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'Grease' prequel 'Summer Loving' in the works at Paramount

Grease is getting a prequel from Paramount Pictures.

Deadline confirmed Tuesday the studio is developing Summer Loving, a prequel to the 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson.

The new movie is inspired by the song "Summer Nights," in which Danny and Sandy recount their summer romance. Danny remembers a more raunchy version of the fling, while Sandy recalls an innocent encounter.

The Hollywood Reporter said John August, a screenwriter known for Charlie's Angels and Big Fish, is writing the film for Paramount's division Paramount Players. Temple Hill will produce with Picturestart.

The original Grease is based on the 1971 musical of the same name. The film was followed by a sequel, Grease 2, starring Michelle Pfeiffer in 1982, and got a live TV adaptation at Fox in 2016.

August wrote the upcoming live-action Disney adaptation of Aladdin, which opens in theaters May 24. He also wrote the screenplay for the big-screen adaptation of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.

'American Horror Story' Season 9 titled '1984'

The ninth season of writer-producer Ryan Murphy's anthology series American Horror Story will be called 1984.

"Don't put anything past us. #AHSFX #AHS1984," the show's Twitter feed said Wednesday.

It accompanied 45 seconds of grainy-looking footage, with a man chasing a young woman through the woods into a cabin.

She puts her back against the door and a large knife splinters the wood behind her.

The preview seems to pay homage to classic 1980s slasher movies such as Friday the 13th and The Evil Dead.

The cast for the new season will include AHS veteran Emma Roberts and freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy.


"If I am truly being honest, every minute of every day I thought I was going to die ... In the years since my second surgery I have healed beyond my most unreasonable hopes. I am now at a hundred percent."
--Emilia Clarke, revealing she underwent two life-saving brain surgeries over the last eight years to correct two different aneurysm growths, in an essay for The New Yorker

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Which actress turned down role on 'Good Fight' over a pay dispute?

Chip and Joanna Gaines to launch new TV network

Closeout EventHGTV stars Chip and Joanna Gaines are launching a new TV network.

Discovery announced in a press release Wednesday the Fixer Upper alums will debut a new cable channel in 2020 to replace the DIY Network.

Chip and Joanna are partnering with Discovery through their Magnolia lifestyle brand. Chip and Joanna will act as chief creative officers on the new project, with HGTV president Allison Page to serve as president.

The new multi-platform media company will consist of a new TV network and an accompanying TV Everywhere app. The company has plans to debut a subscription streaming service at a later date.

"Chip and Joanna Gaines have become trusted, household names since the debut of Fixer Upper and through this joint venture, Discovery is proud to extend our relationship with them," Discovery CEO Davis Zaslav said.

"They've got authenticity and relatability, that special something that is so difficult in our business to find," he lauded. "People love them, their taste, their businesses -- they've built an ecosystem that aligns perfectly with our vision at Discovery for fueling people's passions."

Chip and Joanna shared their vision for the network in the press release.

"Our intention with this network is to create and curate content that inspires, encourages, and helps to build bridges across our communities. We want honest, authentic programming that brings families together," the couple said.

Fixer Upper ended in April 2018 after a five-season run on HGTV. Chip and Joanna welcomed their fifth child, son Crew, in June, and discussed the possibility of more children in an interview with Today in November.

AMC's 'Preacher' to end with Season 4, premiering in August

Preacher executive producer Seth Rogen has confirmed that AMC's supernatural drama will end with Season 4.

Rogen made the announcement Monday by tweeting a short teaser trailer for Season 4 that is set to premiere on Aug. 4.

"The end is now," the colorful clip says.

Rogen later clarified on Twitter that Preacher was not canceled. "It's not canceled. It's just ending," he said.

Preacher, based on the comic book series of the same name by Garth Ennis and Steve Dillion, follows West Texas preacher Jesse Custer (Dominic Cooper), his ex-girlfriend Tulip (Ruth Negga) and Irish vampire Cassidy (Joseph Gilgun) as they journey to find God and save the world from demons.

Rogen executive produces Preacher alongside his longtime collaborator Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Caitlin. Rogen and Goldberg have co-directed several episodes.

The show was renewed for a fourth season in November.

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Which actress turned down role on 'Good Fight' over a pay dispute?

Julianna Margulies says she turned down an appearance on The Good Fight due to a pay dispute with CBS.

The 52-year-old actress said in an interview Sunday with Deadline the network refused to pay her asking price to reprise The Good Wife character Alicia Florrick on the CBS All Access spinoff.

"[I] really wanted to do it [but] the deal didn't happen," she told the publication. "CBS wouldn't pay me."

Margulies said she didn't request more than her regular fee. Sources said the star's asking price was in line with what she made on The Good Wife, while CBS offered a Good Fight guest star rate.

"I'm not a guest star; I started the whole thing with The Good Wife," Margulies said. "I wanted to be paid my worth and stand up for equal pay. If Jon Hamm came back for a Mad Men spinoff or Kiefer Sutherland wanted to do a 24 spinoff, they would be paid."

Margulies shared similar sentiments in an interview with France 24 last week.

"Pay equality is something I will fight for for the rest of my life," the star said. "I just recently had an interesting experience where they really wanted me for something. I said, 'I'd love to. Pay me what I'm worth.' It's a shame. They're like, 'Take it or leave it.' I said, 'Well, bye.'"

"I can pretty much guarantee you what I was asking for was not much, for what my worth was to the project," she added. "It's still happening. It's just that I'm lucky enough that I get to say, 'Well, I'll see you later,' because I can afford to. But most people can't."

The Good Wife had a seven-season run on CBS from 2009 to 2016. The Good Fight, a spinoff centered on Diane Lockhart (Christine Baranski), premiered on CBS All Access in February 2017.