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JUDE LAW TO STAR IN THE THIRD DAY: Jude Law is set to star in HBO and Sky’s The Third Day. The show is being written by Utopia scribe Dennis Kelly and will be produced in association with Punchdrunk International. Law plays Sam, who is drawn to a mysterious island off the British Coast and gets involved in the unusual world of its inhabitants. Marc Munden will direct the six-part limited series. The Third Day follows the successful HBO/Sky collaboration in Chernobyl and the upcoming Helen Mirren-starring Catherine the Great.

SPICE GIRLS FILM IN THE WORKS: Paramount Animation president Mireille Soria announced the development of a Spice Girls movie, with an eye on opening it in 2020. All five members of the iconic girl group— Melanie Brown (Scary), Emma Bunton (Baby), Melanie Chisholm (Sporty), Geri Halliwell (Ginger) and Victoria Beckham (Posh)—have signed on. The animated film will include Spice Girls classics and new songs. The Spice Girls "had an idea that we've been developing," Soria tells The Hollywood Reporter. "They are very involved."

ROB LOWE WANTS TO REBOOT WEST WING: Speaking to the BBC, Rob Lowe said that he is "ready" for a West Wing reboot, but doesn’t think it’s going to happen anytime soon. He said: "Of course I’m in. I’m in my suit ready to play Sam Seaborne. I don’t think he creator Aaron Sorkin is writing a sequel. I think he thinks about it, I think he’s asked about it incessantly, and in a perfect world there would be a version of it. But the problem with it is that, as yet, he’s been unable to figure out what that show looks like."

FACEBOOK PLANS DOCUMENTARY, ORDERS SLATE OF SHOWS: About 720 million people spend time on Facebook Watch every month, and the social network is pumping up its video platform this summer. In addition to launching a reboot of MTV’s The Real World, and introducing scripted originals starring Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Jessica Biel, it has ordered documentary series Curse of Akakor, which will follow investigators through the Amazon jungle. It has also ordered projects including BuzzFeed's Mi Quinceanera Come True, Studio71's Fetch Me a Date and Tastemade's Sundays at Nonna's.