17 Buzziest Movies Heading to SXSW This Year, From ‘Us’ to ‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ (Photos)

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SXSW Film Festival is known for its horror film debuts, and this year, Austin, Texas, will attract big talent and famed filmmakers. Click through the gallery to see TheWrap’s buzziest titles.
It was announced in January that Jord…

Kumail Nanjiani & Adam McKay Team For Spy Action Comedy ‘No Glory’ From Valparaiso Pictures & Gary Sanchez

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The Big Sick Oscar nominee Kumail Nanjiani has boarded the spy action comedy No Glory which Sam Bain is adapting from a yet to be published manuscript.
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Jordan Peele’s ‘Twilight Zone’ Reboot Sets CBS All Access Premiere Date

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CBS All Access is giving its subscribers a special treat this April Fools’ Day: the series premiere of Jordan Peele’s reboot of “The Twilight Zone.”

The anthology series will launch its first two episodes April 1, with new installments to be made available weekly on Thursdays, beginning April 11, Julie McNamara, executive vice president of original content for CBS All Access, announced during the Television Critics Association’s winter press tour Wednesday.

As TheWrap previously reported, Peele is executive producing and hosting the series, stepping into the role that original series’ narrator Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

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The anthology series’ previously-revealed cast members include Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa Lathan, Kumail Nanjiani, Adam Scott, Rhea Seehorn, Alison Tolman, Jacob Tremblay, Jefferson White, Jonathan Whitesell, Jessica Williams, DeWanda Wise and Steven Yeun.

The new series, which will debut later this year, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS starting in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

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With Tuesday’s Oscar Nominations, Will Academy Officials Finally Leave The Bunker?

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The most fascinating part of Tuesday’s Oscar nominations announcement will be watching to see whether someone, anyone, pops out of the bunker to say something, anything, about the issues afflicting the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences of lat…

Aubrey Plaza to Host 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards

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Aubrey Plaza will host the 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Tuesday.

On Nov. 16, “Crazy Rich Asians” star Gemma Chan and “Private Life” star Molly Shannon announced this year’s nominees at a press conference. Best Feature nominees include “Eighth Grade,” “First Reformed,” “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Leave No Trace.”

The 2019 Film Independent Spirit Awards will take place on Feb. 23, 2019, and will be broadcast exclusively on IFC at 2 p.m. PT.

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“I am truly honored and delighted to host the Spirits Awards this year,” said Plaza. “It is a dream come true to host a show that celebrates my greatest loves… independent film, the people that make them possible and live television!”

“The search for a great Spirit Awards host is never easy,” added Film Independent president Josh Welsh. “This year we said, let’s find someone funny, smart, a cinephile, being a great actor wouldn’t hurt, and it would be an added bonus if they’ve previously won a Spirit Award. Then we realized, oh wait, that’s Aubrey Plaza! So thank you Aubrey, for hosting the Spirits!”

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Most recently, Plaza starred opposite Elizabeth Olsen in “Ingrid Goes West,” which Plaza also produced,” as well as Jeff Baena’s “The Little Hours” and Jim Hosking’s “An Evening with Beverly Luff Lin.” She currently stars in FX’s “Legion” and will next be seen in Lars Klevberg’s remake of “Child’s Play” opposite Brian Tyree Henry.

This year marks the 34th edition of the awards show, which celebrates the very best of independent film. Past Spirit Awards hosts include Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani, Andy Samberg, Sarah Silverman, Samuel L. Jackson and Queen Latifah. Joel Gallen of Tenth Planet Production will executive produce and direct for the fifth consecutive year. Shawn Davis returns as producer for his 17th year, while Rick Austin will produce for his fourth year in a row. Danielle Federico and Andrew Schaff return as co-producers.

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‘The Twilight Zone’: Kumail Nanjiani To Star In Episode Of CBS All Access Reboot

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Kumail Nanjiani is about to enter The Twilight Zone. Nanjiani is set to star in an episode of CBS All Access’ reboot, joining previously announced host and narrator Jordan Peele and cast members Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott.
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‘Twilight Zone’: Kumail Nanjiani Latest to Join Jordan Peele’s Reboot for CBS All Access

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Kumail Nanjiani will enter “The Twilight Zone.”

