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Billie Eilish releases ‘James Bond’ theme song ‘No Time to Die’

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With six Grammys, 13 platinum singles and one of the biggest debut albums in recent memory, Billie Eilish has already conquered the music world and has moved on to film. After performing a unique take on the Beatles’ classic “Yesterday” at the Academy Awards last weekend, the singer has dropped the theme song to the forthcoming James Bond film “No Time to Die,” which comes out April 10. The song is the second she and brother/musical collaborator Finneas have dropped since the spring release of her blockbuster debut full-length, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?,” after “Everything I Wanted,” which dropped late last year.

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No Time to Die” is slow and ominous, with Eilish flexing the high, quavery register of her voice in a way not unlike her take on “Yesterday.” But the Bond-ian touch comes when an orchestra swells in the background, gaining intensity as the song progresses before it closes with a twangy guitar chord that subtly evokes the Bond themes of the ’60s.  The song includes legendary Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, with orchestral arrangements by Hans Zimmer and Matt Dunkley.

Eilish, the youngest artist ever to write and record a Bond them, will perform the song for the first time at the Brit Awards in London on Feb. 18.

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Interestingly two of the most recent Bond themes — Adele’s “Skyfall” and Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” — are the only songs from the films to win Best Song Academy Awards.

Later this year, Apple TV will release a documentary on the singer that has been nearly four years in the making. Indeed, when Variety was embedded with Eilish’s fall tour for a December cover story on the singer, a video crew followed her nearly everywhere.

Eilish — who was Variety‘s Hitmaker of 2019 — swept the top Grammy categories last month, becoming the youngest (and only the second) artist in history to win the big four: album of the year and pop vocal album (for “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”), record and song of the year (for “Bad Guy”) and new artist. (Christopher Cross is the only other artist ever to sweep the big four categories, in 1981.) She lost only pop solo performance (to Lizzo, for “Truth Hurts”). In total, Eilish, 18, and O’Connell, 22, took home six of the seven awards they were nominated for.

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Eilish is set to hit the road on a world arena tour which sold out within an hour of tickets going on sale. It kicks off on March 9.

The theme song “Writing’s On the Wall,” for the last James Bond film, “Spectre,” was performed by Sam Smith, while Adele performed “Skyfall” for the movie of the same name.

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Kevin Spacey settles sexual assault suit following accuser’s death

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Kevin Spacey has settled a lawsuit with the estate of a man who had accused him of sexual assault, following the accuser’s death in September.

The accuser, a massage therapist, had alleged that Spacey forced him to grab his genitals and tried to kiss him during a session in Malibu in October 2016. Spacey denied the allegation.

A trial was set to take place in federal court in June 2020, but the accuser died, reportedly of cancer, on Sept. 6.

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The accuser’s estate filed a notice dismissing the lawsuit on Monday. Each side agreed to pay their own costs. Any other terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department had investigated the man’s allegations and forwarded the case to the district attorney’s office. After the accuser died, prosecutors announced they would not bring charges in the matter.

The plaintiff’s attorneys had intended to call two other massage therapists who would also claim that they were assaulted by Spacey. All three massage therapists did not want to be publicly identified.

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Spacey had faced a separate criminal charge in Nantucket, stemming from an alleged groping of a busboy. That case was dropped in July, however, after the accuser in that case invoked his Fifth Amendment privileges during an evidentiary hearing. Spacey’s attorneys had accused the man and his mother of tampering with text messages used as evidence in the case. That accuser also dropped a civil suit.

Last week, Spacey released a video in which he portrayed Frank Underwood, his character from “House of Cards.”

“You didn’t really think I was going to miss the opportunity to wish you a Merry Christmas, did you?” he asked.

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Harvey Weinstein being probed in Los Angeles for 8 sexual misconduct cases amid New York rape trial

Harvey Weinstein is set to go on trial next month in New York on charges of rape and sexual assault. But no matter how that case turns out, he will still face criminal jeopardy in Los Angeles.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is now reviewing eight cases against the disgraced producer, according to D.A. spokesman Greg Risling.

