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Jake Lamotta Dead, Real-Life 'Raging Bull' Boxer 'Fought Til the End'
Boxing legend Jake Lamotta -- the champ who was played by Robert De Niro in the movie "Raging Bull" -- died Tuesday, TMZ has learned. He was 95. Jake's wife tells TMZ, Jake died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia. Another family member tells TMZ, Jake's condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He was put on a feeding tube, which he kept pulling out. His condition worsened considerably in the last »
- TMZ Staff
Lee Daniels Developing Pair of Drama Projects at Fox with Julian Breece, Peter Mattei
Lee Daniels will executive produce two drama projects currently in development at Fox, Variety has learned.
The first project, titled “Victory,” is a one-hour drama set in the world of competitive gospel choirs. It tells the story of a prodigal son and a group of forgotten young people who must rise above their personal hardships to save a church and heal a broken community through the power of song. The project has received a put pilot commitment at the network. Julian Breece will write and executive produce, with Daniels also executive producing along with Pam Williams and Kevin Donahue. This marks Breece’s second collaboration with Daniels and Fox, having recently sold the drama project “Mason Dixon.” Breece most recently served as a co-producer on Beau Willimon’s new Hulu series “The First.”
Fox has ordered a script with a penalty attached for the the second project, “East of Hope.” The »
- Joe Otterson
‘The Deuce’ Renewed by HBO for Season 2
Created by David Simon and George Pelacanos, “The Deuce” premiered Sept. 10 on the premium service. Starring James Franco and Maggie Gyllenhaal, the series tells the story of the rise of the porn industry in New York in the 1970s.
“We are thrilled to continue our creative collaboration with master storytellers David Simon and George Pelecanos,” said HBO programming president Casey Bloys. “Their unique gift for immersing the audience in their dark and edgy worlds brings a brilliant verisimilitude unlike any other. With the remarkably talented Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Franco leading an exceptional cast, we look forward to delving deeper as this captivating story evolves.”
“Everyone involved with this project is genuinely grateful to HBO for the chance to »
- Daniel Holloway
‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates
The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.
The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.
Plot details are unknown at this time.
“Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »
- Justin Kroll
‘Stranger Things’ Writer Justin Doble Inks Deal With Amazon Studios
Amazon announced Tuesday it closed an overall deal with Doble, who will be developing genre television projects exclusively for Prime. Doble’s other credits include working on Hulu’s “The Path” and AMC’s “Into the Badlands.” He began his career writing episodes of “Fringe” and “Almost Human.”
“We have long admired Justin’s ability to create stories and characters that stoke fans’ passion,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, »
- Carli Velocci
Matt Damon to Star as Con-Man Doctor in ‘Charlatan’ (Exclusive)
After headlining two movies that debuted on the fall festival circuit — “Suburbicon” and “Downsizing” — Matt Damon has found a new project. He’s set to star as John R. Brinkley, a real-life 20th century doctor who conned his patients into thinking that he had discovered the cure to impotence, in the drama “Charlatan,” Variety has learned.
The movie marks another collaboration for Damon as a producer with Kimberly Steward, who worked together behind-the-camera on the Oscar-winning drama “Manchester by the Sea.” Steward’s company K Period Media, which she launched in 2013 with a mandate to tell edgy stories, will co-produce the movie with Damon’s Pearl Street Films alongside Jennifer Todd.
Venice Film Review: ‘Suburbicon’
The independent film is based on a best-selling 2008 non-fiction book, “Charlatan: America’s Most Dangerous Huckster, the Man Who Pursued Him, and the Age of Flimflam,” by Pope Brock. The screenplay will be adapted by the writing team of Brian Koppelman and »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Aflac’s Duck Takes Wing With Disney’s ‘Duck Tales’ In Ad Pact
“Duck Tales” fans should prepare to welcome another famous fowl to the cartoon clan of quackers who star in Disney’s revered animated series – for about 30 seconds, that is.
The Aflac Duck, that vociferous champion of insurance, will make an appearance in a commercial with Donald Duck and his nephews, Huey, Dewey and Louie as well as the other mallards, ganders and geese that populate the animated adventure program. Disney recently revived the series, which previously enjoyed a heyday as a syndicated offering for kids between 1987 and 1990, on its Disney Xd cable outlet. The commercial, which will also be distributed via social media and in video on demand, will never appear within the show itself, said Jerry Daniello, senior vice president of integrated marketing at Disney ABC Television Group.
The team-up will mark the first time Aflac has aligned its popular duck with TV characters – real or animated, says Gail Galuppo, senior »
- Brian Steinberg
Sean Penn Is Gonna Try Life on Mars for Hulu, Will Probably Come Back With an Award
Hulu has given a straight-to-series order to The First, created and executive produced by Beau Willimon. »
- Hunter Harris
‘The Deuce’ gets a quick renewal from HBO, but will David Simon be redeemed on the awards stage?
