Douglas is repped by UTA. Van Patten is repped by CAA and Range Media Partners.” /> Ellis is repped by ICM, attorney Bob Myman and Truline Entertainment.
Michael Douglas will star as U.S. Founding Father Benjamin Franklin in a new limited series for Apple, Variety has learned.
Tony Krantz of Flame Ventures and Mark Mostyn also executive produce, with Schiff co-executive producing. Emmy-winning director Tim Van Patten will direct and executive produce. Douglas will executive produce in addition to starring. Richard Plepler will executive produce via EDEN Productions, which is currently under an overall deal at Apple. Apple Studios and ITV Studios will co-produce.
By virtue of his fame, charisma, and ingenuity, Franklin outmaneuvered British spies, French informers, and hostile colleagues, all while engineering the Franco-American alliance of 1778 and the final peace with England of l783. The series will explore the story of one of the greatest gambles of Franklin’s career. At age 70, without any diplomatic training, Franklin convinced France – an absolute monarchy – to underwrite America’s experiment in democracy. The eight-year French mission stands as Franklin’s most vital service to his country, without which America would not have won the Revolution.
The untitled series is based on the book “A Great Improvisation: Franklin, France, and the Birth of America” by Pulitzer Prize winner Stacy Schiff. Kirk Ellis, the writer behind HBO's "John Adams" series, will write the show for Apple and serve as an executive producer.
Douglas is primarily known for his film roles. Douglas' other film roles include "Fatal Attraction," "Basic Instinct," "Falling Down," and "Solitary Man." Douglas most recently starred in the Netflix series "The Kominsky Method," which aired its third and final season on the streamer in 2021. He won the Oscar for best actor for his iconic role in "Wall Street" in 1988, with Douglas reprising the role of Gordon Gekko in "Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps" in 2010. His starring role in the series earned him a Golden Globe in 2019 and three consecutive Emmy nominations for best actor in a comedy series. He was also part of the producing team for "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest," which won the Oscar for best picture in 1976.

Announced presenters include Angela Bassett, Stephen Colbert, Viola Davis, Michael Douglas, Billy Porter and Zendaya, in addition to much of the "Game of Thrones" cast, including Kit Harington, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Sophie Turner and Maisie Williams.” /> Instead, there will be a variety of stars taking the stage to present awards and maintain the show's flow. And, for the fourth time in Emmy history, the ceremony will be host-less, just like the 2019 Oscars.
PT out of the 7,100-seat Microsoft Theater at L.A. P.T., followed by an hour-long arrivals special at 4 p.m. The broadcast will begin with Fox's own pre-show beginning at 3:30 p.m. 22 at 5 p.m. Additionally, viewers can also watch a livestream of the events on Fox.com (with a cable subscription) or the Fox Now app. The ceremony will take place Sept. Live in downtown Los Angeles and broadcast live on Fox.
Whether you're a "Killing Eve" fan eager to see co-stars Sandra Oh and Jodie Comer face off in the same category, a "Veep" enthusiast excited to see Julia Louis-Dreyfus potentially nab the honor of most Emmy wins of any performer in history, or a "Game of Thrones" lover expecting to see the HBO show break more records, this awards season is one for the books. The 71st Primetime Emmy Awards won't be one to miss.

(2011), Ben Stiller (2012), Jerry Bruckheimer (2013), Matthew McConaughey (2014), Reese Witherspoon (2015), Ridley Scott (2016), Amy Adams (2017) and Bradley Cooper (2018).” /> Previous American Cinematheque Award honorees include: Eddie Murphy (1986), Bette Midler (1987), Robin Williams (1988), Steven Spielberg (1989), Ron Howard (1990), Martin Scorsese (1991), Sean Connery (1992), Michael Douglas (1993), Rob Reiner (1994), Mel Gibson (1995), Tom Cruise (1996), John Travolta (1997), Arnold Schwarzenegger (1998), Jodie Foster (1999), Bruce Willis (2000), Nicolas Cage (2001), Denzel Washington (2002), Nicole Kidman (2003), Steve Martin (2004), Al Pacino (2005), George Clooney (2006), Julia Roberts (2007), Samuel L. Jackson (2008), Matt Damon (2010), Robert Downey Jr.
