it. Chu issued his own announcement about the halving when the news was revealed April 26.
According to Stephen Schwartz, nothing can follow "Defying Gravity." And for the "Wicked" songwriter, that's one key reason why the movie version of his blockbuster Broadway musical has to be split into two parts.
"We found it very difficult to get past ‘Defying Gravity’ without a break," Schwartz says. "That song is written specifically to bring a curtain down, and whatever scene to follow it without a break just seemed hugely anti-climactic."
Schwartz is understood to be working on at least one new song. All parties have indicated that additional material is being added in lengthening a show that runs 2 hours and 45 minutes on Broadway — with an intermission — into two films that will presumably last at least an hour and a half each.
Additionally, Schwartz said, “What we have discussed is that changes need to be ‘additive,’ to use (producer) Marc Platt’s term. I feel confident that by the time the movie is made, if we all continue to have the same degree of input, I could have a conversation with anyone who has a question about any of the changes made from the stage show and justify why I think it’s better for the movie.” They can’t just be changes to do something different. They need to add something to the story or the characters.
25, 2025. He had other reasons to agree with the decision to split "Wicked" in two, with the films currently set for release on two successive days well into the future: Dec. Schwartz made the comment regarding "Defying Gravity" in a statement he released to "The Schwartz Scene," a fan newsletter. 25, 2024 and Dec.
“The truth is we tried for some time to make it one movie, even if it had to be one very long movie," Schwartz said in his statement to the newsletter. The first is that even as a very long single movie, it required us cutting or omitting things that we wanted to include and that we think fans of the show and the story will appreciate." The second reason, as he explained it, came down to the show-stopper number, and the inability for what comes at the beginning of Act 2 to escape its gravitational pull. "But we kept running into two problems.
The director said in his April statement that up until the decision to break "Wicked" into two films, he and the creative team had "tried to cut songs or trim characters, (but) those decisions began to feel like fatal compromises to the source material that has entertained us all for so many years." Some of the show's diehard fans were confused about why songs or characters would have been needed to be cut for a single film, since a straight-forward rendering of the stage material would run about two and a half hours without intermission, shorter than most recent superhero films.

On Tuesday, the board once again praised Chapek as the right steward to guide Disney through a tumultuous time in the entertainment business.
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But there were several missteps. It's also thrown Disney, a company that has often tried to avoid the culture wars, into the center of several polarizing political debates. Most notably, when Chapek dealt with a near staff revolt in the wake of his botched response to an anti-gay bill in Florida, where Walt Disney World is located. That infuriated Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who responded by abolishing Disney’s self-governing district in Orlando. Chapek initially sought to avoid entering the political fray by largely remaining silent, which enraged staffers, but ultimately came against the new law and announced a pause on political donations in Florida.
Rice, who served as general entertainment chief, had recently renewed his contract, which forced Disney to pay out millions. This month, Chapek attracted a fresh wave of negative coverage after he unceremoniously fired Peter Rice, a well-regarded executive who was seen as a possible successor to the Disney chief. At the time, the company's board made the highly unusual decision of publicly announcing that it was once again backing Chapek. That move was seen as damaging to relations with the talent community. Those weren't the only times when Chapek's hand seemed less than steady. He also got in a high-profile standoff with Scarlett Johansson after the actor sued the company for its decision to simultaneously release her Marvel adventure, "Black Widow," in theaters and on streaming in the summer of 2021.
“I started at Disney almost 30 years ago, and today have the privilege of leading one of the world’s greatest, most dynamic companies, bringing joy to millions around the world." “Leading this great company is the honor of a lifetime, and I am grateful to the Board for their support,” said Chapek.
Bob is the right leader at the right time for The Walt Disney Company, and the Board has full confidence in him and his leadership team.” “Disney was dealt a tough hand by the pandemic, yet with Bob at the helm, our businesses — from parks to streaming — not only weathered the storm, but emerged in a position of strength,” said Susan Arnold, Chairman of the Board. “In this important time of growth and transformation, the Board is committed to keeping Disney on the successful path it is on today, and Bob’s leadership is key to achieving that goal.
