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‘Easy A’ Writer Bert Royal to Write and Direct a Spinoff for Screen Gems

‘Easy A’ Writer Bert Royal to Write and Direct a Spinoff for Screen Gems
Screen Gems is developing a spinoff film to “Easy A,” the 2010 comedy that helped launch Emma Stone to leading lady stardom. The studio has tapped Bert Royal, the original screenwriter on the film, to write and direct the currently untitled spinoff, an individual with knowledge told TheWrap.

Royal, who is a writer and executive producer on the Freeform series “Recovery Road,” will make his directorial debut on the film. Zanne Devine is also returning to produce the spinoff movie.

Easy A” was an updated, teen comedy take on “The Scarlet Letter,” in which a clean-cut student gets ahead in her social standing by making up a rumor and proudly flaunting the idea that she’s sexually promiscuous, despite that being a lie. The new film will be set at the same high school and will explore many of the similar themes as the original.

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Happy Death Day’s Jessica Rothe joins Amazon’s Utopia

Amazon’s upcoming series Utopia has added another member to its growing cast with Deadline reporting that Jessica Rothe (Happy Death Day) is the latest to join the show.

Written by Gillian Flynn and based upon the British TV series of the same name, Utopia “follows group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”

Rothe will portray Samantha, an “extremely idealistic, sharp-witted and a natural-born leader, Samantha earnestly believes in changing the world through action and scoffs at cheap rhetoric about progress. She could school any comic book nerd about the graphic novel Utopia and is embarking on
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Amazon’s Utopia adds John Cusack

Deadline is reporting that John Cusack has signed on to star alongside Sasha Lane (Hellboy), Rainn Wilson (Star Trek: Discovery), Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) and Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) in Amazon’s upcoming drama Utopia.

Written by Gillian Flynn and based upon the British TV series of the same name, Utopia ““follows group of young adults who meet online and are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come in to possession of a near mythical cult underground graphic novel. They discover the conspiracy theories in the comic’s pages may actually be real and are forced in to the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.”

Cusack will make his first starring role in a TV series in the project and plays Dr. Kevin Christie, who is described as “Charismatic and media-savvy, with a brilliant biotech mind and a philanthropic outlook, Christie altruistically wants
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John Cusack to Headline Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn

John Cusack to Headline Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn
John Cusack is taking the small-screen plunge. The Say Anything actor has signed on to headline Utopia, Amazon’s forthcoming nine-episode drama series from Sharp Objects and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, TVLine has learned.

Adapted from the British series of the same name, Utopia centers on a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and
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‘Utopia’: Ashleigh Lathrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie & Christopher Denham Join Amazon Drama Series

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‘Utopia’: Ashleigh Lathrop, Desmin Borges, Farrah Mackenzie & Christopher Denham Join Amazon Drama Series
Ashleigh Lathrop (Sirens), Desmin Borges (You’re the Worst), Farrah Mackenzie (Ascension) and Christopher Denham (Billions) have joined the cast of Utopia, Amazon’s straight-to-series adaptation of the British drama, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Lathrop will play Becky. Bright and big-hearted, she uses her kindness and empathy as a way to get closer to the graphic novel she desperately needs to save her life. Borges is Wilson Wilson, a brilliant, paranoid and eccentric conspiracy theorist who is obsessed with Utopia and convinced that it
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Amazon’s Utopia adds Dan Byrd and Cory Michael Smith

Amazon has just added two more to the cast of its upcoming series Utopia. Deadline reports Dan Byrd (Cougar Town) and Cory Michael Smith (Gotham) are the latest to join the series from Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, which is a remake of the British series of the same name. Byrd and Smith join the previously announced Sasha Lane (Hellboy) and Rainn Wilson (The Office).

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Byrd will play Ian. Ian went to an online college, works in a soul-robbing job and lives in a small apartment with his grandma in Canton,
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‘Utopia’: Dan Byrd & Cory Michael Smith To Co-Star In Amazon Series

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‘Utopia’: Dan Byrd & Cory Michael Smith To Co-Star In Amazon Series
Exclusive: Cougar Town alum Dan Byrd and Gotham‘s Cory Michael Smith have been tapped to co-star opposite Sasha Lane in Utopia, Amazon’s adaptation of the British series, written by Gone Girl author and screenwriter Gillian Flynn.