"She showed her fierce physicality in acclaimed action films like 'Mad Max: Fury Road' and 'Atomic Blonde.' She gave us portraits of troubled women in Golden Globe-nominated performances in 'Young Adult' and 'Tully.' She made an immediate and strong impression from the beginning in acclaimed as 'The Cider House Rules.'" "She won the Academy Award for transforming herself unrecognizably into a serial killer in 'Monster' and she earned another Oscar nomination for 'North Country,'" Nicita added.
The selection was announced Monday. Theron was the unanimous choice of the Cinematheque Board of Directors selection committee.
“Charlize Theron is making a significant contribution to the art of motion pictures while breaking through outmoded limitations on what an actress and producer can do." “The American Cinematheque is extremely pleased to honor Charlize Theron as the 33rd recipient of the American Cinematheque Award at our celebration this year," said American Cinematheque chairman Rick Nicita.
Nicita also noted that Theron will starring as Megyn Kelly in the upcoming Fox News movie about the Roger Ailes harassment scandal. She'll also be co-producing the currently untitled film.
Charlize Theron has been selected for the 2019 American Cinematheque Award, with the presentation set to take place Nov. 8 at the Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, Calif.

Critically lauded Whitney Houston documentary "Whitney" is continuing the summer doc trend, debuting at 454 theaters to an estimated $1.2 million for Roadside Attractions.
"Ant-Man and the Wasp" has an 86% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. Peyton Reed, who oversaw the first film, returns to the director’s chair. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, and Bobby Cannavale. The sequel, which has a reported $130 million budget, is also opening in 48% of international markets this weekend.
The sequel sees Scott Lang grappling with the struggle of being both a superhero and a father. Rudd and Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, respectively — superheroes able to shrink themselves into the quantum realm.
The 20th Marvel film, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, totaled an estimated $33.8 million Friday, including $11.5 million in Thursday previews. It's tracking in line with Disney's earlier projections in the $70 million to $85 million range.
"The Purge: Election Year" is the highest-grossing film of the franchise, reeling in $79.2 million over its run. The fourth film in the "Purge" franchise opened on July 4 and earned $14 million from Wednesday and Thursday. "The Purge: Election Year" opened to $31.5 million in 2016, topped by the original "Purge" with $34 million in 2013. Universal's "The First Purge" is looking to earn about $18 million from 3,031 domestic theaters in its debut for Universal.
Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin reprise their roles as a former undercover operative and CIA agent, respectively. "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" should bring in another $7.3 million in its second weekend to land fifth place and bring the Sony film's domestic total to $35.3 million. The original "Sicario" earned $46.8 million over its entire run.
If estimates hold, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" will be the seventh-highest domestic debut of the year, behind "Solo: A Star Wars Story's" $84.4 million. The original "Ant-Man" opened to $57 million two years ago, and went on to earn $519 million worldwide.
The fourth weekend of Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" will battle it out for the second place slot with the sophomore frame of "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom," which are each pegged for around $30 million.
With this weekend's take, it will outpace 2016's "Finding Dory" as the highest-grossing animated film of all time with $486 million. "Fallen Kingdom" on Friday passed the $1 billion mark globally, with $699 million from international markets. "Incredibles 2" has so far earned a massive $683 million worldwide, including $475 million domestically.
"The First Purge" explains the origins of the 12-hour titular purge, which began as a sociological experiment on Staten Island designed to push the crime rate below 1% during the remainder of the year, but spreads across the nation. James DeMonaco wrote the script and handed directing duties to Gerard McMurray. The Blumhouse film is currently sitting at a 52% Rotten Tomatoes score and earned a B- CinemaScore.
Disney-Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is on its way to an estimated $83.7 million opening weekend from 4,206 North American locations.
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Boots Riley wrote and directed the film in his directorial debut. Annapurna's dystopian sci-fi comedy "Sorry to Bother You," starring Tessa Thompson and Lakeith Stanfield, is opening in a limited 16 theaters to an estimated $695,000 for a per-screen average of about $43,000. The film follows a young African-American telemarketer (Stanfield) who adopts a white accent in order to thrive at his job.

