The Duplass brothers Mark and Jay are on their way to becoming the most important brothers in entertainment since the Marxes (okay, fine, the Baldwins). In between their acting gigs on highly acclaimed TV shows and movies, HBO has announced a two-season pickup of Animals, an animated series produced by Duplass Brothers Television that premiered at Sundance earlier this year. The show is about the dregs of New York City — the rats, pigeons, and bedbugs — as they wrestle with existential questions. “Jay and I have been excited ... to have our first real experiment land at a place like HBO for two seasons is beyond what we could have imagined,” Mark Duplass said in the understated statement of the year.
Every episode of NBC’s new David Duchovny drama Aquarius is now available to stream online, but we may never know how many folks end up watching the series that way. Despite years of broadcast and cable execs complaining that streaming outlets such as Netflix and Hulu don’t release viewing data for their programs, the Peacock pointedly isn’t saying whether it will release similar data for Aquarius. Sources tell Vulture that NBC has asked ratings giant Nielsen to do a custom study to see how the binge-play impacts the show’s audience and ratings, so it’s possible the network is planning to put out some statistics. But, perhaps worried those numbers will be pitiful rather than impressive, an NBC spokesperson wouldn’t comment when asked what kind of data, if any, the network will share with the media. So if it turns out that not a lot of folks binge Aquarius from start to finish, or if the data demonstrates that putting the show online siphoned viewers away from the NBC broadcast network, that information could remain private — much the same way Netflix won’t say how many people actually sat through all of Marco Polo.
On the heels of Lori Loughlin's Fuller House announcement, John Stamos confirmed via Twitter late Thursday night that Bob Saget would be coming back for the Netflix reboot, too. "Last but not least — best piece of casting yet," he wrote. "The great Bob Saget will be joining our show on Netflix — this completes the perfect reunion!" Saget returns as the Tanner family patriarch and acknowledged the comeback on Twitter. "How did you get this information?" he wrote. "Kidding! Love you Jesse!" Friends forever. The whole gang's virtually here — except for the Olsen twins, who sadly won't be coming back to split Michelle Tanner duties — and on their way to a streaming service near you in 2016.
Will Forte is joining the cast of Keegan-Michael Key and Jordan Peele's comedy flick Keanu, The Hollywood Reporter writes. For the project — about two pals (Key and Peele) who pose as drug dealers to re-steal a stolen cat — Forte is slotted to play a low-level pot dealer who's an acquaintance of Peele's character and obsessed with black culture. (In an ideal world this movie will have a crucial crossover moment with that Kevin Spacey cat movie, in which it turns out the cat Key and Peele have been looking for all along is none other than Catvin Spacey, a.k.a. Keanu. Pipe dream, but whatever. Forte and his marijuana will be crucial regardless.) The Last Man on Earth star joins Method Man and Gabrielle Union in supporting roles; they'll all reportedly begin shooting in New Orleans within the next couple of months. Fun!
By now you've likely heard that Josh Duggar, eldest child of the Duggar clan, admitted to molesting several young girls, possibly including his sisters. Hulu certainly has: On Wednesday, the streaming site pulled all episodes of the Duggar family's hit show 19 Kids and Counting, redirecting users to watch the show on TLC's website instead. That link pulls up a 404 error on TLC's site, though TLC.com is still streaming clips from 19 Kids. Last Friday, TLC also yanked reruns of the show from its lineup. Since news of the scandal broke, at least a dozen advertisers — including General Mills, Payless, and Walgreens — have cut ties with the show. As of Thursday, full episodes are still available on iTunes and Amazon Instant Video. Those companies have yet to comment.
Everywhere you look, an old Full House cast member is joining the show's upcoming Netflix reboot. Today's addition is Lori Loughlin, who told People she's reprising her role as Rebecca Donaldson-Katsopolis in Fuller House. Loughlin joins her onscreen husband John Stamos in the series — no divorce for Uncle Jesse, apparently — as well as Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin, Andrea Barber, and Dave Coulier. If they keep this up, the Fuller House opening credits will essentially just be "Too Many Cooks."
Trevor Noah will have to wait just over a month before he can jump into Jon Stewart's Daily Show chair — which, according to the show's first teaser, he already has. Comedy Central has announced that Trevor Noah's first "new and sexy" show will air September 28, following Stewart's final show on August 6. Jon Stewart might not be new, but he's definitely still sexy in our book.
