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Ghostbuster to play crooked self-made billionaire Elizabeth Holmes

“The Dropout” based on the rise of fall of the Theranos CEO

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“Ghostbusters” and “Saturday Night Live” star Kate McKinnon will play disgraced wunderkind entreprenuer Elizabeth Holmes in the new small screen series “The Dropout” for Hulu.

The limited drama series, based on ABC News/ABC Radio’s podcast about the rise of fall of Holmes and her company, Theranos, will be executive produced by McKinnon and “The Dropout” podcast host /creator Rebecca Jarvis, who is ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent. The podcast’s producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson serve as producers on the series.

According to the podcast’s description, “the story of Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos is an unbelievable tale of ambition and fame gone terribly wrong. How did the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire lose it all in the blink of an eye? How did the woman once heralded as ‘the next Steve Jobs’ find herself facing criminal charges — to which she pleaded not guilty — and up to 20 years in jail? How did her technology, meant to revolutionize healthcare, potentially put millions of patients at risk? And how did so many smart people get it so wrong along the way?”

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Holmes was the founder and former CEO of Theranos, a now defunct company known for its unlikely claims to have revolutionized blood testing using surprisingly small volumes of blood such as from a fingerprick. In 2015, Forbes named Holmes the youngest and wealthiest self-made female billionaire in America on the basis of a $9 billion valuation of Theranos. By the next year, following revelations of potential fraud, Forbes revised her net worth to zero dollars, and Fortune named Holmes one of the “World’s Most Disappointing Leaders”.

The early credibility of Theranos was in part interpreted as an effect of Holmes’s personal connections and ability to recruit the support of influential people including Henry Kissinger, Bill Clinton, George Shultz, James Mattis, and Betsy DeVos.

The project hails from Fox Searchlight Pictures – now housed under the Disney umbrella – who snagged the rights to the story in 2018.

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Horror legend joins Shudder’s Creepshow

Another genre name joins the cast of Shudder’s upcoming “Creepshow” anthology series

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Horror icon Jeffrey Combs (“Re-Animator”) has joined the cast of Shudder’s upcoming “Creepshow” anthology series, the AMC Networks streaming offshoot announced today.

Grammy winner Kid Cudi (Scott Mescudi) and Big Boi (Antwan Patton), along with Bruce Davison (“X-Men”) and DJ Qualls (”Supernatural”) have also been enlisted to guest-star. Shudder also revealed an additional Creepshow story, “The Finger,” written by award-winning horror novelist David J. Schow (The Crow) and directed by series showrunner Greg Nicotero.

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DJ Qualls will star in “The Finger,” a previously unannounced Creepshow story written by David J. Schow and directed by showrunner Greg Nicotero. Kid Cudi and Jeffrey Combs will star in “Bad Wolf Down,” written and directed by Rob Schrab. Bruce Davison will star in “Night of the Paw,” written by John Esposito. Big Boi is featured in “The Man in the Suitcase” written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner (”The Ritual”).

The new cast join Adrienne Barbeau, Giancarlo Esposito, David Arquette, Tobin Bell, Tricia Helfer and Dana Gould, who were previously announced to star in various ”Creepshow” stories.

Shudder has now announced all twelve segments that will make up Creepshow’s six-episode season. They are, in alphabetical order:

“All Hallows Eve”
Written by: Bruce Jones
Directed by: John Harrison
Even then they’re a little too old, this group of friends still want to trick-or-treat but getting candy isn’t all they are looking for.

“Bad Wolf Down”
Written by: Rob Schrab
Directed by: Rob Schrab
A group of American soldiers, trapped behind enemy lines during World War II, finds an unconventional way to even the odds.

“By the Silver Water of Lake Champlain”
Story by: Joe Hill, adapted by Jason Ciaramella
Directed by: Tom Savini
Her dad died looking for the monster living at the bottom of Lake Champlain, and now, will she?