The D.A.’s office has received four cases each from the Los Angeles Police Department and the Beverly Hills Police Department, and has yet to decide whether to file charges on any of them. Two of those cases were submitted within the last few months, and have not been previously reported.

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Harvey Weinstein, center, leaves court following a hearing in New York. In an interview published Sunday, Dec. 15 in the New York Post, Weinstein said he is a pioneer in advancing the careers of women in the film industry and that his work has been forgotten in the wake of allegations of sexual assault. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

Weinstein has adamantly denied all allegations of non-consensual sex.

Risling declined to give details of any of the charges. The office has been reviewing most of the charges for nearly two years. The Beverly Hills Police Department submitted two cases involving Weinstein in January 2018. The LAPD submitted three investigations the following month, and Beverly Hills detectives submitted their third case in June 2018. Until last week, the D.A.’s office had not provided an update on its Weinstein cases since August 2018.

One of the cases involves an Italian model who alleges that Weinstein raped her at the Mr. C Beverly Hills hotel in February 2013. The LAPD interviewed the woman in October 2017, shortly after the Weinstein scandal broke, and submitted her case to the D.A. for review.

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Harvey Weinstein’s trial for rape is set to begin in January 2020. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

In August of this year, the Manhattan D.A.’s office disclosed that it would call three witnesses to testify about Weinstein’s alleged “prior bad acts.” The D.A. did not identify the witnesses, but said that one of them would testify about an incident that occurred at a hotel in Beverly Hills on the night of Feb. 19, 2013. Risling declined to comment on whether the D.A.’s office is cooperating with Manhattan prosecutors on that aspect of the case. Weinstein’s trial begins on Jan. 6, and is expected to take two months.

The Los Angeles D.A.’s office set up a task force to review Hollywood sex assault cases in November 2017, but has yet to bring any charges. The office has declined to prosecute many allegations because they fell outside the statute of limitations, which is 10 years for most serious sex crimes. In one case, the office declined to prosecute actor Kevin Spacey because his accuser had died.

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Weinstein is also facing civil litigation. Earlier this month, The Weinstein Company insurers agreed to terms on a $25 million “global settlement” of sexual misconduct litigation. Several accusers have opted not to participate in the settlement, including Kaja Sokola, a Polish model who alleges that Weinstein sexually assaulted her when she was 16. Sokola filed suit last week in New York, naming Weinstein, his brother Bob, Miramax and Disney as defendants.

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Nick Jonas and Priyanka Chopra set unscripted wedding series at Amazon

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Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Nick Jonas are bringing an unscripted series about an Indian pre-wedding tradition to Amazon.

Amazon has greenlit the untitled series, which will follow engaged couples as they prepare for their sangeet. A sangeet takes place the night before a wedding and features friends and family participating in a night of song and dance. The series will feature the couples along with their wedding party, family, and friends, as they not only prepare for the wedding itself, but also rehearse for the performances with the help of a team of celebrity choreographers, stylists, and creative directors. Casting is currently underway. Filming will take place in 2020.

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“We re-watched the video of our Sangeet last week on our first anniversary, and the togetherness of our family and friends during this event still sparks the same warmth and excitement that it did just over a year ago at our wedding,” said Chopra Jonas. “The Sangeet is a centuries-old Indian wedding tradition, that not only celebrates the union of two people, but also signifies the introduction and bonding of two families coming together in a marriage.”

Chopra Jonas and Jonas, who were married in India last December, will executive produce along with Dan Cutforth, Jane Lipsitz, and Dan Volpe of Alfred Street Industries, Anjula Acharia, Phil McIntyre, and Nina Anand Aujla. Chopra Jonas will executive produce via her Purple Pebble Productions while Jonas will executive produce under his Image 32 banner. Amazon Studios will produce.

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“The days leading up to our Sangeet were some of the most special, memorable moments of the weekend,” Jonas said. “Bringing the concept of this musical celebration to the mainstream in a new way, through couples setting out on one of the most exciting journeys of their life, is an idea that we are proud to bring to life with Amazon.”