Utopia follows a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real and are forced into the dangerous, unique and ironic position of saving the world.

Byrd will play Ian. Ian went to an online college, works in a soul-robbing job and lives in a small apartment with his grandma in Canton, Ohio. Craving a more exciting life outside his online/virtual world, he embarks on a mission to uncover the secrets of the graphic novel Utopia,
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Rainn Wilson to Star in Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn

Rainn Wilson to Star in Utopia, New Amazon Series From Gillian Flynn
The Office‘s Rainn Wilson has a (dangerous) new day job. The actor formerly known as Dwight Schrute has landed a lead role in Utopia, Amazon’s forthcoming nine-episode drama series from Sharp Objects and Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn, TVLine has learned.

Adapted from the British series of the same name, Utopia centers on a group of young adults who meet online that are mercilessly hunted by a shadowy deep state organization after they come into possession of a near-mythical cult underground graphic novel. Within the comic’s pages, they discover the conspiracy theories that may actually be real
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The Good Doctor's Christina Chang Reacts to That Hookup ('I Saw That Coming') and Fall Finale Cliffhangers

The Good Doctor's Christina Chang Reacts to That Hookup ('I Saw That Coming') and Fall Finale Cliffhangers
Fall behind? Read our previous Good Doctor recap here.

The Good Doctor on Monday closed out 2018 with its most intense episode to date. By the end of the fall finale, a deadly airborne virus had already claimed three victims, including Emt Tyler (played by Cougar Town‘s Dan Byrd). Lim had also contracted the virus, and was passed out the last we saw her. That was one of at least a half-dozen cliffhangers — including, but not limited to:

* Shaun, overwhelmed by the pressures of the quarantine, and deeply affected by the buzzing sound of a florescent light, gave in to his anxiety.
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Fanatic Feed: Dynasty Finds Its Blake Carrington, Claire Holt's New Role & More!

We have some thrilling casting scoop and a hot new trailer for one of Netflix's best series for you!

The CW's Dynasty reboot is moving full steam ahead and has now cast the iconic role of Blake Carrington

Melrose Place alum, Grant Show has been tapped to take on the role in the pilot, and we could not be more excited. 

He was most recently a regular on Lifetime's dearly departed Devious Maids. In short, he's no stranger to soapy dramas. 

Nathalie Kelley and Elizabeth Gillies were previously revealed to be starring as Cristal and Fallon. The pilot is set to begin filming later this month, so don't expect news on a green light until early May. 

It's hard to imagine this one being a hit among The CW's target demographics, but stranger things have happened. 

The Originals star, Claire Holt, has booked a role on ABC pilot, Doomsday. The
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The Originals' Claire Holt Joins Cast of ABC's Apocalyptic Pilot Doomsday

The Originals' Claire Holt Joins Cast of ABC's Apocalyptic Pilot Doomsday
A CW vampire might be facing the end of the world soon over on ABC.

The Originals star Claire Holt has joined the cast of ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned. The premise of the hour-long thriller from Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd: A secret think-tank tasked with coming up with possible disaster scenarios is pressed into action when one of their made-up scenarios comes horribly true. Holt will play a character named Kayla; no further details on her character have been released.

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Empire's Taye Diggs to Star in ABC's End of Days-Themed Doomsday Pilot

Empire's Taye Diggs to Star in ABC's End of Days-Themed Doomsday Pilot
Don’t tell Cookie Lyon, but it appears Angelo Dubois is moving on.

Taye Diggs — who’s currently recurring on Fox’s Empire as Taraji P. Henson’s love interest — is set to star in ABC’s apocalyptic drama pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous,
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Taye Diggs To Co-Star In ‘Doomsday’ ABC Drama Pilot

Murder In the First alum Taye Diggs is set to co-star opposite Jack Davenport, Rachelle Lefevre and Dan Byrd in ABC's thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn and Sony TV. Written by Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and directed by Joachim Ronning, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster…
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Under the Dome's Rachelle Lefevre to Star in ABC's Doomsday Pilot

Under the Dome's Rachelle Lefevre to Star in ABC's Doomsday Pilot
Rachelle Lefevre can’t seem to shake her apocalyptic impulses.

