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Ready Player One’s Lena Waithe Signs Deal With Showtime

On Tuesday, Emmy-winning writer Lena Waithe signed a first-look deal with Showtime. Waithe will be developing comedy and drama projects for the premium cable network in which she will both write and produce. Showtime’s President of Programming Gary Levine said in a statement: “Lena is a creative force of nature and we are delighted that the force will be with us as she makes Showtime her creative home.” Waithe has written for such shows as M.O. Diaries, Hello Cupid, and Bones before her winning the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series for Master Of None. She went on to create The Chi and has also worked in front of the camera in projects like The Comeback, Transparent, This Is Us, Dear White People and this year’s Steven Spielberg-directed Pop Culture epic Ready Player One. Waithe’s latest script, Queen & Slim, starring Daniel Kaluuya, will be going into production this January at Universal. ...Read more

Chris Hardwick Reinstated By AMC As “Talking Dead” Host

Chris Hardwick has been reinstated as host of the Talking Dead by the network effective on Aug. 12 after the midseason premiere of Fear the Walking Dead. Hardwick had his show Talking with Chris Hardwick pulled off the channel a day before season 2 was to premiere after ex-girlfriend Chloe Dykstra accused him of sexual assault and emotional abuse. Frequent Talking Dead guest Yvette Nicole Brown was announced as an interim host for a Walking Dead season 9 preview special on Aug. 5. and the Aug. 12 edition after the Fear TWD midseason premiere. The network issued the following statement: “Following a comprehensive assessment by AMC, working with Ivy Kagan Bierman of the firm Loeb & Loeb, who has considerable experience in this area, Chris Hardwick will return to AMC as the host of Talking Dead and Talking with Chris Hardwick. We take these matters very seriously and given the information available to us after a very careful review, including interviews with numerous individuals, we believe returning Chris to work is the appropriate step.” ...Read more

NBC Announces May 2019 Air Date For Musical “Hair Live!”

The live TV presentation of Hair will arrive on NBC on May 19, 2019. Tony winner Diane Paulus, who helmed the Tony-winning 2009 Broadway revival, has signed on to co-direct the small-screen musical alongside Alex Rudzinski, who will serve as live television director as he did for Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert. Craig Zadan and Neil Meron, who have produced each of NBC’s live musicals, will executive-produce Hair Live!—along with MGM and Universal. Hair tells the story of a group of politically active hippies living a bohemian life in New York while fighting against and resisting the Vietnam War. Claude must decide whether to resist the draft as his friends have done, or succumb to the pressures of conservative America to serve in Vietnam, compromising his principles and beliefs. Casting will be announced at a later date.  ...Read more

Singer Demi Lovato Hospitalized For Drug Overdose

This news comes on the heels of the release of Lovato’s song “Sober,” in which Lovato revealed that she had fallen off the wagonLovato has always been open about her struggles with mental illness, substance abuse, eating disorders, and cutting. In speaking about her struggle with addiction, the focus has been on alcohol and cocaine; she has never mentioned heroin.In 2011, she entered treatment for bipolar disorder, bulimia, self-harm, and addiction. Unfortunately, she relapsed shortly afterward but then entered a sober-living facility for a year. Lovato had celebrated six years of sobriety in March before relapsing. ...Read more

CW’s “Supergirl” Casts Nicole Maines As TV’s First Transgender Superhero

Nicole Maines, a transgender activist and actress, has been cast as Nia Nal (aka Dreamer) on the CW’s “Supergirl.”  This will make her the first transgender superhero on television. The 20-year-old actress’ casting was announced at San Diego Comic-Con on Saturday. Nia will appear in the upcoming fourth season as a regular, working as a reporter alongside Kara (Supergirl). According to a press release, Nia is “A soulful young transgender woman with a fierce drive to protect others, Nia’s journey this season means fulfilling her destiny as the superhero Dreamer (much like Kara came into her own as Supergirl).” Maines has appeared in the series “Royal Pains” and the documentary “The Trans List.”  “Supergirl” season four premieres on Oct. 14 at 8 p.m. on CW. ...Read more

Hilary Swank And Michael Shannon Star In First Trailer For “What They Had”

Hilary Swank is back on the big screen in the first trailer from first-time director Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had. The film follows Bridget (Swank), a married mom who makes the lone trek home to Chicago after her brother (Michael Shannon) informs her of a family crisis: their mother (Blythe Danner), who has Alzheimer’s disease, wandered into a blizzard on Christmas Eve. Upon its January debut at Sundance in Park City, What They Had earned enthusiastic reviews from critics. What They Had—also featuring American Horror Story actress Taissa Farmiga and Josh Lucas — hits theaters Oct. 12 via Bleecker Street. Watch the film’s first trailer below. ...Read more

‘Black-ish’ Star Anthony Anderson Under Investigation After Assault Allegations

Actor Anthony Anderson is denying allegations made by a woman who told police he assaulted her.  On Friday that a woman filed a report with the Los Angeles Police Department earlier this year, saying that the “Black-ish” star had assaulted her. An LAPD spokeswoman confirmed that there is an “active investigation” and said specifically that it has “a crime report listing him as a suspect in a crime.” However, a spokesperson for Anderson said that law enforcement hadn’t even contacted the actor about the case.“ It’s unfortunate that anyone can file a police report whether it is true or false,” the spokesperson said in a statement. “The authorities have not contacted Anthony or any of his representatives about this matter. Anthony unequivocally disputes the claim.” According to reports, the woman went to police earlier this year and claims the assault happened more than a year ago.   ...Read more

“Fantastic Beasts: Crimes of Grindelwald” Trailer Debuts At Comic-Con 2018

The latest trailer for the upcoming sequel, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald premiered at San Diego Comic-Con during the Warner Bros. Hall H presentation on Saturday. The new Fantastic Beasts trailer catches us up with Newt Scamander, Albus Dumbledore and the rest of the returning cast from the first film. We see more of earlier Wizarding history decades before Harry Potter is born and get more glimpses at the new adventure from J.K. Rowling. Directed by Harry Potter veteran David Yates, the film stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Alison Sudol, Dan Fogler, Johnny Depp, Ezra Miller, Jude Law, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, David Sakurai, Claudia Kim, Brontis Jodorowsky, Wolf Roth, Victoria Yeates, Derek Riddell, Poppy Corby-Tuech, and Cornell S. John. Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald opens on November 16, 2018. ...Read more