Chopra Jonas is a world-renowned Bollywood star who made her American onscreen debut in the ABC drama series “Quantico” in 2015. She has gone on to star in a number of films since then and is currently developing an untitled Indian wedding comedy with Mindy Kaling and Dan Goor at Universal in which she will star and serve as co-producer.

“The sangeet is such a beautiful tradition and we’re excited to partner with Priyanka and Nick to honor it through this series and find couples from all different backgrounds that are excited to bring their families together through the universal language of song and dance,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon Studios.

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Jonas shot to stardom along with his brothers as the musical trio The Jonas Brothers. He most recently joined “The Voice” as a judge for the Spring 2020 season and starred in Lionsgate’s “Midway.” He also stars in the upcoming “Jumanji” sequel.

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Chris Cornell’s widow, Vicky, sues Soundgarden over royalties, unreleased recordings: report

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A long-simmering battle between Chris Cornell’s widow and the other members of Soundgarden broke into the open Monday morning when Vicky Cornell announced that she is suing the group over hundreds of thousands of dollars in allegedly unpaid royalties and the rights to seven unreleased recordings made before the singer’s death in May of 2017.

Cornell is represented by high-profile Hollywood lawyers Marty Singer — who has been described by the Los Angeles Times as a “pit bull” for people such as Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, John Travolta, Sharon Stone and Jeff Bezos — and James Sammataro, and announced the lawsuit via a TMZ article forwarded to Variety by reps for the estate. The bandmembers, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepard and Matt Cameron (the latter of whom is also a member of Pearl Jam) recently parted ways with longtime Soundgarden attorney Peter Paterno and manager Ron Lafitte, who had worked with the band since they reformed in 2010.

Cameron, Shepard and Thayil’s attorney did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment.

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Thayil was singled out in the documents for comments he has recently made about his frustration over not being able to finish and release recordings made by Cornell and the bandmembers before the singer’s death, which was ruled a suicide. She called it an “unlawful attempt to strong-arm Chris’ Estate into turning over certain audio recordings created by Chris before he passed away.” She says the songs in question were “solely authored by Chris; contain Chris’ own vocal tracks; and were bequeathed to Chris’ Estate” for the benefit of her and their kids.”

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The bandmembers have claimed they co-wrote some of the songs and in a letter to Vicky Cornell said “The entire band was feeling very positive about their rekindled artistic energy and creativity” before Cornell’s death. Vicky claims she has offered to share the recordings with the group and help facilitate their release “in a way that respects Chris’ wishes,” but says the band refused. She also claims Thayil has endangered her family by claiming she is blocking the release of an album from the recordings.

Vicky Cornell blasted the bandmembers in a dramatically worded Instagram post that did not specifically mention the lawsuit but references in part, “Hard-hearted family members, friends, and business associates; who will exploit a widow’s vulnerability when she’s broken and alone. These other people who have decided that her time is up as well.”

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leading light of the Seattle “grunge” scene, Soundgarden formed in 1984 and enjoyed global success via songs like “Black Hole Sun” and “Outshined” before splitting in 1997. Cornell embarked on a sporadically successful solo career before reuniting with the other members in 2010; the band was on tour and had played a concert in Detroit when the singer hung himself in his hotel room on May 18, 2017. While he had suffered from depression and substance abuse at various times in his life, Vicky Cornell has blamed his suicide on prescription medications he was taking at the time of his death and last year sued his doctor for malpractice.

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‘Frozen II’ ices out ‘Playmobil’ for weekend box office

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Frozen 2” dominated box office charts for the third weekend in a row as Disney’s animated sequel scored another $34.7 million in North America.

Those ticket sales, a 60% decline from its massive Thanksgiving haul, boost its domestic tally to $337 million. “Frozen 2” earned $130 million in its inaugural outing and another $123 million the following weekend, cementing new high-water marks for Disney Animation. It’s now the third movie this year behind Universal’s “Glass” and Disney’s “Avengers: Endgame” to win the box office for three consecutive weekends.

