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‘Downward Dog’ Canceled by ABC After 1 Season
“Downward Dog” is being put to sleep. ABC has canceled the freshman comedy that launched in May, a network representative confirmed to TheWrap. Series co-creator Samm Hodges, who voiced the eponymous pooch, announced the news on Twitter on Friday with a message from himself and co-creator Michael Killen. “Got the very surprising news that ABC is not moving forward with ‘Downward Dog,'” the statement reads. “They loved it creatively and really wanted to make more, but couldn’t find a financial path to do so.” Also Read: 14 Shows That Were Canceled on Awful Cliffhangers (Photos) Hodges and Killen wrote »
- Ryan Gajewski
Syfy Orders George R.R. Martin’s ‘Nightflyers’ to Pilot
The network revealed they were developing the novella as a series back in May. It was previously adapted into the 1987 film of the same name. Jeff Buhler wrote the adaptation for television. The story follows eight maverick scientists and a powerful telepath who embark on an expedition to the edge of our solar system in the hopes of contacting alien life. They travel aboard The Nightflyer – a ship with a small tightknit crew and a reclusive captain. But when terrifying »
- Joe Otterson
Luke Grimes Starring in ‘Yellowstone’ With Kevin Costner (Exclusive)
The Paramount Network show is set in the largest contiguous ranch in the United States, which, despite its size, finds its borders threatened by land developers, an Indian reservation, and America’s first national park. Costner plays the ranch owner’s patriarch, while Grimes plays his youngest son, Cory.
- Brent Lang
Box Office: ‘Transformers 5’ Stumbles With $8.1 Million Thursday
“Transformers: The Last Knight” is looking very creaky as it lumbers towards its opening weekend.
The fifth film in the robots series picked up $8.1 million on Thursday, bringing its domestic gross to $23.7 million after two days of release. At this pace, “Transformers: The Last Knight” will just top $60 million in the the first five days of its release. That’s a dramatic slide from the $100 million that the most recent installment, “Transformers: Age of Extinction” racked up over its first three days of release when it hit theaters in 2014.
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It’s also a sign that the long-running franchise, which kicked off a decade ago, may be showing its age. It joins the likes of “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” and “Alien: Covenant” in the ranks of film series that are running out of steam this summer.
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- Brent Lang
‘Downton Abbey’ Movie Aims for Production in 2018
The much anticipated “Downton Abbey” movie project is moving forward, with the big screen adaptation of the period series set to head into production next year.
The series, which follows the lives of an aristocratic English family, ended its six season run on ITV in the U.K. and PBS in the U.S. in 2015 and 2016 respectively, and the producer of the show, Carnival Films, and its studio owner, NBCUniversal, have frequently spoken about making a “Downton” movie.
- Stewart Clarke
Bill Maher Lobbies for New Holiday: ‘I Didn’t Reproduce Day’ (Video)
Now that we have had Mother’s Day and Father’s Day, Bill Maher wants to set aside this Sunday to celebrate people who are neither with a new holiday that he’d like to call “I Didn’t Reproduce Day.” The “Real Time” comedian made it perfectly clear during Friday night’s show that he has nothing against having children because, after all, they are the “leaders of tomorrow.” But he thinks it’s time to celebrate single people with a holiday of their own. “We spent a lifetime being the cool aunts and uncles but while we celebrate everybody else nobody celebrates us, »
- Rosemary Rossi
'The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin': Film Review | Provincetown 2017
The key paradox to emerge from Jennifer M. Kroot's The Untold Tales of Armistead Maupin is that the counterculture-era Dickens of San Francisco's Lgbt community was the son of an unapologetic white supremacist, whose connections helped him land his first TV writing gig, working for arch conservative Jesse Helms, of all people. Few readers devouring Maupin's cherished Tales of the City books can have guessed that the creator of Anna Madrigal, the enigmatic, weed-smoking trans landlady of 28 Barbary Lane, was in fact the great-great-grandson of a Confederate general who became a congressman in order to defend his slave-owner rights.