The actress — coming off a three-season run on CBS’ End of Days drama Under the Dome — is set to star in the ABC pilot Doomsday, TVLine has learned.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

Written by Justified vets Mark Bianculli and VJ Boyd and EPd’ by CSI vet Carol Mendelsohn, the hour-long thriller centers on a secret think tank that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the hypothetical ideas are deemed extremely dangerous, the
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TVLine Items: Sarah Shahi's NBC Pilot, Queen Latifah Gets Biblical and More

TVLine Items: Sarah Shahi's NBC Pilot, Queen Latifah Gets Biblical and More
Sarah Shahi is entering a new reality at NBC.

The Person of Interest vet will star in the network’s drama thriller pilot Reverie, about a former detective (Shahi) who is brought in when the launch of an advanced virtual-reality program has dangerous and unintended consequences, our sister site Deadline reports.

RelatedPilot Season ’17: Scoop on This Fall’s (Possible) New Shows, Who’s In Them

The project — written by Mickey Fisher (Extant) — marks a return to NBC for Shahi, who recurred on Chicago Fire during its early seasons and co-starred in the series Life. Her other TV credits include Fairly Legal,
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‘Doomsday’: Dan Byrd Cast In ABC Pilot

Cougar Town alum Dan Byrd is the first series regular cast in ABC’s thriller drama pilot Doomsday, from producer Carol Mendelsohn, writers Mark Bianculli & VJ Boyd and Sony TV. Written by Bianculli and Boyd, Doomsday starts in the aftermath of 9/11, when the U.S. government institutes a secret think tank featuring the most creative minds in science and entertainment that is tasked with dreaming up man-made disaster scenarios and their possible solutions. Because the…
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Dan Byrd To Co-Star In ABC Drama Pilot ‘Model Woman’

Former Cougar Town star Dan Byrd has lined up his follow-up series project, signing on for a co-starring role in the drama pilot Model Woman at ABC, the network where comedy Cougar Town started before migrating to TBS. The project, from Sony TV's TriStar Television and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey's book Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business Of Beauty, the recently published biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who…
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33 years ago today, Drew Barrymore became the youngest person to ever host ‘SNL’

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33 years ago today, Drew Barrymore became the youngest person to ever host ‘SNL’
33 years ago today, at age 7, Drew Barrymore hosted “Saturday Night Live,” making her the youngest ever host of the NBC sketch comedy show. She still holds that record today, and she’s hosted the show five additional times since. Her 1982 gig on the show came five months after the release of “E.T. the Extra-Terrestiral.” She reprised her “E.T.” role when she played a homicidal Gertie on “SNL.” Above she’s pictured in the iconic healing E.T. pose with “SNL” cast members Tim Kazurinsky, Gary Kroeger, Brad Hall and Joe Piscopo. As for the second and third youngest “SNL” hosts, Macaulay Culkin and Fred Savage hold those titles, respectively. Other notable November 20 happenings in pop culture history: • 1955: Rock and roll pioneer Bo Diddley made his television debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” • 1959: “The Twilight Zone” episode “Time Enough at Last” — featuring first aired. It featured Burgess Meredith in his
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Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's New Sisters Trailer!

Watch Tina Fey and Amy Poehler's New Sisters Trailer!
Can Tina Fey and Amy Poehler be our sisters?! In Sisters, the Universal Pictures comedy directed by Jason Moore and written by Paula Pell, Fey and Poehler play estranged siblings who throw a final party at their house, which their parents are selling. Fans were treated to a first look before the Golden Globes in January, and on Tuesday, the film's first trailer debuted on YouTube. The movie features an all-star comedic cast that includes Ike Barinholtz, Samantha Bee, James Brolin, Dan Byrd, John Cena, Rachel Dratch, John Leguizamo, Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph and, yes, rapper Ja Rule. Poehler plays Maura, "the perfect sister," while Fey plays Katie, "the other sister." When...
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L.A. Film Festival Exclusive: Family Tension Explodes In Clip From 'Weepah Way For Now' With Aly And Aj Michalka

A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and Aj Michalka from the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with "Weepah Way For Now." Inspired after watching Richard Linklater's "Before Midnight" to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip. Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party is universally
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