"Ant-Man and the Wasp," the 20th title in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appears to be performing ahead of Disney's recent forecasts in the $70 million to $85 million range. The superhero team-up, starring Paul Rudd and Evangeline Lilly, pulled in a solid $11.5 million on Thursday night.
It's the first full weekend of the third quarter following a record-setting second quarter, which saw the domestic box office pull in $3.33 billion thanks to blockbuster performances by "Avengers: Infinity War," "Incredibles 2," and "Deadpool 2." Overall North American moviegoing on the Fourth of July surged 28.5% to $43.5 million, according to comScore — the highest gross for the holiday since 2010's $44.9 million, led by "Twilight Saga: Eclipse" with $13.2 million.
"The First Purge" will finish fourth behind the fourth frame of Disney-Pixar's "Incredibles 2" and the third weekend of Universal's "Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom." Early estimates on Friday placed "Incredibles 2" in second with about $35 million, which will lift its total domestic gross to $510 million — surpassing "Beauty and the Beast" for the 11th spot on the all-time North American list.
The summer season has hit $2.4 billion as of July 4 — up 15.6% over last year — and the year-to-date total has surged 8.9% ahead of 2017, with $6.35 billion. The same weekend last year saw strong business with $207.2 million overall when "Spider-Man: Homecoming" opened with $117 million, noted Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst with comScore.
"Though last year's comparable weekend was fittingly led by 'Spider-Man: Homecoming,' this weekend will put up strong numbers and keep the summer box office gravy train rolling along and multiplexes buzzing with activity."” /> "Another Marvel-ous summer weekend is in the cards that will see Disney's latest superhero extravaganza, 'Ant-Man and the Wasp,' joining forces with Universal's already released horror entry 'The First Purge' and a lineup of notable holdovers to power a solid first weekend of July," he said.
Critics have embraced "Ant-Man and the Wasp," which carries an 86% fresh score on Rotten Tomatoes. The sequel, which has a reported $130 million budget, is also opening in 48% of international markets this weekend. The cast also includes Michael Douglas, Hannah John-Kamen, Michelle Pfeiffer, Michael Pena, Walton Goggins, and Bobby Cannavale. Peyton Reed, who oversaw the first film, returns to the director's chair.
Disney-Marvel's "Ant-Man and the Wasp" is flying high with an impressive $87 million opening weekend at 4,026 North American locations, early estimates showed Friday.
Rudd and Lilly reprise their roles as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Hope van Dyne/The Wasp, respectively — superheroes able to shrink themselves into the quantum realm. The sequel sees Scott Lang grappling with the struggle of being both a superhero and a father.
Sony's second weekend of "Sicario: Day of the Soldado" will finish a distant fifth with about $8 million, pushing the sequel to about $35 million in its first 10 days.
That 2015 Marvel title went on to earn $519 million globally. The sequel will also wind up far ahead of the original "Ant-Man," which opened with $57 million domestically two years ago. Should it over-perform, it could become the 70th title to hit the $90 million mark in its launch weekend. If estimates hold, "Ant-Man and the Wasp" will launch with the sixth-highest domestic debut of the year.
The foreign performance has already lifted "Fallen Kingdom" past the $1 billion worldwide mark. That's about $320 million short of 2015's "Jurassic Word," which is sixth on the all-time domestic grosser list. "Fallen Kingdom" is heading for about $30 million and should wind up the weekend with about $334 million in its first 17 days.
Early estimates placed the fourth iteration of low-cost dystopian horror franchise at $17 million during the Friday-Sunday period. Universal's "The First Purge" got a two-day head start with a respectable $14 million at 3,031 North American locations on Wednesday and Thursday.
"Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom" posted the 20th-highest launch at $148 million and "Deadpool 2" was the 31st-highest at $125.5 million. Disney has dominated the box office this year with three of the top eight domestic debuts of all time: "Avengers: Infinity War" with $257.7 million, "Black Panther" with $202 million, and "Incredibles 2" with $182 million.