WYCLEF JEAN TO GET BIOPIC TREATMENT: In animated form! Netflix is making a CG-animated feature film inspired by the childhood of Haitian singer and Fugees co-founder Wyclef Jean, Deadline reports. Greg Silverman is partnering with the Grammy Award winner on the film. I grew up in extreme poverty but I was rich with imagination," Jean said. "Now to see that imagination turn into reality with Netflix and my producing partners makes me want to tell the kids from the slums around the world to never stop dreaming."
HBO HIRES INTIMACY COORDINATORS: The Deuce hired intimacy coordinators to oversee sex scenes, some believe a step taken to counteract objections to James Franco, who has been accused of sexual misconduct, and his continued role on the series. One of the actresses on the series’ first season, Emily Meade, also requested an advocate after feeling uncomfortable on the set. But now, "all HBO programs with intimate scenes will be staffed by an intimacy coordinator," the company confirmed this week. "I am here to give a voice to actors, especially actors who feel like they don’t have one," the coordinator, Alicia Rodis, told Rolling Stone. "And I’m also here for the producers, to make sure that they know they’re doing their best to make sure the set is safe. Here we are a year after #MeToo and Brett Kavanaugh sits on the Supreme Court. Donald Trump is our president. Now, tell me we don’t need this — that we don’t have a culture that needs to still be changed."
CHARMED ADDS VILLAIN: Constantine Rousouli is joining The CW’s reboot of Charmed as a villain by the name of Hunter, who is apposed to the Vera-Vaughn sisters' brand of good magic. He will pop up in the season’s fifth episode, set to air in November. Charmed is getting solid ratings so far, averaging 0.9 and 2.55 million viewers among adults 18-49 after three days of delayed viewing. Have you tuned in?
MICHAEL KEATON AND SETH ROGEN TO STAR IN KING OF THE JUNGLE: The dark comedy King of the Jungle, based on Joshua David’s Wired article "John McAfee’s Last Stand," has landed Michael Keaton and Seth Rogen as the leads. The story follows McAfee’s (Keaton) life as an ex-pat in Belize. Rogen will play Ari Furman, another Wired writer who gets pulled into McAfee’s insane universe.
ROBERT BENIGNI TO STAR IN PINOCCHIO: Matteo Garrone’s live-action Pinocchio has recruited Roberto Benigni to star as Geppetto. The film is an international co-production.