CBS announced on Thursday that the “Big Sick” and “Silicon Valley” actor will star in an upcoming episode of Jordan Peele’s reboot of the classic science fiction series for CBS All Access.

Nanjiani becomes the third cast member to board Peele’s “Twilight Zone,” joining Sanaa Lathan and Adam Scott. Nanjiani’s episode will be written by “Key & Peele” and “Community” alum Alex Rubens. Peele is executive producing and narrating, stepping into the role that Rod Serling made famous. You can get a taste of what Peele’s narration will sound like here.

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The new series, which is eyeing a 2019 debut, will be produced by CBS Television Studios in association with Peele’s Monkeypaw Productions and Simon Kinberg’s Genre Films. Peele and Kinberg serve as executive producers along with Win Rosenfeld, Audrey Chon, Carol Serling, Rick Berg and Greg Yaitanes.

Serling created the original series, which ran for 80 episodes from 1959 to 1964, and used socially-conscious storytelling to explore the human condition and culture of the times. There have been two prior revivals of the classic series. The first reboot aired for 110 episodes on CBS in 1985, and a second version, with Forest Whitaker in Serling’s role, ran for 43 episodes on UPN in the early 2000s.

Nanjiani is best known for his starring role in “The Big Sick,” which he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, and is based on the two’s real-life relationship. It earned Nanjiani an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay. He also has starred as Dinesh Chugtai on HBO’s “Silicon Valley” since 2013.

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Gets Roasted, Burns Back at Mark Twain Prize Ceremony

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus became just the sixth woman in a 20-year history to receive the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor on Sunday, following in the footsteps of Tina Fey, Carol Burnett and Ellen DeGeneres.

The “Seinfeld” and “Veep” star accepted the award with style, delivering some sick burns at the expense of all the prior honorees.

“Tina was honored with the Mark Twain Prize, too. You know, before they got real serious about [it],” Louis-Dreyfus said during a ceremony at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall in New York City.

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Fey, who won the prize in 2011, applauded Louis-Dreyfus for being a performer who in “Seinfeld” didn’t feel the need to show a bare midriff in order to get attention.

“Julia’s not afraid to be unlikable — not onscreen and not in person. Just try sharing an elevator with her,” Fey joked.

Fey also pointed out everything the two actresses have in common, including developing at Chicago’s Second City and how they “both won Emmys for people who should never be vice president.” Fey portrayed Sarah Palin on “Saturday Night Live.”

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Other stars presenting on behalf of Louis-Dreyfus included Stephen Colbert, Kumail Nanjiani, Jerry Seinfeld, “Broad City” stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer and “Veep” co-star Tony Hale.

Colbert shared an image of Louis-Dreyfus in the 1986 fantasy film “Troll,” and Nanjiani shared an image of her making love to a clown in a GQ photo shoot.

“She knows how to deal with Congress because she already knows what it’s like to get screwed by clowns,” he said before sharing the photo. “I see you explaining it to your mom right now. I can not believe it has not come up before today.”

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Louis-Dreyfus took a jab back at Nanjiani in return. “Kumail, thank you for being here,” she said. “It is so inspiring that you were able to co-opt your wife’s harrowing medical ordeal for an Oscar nomination.”

Louis-Dreyfus also addressed her recent breast cancer diagnosis, after telling Jimmy Kimmel last week that she’s now cancer free.

The Mark Twain Prize presentation honoring Julia Louis-Dreyfus will be broadcast nationally on PBS on Nov. 19 at 9 p.m. ET. 

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‘Twilight’ Director Catherine Hardwicke on Hollywood Gender Parity: ‘There’s Still A Lot of Work to Do’

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Catherine Hardwicke became a trailblazer for female directors after leading “Twilight” to global success; however, ten years after the first film came out, she says there’s still not enough women working behind the camera. “Ther…

Rebecca Ferguson Joins Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson in ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff

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Rebecca Ferguson has been cast in Sony Pictures’ “Men in Black” spinoff, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

F. Gary Gray is directing from a script by “Iron Man” writers Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. Chris Hemsworth, Tessa Thompson, Liam Neeson, Emma Thompson and Kumail Nanjiani are set to star.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, while Steven Spielberg is executive producing.

