What's Happening in Hollywood Today

7:35 PM 11/17/2015

by THR Staff

An evening brief on Tuesday's interesting (and important) industry news.

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Today: new Tomb Raider locks in director, HBO's True Detective creator gets multi-year deal, AFI will consider Star Wars and Amazon's alternate history drama gets a thumbs up. 

  • Today in Film

    (Bill Murray's) Christmas is almost here.

    Courtesy of Netflix

    The new Tomb Raider moved ahead on Tuesday with the addition of a new director, Roar Uthaug, and screenwriter Geneva Robertson-Dworet, in talks.

    Bob Cooper and Richard Saperstein get a first-look deal with Broad Green Pictures. 

    Richard Linklater's next film, Everybody Wants Some, is going to premiere as the opening film at the South by Southwest festival in March.

    Emma Stone is circling the lead in a Matthew Quick novel, Love May Fail, which was adapted by Mike White. Romany Malco rounds out the cast in Universal's A Meyers Christmas

    God's Not Dead production company Pure Flix expands to theatrical distribution. 

    New trailers: Netflix's A Very Murray Christmas, Universal's The Huntsman: Winter's War teaser. First look: Ricky Gervais' Office spinoff film Life on the Road

  • Today in TV

    John Krasinski, Stephen Merchant team up.

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    Adult Swim - "The Office star John Krasinski and executive producer Stephen Merchant's latest collaboration is moving forward."

    HBO - The cable channel "has locked up True Detective's Nic Pizzolatto in an overall deal through 2018." And: "The pact includes a possible third iteration of the anthology series."

    NBC - "Johnny Knoxville and NBC are working on a TV adaptation of Hawaiian Dick."

    ABC - "The broadcast network, already home to Marvel TV, is adapting Vertigo comic book Unfollow." Also: "The Middle, The Goldbergs, Black-ish and Fresh Off the Boat have each received an order for two additional episodes.

    The CW - "The younger-skewing network is teaming with The Vampire Diaries leading lady Kat Graham for From the Top."

    TV Ratings: "The fourth episode of Supergirl averaged a steady 1.8 rating among adults 18-49 on Monday, actually a slight improvement from the previous outing."

  • Today in Awards

    The force awakens.

    David James/Lucasfilm/Disney

    AFI considers Star Wars as the institute "is postponing the announcement of its AFI Awards until Dec 16 — which means that the film jury will be able to consider Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which premieres Dec. 14."

    An Afghan filmmaker is protesting the Academy over the disqualification of Utopia in the Oscar foreign language category. "We ask that you please consider our points and reconsider."

    New Awards Chatter podcast: Amy Schumer talks with Scott Feinberg about "comedy, writing, sex, turning down 'The Daily Show,' hosting the Oscars, teaming with J-Law, fighting for gun control and more."

    And: Johnny Depp nabs Palm Springs Film Fest honor; Elizabeth Banks, Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton and Jacob Tremblay to be awarded at Santa Barbara Film Fest; Corinne Foxx, daughter of Jamie Foxx, named Miss Golden Globe 2016.

  • Today in TV Reviews

    Next up: "'Chicago Liquor Store' and 'Chicago Bikram Yoga.'"

    'Chicago Med'
    'Chicago Med'
    Courtesy of NBC

    Amazon's The Man in the High Castle"A conceptually and visually intriguing 'alternate history.'"

    NBC's Chicago Med - "Set your alarm or drink a pot of coffee - this sleepy, bland and barely trying hospital drama wants to steal an hour of your life."

    Plus: Tim Goodman on Why Won't the Dead Stay Dead on TV?

  • Today in Film Reviews

    Seth Rogen's back this Christmas.

    'The Night Before'
    'The Night Before'
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    Seth Rogen in The Night Before - "A scattered but often hilarious stocking-stuffer."

    Our Everyday Life (Bosnia's Oscar selection for Foreign Language category.) - "Home is where the heartache is in this conventional domestic drama."

    Democrats - "A privileged look at a process ripe for cynicism."

  • Today in Esq.

    Rdio's lost millions.

    Rdio CEO Anthony Bay
    Rdio CEO Anthony Bay
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    Rdio was losing $2 million each month before bankruptcy. And: "Rdio currently owes more for ads placed on Facebook (nearly $500,000) than to Universal Music Group ($294,000) or Merlin BV ($134,960), which represents independent record labels."

    Fox News demands no sharing of clips until 72 hours after broadcast. The latest on the TVEyes lawsuit: "The cable news channel also wants the many prominent members of TVEyes' service to sign click-wrap agreements."

    And: Paul Anka, the songwriter behind "Times of Your Life," is suing a big political SuperPAC. 

  • Rambling Reporter...

    What's Val Kilmer's 'Top Gun' status update?

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    "Val Kilmer needs a social media wingman. On Tuesday, the actor confused fans by announcing on Facebook he would appear in Top Gun 2, the follow-up to the 1986 blockbuster, but then hours later came back and pumped the brakes on his news. ... And that wasn't the only confusing part."

    And, Shia LaBeouf explains his Transformers nap during his performance art movie marathon: "I hate myself."

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