That helped off-set the lost revenues that Disney had to endure when COVID forced the company to shutter its parks and cruise businesses temporarily. The move comes as Chapek's future has been hotly debated around Hollywood and in media circles. After taking the reins from his charismatic predecessor Bob Iger, Chapek got plaudits for his no-nonsense approach to growing Disney's streaming service. And he and the company's stock was initially rewarded when Disney+ blew past subscriber projections after launching in 2019.
Chapek is a 30-year veteran of Disney and previously oversaw the company's lucrative theme parks business.
Shares of Disney were up slightly in after-hours trading after closing Tuesday down 0.71% at $95.92.
Embattled Walt Disney Company chief Bob Chapek got a critical endorsement after the entertainment giant's board of directors voted unanimously on Tuesday to extend his contract for an additional three years.

Writing about how the relationship is portrayed in the film, Variety film critic Owen Gleiberman writes: "No matter much he sees through the Colonel’s schemes, he can’t bring himself to quit him. Yet he spends the rest of his life rebelling against him."
While Luhrmann claims that his film is not based on the acclaimed music journalists' 2010 book, he did use research from the Colonel-Presley biography, which is considered one of the most definitive accounts of the relationship between Presley and his infamous manager.
1 bestseller "The Colonel" below: Buy Alanna Nash's No.
'The Colonel' by Alanna Nash” />
Read the author's break down of what was fact and what was fiction in the new "Elvis" movie in this recent Variety interview. Why didn't he help him through his drug and substance abuse? In her 448-page tome, Nash uncovers never-before-seen documents that unearth Parker's biggest secrets, many of which explain the peculiar choices he made throughout Presley's career. What was with all those mediocre movies? Through masterful reporting, Nash uncovers army records, psychiatric records and even an original police report of an unsolved murder case that all serve to better understand it all. Why did he never allow Elvis to perform in Europe?
Nash began her reporting after attending Presley's funeral in 1977. She was one of the only journalists to be afforded the opportunity to view Elvis's remains but it was the sight of The Colonel, dressed in a Hawaiian t-shirt and baseball cap at the funeral, that peaked her interest.
Unlike most books about The King, "The Colonel" investigates how Elvis became such a phenomenon not through the artist himself but through the life of Thomas Andrew Parker, a mysterious figure known for being one of the most controlling managers in music history. Joining Presley in 1955, Parker can be credited with being one of the key architects in Presley's career.
Alanna Nash's 2010 biography on Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley has become a No. 1 bestseller on Amazon following Baz Luhrmann's new "Elvis" biopic that premiered this past weekend.
Luhrmann's "Elvis," which smashed the box office this past weekend, follows Austin Butler's Elvis as he becomes a hardworking showhorse to the Colonel, played by Tom Hanks. The newfound interest in the Colonel makes sense.

You can test out the service with a free 1-day trial before committing to the monthly buy. The streaming platform is well worth the higher price for sports fans, who can get access to the Tennis Channel, FS1, ESPN News and other sports channels that offer in-depth analysis and coverage. A subscription to FuboTV has a steeper price but is more comprehensive, getting you more than 100 channels including ESPN and ESPN2.
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Third Round – July 1-2
Check out the full Wimbledon schedule, and the best ways to stream the matches, below.
Wimbledon is officially underway — and it's already proving to be a tournament you don't want to miss.
Men's Semifinals – July 8
In addition to live sports, you'll also have access to their on-demand content with exclusive analysis, ESPN Originals and their award-winning "30 for 30" library.” /> For just $7.99 a month, ESPN+ grants you access to the full ESPN library, which includes thousands of live events from the best leagues and tournaments across the world, such as Wimbledon.
Quarterfinals – July 5-6
First Round – June 27-28
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Fourth Round – July 3-4
Wimbledon 2022 schedule:
Men's Final – July 10
However, there are still plenty of ways for cable-cutters to stream the matches online, on streamers such as Sling TV and Fubo TV. Matches will be aired on ESPN and ESPN+ everyday, in addition to free broadcasts on ABC throughout the weekend. Wimbledon 2022 runs from June 27 through July 10.
