July 24, 2018
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Based on the novel by Stephanie Danler, the half-hour dramedy stars Ella Purnell.
Starz is ordering a second helping of Sweetbitter.

The premium cable network has renewed the half-hour dramedy for a second season. The series, based on the book of the same name by Stephanie Danler, wrapped its run in June with an average of 164,000 live-same-day viewers and mixed reviews among critics. (The series has a 35 percent rating among critics and 88 percent score among viewers on RottenTomatoes.com.) Season two will consist of 10 episodes — up from six in its freshman run. A return date has not yet been determined.

“Season one gave audiences a taste of the characters and backstory of an upscale New York restaurant, leaving them wanting more — which we will deliver with a second helping of Sweetbitter,” Starz CEO Chris Albrecht said. “The immersion of the audience into the world in and around the restaurant will deepen as the series looks further into the complexities of Tess’ awakening and the lives of her new friends and colleagues in the second season.”

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June 24, 2018
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As the 2018 awards race hits the halfway mark, there is one solid best-picture bet so far: “Black Panther.” As usual, the year is bottom-heavy and impartial execs who have seen the upcoming films say it could be one of the most fun awards years in memory.

Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler, has enough originality and goodwill to overcome any “superhero” resistance from Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences voters. The film’s artists (above and below the line) deserve Oscar attention — and TV viewers would love the adrenaline jolt to the Oscarcast.

Plan B (Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Brad Pitt) has three year-end films (“Backseat,” “Beale Street,” and “Beautiful Boy”) and a possible fourth (“Ad Astra”). Given their track record with “12 Years a Slave” and “Moonlight,” these are films to keep an eye on.

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June 8, 2018
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Amazon Studios landed the new take on the story of the underground railroad from Jenkins’ PASTEL and Brad Pitt’s Plan B, in March 2017 with a script-to-series commitment.

The project is based on Colson Whitehead’s bestselling novel The Underground Railroad, which won a Pulitzer Prize a month after Amazon bought the adaptation. The book, which drew critical praise for its imaginative blend of history and magical fable – moving beyond the boundaries of realism in its depiction of a mythical underground train that transports slaves across an alternate America — also was a 2016 National Book Award winner and Oprah Book Club pick.

“Working with Amazon and a wonderful group of screenwriters to develop Colson’s novel into a limited series has been an extremely rewarding experience,” Jenkins said. “Translating his singular voice into a cohesive and equally singular visual language is a task I very much look forward to.”

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June 8, 2018
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Robert Pattinson and Lily-Rose Depp have joined the cast of David Michod’s Netflix original production “The King,” the Shakespeare-inspired film starring Timothee Chalamet and Joel Edgerton. Shooting starts in Britain on Friday.
Australian actor Ben Mendelsohn has also joined the production. Mendelsohn previously featured in Michod’s debut feature, “Animal Kingdom,” in 2010. Pattinson and Michod previously worked together on 2014’s “The Rover.”
“The King” is Michod’s second film for Netflix following last year’s “War Machine,” starring Brad Pitt. “The King” is adapted by Michod and Edgerton from Shakespeare’s historical plays “Henry IV, Part 1,” “Henry IV, Part 2” and “Henry V.”

Chalamet stars as the young, disgraced Prince Hal, who inherits the crown and must learn what it means to be a king, guided by his one true friend, Falstaff (Edgerton). Other cast members include Sean Harris, Tom Glynn-Carney and Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie.

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May 9, 2018
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Jonathan Majors of the ABC miniseries When We Rise and Jimmie Fails have a new gig in the movie The Last Black Man in San Francisco. The film brings together Brad Pitt’s production company Plan B with A24. The two entertainment companies previously worked together on Moonlight, which won an Academy for Best Picture.

The film is inspired by Fails’ true-life story. The movie will follow Fails as a young man who lives in San Francisco’s last Black neighborhood with his best friend, played by Majors. The gentrification tale is centered around the two friends who devise a plan to buy back a Victorian home that was built by Fails’ grandfather.

Joe Talbot will be directing the movie from a screenplay he wrote with Rob Richert. This is Talbot’s first feature film as director and it will also feature Danny Glover, Tichina Arnold, Mike Epps, Thora Birch, Rob Morgan, and Finn Wittrock.

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May 9, 2018
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Annapurna and Plan B Entertainment have teamed to acquire rights to develop a feature film about the investigation that led New York Times reporters Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey’s to break the story of Harvey Weinstein’s decades-long history of sexual harassment and assault, a source told TheWrap.

The scandal wound up being the biggest Hollywood has seen in decades, leading to a slew of powerful men in the industry, including Weinstein, to lose their positions of power.

The stories from Kantor and Twohey won The New York Times a Pulitzer Prize earlier this month.

The upcoming film, which is in early development, will follow the investigation into Weinstein, not the man himself. The focus is on the team of reporters who tracked, chased and fought through threats to brake the story — think “Spotlight” or “All The President’s Men.”

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