- David Rooney
Bill Maher Offers Support to Activist on ‘Anti-Muslim Extremist’ Watch List
Bill Maher has been called everything from racist to an Islamaphobe for his heated debates over the nature of Islam, but Friday night he found himself on the same side of the issue when counter-extremism expert, Maajid Nawaz, guested on his HBO show, “Real Time.” Nawaz, who is also the founder of anti-extremist think-tank Quilliam, announced his plan to file a crowd-funded defamation of character lawsuit against the Southern Poverty Law Center (Splc), a nonprofit legal advocacy organization specializing in civil rights that put Nawaz on an “anti-Muslim extremists” list. “I’d like to be part of that crowd,” Maher said, »
- Rosemary Rossi
‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’ First Reactions: ‘Total Home Run’
“Spider-Man: Homecoming” won’t have any trouble getting a date to the big dance: Early reactions hit the internet on Friday evening, and many in the superhero film press are deeply enmeshed in its charming web. “#SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It’s gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run,” tweeted Cinemablend’s Sean O’Connell after a New York City media screening. #SpiderManHomecoming gets it right. It's gets it All right. It is the greatest, funniest, most exciting Spidey movie. A total home run. — Sean O'Connell (@Sean_OConnell) June 24, 2017 Film critic Mike Ryan from Uproxx. »
- Umberto Gonzalez
Journalist Sues All Eyez On Me Over Copyright, Claiming It Used His "Fictional Characters and Re-Worked Narratives"
- Halle Kiefer
The Great British Baking Show Recap: Happy Babka
Never serve Paul Hollywood anything raw. »
- Molly Fitzpatrick
RuPaul’s Drag Race Season Finale Recap: And the Winner Is…
RuPaul crowns America’s next drag superstar. »
- Joel Kim Booster
Stephen Colbert Announces His Possible 2020 Presidential Run on Russian TV
The Late Show host stopped by Russia’s Evening Urgant with the (probably fake) news. »
- Halle Kiefer
Glow Recap: Cold War Kids
“Live Studio Audience” is an episode with plenty of feel-good peaks. »
- Kenny Herzog
Stephen Colbert Tells Russian Late-Night Show He’ll Run for President in 2020 (Video)
Stephen Colbert for President? The “Late Show” host said during an appearance on a Russian late-night show that he’d run for president in 2020. The CBS host made his announcement on “Evening Urgant,” a Russian show hosted by comedian Ivan Urgant. Colbert was in the country filming an upcoming episode of “The Late Show.” “I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought it would be better to cut out the middle man and just tell the Russians myself,” Colbert said after taking several shots. “If anyone would like to work on. »
- Reid Nakamura
‘Silicon Valley’s’ Haley Joel Osment on His Career Pivot, Tj Miller’s ‘Sad’ Exit
Haley Joel Osment plays a fun-loving character on “Silicon Valley” — and the actor himself is having a pretty good time these days, too. The former child star, now 29, is still perhaps best known for early-career roles in “The Sixth Sense” and “A.I.” But he’s quickly earning buzz for his turn as positive-to-a-fault Vr expert Keenan Feldspar on Season 4 of the HBO ensemble comedy. “I had a blast,” the actor told TheWrap about shooting his part on “Silicon Valley.” Also Read: 'Silicon Valley' Star Thomas Middleditch on Tj Miller's Exit: 'Lots of Things Could Have Been Done »
- Ryan Gajewski
George R.R. Martin's 'Nightflyers' Series Heads to Syfy
Game of Thrones may be leaving HBO following its eighth season, but another project from author George R.R. Martin will soon head to television: Syfy has ordered a pilot based on Martin's 1980 novella Nightflyers.
The story, which was previously adapted for a 1987 film, revolves around a team of scientists venturing to the edge of the solar system in search of extraterrestrial life, Variety reports. Jeff Buhler penned the pilot's script, with Edge of Tomorrow director Doug Liman among those on board to serve as executive producer.
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‘Silicon Valley’ finale preview: Season 4 ends with dramatic showcase for star Thomas Middleditch
“Silicon Valley” concludes its fourth season Sunday, June 25 with an episode titled “Server Error” that is sure to factor into several Emmy races, including Best Comedy Actor for Thomas Middleditch. The first season finale “Optimal Tip-to-Tip Efficiency” was nominated for its writing and production design. The second season finale “Two Days of the Condor” […] »
Stephen Colbert Appears on Russian TV, Jokes About Presidential Run
Stephen Colbert made an appearance on Russian TV, where he appeared to jokingly mull a presidential run.
In a video released Friday, Colbert appeared on “Evening Urgant,” a late-night style talk show that airs on Russia’s Channel 1. The back and forth between Colbert and host Ivan Urgant took place partly in Russian, partly in English.
In the interview, Colbert and Urgant played a Russian roulette-style drinking game with multiple vodka shots.
Lifting a glass to the studio audience upon taking his first shot, Colbert said, “To the beautiful and friendly Russian people, I have no idea why no members of the Trump administration can remember meeting you.” Colbert then took a shot and ate a pickle.
After Urgant took a shot, Colbert asked, “By the way, can I announce something?” He then continued, “I’m here in Russia … I am here to announce that I am considering a run for president in 2020, and I thought »
- Variety Staff
CNN Resorts to Sketching White House Press Briefings, Draws Derision
In response to the White House press team’s troubling habit of refusing to do on-camera press briefings, CNN has found a workaround that also functions as a dry critique: It sent in a courtroom sketch artist. The images Friday provided a much-needed visual element for CNN, and also highlight the silliness of Trump Administration officials refusing to be seen speaking for the chief executive. (Accountability is important, given the president’s propensity for lying, which is meticulously documented here.) Asked this week why briefings are being held off-camera, Trump adviser Steve Bannon explained, “Sean got fat,” referring to embattled press secretary Sean Spicer. »
- Tim Molloy
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