‘Shazam!’ Surges To $51M+ Opening; ‘Pet Sematary’ Digging Up $24M – Late Night B.O. Update   Other

Warner Bros. FRIDAY 11:44PM UPDATE: After showing exhibitors at CinemaCon that they are indeed the force to be reckoned with, especially with upcoming DC pics like Birds of Prey, The Joker and Wonder Woman 1984, Warner Bros. heads into this weekend celebrating a No. 1 win for its comic book label’s Shazam! with current Friday night estimates seeing $20M (including
‘Vikings’ Creator Michael Hirst Remaking ‘Doctor Zhivago’ With ‘Sherlock’ Producer Hartswood Film & Wild Bunch   Other

Vikings and The Tudors creator Michael Hirst has teamed with Sherlock producer Hartswood Films and Wild Bunch TV to remake Doctor Zhivago. Hirst is adapting Boris Pasternak’s classic novel for TV as an eight-part series. It is being produced by British indie Hartswood Films, which is producing forthcoming BBC drama Dracula, and Bryncoed Productions. French outfit Wild
Henry Winkler, Dan Butler Join Alec Baldwin & Anne Heche In ‘Twentieth Century’ Roundabout Benefit   Other

Henry Winkler, Dan Butler and Julie Halston will join the previously announced Alec Baldwin and Anne Heche in a one-night-only Roundabout Theatre Company benefit reading of Twentieth Century, Ken Ludwig’s adaptation of the classic 1932 Ben Hecht-Charles MacArthur comedy. The reading, which reunites most of the surviving team from Roundabout’s acclaimed 2004 staging
‘This Is Us’ Series Regular Exits After Season 3 Finale Twist   Other

SPOILER ALERT: The story includes details about the Season 3 finale of NBC’s This Is Us.  Another Kevin Pearson breakup leads to the departure of another actress as a series regular. Melanie Liburd, who plays Beth’s cousin Zoe, was introduced in the Season 2 finale and was promoted to a series regular ahead of Season 3. She will no longer be a series regular on
Rival Protests Break Out in Chicago Over Handling of Jussie Smollett Case   Other

Protests erupted Monday in Chicago over the Jussie Smollett case, with rival groups squaring off outside the offices of Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx. One group, including members of the Fraternal Order of Police, called for Foxx’s ouster, according to ABC7 Chicago. The other side, including Rev. Jesse Jackson and local activists, said they stand behind the
‘SMILF’s Frankie Shaw On Tonight’s Series Finale, Carl Jung & Dusting Off Her Boots   Other

SPOILER ALERT: This post contains details of tonight’s SMILF series finale “I do feel like we accomplished like a big feat in SMILF, you know?” says Frankie Shaw of the Showtime series that ended tonight after two acclaimed seasons. “I went from making some short films, paying for them out of pocket to this giant responsibility and this huge job,” the Golden
‘Child’s Play’: Mark Hamill Will Be The Voice Of Chucky In Killer Remake   Other

After decades as a heroic action figure, Mark Hamill is going to be Hollywood’s most demonic doll. The Star Wars stalwart who has portrayed Luke Skywalker in four feature films to date will provide the voice of the iconic horror character Chucky in the Orion Pictures revival of the Child’s Play franchise. Hamill joins a cast that includes Aubrey Plaza, Gabriel Bateman,
CBS Employees Credit Union Manager Charged With Embezzling $40 Million   Other

The longtime manager the CBS Employees Federal Credit Union has been arrested and charged with embezzling more than $40 million from his employer over the past 20 years. Edward Rostohar faces felony counts of bank fraud and aggravated identity theft. CBSEFCU via Twitter Rostohar, 62, of Studio City, was arrested two weeks ago and remains in custody because he is considered
‘Super Simple Love Story’: Ronny Chieng & Susan Wokoma Cast In CBS Comedy Pilot   Other

EXCLUSIVE: Ronny Chieng (The Daily Show) and Susan Wokoma (Year of the Rabbit) are set as series regulars opposite Elizabeth Alderfer and David Walton in the newly retitled Super Simple Love Story (fka The Us Project, The Story of Us), CBS’ hybrid comedy pilot from Mike Royce, Nick Stoller, Sony Pictures TV and CBS TV Studios. Written and executive produced by Royce
‘Shadowhunters’ Finale Gets Expanded, Nabs Premiere Date On Freeform   Other

Bad news: the cult favorite supernatural series Shadowhunters is coming to an end after three seasons. Good news: they are going out with a bang. Freeform announced today that they have set a two and a half hour series finale on May 6 at 8 pm EDT/PDT. The announcement was made ahead of Wednesday’s Freeform summit and fans will definitely be able to say their bittersweet