George Clooney is Returning to TV + More Industry News 11/11-11/17

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George Clooney is coming back to the small screen.
The actor has signed on to direct and star in a limited series adaptation of “Catch-22,” the Joseph Heller novel about a U.S. Air Force bombardier in WWII Italy. No network is attached but filming will likely begin early next year. (Variety)

“The Lion King” celebrated 20 years on Broadway.
And in those years, hundreds of performers have taken the stage. Here are some of their stories. (New York Times)

After pulling his next film the Weinstein Company, Quentin Tarantino’s “#9” lands at Sony.
A fierce bidding war took place for the director’s ninth film, a drama set in L.A. during the time of the Charles Manson murders. Warner Bros., Fox, Universal, Lionsgate, and Annapurna all vied for distribution rights, with the film ultimately landing with Sony. (Deadline)

The Academy opens film season with 9th annual Governors Awards.
This year’s ceremony honored writer-director Charles Burnett (“Killer of the Sheep”), cinematographer Owen Roizman (“The Exorcist”), director Agnès Varda (“La Pointe Courte”), and actor Donald Sutherland (“Ordinary People,” “The Hunger Games”). Voted upon at the discretion of the Academy’s Board of Governors and given to veteran Hollywood creatives—typically those, like this year’s honorees, who have never taken home a competitive Oscar statue—the Governors Awards are incorporated as highlights into the Academy Awards ceremony. (Backstage)

Meet the man beneath the FX makeup.
Despite having over 150 film credits to his name, you probably wouldn’t recognize Doug Jones. That’s because the bulk of his career has been spent beneath hours and hours of prosthetics and makeup required for the creatures he’s played in “Pan’s Labyrinth,” “The Strain,” “Hellboy,” “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” and most recently, “The Shape of Water.” (Buzzfeed)

Arts in the Armed Forces announces a new award.
The Bridge Award, announced on Monday, aims to help a service member produce a play of his or her own by granting $10,000 to a playwright who has served in the military. (New York Times)

“Get Out” will compete as a comedy this awards season.
The horror-satire, Jordan Peele's directorial debut, will compete in the comedy/musical category for the 2018 Golden Globes. (EW)