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The currently untitled film will his theaters on June 14, 2019.

Ferguson currently appears alongside Tom Cruise in “Mission: Impossible – Fallout.” Her recent credits include “The Snowman” and “The Greatest Showman,” and she will next star in the short “Little Match Girl” and the feature “The Kid Who Would Be King.”

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She also recently closed a deal to star as Rose the Hat in 2020’s “Doctor Sleep,” alongside Ewan McGregor and Zahn McClarnon.

She is represented by ICM, Tavistock Wood Management and Premier PR.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Chadwick Boseman, Ryan Reynolds Share Story of Separated Family (Video)

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Rafe Spall, Kumail Nanjiani Join Sony’s ‘Men in Black’ Spinoff

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Sony Pictures’ “Men in Black” spinoff is coming together, adding Academy Award-nominated Kumail Nanjiani and “Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom” villain Rafe Spall to an ensemble cast that already includes Liam Neeson, Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson, TheWrap has learned.

Nanjiani, last year, was nominated along with his wife Emily Gordon for a screenwriting Oscar for “The Big Sick,” which he also starred in.

The newest installment in the “Men in Black” franchise, which is to be directed by “Fate of the Furious” director F. Gary Gray, will also add brothers Laurent Nicolas Bourgeois and Larry Nicolas Bourgeois, known as Les Twins, who have been backup dancers for Beyonce.

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The script for the film, which is without a title, was penned by Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, the writing team behind 2008’s “Iron Man,” among other things.

The spinoff, slated for a June 14, 2019 release, will begin in London and is expected to launch the franchise onto a much bigger, global scale.

Walter F. Parkes and Laurie MacDonald are producing, with Steven Spielberg is executive producing. David Beaubaire is overseeing for Sony.

Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this reporting.

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Hollywood, Beware: Apple’s Content Harvest… Has Begun

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Don’t let media consolidation, MoviePass drama or the President’s Twitter account distract you  from one of the biggest stories in Hollywood this summer: the quiet moves Apple is making to do to movies and TV shows what it once did to cell phones.

The tech monolith has ordered almost 20 original shows, a stack of poached and pedigreed executives, A-list collaborators across genres and a reported plan to enter the Oscar race — all to set to start rolling out next year.

Last week saw a flurry of announcements for scripted series with powerhouse brands like Sesame Street. Oprah Winfrey also has an overall deal. Apple’s projects will inhabit what insiders predict will be a video platform in the vein of the company’s music streaming service.

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The company just added Layne Eskridge, a force behind shows like “Ozark” at rival Netflix, to work as a creative executive under Apple Worldwide Video heads Zack Van Amburg and Jamie Erlicht. They were plucked from Sony, and started Apple’s $1 billion content shopping spree last June.

But Apple’s precise plans remain a mystery to many in the Hollywood establishment, according to producers, agents and Apple competitors who spoke to TheWrap.

“There’s a ‘Great and Powerful Oz’ kind of vibe about it,” said one top talent manager and content packager, speaking on the condition of anonymity. “They’re kind of elusive, like who is running the thing?”

Tucked away in an anonymous Culver City office, you’ll find Van Amburg and Erlicht with colleagues Angélica Guerra in Latin American programming and Kim Rozenfeld in unscripted, both transplants from Sony Pictures Television. There’s also development chief Matt Cherniss (formerly of WGN and Tribune Studios), international lead Morgan Wandell and children’s programming lead Tara Sorensen (both came from Amazon), production head Carol Trussell and communications exec Rita Cooper Lee. 

But the manager said Hollywood talent loves Apple for paying their asking prices, and being eager to compete.

“They’re paying real quotes and not trying to squeeze us for less and less the way the studios are on the network side. They’re formidable buyers,” the manager said.

