WENDY WILLIAMS SETS RETURN: She’s coming back March 4th! After a six-week absence from her titular show, Wendy Williams is coming back. She has been on leave since January 18th to contend with health issues, including a fractured shoulder and complications from the immune system complication Graves disease. Williams is reportedly on the mend and ready to return.
BILLIE HOLIDAY DOC SET: A documentary about jazz legend Billie Holiday is in the works. Titled Billie, it will be directed by James Erskine and has the support of her estate. The film will follow her life through fan and journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl, who began a biography of Holiday in 1970 and recorded interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughan, Tony Bennett, Count Basie and Holiday's step-parents, lovers, school friends, jail-mates, lawyers, pushers, pimps and the FBI agents who arrested her. Kuehl died in 1979 before the biography was finished, but some of her tapes will be heard in Billie for the first time.
NETFLIX RECRUITS CHRIS HEMSWORTH TO PLAY HULK HOGAN: Netflix is developing a Hulk Hogan biopic with Chris Hemsworth attached to star. Todd Philips (War Dogs) will direct a script by Scott Silver and John Pollono. The story will follow Hogan’s rise to fame from the Florida wrestling world of the 1970s, through the 1980s worldwide Hulkamania and beyond.
EMINEM IS NOT OK WITH PUNISHER CANCELLATION: Slim Shady is peeved. When Netflix canceled Marvel’s The Punisher Eminem responded on Twitter, writing (all-caps his): "DEAR @NETFLIX, REGARDING YOUR CANCELLATION OF THE PUNISHER, YOU ARE BLOWING IT!! SINCERELY, MARSHALL".
EVERMOR RECRUITS HELLBOY SCRIBE: Legion M has snagged Hellboy writer Andrew Cosby to take on showrunning duties for Evermor, a steampunk TV show in the works. The family series is inspired by Dr. Evermor’s Sculpture Park. The story synopsis: "Evermor follows orphaned teenage twins, Ellie and Sam, who are sent to live at the mysterious estate of their eccentric aunt, Dr. Catherine Evermor. A powerful secret reveals that their world is not what it seems, and neither are they. Ellie and Sam’s discovery of a wondrous machine called the Forevertron allows them to journey through the multiverse and its alternate Earths, finding danger, love, family, the limitless potential of human adventure and their ultimate destinies."