Overseas, “Frozen 2” continues to enchant moviegoers as the fantasy follow-up powers to the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It brought in $90 million internationally this weekend, pushing box office receipts to $920 million globally. “Frozen 2” is expected to join the billion-dollar club soon and will be the sixth Disney film this year to hit that milestone. This weekend’s box office winnings will propel Disney past $10 billion in global ticket sales, the biggest haul in history for a single studio. When accounting for Fox titles it has released since inheriting the Murdochs’ film empire, receipts wind up at $11.9 billion. All that dough is still before “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” the culmination of the Skywalker saga, debuts Dec. 20.

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The only new film to grace movie theater marquees this weekend was STX’s “Playmobil,” a cartoon based on the European children’s toys. Since “Frozen 2” is still enticing ticket buyers with young kids and the plastic toy company is relatively unknown compared to a brand like Lego (which Warner Bros. successfully mined into multiple feature films), “Playmobil” sputtered in spectacular fashion. The animated adventure landed at No. 13 on box office charts, collecting just $668,000 from 2,337 theaters in what is one of the worst nationwide opening weekends of all time. Unless the movie resonates in a big way at the international box office — where it has generated $12.5 million to date — the $75 million film stands to be a major money loser for co-financiers Wild Bunch, Pathe, Dimitri Rassam and the Paris-based On Animation. Lucky for STX, the company only paid to distribute the movie and doesn’t have a financial stake.

In a distant second place, Lionsgate and Rian Johnson’s whodunit “Knives Out” added another $14.5 million in its second weekend of release. The acclaimed murder mystery — starring Daniel Craig, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans and Don Johnson — has pocked $63.5 million in North America and a strong $124 million globally to date.

Holdovers rounded out box office charts. Disney-Fox’s “Ford v Ferrari” claimed third place, nabbing $6.58 million from 3,746 venues. After a month in theaters, the racing drama with Christian Bale and Matt Damon has amassed $91 million at the domestic box office. Universal’s “Queen and Slim” landed at No. 4, bringing in $6.53 million and lifting its North American revenues to $26.8 million. In fifth place, Sony’s “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” earned $5.2 million in its third outing. The Mister Rogers film starring Tom Hanks has generated $43.1 million so far.

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Focus Features’ legal thriller “Dark Waters” expanded to 2,012 screens, placing sixth on domestic charts with $4.1 million over the weekend and $5.28 million to date. A24’s “Waves” also bolstered its nationwide footprint, adding $421,625 while playing in 570 theaters. The emotional drama has made $1 million after four weeks in limited release.

New to the specialty box office, Neon’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” launched with a solid $67,105 from two theaters ($33,552 per location). Those box office receipts represent one of the strongest theater averages for a French film, behind “Amelie” and “Coco Chanel.” The movie, which won a screenwriting award at Cannes, is only in theaters for a week before it’s set to return to the big screen on Feb. 14, 2020.

Amazon Studios, taking a page from its rivals at Netflix, isn’t reporting box office grosses for “The Aeronauts,” a biographical adventure starring Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones.

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Overall, ticket sales are still pacing 5.6% behind last year, according to Comscore. Upcoming tentpoles like “Jumanji: The Next Level” and “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker” are expected to help close that gap.

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Mariah Carey’s ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ deemed most annoying Christmas song by UK poll

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As radio stations everywhere turn to an all-Christmas format, what song would listeners most like to jingle all the way to oblivion? That question remains unsettled in America, but over in the UK, a poll has singled out Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” as the most annoying holiday song ever.

The mobile phone company Huawei conducted the survey. Perhaps Carey’s song topping the poll is not surprising; the 1994 single is ubiquitous enough, worldwide, that it would probably come in near the top of any survey of favorite songs, too. But clearly it is not without its polarizing factors to many Brits who dread the music of December.

The rest of the UK’s most annoying list is decidedly Brit-centric, with the Band-Aid charity song “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” coming in at No. 2. A couple of holiday songs from British rock stars of the 1970s, Wizzard’s “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” and Slade’s “Merry Xmas Everybody” are in the Nos. 3-4 positions. Do the English even realize how uniquely fortunate they are to have that Wizzard song all over the airwaves every December? Apparently they do not.

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Wham!’s “Last Christmas,” which surely would top any more scientific poll, lands at No. 5.

