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Kate McKinnon announces Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’ at the Hulu ’19 Presentation

Kate McKinnon announces Hulu Limited Series ‘The Dropout’ at the Hulu ’19 Presentation

Today, during the Hulu ‘19 Presentation at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in NYC, Kate McKinnon announced her new limited series ‘The Dropout‘. She will star as Elizabeth Holmes as well as executive produce the show. You can watch the video of her announcement below and check out photos from the event in our gallery!

Hulu Greenlights Limited Series The Dropout, Starring Kate McKinnon as Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes

Today, the company confirmed an order for The Dropout, a limited series executive produced and starring Kate McKinnon, inspired by the ABC News podcast on the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos. The series will explore what caused the world’s youngest self-made female billionaire, once heralded as “the next Steve Jobs,” to lose everything in the blink of an eye. Along with McKinnon, executive producers on the limited series include the producing team behind the ABC News podcast, host and Chief Business, Technology and Economics Correspondent for ABC News Rebecca Jarvis, Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson. The series comes to Hulu from Fox Searchlight Television and is the studio’s first project since announcing the creation of the television division in April 2018.

Source: Hulu

Kate McKinnon to play Elizabeth Holmes in new Limited Series ‘The Dropout’

Kate McKinnon to play Elizabeth Holmes in new Limited Series ‘The Dropout’

According to Deadline, Kate will be starring as Elizabeth Holmes in a new limited series called ‘The Dropout‘ for Hulu. She will also serve as executive producer and the show is expected to have 6 to 10 episodes. Learn more about Kate’s new project below!

EXCLUSIVE: Exactly one year after Fox Searchlight launched a television division, the company has landed its first series order. I have learned that Hulu is closing a deal for The Dropout, a limited series starring and executive produced by Kate McKinnon based on ABC News/ABC Radio’s podcast about the rise and fall of Elizabeth Holmes and her company, Theranos.

Emmy-winning Saturday Night Live star McKinnon will play the disgraced wunderkind entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes and will executive produce the limited drama series, whose length is expected to be between 6-10 episodes.

She executive produces with the ABC News trio behind the The Dropout podcast: host /creator Rebecca Jarvis, who is ABC News chief business, technology and economics correspondent, and producers Taylor Dunn and Victoria Thompson.

The project marks a collaboration among three companies under the recently expanded Disney umbrella following the $71.3 billion acquisition of key Fox assets, including Fox Searchlight and 21st Century Fox’s 30% stake in Hulu. Fox Searchlight, ABC News and ABC Radio are now corporate siblings at Disney, which also owns a controlling 60% interest in Hulu.

The Dropout launched as a podcast in late January and was turned into a two-hour documentary that aired on ABC News’ 20/20 in March.

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Kate McKinnon joins Red Nose Day Fundraiser ‘Joke-ha-thon’

Kate McKinnon joins Red Nose Day Fundraiser ‘Joke-ha-thon’

Kate McKinnon is participating in a new Red Nose fundraiser called ‘Joke-ha-thon, which is intended to fundraise money toward ending child poverty. The video is a tutorial for kids to learn how to tell jokes and make people laugh. Learn more about it on readnoseday.org/jokehathon. Watch the video below and head over to our gallery to check out screen captures!

‘Yesterday’ Selected as Tribeca Closing Night Film

‘Yesterday’ Selected as Tribeca Closing Night Film

‘Yesterday’ has been selected as the closing night movie of the Tribeca Film Festival, which is happening on May 5. So far it hasn’t been announced if anyone from the cast will be in attendance, but let’s hope for an appearance from Kate! You can read more about it below:

The world premiere of Danny Boyle’s rock comedy “Yesterday” has been selected as the closing night film for the Tribeca Film Festival on May 5.

Universal is opening “Yesterday” on June 28. The film, scripted by Richard Curtis, stars Himesh Patel (BBC’s “Eastenders”) as a struggling singer-songwriter in a tiny English seaside town whose dreams of fame are rapidly fading, despite the support of his childhood best friend, played by Lily James. After a freak accident during a mysterious global blackout, he wakes up to discover that The Beatles have never existed. Kate McKinnon and Ed Sheeran also star.