Some old-school content makers and distributors are anxious about how their content will fare on Apple TV when Apple can give priority to its own shows and films.

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“One of the terrifying things is how easy it will be for Apple to promote their own stuff. They already have a pretty remarkable infrastructure,” said one film studio executive, pointing out that devices like the Apple TV exist solely to organize and streamline content from third parties.

For now.

“When they get their ‘Orange is the New Black’ or their ‘Transparent,’ people are going to show up. Eighty-five million people have an iPhone,” said the executive.

That’s a very slight understatement: iPhone users hit a record high if 85.8 million in April 2017. Apple TV is also accessible on TVs, desktops, laptops and tablets. And you can stream video on your Apple Watch.

Earlier this month, Bloomberg reported that Apple was in negotiations to distribute an animated film from Irish studio Cartoon Saloon, and give it, at minimum, a qualifying theatrical release for Oscar consideration.

“[Apple’s] annual spend likely moving toward $2 billion,” BTIG research analyst Rich Greenfield wrote to clients. He also predicted a new Apple video service will rollout by mid-2019, though what its fee structure will be and how it might be connected with Apple’s streaming music service are big lingering questions.

Here’s what Apple’s first content harvest hath wrought:

-A few Reese Witherspoon’s projects, clocking a big win for her Hello Sunshine banner. At the moment, Witherspoon is executive producing a thriller series about true crime podcasts starring Octavia Spencer and Lizzy Caplan called “Are You Sleeping”; a currently untitled morning show drama that she’s both producing and starring in with Jennifer Aniston; and a comedy based on Curtis Sittenfield’s short stories, which was put on hold Tuesday after lead Kristen Wiig exited the project due to scheduling conflicts with “Wonder Woman: 1984.”

-Oprah. Last week, the queen of her own media empire struck an overall content deal that will have her produce original content for her widespread following. She will continue to serve as CEO of OWN, the TV network she founded in 2011.

(The partnership between Winfrey and Apple — which has thus far only set an agreement with Kerry Ehrin, the veteran showrunner who will helm the company’s upcoming Jennifer Aniston-Reese Witherspoon morning show drama — represents a potential threat to Netflix, Amazon and Hulu in the overall-deal arena.)

-Animation. Apple has a musical series from Josh Gad called “Central Park,” with the voice actor roster Gad, Leslie Odom Jr., Titus Burgess, Kristen Bell, Stanley Tucci, Daveed Diggs and Kathryn Hahn.

-Comedy. Apple has ordered “Little Voice,” a “love letter to the musicality of New York,” from J.J. Abrams and Sara Bareilles; and “Dickinson,” a comedy starring Hailee Steinfeld as the titular young author.

-Children’s programming. Apple’s projects include a multi-series order to Sesame Workshop for live-action, animated and puppet series. (HBO still has”Sesame Street.”)

-There’s also the docu-series “Home” from director Matt Tyrnaur, which offers a look inside the world’s most innovative abodes. And Apple is rebooting Steven Spielberg’s “Amazing Stories,” to be executive produced by Spielberg and showrun by “Once Upon a Time” vets Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz.

-“Little America,” a show based on true, heartfelt immigrant stories from Oscar-nominated “The Big Sick” writers Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon.

-Short-form news. Apple just landed the international series “Calls,” with a 10-episode order for a new English adaptation of Timothée Hochet’s French hit, co-produced by CANAL+.

Drama. The lineup includes Steven Knight’s “See,” an epic, world-building drama set in the future; an untitled project from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle; a psychological thriller from M. Night Shyamalan; an untitled space drama from Ronald D. Moore; and a series about the real-life story of 11-year-old reporter Hilde Lysiak.

And those are just the shows that have been ordered to series, as three are currently in development: “Foundation,” a drama based on Isaac Asimov’s novel series from David S. Goyer and Josh Friedman; “Shantaram,” an international drama series based on the best-selling novel of the same name; and “Swagger,” a basketball-themed drama series in development from NBA star Kevin Durant.

And let’s not forget their inaugural originals “Planet of the Apps” and James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” Both are currently available via Apple Music.

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