One of the greatest Christmas songs of all time, “Fairytale of New York” by the Pogues with Kirsty MacColl, inexplicably comes in at No. 6, although it’s probably difficult to overestimate how many more thousands of times the British have been subjected to this ode to drunken dysfunction than Americans have.

At No. 7, perhaps the least expected choice, from a U.S. point of view, is the Tom Jones and Cerys Matthews version of “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” a single that has been inescapable overseas since its 1999 release but has gotten virtually zero airplay, ever, in the States. Given the ongoing controversy in the U.S. about the song itself, it seems safe to say that the recordings that Americans are more familiar with (like Dean Martin’s) would be contenders if a similar survey were conducted here.

The No. 8-10 picks return the poll to territory more familiar to American listeners: the Jackson 5’s “Santa Claus is Coming to Town,” Eartha Kitt’s “Santa Baby” and the Andrews Sisters’ “Jingle Bells.”

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That Paul McCartney’s “Wonderful Christmastime” was even bigger in the UK than in America yet does not appear anywhere in the top 10 throws the veracity of the poll further into question.

One thing Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” has going against it — or for it, depending on your point of view — in this poll is the fact that it’s the last original holiday song to have really become a Christmas standard; nothing in the 21st century can really be said to have joined the popular canon. Perhaps that makes it more vulnerable to boomers who might consider Carey’s song an irritating jingle-come-lately in a pantheon in which practically everything else has been grandfathered in, although there are probably just as many from that generation that cherish it for its debt to the Phil Spector Christmas sound.

There’s more annoyance or delight where that came from. Carey’s 1994 “Merry Christmas” album, from which the megahit derives, has been reissued this fall in a 25th anniversary deluxe edition with a bonus disc that includes remixes, a new recording of “Sugar Plum Fairy” and previously unreleased live tracks from the singer’s ’94 performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York City.

Curiously, due probably to a number of peculiarities about chart rules at the time, Carey’s song never reached No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100; the highest it’s ever gotten there is No. 3, a position attained just last year. Carey released a duet version with Justin Bieber in 2011. The song has been covered live or in performance by artists including Kelly Clarkson, My Chemical Romance, Michael Buble, Fifth Harmony, Lady Antebellum, Cee Lo Green, Ariana Grande, Idina Menzel, She & Him, LeAnn Rimes and Ingrid Michaelson.

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Clearly UK music fans are not taking their cues from the Guardian, which this year ran its own subjective list of the most annoying holiday songs of all time and only placed Carey’s at No. 20. They had “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” in second place. The newspaper’s No. 1 pick: Bing Crosby and David Bowie’s “Little Drummer Boy/Peace on Earth.”

The full survey results for Britain’s most annoying Christmas song:

  1. “All I Want for Christmas Is You” – Mariah Carey
  2. “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” – Band Aid
  3. “I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday” – Wizzard
  4. “Merry Xmas Everybody” – Slade
  5. “Last Christmas” – Wham!
  6. “Fairytale of New York” – The Pogues and Kirsty MacColl
  7. “Baby It’s Cold Outside” – Tom Jones & Cerys Matthews
  8. “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” – Jackson 5
  9. “Santa Baby” – Eartha Kitt
  10. “Jingle Bells” – Andrews Sisters
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Harrison Ford eyes first major TV role with ‘The Staircase’: report

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Harrison Ford could soon be taking on the first regular television role of his career.

Variety has learned exclusively from sources that the iconic movie star is attached to star in a series adaptation of “The Staircase,” the docuseries that detailed the trial of American novelist Michael Peterson, who was accused of murdering his wife in 2001. Peterson claimed his wife died after falling down the stairs at their home, but police suspected he bludgeoned her to death and staged the scene to look like an accident.

The project is currently being shopped to networks and streaming services. Ford is attached to executive produce the series in addition to starring. Antonio Campos will write and executive produce, with Annapurna Television producing. The docuseries was originally released in 2004, with creator Jean-Xavier de Lestrade updating with new information years later. Netflix released it as a 13-episode series in 2018.

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Reps for Ford and Campos did not immediately respond to Variety’s request for comment. Annapurna declined to comment.