“The Deuce” has only aired two episodes as of this writing, but it has already been renewed for a second season by HBO. That’s a strong show of confidence from the premium network, especially for David Simon, whose previous work has been revered but not known to draw “Game of Thrones”-level numbers. He also hasn’t […] »
- Daniel Montgomery
Joanne Froggatt Has No Memory of Her Date With Ioan Gruffudd in ‘Liar’ Preview (Exclusive Video)
Joanne Froggatt can’t remember the details of a date gone wrong in a new exclusive clip from the upcoming SundanceTV drama “Liar.” In the clip, a troubled Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”), who plays Laura Nielson on the six-part limited series, visits a friend to tell her that she can’t remember what happened after inviting her date home the previous night. “I don’t know what I did,” she says, on the verge of tears. Froggatt’s character on the show is a bright and dedicated teacher, who agrees to a seemingly innocent date with Andrew Earlham (Ioan Gruffudd, “Titanic”), a renowned surgeon whose son. »
- Reid Nakamura
Lena Waithe on Her Surreal, History-Making Emmys Night With Aziz, Reese, Nicole, Riz, and Donald
- Jada Yuan
TV Ratings: ‘America’s Got Talent’ Season 12 Penultimate Episode Hits Multiple Highs
“America’s Got Talent” Season 12 continued its stellar ratings run on Tuesday, with the penultimate episode of the season hitting multiple highs.
According to Nielsen overnight data, “Agt” averaged a 2.9 rating in adults 18-49 and 14.3 million viewers for NBC. That is the show’s best rating in the key demo in over three years, since the June 2, 2014 episode (2.9). Tuesday’s episode was also the most-watched Tuesday installment of the show in six years, since July 5, 2011 (15.8 million). To top it all off, Tuesday’s episode was up by over 20% in both measures compared to last week.
Later on NBC, the Paley Center’s salute to “Will & Grace” earned a 1.2 rating and 5.3 million viewers.
ABC aired the season finale of “Somewhere Between” (0.4, 1.9 million) at 10 p.m., with the drama series drawing its biggest audience in total viewers since it premiered in July as well as being up in the key demo compared to last week.
- Joe Otterson
Watch Violent First 'Punisher' Trailer
A violent new trailer shows the origins of the Marvel comic-book hero The Punisher, as he will be depicted in Netflix's serial-tv adaptation.
As character Frank Castle – played by Jon Bernthal, who previously depicted Castle in Season Two of Daredevil – gazes lovingly at his wife, he sees a masked man in military garb shoot her in the back of her head. Then as Metallica's "One" plays, the screen shows Castle (a retired Marine) sharpening a knife, loading guns and spray-painting a wall as he prepares for an ambush. After a barrage of bullets, »
Jake Lamotta, Boxing Legend Who Inspired ‘Raging Bull,’ Dies at 95
Jake Lamotta, the boxing legend who inspired the film “Raging Bull,” has died. He was 95. His death was shared by his daughter, Christi Lamotta, on Facebook on Tuesday: “Jake Lamotta July 10, 1922 – September 19, 2017. Rest in Peace Pop.” Lamotta’s wife told TMZ that the famous boxer “died in a nursing home due to complications from pneumonia.” Another family member told the publication that Lamotta’s condition had deteriorated in the last few weeks. Also Read: MGM Wins Court Battle Over 'Raging Bull' Rights Lamotta was born in the Bronx in 1922 and became a professional boxer at the age of. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Every Emma Stone Performance, Ranked
From Superbad to Battle of the Sexes, she’s shown astonishing range in a decade onscreen »
- Will Leitch and Tim Grierson
First Trailer for ‘Marvel’s The Punisher’ Features a Whole Lot of Guns (Video)
We’re not surprised that Frank Castle got violent in the first full trailer for “Marvel’s The Punisher,” which was posted online Wednesday. The trailer starts off fairly quietly, with scenes of Castle (Jon Bernthal), a guitar and his family. Of course, if you know anything about the Punisher — or watched “Daredevil” Season 2 — you know this idyllic life doesn’t last long. In his first standalone series, Castle uncovers a conspiracy that runs far deeper than just New York’s criminal underworld. According to the trailer, it includes the FBI, the CIA and Homeland Security. Also Read: We Saw 4 Minutes of. »
- Carli Velocci
Ratings: ‘Agt’ Performance Finale Scores Show’s Most Tuesday Viewers in 6 Years
“America’s Got Talent” (“Agt”) just smoked the rest of broadcast with its performance finale, earning the show’s most-watched Tuesday episode in six years. The other finale of the evening, ABC’s “Somewhere Between,” didn’t exactly fare as well. NBC easily topped the rest of its English-language broadcast competition combined in both the key 18-49 demographic’s ratings and among overall eyeballs. So yeah, it was a successful night for “Agt.” Univision actually finished runner-up in the main demo, though CBS was second among total viewers. Also Read: 'Agt' Finals: Darci Lynne Slays Beatles Tune With a Little »
- Tony Maglio
Marvel’s The Punisher Trailer Makes Good on the Whole Punishment Part
See just how high the body count can get in two-and-a-half minutes. »
- Abraham Riesman
‘Wonderstruck’ Trailer: Gorgeous, Tragic New York Tale Set in Two Eras (Video)
Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for Todd Haynes’ “Wonderstruck,” which takes audiences on a beautiful, heartbreaking trip through the lives of two deaf children. The filmmaker’s follow-up to his lesbian romance “Carol” is based on Brian Selznick’s acclaimed 2011 illustrated novel about two deaf children (Oakes Fegley and Millie Simmonds) from two separate eras who secretly wish their lives were different. The young boy goes on a journey to learn more about his father based on a single book mark he found of a bookstore that no longer exists — while the young girl reads an enticing headline in. »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
When is ‘America’s Got Talent’ results show? Who will win season 12 of ‘Agt’ – Darci Lynne Farmer or Angelica Hale?
The winner of “America’s Got Talent” will be revealed at the end of a live two-hour results show that starts at 8:00 pm Wednesday (Sept. 20) on NBC. The 10 “Agt” finalists performed live onstage at the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Tuesday, hoping to win over America with their talent. The 10 finalists on […] »
- Paul Sheehan
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