Women's Semifinals – July 7
Rafael Nadal has the chance to capture a rare calendar-year Grand Slam after his wins at the Australian Open and French Open. And all eyes are on top contenders Iga Swiatek, who captured the French Open in June, and reigning champion Novak Djokovic, who's expected to bounce back after his most recent loss against Nadal at Roland Garros. Serena Williams has returned to the court for the first time after withdrawing from Wimbledon due to injury in 2021.
The tournament also marks the first time that Roger Federer won't be up for a title since 1998, the year before he first made his debut on the famed court.
You'll be able to catch all of the matches through Sling Orange which, for only $35 a month, also gets you access to 31 other live channels including Disney, Freeform and CNN. But if there are only a few particular matches you want to stream, you can always sign up for a free 3-day trial. Sling TV, which offers both ESPN and ESPN2, is the most affordable option for streaming Wimbledon.
Second Round – June 29-30
Women's Final – July 9

"The second [movie] was thinking about where Kenobi ends up," Beattie continued. "And one of the most powerful and probably the most powerful moment in all of Obi-Wan's story is that moment where he sacrifices himself in 'A New Hope.' Great moment, you know, makes you cry. That required pre-acceptance that this was going to happen." But, if you stop and think about it, it's a pretty sudden thing, to just kind of go be fighting a guy, to see Luke and go, 'I'm gonna die.' You know, that to me, that required forethought.
Beattie's second "Obi-Wan" film would follow the character coming to terms with his own mortality, thus giving more clarity to his "A New Hope" sacrifice. The film would "get him to that point where Obi Wan has accepted the idea that he's going to die, and that he's going to die willingly at a crucial moment." A second "Obi-Wan" movie never moved into development as Beattie was still working away on the first film when the studio pulled the plug.
Beattie confirmed the original movie plan was for "a full trilogy," adding that Ewan McGregor was on board with the plan. The screenwriter said  that if he gets the chance to "have anything to do with the second season of 'Obi-Wan," then he'll re-pitch his idea for the mortality-themed second movie. "Obi-Wan" was billed as a limited series, but McGregor is already game for more.
Beattie's credit carried over from his work drafting the first movie in an intended "Obi-Wan" trilogy. Had "Solo: A Star Wars Story" not disappointed at the box office in 2018, then "Obi-Wan Kenobi" might've been a full-fledged movie trilogy instead of a six-episode Disney+ limited series. Screenwriter Stuart Beattie has "story by" and/or writing credits on multiple "Obi-Wan" episodes, but he recently told The Direct that he had no involvement with the Disney+ series.
I'm proud of my story that [got] told. I'm glad the show got made. "I like 'Solo,' personally, but it hadn't made a lot of money… I wish, I wish they'd been able to make my movies." it certainly crushed us. I'm glad it got made. "It was 'Solo' that changed the direction of the system," Beattie said. I'm glad my characters are all through it. And I'm glad I got credit for it. Devastated, absolutely devastated. But, that's the business, you know, highs and lows.
So, I did not work with them at all, I just got credit for the episodes because it was all my stuff." And then, when the decision was made not to make any more spin-off films after 'Solo' came out, I left the project and went on to other things. Joby [Harold] came on and took my scripts and turned it from two hours into six. "I wrote the film that they based the show on," Beattie said. "I spent like a year, year-and-a-half working on it.
“I really hope we do another,” McGregor recently told British GQ. “If I could do one of these every now and again — I’d just be happy about it.”
Beattie said his original "Obi-Wan" pitch to Lucasfilm was, "three stories because there's three different evolutions that the character has to make in order to go from Obi-Wan to Ben [in 'A New Hope']. The first one was the first movie, which was the show, which was, 'Surrender to the will of the Force. Leave the kid alone.'" Transport your will, surrender your will.
All six episodes of "Obi-Wan Kenobi" are now streaming on Disney+” />