“The Companion”
Story by: Joe R. Lansdale, Kasey Lansdale & Keith Lansdale, adapted by Matt Venne
Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A young boy, bullied by his older brother, sneaks into an abandoned farm that is protected by a supernatural force.

“The Finger”
Written by: David J. Schow (The Crow)
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
An unhappy man discovers a severed, inhuman appendage on the street and brings it home, where it grows into a loyal companion with some deadly quirks.

“Gray Matter”
Story by: Stephen King, adapted by Byron Willinger and Philip de Blasi
Directed by: Greg Nicotero
Doc and Chief, two old-timers in a small, dying town, brave a storm to check on Richie, an alcoholic single father, after encountering his terrified son at the local convenience store. The story, first published in 1973, is part of King’s best-selling 1978 collection, Night Shift.

“The House of the Head”
Written by: Josh Malerman (Bird Box)
Directed by: John Harrison
Evie’s discovers her new dollhouse might be haunted.

“Lydia Layne’s Better Half”
Story by: John Harrison & Greg Nicotero, adapted by John Harrison
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A powerful woman denies a promotion to her protégée and lover but fails to anticipate the fallout.

“The Man in the Suitcase”
Written by: Christopher Buehlman
Directed by: Dave Bruckner (The Ritual)
A college student brings the wrong bag home from the airport only to find a pretzeled man trapped inside, afflicted by a strange condition that turns his pain into gold.

“Night of the Paw”
Written by: John Esposito
Directed by: John Harrison
A lonely mortician finds company in the ultimate ‘be careful what you wish for’ story.

“Skincrawlers”
Written by: Paul Dini & Stephen Langford
Directed by: Roxanne Benjamin (Body at Brighton Rock)
A man considers a miraculous new treatment for weight loss that turns out to have unexpected complications.

“Times is Tough in Musky Holler”
Written by: John Skipp and Dori Miller, based on their short story
Directed by: John Harrison
Leaders who once controlled a town through fear and intimidation get a taste of their own medicine.

Shudder’s new ”Creepshow” series follows in the footsteps of the iconic 1982 horror classic written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero, famously billed as “the most fun you’ll ever have being scared!” A considerable number of contributors to the new series have ties to the film and its 1987 sequel: the series will feature adaptations of a story by King as well as one by his son, Joe Hill, who fans will recall played comic-book loving “Billy” in the original film’s wrap-around segments. ”Creepshow” will premiere on Shudder later this year.

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Hulu releases full Veronica Mars trailer!

Plus a new poster!

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Hulu has released an official, full-length trailer for the fourth season of “Veronica Mars”, premiering July 26 on the streamer.
Kristen Bell returns as star and executive producer, alongside many faces from the original run, and creator Rob Thomas.
Spring breakers are getting murdered in Neptune, thereby decimating the seaside town’s lifeblood tourist industry. After Mars Investigations is hired by the family of one of the victims to find their son’s killer, Veronica is drawn into an epic eight-episode mystery that pits the enclave’s wealthy elites, who would rather put an end to the month-long bacchanalia, against a working class that relies on the cash influx that comes with being the West Coast’s answer to Daytona Beach.

The first three seasons of the hit drama will be available on Hulu before the Season 4 premiere.

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Guardians of the Galaxy actor joins Dark Tower series!

the 13-episode series premieres on Amazon in 2020

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According to the actor’s official website, “Guardians of the Galaxy” actor Michael Rooker has joined the cast of Amazon Studio’s “The Dark Tower” series.

The site says Rooker’s role in the 13-episode series, a reboot of the Ron Howard-directed film, is being kept under wraps.

Shooting is currently taking place in Croatia on the pilot, which features Sam Strike as Roland Deschain, aka The Gunslinger, and Jasper Pääkkönen as The Man in Black, aka Randall Flagg.

Based on the story by Stephen King, the series fixes on how Roland became a gunslinger and his first encounter with the villainous Man in Black.

“The Dark Tower” is scheduled for release in 2020.

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