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John Cena & Kathy Bates Join Brian Cox & Jodie Turner-Smith In Political Thriller ‘The Independent’

Oscar winner Kathy Bates (Misery, American Horror Story) and former WWE star John Cena (F9: The Fast Saga) are joining Brian Cox (Succession) and Jodie Turner-Smith (Queen & Slim) in political thriller feature The Independent. Set during “the final weeks of the most consequential presidential election in history,” the movie will follow an idealistic young journalist (Turner-Smith) who teams up with her idol (Cox) to uncover a conspiracy that places the fate of the election, and the country, in their hands. The Suicide Squad star Cena and Misery and Richard Jewell star Bates both play Presidential candidates. The Black List script is due to...
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‘The Flight Attendant’ Adds Trio of Regulars to Season 2 Cast

A host of actors have booked tickets for The Flight Attendant‘s second season. Mo McRae, Callie Hernandez and J.J. Soria will be series regulars on the HBO Max comedic thriller, which is currently filming season two. Six actors — Cheryl Hines, Jessie Ennis, Mae Martin, Margaret Cho, Santiago Cabrera and Shohreh Aghdashloo — will recur on the series. Season one regulars Kaley Cuoco, Zosia Mamet, Griffin Matthews, Deniz Akdeniz and Rosie Perez are all set to return, as will recurring guest stars T.R. Knight, Yasha Jackson and Audrey Grace Marshall. Season two of The Flight Attendant finds Cassie (Cuoco) living her best sober...
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John Cena To Star As U.S. Presidential Candidate In New Movie

Veteran WWE Superstar John Cena has been announced for a new political thriller, The Independent. Cena will star as a United States Presidential candidate in the movie. Kathy Bates will also star as a Presidential candidate, according to Deadline. Cena and Bates join Jodie Turner-Smith and Brian Cox as cast members.
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Youth Group, A New YA Graphic Novel by Jordan Morris & Bowen McCurdy

Youth Group by Jordan Morris and Bowen McCurdy is a new YA graphic novel about a cynical young goth who reluctantly joins the youth group at her local mega-church, only to discover that the Christian youth are sneaking out at night to slay actual demons. Familiar face at Bleeding Cool, Calista Brill, First Second's Editorial Director has bought Youth Group for publication in in 2024. Alison Wilgus will also edit. Jordan Morris' agent Dara Hyde at Hill Nadell Literary Agency and Bowen McCurdy's agent Tamara Kawar at ICM Partners negotiated the deal for world rights.
BOOKS & LITERATURE

‘Reboot’: Leslie Bibb, Rachel Bloom, Michael McKean & Krista Marie Yu Join Steve Levitan’s Hulu Comedy Pilot

Leslie Bibb (Jupiter’s Legacy) has been tapped as the female lead opposite Keegan-Michael Key and Johnny Knoxville in Reboot, Hulu’s comedy pilot from Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan. Also cast in the project are Rachel Bloom, in her return to series television after her starring turn on her CW series Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Michael McKean and Krista Marie Yu. In Reboot, when Hulu reboots an early-2000s family sitcom, its dysfunctional cast is forced back together and now must deal with their unresolved issues in today’s fast-changing world. Calum Worthy also stars. Bibb plays Bree, a former pageant girl from rural Virginia turned sitcom star who left the...
TV SERIES

ICM Agent Chris Sawtelle Exiting To Become Co-President Of Client Josh Richards’ CrossCheck Holdings

EXCLUSIVE: ICM agent Chris Sawtelle is wrapping up a three-year stint at the firm and transitioning to the role of co-president at agency client Josh Richards’ CrossCheck Holdings. CrossCheck was founded by Richards, who has a following of tens of millions across digital platforms and is active as an influencer, entrepreneur, musician and actor, among other disciplines. He heads up CrossCheck Studios, a joint venture production company launched with partners including Mark Wahlberg. He is also co-founder of TikTok management and production company TalentX and co-hosts the BFFs Podcast with Dave Portnoy, founder of Barstool Sports. Sawtelle will help lead CrossCheck alongside...
BUSINESS

‘Black Cake’ Drama Series From Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey & Aaron Kaplan Ordered By Hulu

EXCLUSIVE: After a heated bidding war, Hulu has landed the drama Black Cake, from Women of the Movement creator Marissa Jo Cerar, Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Films and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment with a series order. Based on the upcoming book by Charmaine Wilkerson, Black Cake is a family drama wrapped in a murder mystery with a diverse cast of characters and a global setting. The story takes place in Jamaica, Rome, Scotland, England and Southern California. Cerar, who played a key part in putting the project together, will write the adaptation as part of her overall deal with Kapital and will serve as...
TV SERIES

Betty Gilpin to Co-Star in Showtime’s ‘Three Women’ Adaptation

Showtime has found the second of its Three Women. GLOW alum Betty Gilpin has boarded the straight-to-series drama based on Lisa Taddeo’s book of the same name, joining Shailene Woodley and Dewanda Wise in the cast. Picked up straight to series in July after Showtime landed the rights to the novel in 2019 following a bidding war, Three Women explores American female desire and follows three women on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. The drama revolves around three women: Lina (Gilpin), an Indiana woman in a passionless marriage who embarks on an all-consuming affair; Sloane (Wise), an entrepreneur from the Northeast who has a...
TV SERIES

Meredith Stiehm Elected As Next WGA West President

The Writers Guild of America West announced the results of its latest elections on Tuesday, including formally declaring “Cold Case” creator Meredith Stiehm as the next president of the guild. Stiehm ran unopposed in the election, as did incoming vice president Michele Mulroney and secretary-treasurer Betsy Thomas. Stiehm will succeed...
ENTERTAINMENT

Hamish Linklater Joins Walter Hill’s Quiver Western ‘Dead For A Dollar’

EXCLUSIVE: Hamish Linklater (Midnight Mass, The Big Short) is the latest addition to Dead for a Dollar, the Western that Walter Hill helmed for Quiver Distribution, which has wrapped production in New Mexico. He joins a cast that includes Academy Award winner Christoph Waltz, Academy Award nominee Willem Dafoe, Emmy and SAG Award winner Rachel Brosnahan, SAG Award winner Benjamin Bratt, Brandon Scott and Warren Burke. Dead for a Dollar follows a famed bounty hunter (Waltz) who runs into his sworn enemy (Dafoe), a professional gambler and outlaw that he had sent to prison years before, while on a mission to find and return...
MOVIES

‘Three Women’: Betty Gilpin To Star Alongside Shailene Woodley & DeWanda Wise In Showtime Drama Series

GLOW alumna Betty Gilpin has been tapped as a co-lead opposite Shailene Woodley and DeWanda Wise in Showtime’s Three Women. The hourlong series is based on the nonfiction bestseller by Lisa Taddeo, who has adapted her book. Principal photography is set to begin in the coming months. In Three Women, a group of women are on a crash course to radically overturn their lives. Gilpin will star as Lina, a homemaker in Indiana who, after a decade in a passionless marriage, embarks on an affair that quickly becomes all-consuming and transforms her life. Sloane (Wise), a glamorous entrepreneur in the Northeast, has...
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