Ford is not entirely new to television, having made appearances on shows such as “The Virginian,” “The F.B.I.,” and “Gunsmoke” early on before taking off on a wildly successful film career. In addition to his starring roles in both the “Star Wars” and “Indiana Jones” franchises, he was nominated for an Academy Award for his lead role in the 1985 film “Witness.” His other major film credits include “The Fugitive,” “Blade Runner” and its recent sequel, “Clear and Present Danger,” “Patriot Games,” “Air Force One,” and “The Mosquito Coast.”

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He is repped by UTA and Ziffren Brittenham.

Campos’ previous TV credits include executive producing and directing multiple episodes of the hit USA Network crime anthology series “The Sinner,” including the pilot and Season 2 premiere. He also directed an episode during the first season of the Marvel-Netflix series “The Punisher.” On the feature side, he wrote and directed films such as “Simon Killer” and “Afterschool.” His film “The Devil All the Time,” based on the novel by Donald Ray Pollock, is due out in 2020. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Tom Holland, and Riley Keough. Campos co-wrote the film with Paulo Campos.

He is repped by Management 360 and Nelson Davis LLP.

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Annapurna’s television division recently landed a pilot order at Showtime for the half-hour comedy “Big Deal,” co-created by and starring “SNL” alum Vanessa Bayer. The company is also producing the upcoming Netflix musical drama “Soundtrack,” which is due out in December.

Matt Donnelly contributed to this report. 

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Billy Porter may join ‘Cinderella’ as the Fairy Godmother: report

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“Pose” star Billy Porter is in negotiations to join Camila Cabello in Sony’s reimagined musical version of “Cinderella.”

If the deal goes through, Porter will play Cinderella’s fairy godmother. Sony had no comment.

Cabello came on to the project in April with “Blockers” director Kay Cannon attached to helm and pen the script. Cabello will be involved in the music for the project, which grew out of an original idea from James Corden. The film will be produced by Corden and Leo Pearlman through their Fulwell73 banner.

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The new “Cinderella” will be a music-oriented version of the traditional tale of the orphaned girl with an evil stepmother. Disney’s 1950 animated drama has received two live-action remakes: 1997’s iteration starring Brandy and Whitney Houston and Kenneth Branagh’s 2015 version with Lily James. The latter grossed $543 million worldwide.

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Porter won his first Emmy in the lead actor in a drama series last month for his performance as Pray Tell on Ryan Murphy’s “Pose.” His stage credits include “Angels in America” and his Tony Award-winning portrayal of Lola in “Kinky Boots.”

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Porter will return for the third season of FX’s “Pose” and will also appear next year in Paramount’s comedy “Like a Boss” opposite Tiffany Haddish, Salma Hayek and Rose Byrne. He is repped by CAA and Industry Entertainment.

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Broadway star Daveed Diggs to play Sebastian in ‘Little Mermaid’: report

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“Hamilton” star Daveed Diggs is in talks to play Sebastian in Disney’s live-action remake of “The Little Mermaid.”

Halle Bailey will portray Ariel, a mermaid princess who dreams of being a human, while Melissa McCarthy is playing her evil aunt Ursula. Javier Bardem is on board to play King Triton.

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The Little Mermaid” will be directed by Rob Marshall and written by David Magee. The upcoming film will incorporate original songs from the 1989 animated classic, as well as new tunes from original composer Alan Menken with lyrics by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Miranda is also producing the film along with Marshall, Marc Platt and John DeLuca. Jessica Virtue and Allison Erlikhman are overseeing for the studio.

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In the original, Sebastian is a Jamaican crab and advisor of King Triton and delivers one of the movie’s most famous songs, “Under the Sea.”

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Following his breakout dual role as Thomas Jefferson and Marquis de Lafayette in the smash Broadway musical “Hamilton,” Diggs has made a strong transition to film, including the critically acclaimed “Blindspotting,” which he co-wrote and starred in. He was most recently seen in the Netflix pic “Velvet Buzzsaw” and was tapped to play Frederick Douglass in the Showtime limited series “The Good Lord Bird.”

He is repped by WME and Brookside Artist Management.

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