Chris Pine is in talks for a lead part in Wonder Woman, Variety reports. He would play the heroine's favorite guy with two first names, Steve Trevor, alongside Gal Gadot. In the source material, Steve was portrayed as a U.S. Army officer who got kidnapped all the time and kind of
pined (sorry, Chris) fell for Wonder Woman (but in very noncommittal fashion). Scott Eastwood was also reportedly interested in the part but has opted to take a guaranteed supporting role in Suicide Squad instead. Patty Jenkins is set to direct Wonder Woman, and the movie — with or without Pine, but hopefully with, for the sake of bad marketing puns — is due out June 23, 2017.
Everything Taylor Swift touches turns to gold, but her "Bad Blood" video was kind of a group effort. After a week of the star-studded sci-fi thriller being played on loop and breaking Vevo records, "Bad Blood" has leapfrogged from No. 53 to the top spot on this week's Billboard "Hot 100" chart, giving Kendrick Lamar his very first No. 1 song. (This makes four No. 1s for Swift, and her third from 1989 alone.) The Katy Perry dis record knocks Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth's "See You Again" into second place after six weeks at No. 1. It pays to be Taylor's friend (literally, as all those people probably got at least scale for the shoot).
The Duggars Are Reportedly Working on a Series That Will Shift the Focus Away From Jim Bob, Michelle, and JoshBy Dee Lockett
Amid the controversy surrounding 19 Kids and Counting star Josh Duggar's molestation confession, TLC has mostly kept mum on the show's future — other than to pull all reruns of the series from its lineup last Friday. People reports the reason for the silence might be because the Duggars are trying to think of a spinoff show. According to a source, TLC wants to remove attention from patriarch Jim Bob, his wife Michelle, and their eldest child, Josh, and re-brand the Duggars with a show focused on their daughters, Jill and Jessa, and their lives as newlyweds and new parents. (Jessa, 22, is currently pregnant with her first child.) TLC has yet to comment.
Tracee Ellis Ross and Gina Rodriguez Talk to Amy Schumer and Lena Dunham About Being Women of Color in HollywoodBy Dee Lockett
Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Tracee Ellis Ross, Gina Rodriguez, Kate McKinnon, and Ellie Kemper are on the cover of The Hollywood Reporter's latest issue. Inside the magazine, the six fierce comedians participate in a pretty great roundtable discussion about such topics as what they won't do for a laugh ("I would never suck a dick," swears Amy), being a showrunner, and ... the "nude patch." (The patch, as Dunham explains to Kemper, is apparently some glued-on cover for your lady parts.)
But the theme that emerges from their conversation is how difficult it is for others to fathom what it's like to be a woman of color in Hollywood. "I never thought how bad it could be for you guys until I had a TV show and we had to do auditions," Schumer tells Ross and Rodriguez. "Many black women who auditioned thought that we wanted them to be 'sassy' ... we're like, 'No, just be yourself.' I thought, That sucks. It meant they'd been in a lot of rooms where they were like, 'Uh, can you be more like [snaps her finger].'" Dunham, again responding to criticism about her show's lack of racial diversity, admits, "I'd been thinking so much about representing weirdo, chubby girls and strange half-Jews that I had forgotten that there was an entire world of women being underserved."
Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin's Grace and Frankie got a light-speed renewal for a second season on Netflix, the streaming service announced late Tuesday night. The series premiered earlier this month and will return in 2016. "Let me say, it’s so awesome to do a show on Netflix," co-creator Marta Kauffman said in a statement. "Because two and a half weeks after we launched, Miley Cyrus does a tweet about your show, and they call and say, 'We’d like to do a season two.' So yes, there is a season two. We have Ted [Sarandos] and Miley to thank." Thanks, Miley. Keep wielding your pop-culture influence like the showbiz scimitar it is.
Variety reports that 20th Century Fox has plans to reboot 2003's League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. John Davis is set to produce, and Ira Napoliello and Matt Reilly are helping facilitate the project. Like the flick with Sean Connery, this one will be based on Alan Moore, Kevin O'Neill, and Bill Oakley's comic-book series, which essentially had literary characters turn into steampunk Avengers and kick ass together in Victorian England. The 2003 movie was Connery's last live-action commitment before he retired, so he probably won't be coming back for this one as Allan Quatermain. But that doesn't mean we can't dream.
RZA's directorial follow-up to The Man With the Iron Fists will be much different: The Hollywood Reporter writes that the rapper turned helmer is making an inspirational musical drama with Azealia Banks, Common, and nobody with iron fists. It'll be called It Doesn't Have to Rhyme and will feature Banks as a female rapper who signs up for a college poetry course and develops a passion for slam poetry. Common is supposed to play Banks's mentor; they'll be joined by Jill Scott, a professor who reportedly believes rap and slam poetry can't exist together, and Lorraine Toussaint, the rapping student's mom. THR notes that the movie will be similar in tone to 8 Mile and will begin production this week in New York. Does that mean this will be a depressing, semi-autobiographical, rags-to-slightly-better-rags-and-then-riches kind of story? Does that also mean there could be a rap battle between Banks and Iggy Azalea? It's all unfortunately a bit unclear right now. Either way, get ready for dramatic brooding and writing scenes on public transportation, as well as some super-intense mirror rehearsals.
