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March 28, 2019

A follow-up to Sex and the City that looks at love, dating, and friendships after 50 is now in the works, Deadline reports.

Sex and the City author Candace Bushnell's latest book, Is There Still Sex in the City?, is scheduled for release on Aug. 6, and Paramount Television and Anonymous Content have acquired the rights to the novel to develop as a television series. Bushnell is set to write the pilot's script and executive produce.

Bushnell told Deadline it's a very different world now for people 50 and older than it was in decades past. "They weren't expected to exercise, start new business ventures, move to a different state, have casual sex with strangers, and start all over again," she said. "But this is exactly what the lives of a lot of 50- and 60-something women look like today, and I'm thrilled to be reflecting the rich complexity of their reality on the page and now on the screen." Catherine Garcia

March 25, 2019

Jordan Peele's sophomore film, the horror flick Us, had a stunning opening weekend, bringing in an estimated $70.3 million in North American ticket sales.

The movie, which cost $20 million to make, soared above debut weekend forecasts of $38 to $45 million. Us had not only the largest debut for an original horror movie, but also one of the biggest openings for a live-action original film since Avatar came out in 2009.

Peele's directorial debut, 2017's Get Out, brought in $33.4 million in its domestic opening weekend. Captain Marvel, having spent the last two weeks at the top of the box office, fell to second place, with $35 million in ticket sales. Catherine Garcia

March 10, 2019

Captain Marvel had an incredible debut weekend, bringing in an estimated $153 million in North America and an additional $302 million in global ticket sales.

Starring Brie Larson, Captain Marvel is the first Marvel Studios film with a solo female lead, and it had not only the biggest opening weekend of 2019, but also the largest worldwide opening of all time for a movie fronted by a woman. Captain Marvel cost $150 million to make.

How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World came in second place at the box office with $14.7 million, followed by Tyler Perry's A Madea Family Funeral with $12 million. Catherine Garcia

March 8, 2019

After watching the HBO documentary Leaving Neverland, the producers of The Simpsons decided to pull from circulation a 1991 episode of the show featuring the voice of Michael Jackson, The Wall Street Journal reports.

Leaving Neverland focuses on two men who say they were molested by Jackson as children, and removing the "Stark Raving Dad" episode from streaming services, television stations, and DVD box sets "feels clearly the only choice to make," producer James L. Brooks told the Journal on Thursday.

In "Stark Raving Dad," Homer Simpson meets a patient in a mental hospital named Leon Kompowsky, voiced by Jackson, who thinks he's the pop star. Brooks said this was one of his all-time favorite episodes, but it has to be pulled out of empathy for the alleged victims. Before he died in 2009, Jackson denied multiple allegations of molestation, and his estate sued HBO last month in an attempt to block the network from airing the documentary. Catherine Garcia

March 7, 2019

Hello Kitty is ready for her close-up.

She's one of the world's most recognizable characters, and 45 years after her debut, Hello Kitty will finally star in her first-ever English language movie. After five years of talks, the character's maker, Sanrio, has granted New Line Cinema the film rights to Hello Kitty and pals, Variety reports.

Ever since she first appeared on a coin purse in the 1970s, Hello Kitty has been a worldwide hit, a massive pop culture icon known for her perfectly placed bow. Her image is on everything from backpacks to pencils and toasters to wine bottles, and Sanrio has collaborated with several other brands, including Vans, Converse, Sephora, and Tokidoki.

It's not clear yet if this will be an animated or live-action film, and the studio is now looking for writers and creative talent. Hello Kitty does not have a mouth, and thus has never talked, so this should be interesting. Catherine Garcia

February 5, 2019

Party of Five is back — but with a timely twist.

The '90s Fox drama followed the trials and tribulations of the Salinger siblings — played by Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, Scott Wolf, and Lacey Chabert — orphaned after their parents were killed in a car accident. On Monday, Freeform announced it has ordered 10 episodes of a reboot, this time focusing on five siblings dealing with their parents being deported to Mexico. Freeform President Tom Ascheim told Deadline the show "embodies the heart and soul of what it means to be a family in the most trying of times."

Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, the creators of the original series, are behind the reboot. The new Party of Five will star Brandon Larracuente as Emilio Acosta, Emily Tosta as Lucia Acosta, Niko Guardado as Beto Acosta, and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Acosta. Catherine Garcia

January 30, 2019

Fans of the Caped Crusader, mark your calendars: The Batman, written and directed by Matt Reeves, will hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

After playing Batman in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League, Ben Affleck won't be back for this movie. The film is focusing on a younger Batman, and he will be "more in his detective mode than we've seen in the films," Reeves told The Hollywood Reporter on Wednesday. "It's very much a point of view-driven, noir Batman tale. It's told very squarely on his shoulders, and I hope it's going to be a story that will be thrilling, but also emotional."

Warner Bros. announced several release dates on Wednesday, with Doctor Sleep opening Nov. 8, 2019; The Witches, starring Anne Hathaway, on Oct. 16, 2020; DC Super Pets on May 21, 2021; and The Suicide Squad, written by Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn, out Aug. 6, 2021. Catherine Garcia

January 27, 2019

At the 25th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards on Sunday night, Black Panther won the award for best film ensemble cast, with This Is Us taking home the award for TV drama ensemble and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel for TV comedy ensemble.

It was a big night for The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel; Rachel Brosnahan won outstanding performance by a female actor in a comedy series and Tony Shalhoub took the award for outstanding performance by a male actor in a comedy. On the movie side, Bohemian Rhapsody's Rami Malek won outstanding performance by a male actor in a leading role, while The Wife's Glenn Close won outstanding performance by a female actor in a leading role. Brosnahan, Malek, and Close also won Golden Globes for their performances earlier this month.

Over the last 23 years, the winner of the SAG ensemble award has gone on to win the Academy Award for best picture only 11 times, Variety reports. The last six winners of the SAG actress award have won the Oscar, and the SAG actor winner has won the Oscar 13 times in the last 14 years. For a full list of SAG Award winners, visit Variety. Catherine Garcia

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