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Hollywood Headlines 10/17/19

posted Oct 17, 2019, 4:43 AM by Ryan Quinn
A day ahead of Why Women Kill's season one finale on Thursday, CBS All Access has renewed the dark comedy-drama for a second season.  The series, from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry, "examines how the roles of women have changed over the decades, but how their reaction to betrayal has not," according to the streamer.  The first season, starring Lucy Liu, Ginnifer Goodwin and Kirby Howell-Baptiste, is set in different timelines, and follows the events leading to a murder after the respective husbands of the three married women commit adultery.  Season two will follow a new set of characters dealing with acts of betrayal...

Jonah Hill, said to be in talks to play either the Penguin or Riddler in Matt Reeves' upcoming film, The Batman, has decided to take a pass.  Variety reports that the reason is still unknown.  The news comes a couple of days after Zoe Kravitz signed on to play Catwoman, opposite Robert Pattinson's Caped Crusader.  The Batman is scheduled to hit theaters June 25, 2021...

HBO Max has picked up the four-part LGBTQ+ docu-series Equal, from Love, Simon, producer Greg Berlanti and The Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons.  Through re-enactments and never-before-seen footage, the series will chronicle "the true backstories of the leaders and unsung heroes, pre-Stonewall, who changed the course of American history," according to HBO Max.  A launch date has yet to be announced...

Mossack Fonseca, the Panama City law firm at the center of the scandal on which Netflix's The Laundromat is based, is has filed a retraining order to prevent the streamer from releasing Steven Soderbergh's dark comedy on Friday, according to documents obtained by The Hollywood Reporter.  Jürgen Mossack and Ramón Fonseca, played respectively by Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, argue that the film casts them as "villains profiting from the death of 20 people killed in the small town boat tour," and also object to a comment in the film from Meryl Streep tying them to “bribery, corruption, money laundering."  They further accuse Netflix of defamation and trademark infringement -- the former because these lawyers have allegedly been cast falsely as criminals, and the latter because the movie utilizes the firm's registered logo while allegedly diminishing and diluting its value...
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