“This isn’t a time travel movie but it feels like introducing the Beatles music to America for the first time-again,” said Boyle. “Absolutely delighted that our film has been chosen to be the closing film of the Tribeca Film Festival. A great honor in a great city.”

Source: Variety

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Receives Certification for Gender-Balanced Film

‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ Receives Certification for Gender-Balanced Film

Today, ReFrame and IMDBPro announced the 20 Certified Gender-Balanced Films of 2018. ‘The Spy Who Dumped Me’ is one of the recipients of the 2018 ReFrame Stamp among the Top 100 Grossing Films! You can read more about the certification below.

The ReFrame coalition of industry leaders and IMDBPro have unveiled 20 movies certified as gender-balanced productions among the top 100 box office films released in 2018.

The list includes Disney’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” Paramount Pictures’ “Bumblebee,” Fox Searchlight Pictures’ “The Favourite,” STX’s “I Feel Pretty,” Lionsgate’s “The Spy Who Dumped Me,” Fox’s “The Hate U Give,” and Warner Bros.’ “Crazy Rich Asians.”

ReFrame, founded by Women in Film and the Sundance Institute, launched the data initiative last June in an effort to recognize and promote gender-balanced films and television shows. It said Wednesday that the increase in recipients of the ReFrame Stamp from 12 in 2017 to 20 stemmed from gains in the roles of department heads and women-of-color leads and co-leads. Still, the report noted that there remained shortfalls in several key areas.

“This positive news within the top 100 films is offset by the significant discrepancy in female hires with only four women directors as compared to six in 2017 — and only one of those directors being a woman of color,” it said. “Additionally, the numbers continue to reveal huge disparities in female representation and women of color with only 23% of the top 100 films being written by a female. Only 37% percent of the top 100 films featured female leads, with 9% being women of color.”

Paul Feig, who received a ReFrame stamp for “A Simple Favor,” said in the announcement that he is hopeful the certification will become as important as the MPAA rating for audiences to help them find films that uphold their beliefs and standards.

“The ReFrame Stamp is a great motivating tool in the march toward parity in our industry,” Feig said. “I am always hyper aware of its criteria and importance whenever I’m looking for new projects, developing them, and putting together our casts and crews. And as an ambassador for ReFrame, I am always trying to make the people I both work with and meet in the industry understand the Stamp and how to qualify for it.”

“Crazy Rich Asians” producer Nina Jacobson said, “The ReFrame Stamp provides something we’ve never had before, a concrete measurement of a producer’s commitment to parity and the language to acknowledge that commitment. It is also an incredibly useful tool that I use as a guide when we staff our productions.”

Recipients of the 2018 ReFrame Stamp among the Top 100 Grossing Films

The Spy Who Dumped Me / USA 2018 (Director: Susanna Fogel, Screenwriters: Susanna Fogel, David
Iserson, Producers: Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins, Distributor: Lionsgate)

Source: Variety

Roger Ailes Movie Gets Awards Season Release Date

Variety reports that the Untitled Roger Ailes Project is set to be released on December 20. We have little information about Kate’s role in the movie, but hopefully, this means we’re getting more news soon. You can read more about the movie below!

Lionsgate has set an awards-season release of Dec. 20, 2019, for the untitled Fox News-Roger Ailes sexual harassment film starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman.

Lionsgate bought the movie after Annapurna decided last October to back out of the project due to budgetary concerns. The cast also includes John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Margot Robbie. The film is directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) and written by Academy Award winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”).

The movie focuses on Ailes’ downfall as seen through the eyes of a group of female employees. Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in 2016, and Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, whose decision to go public with her own story of abuse became a key turning point.

Lithgow will play Ailes and Malcolm McDowell is on board as News Corp chairman Rupert Murdoch. Robbie will portray a fictional Fox News producer named Kayla Pospisil. Allison Janney, Mark Duplass, Alice Eve, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Liv Hewson, and Alanna Ubach will also appear in the movie.

Ailes resigned in July 2016 from his post as chairman and CEO of Fox News and Fox Television Stations. He died in 2017.

The movie is being produced and co-financed by Bron Studios. It will have formidable competition in the Dec. 20 slot with Universal opening its movie version of “Cats” and Disney launching “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

Source: Variety