New Girl's Max Greenfield has joined the cast of American Horror Story: Hotel, according to series creator Ryan Murphy. No specifics about Greenfield's character have been shared, but Murphy broke the news with a tweet that held a cryptic clue. "This October, Max Greenfield (like you've never seen him) is checking in to the hotel," he wrote, "but not checking out." Whatever that means (he forgot his card key, he's destroyed by Lady Gaga, he gets stuck in an elevator, etc.), right? Greenfield joins Matt Bomer, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Chloë Sevigny, and Angela Bassett, among others. Production should start this summer, so we'll know more about what this tweet means in October. Happy early Halloween.
Cary Fukunaga will not direct New Line's It, according to the Wrap, which adds that the summer project has been stalled indefinitely. Fukunaga reportedly butted heads with the production company because his first scripts were coming in over the two-part adaptation's budgets, and he "did not want to compromise his artistic vision in the wake of budget cuts that were recently demanded." The Wrap's sources also noted that Fukunaga tried to bring Ben Mendelsohn onboard (but couldn't because of a slashed paycheck), and that shooting locations were problematic because Fukunaga wanted pricy New York spots. It's unclear if New Line will replace Fukunaga right away; the helmer shake-up is also up in the air in terms of how it will affect Will Poulter's role in the movie. The Wrap and its sources speculate that the next move will probably involve re-conceptualizing the two-part adaptation as one long movie, with all new personnel. Don't worry, Fukunaga will still have plenty to do: an anti-bullying movie about Joe and Jadin Bell, as well as the Alienist miniseries. And in the meantime, if you want a clown to scare the crap out of you, go see the new Poltergeist, or, as Stephen King has pointed out, Tim Curry.
The year of Amy Schumer continues: The buzzing comedian is set to write and star in a mother-daughter comedy for Fox, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Paul Feig is attached to produce, making this her third collaboration with a big-name comedy dude. (Her latest film, Trainwreck, is directed by Judd Apatow, and she has an HBO comedy special directed by Chris Rock out later this year.) The film, co-written by Schumer and her sister Kim Caramele, will be based on a script reportedly about "a mother-daughter duo trapped in a vacation gone wrong." No word yet on if Schumer is playing the mother or the daughter. But at 33, it's a miracle Hollywood doesn't think she's too old to play either.
Pay attention, do not take your eyes off this screen: Where once there was just one forthcoming Now You See Me sequel, now, suddenly, through the power of money, there are two! On an earnings call today, Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer revealed his plans to conjure up a trilogy for the 2013 Jesse Eisenberg vehicle, which grossed over $350 million worldwide without having a superhero, giant robot, or even a colon in its title. It's as if magic were real after all! Feltheimer did not hint at any plans for the title of the final installment, but you have to guess Now You 3 Me is on the table.
Temporarily forgetting about falling ratings and challenged business models, TV’s five major networks last week unveiled dozens of new shows at the so-called upfronts — a series of presentations designed to kickstart advertising sales for the fall. But while broadcasters generally throw the splashiest events and generate the biggest headlines, their cable rivals also play the upfront game. Networks such as MTV, TNT, Adult Swim, and ABC Family have spent the last few months briefing potential ad buyers on their future programming plans. And unlike broadcasters, cable networks don’t just focus on stuff guaranteed to get on the air: They also offer glimpses at projects in early stages of development (some of which will never get off the ground). Here’s a look at some of the most notable scripted-series announcements from 12 major and medium-size cable networks that held upfront events this spring. (If you don’t see your favorite cable channel, it either didn’t have a formal presentation or didn’t unveil anything new.)
Reese Witherspoon is attached to tell a live-action version of Tinker Bell's story, The Hollywood Reporter writes. The project is in development, but, yes, in one of the more solid cartoon-to-live-action casting moves in recent memory, Witherspoon would play the titular fairy. Like the Peter Pan movie hitting theaters soon, this one also has a fun, one-word name: Tink. Finding Dory screenwriter Victoria Strouse is penning the screenplay, which will reportedly tell us the story we don't know (think Angelina Jolie's Maleficent). Drama. Most other details are under wraps for now, but Witherspoon is set to produce the film with Bruna Papandrea.