FACEBOOK STRUGGLING WITH ORIGINAL SHOWS: Add another issue to Mark Zuckerberg’s list of woes: Facebook’s streaming video service hasn’t found a hit yet. After launching in August 2017, Facebook’s Watch is hoping its Real World reboot or Catherine Zeta-Jones starring Queen America will do the trick. MTV president Chris McCarthy, for one, has big hopes for their dual reboot project. "We stopped doing Real World because for us to do it on one of our cable networks, we would have had to bastardize the format," he tells The Hollywood Reporter, adding of Facebook, "Together, we'll be creating a whole new genre of content, one we're calling 'shared reality.'"
DAKOTA JOHNSON SET FOR MARRAKECH FILM JURY: Dakota Johnson, Daniel Bruhl and Lynne Ramsay are among the bold-faced names set to join James Gray on the Marrakech Film Festival jury in Morocco. Immigrant director Gray was named president previously. Other guests and speakers include Robert De Niro and Robin Wright, who are set for career honors, and Martin Scorsese, Guillermo Del Toro, plus Cannes Film Festival head Thierry Fremaux. This year's Marrakech Film Festival runs Nov. 30-Dec. 8.
LEBRON JAMES’ SPACE JAM 2 TO FILM IN CALIFORNIA: The Warner Bros. sequel Space Jam 2 is one of a number of big-budget features opting to film in Hollywood recently. Space Jam 2, and several other, including Andy Samberg's Palm Springs, Universal's Marry Me and 24/7, Lionsgate's Margaritaville and 20th Century Fox's The Boy Who Knew Too Much and Mouse Guard—will take part in the state’s tax credit incentives program.
GAME OF THRONES STAR NATALIE DORMER STRIKES FIRST-LOOK PRODUCTION DEAL: Game of Thrones fave Natalie Dormer has signed a first-look production deal with Fremantle. Under the terms of their new deal, she will star in a series called Vivling, based on the life of legendary screen siren Vivien Leigh.
MOULIN ROUGE SETS BROADWAY RUN: The Broadway adaptation of Baz Luhrmann’s Moulin Rouge! will make a bow with previews starting June 28th, and an opening night set for July 25th. The play made a successful run in Boston, and some of the stars will transfer to Broadway, including Tony winner Karen Olivo and Aaron Tveit.