Thursday, January 31, 2019

‘New York Undercover’ Reboot Pilot Ordered By ABC From Dick Wolf & Ben Watkins, Anthony Hemingway To Direct

ABC has given a formal pilot order to New York Undercover, a contemporary reboot of Dick Wolf's 1990s series, from Wolf and Hand of God creator Ben Watkins. Anthony Hemingway (Underground, American Crime Story) has come on board to direct the pilot, produced by Wolf Films, Universal TV, where the company is based, and ABC Studios. New York Undercover, which had a pilot production commitment, joins another ABC pilot that reboots a 1990s New York cop drama in present day, NY…

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Cartoon Network Unveils Finalists For Storyboard Artist Training Program

Cartoon Network Studios have selected their six artists for its inaugural Storyboard Artist Training Program, which is a paid educational course which will expand career opportunities for up-and-coming creative talent. The program was announced in October of last year and over 2,000 people submitted. It was narrowed down to six artists which include Marcy Bones, Miranda Harmon, Christine Le, Alabaster Pizzo, Jazzlyn Weaver and Brigitte Woltjen. They will participate in a…

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ABC Orders ‘Woman Up’ Comedy Pilot From Zoe Lister-Jones, Liz Meriwether & Jason Winer

ABC has greenlighted Woman Up, a single camera comedy from Life in Pieces star Zoe Lister-JonesSingle Parents co-creator Liz Meriwether and Jason Winer (Life in Pieces, Single Parents). Life In Pieces and Single Parents producer 20th Century Fox TV, where Lister-Jones, Meriwether and Winer are under overall deals, is the studio. Written by Lister-Jones, Woman Up, which had a put pilot commitment, is about two former teen moms who have worked their asses off to see their…

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‘Fuller House’ Renewed For Fifth & Final Season By Netflix

We have not seen the last of the Tanner-Fuller family. A little over a month after the release of Fuller House‘s fourth season, the multi-camera comedy has been renewed for a fifth, which will be the Full House spinoff’s last. (You can watch the cast’s announcement below.) With Fuller House coming to an end, the franchise will have run for 12 seasons, 8 of the original comedy on ABC and 4 of the followup sitcom on Netflix. The success of Fuller House helped usher in a…

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‘New York Undercover’ Reboot, Comedy ‘Woman Up’ Picked Up to Pilot at ABC

ABC has given pilot orders to the “New York Undercover” reboot and the single-cam comedy “Woman Up” from Zoe Lister-Jones. Picking up 20 years after the end of the iconic series, “New York Undercover” will follow detectives Nat Gilmore and Melissa Ortiz as they investigate the city’s most dangerous criminals from Harlem to Battery Park. […]

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EA Confuses Everyone With Its ‘Anthem’ Preorder Spreadsheet

BioWare’s anticipated online action-RPG “Anthem” comes out Feb. 22, but when you can actually log in and play it is a bit confusing. So confusing, in fact, publisher Electronic Arts tweeted out a helpful spreadsheet on Thursday explaining it all. But, that tweet has disgruntled many fans who feel they shouldn’t have to consult a […]

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Sundance: AGC International Nabs Foreign Rights to ‘Ask Dr. Ruth’ (EXCLUSIVE)

AGC International has nabbed international distribution rights to “Ask Dr. Ruth,” one of the hottest documentaries at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Indeed, the legendary sexologist Dr. Ruth Westheimer was one of the biggest celebrities at the mountainside retreat — no small feat for a gathering that attracted the likes of Shia Labeouf, Mindy Kaling, […]

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The Least-Memorable Super Bowl Halftime Performances in History

After the power, presence and flash of Prince, Beyonce, Bruce Springsteen, U2 and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime performances — not to mention the controversy of this weekend’s Maroon 5-Travis Scott spot — it’s hard to believe that the big game’s intermission show used to consist of college marching bands along with performers like the […]

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Stan’s Lee’s ‘Greatest Creation Was Himself:’ Marvel Comics Legend Remembered at Hollywood Tribute

Stan Lee may not have had the power of immortality, but his legacy and impact on pop culture will surely live on forever. Longtime friend and filmmaker Kevin Smith hosted “Excelsior! A Celebration of the Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible & Uncanny Life of Stan Lee” at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollwood on Wednesday night. Lee, […]

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First Look At Johnny Depp As Photographer W. Eugene Smith In ‘Minamata’; Bill Nighy Joins Cast

Principal photography has begun on Andrew Levitas-directed feature Minamata starring Johnny Depp as celebrated U.S. photographer W. Eugene Smith. The production has released a first look at Depp. Bill Nighy (Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest) has joined cast alongside Minami (Vision), Hiroyuki Sanada (Avengers: Endgame), Tadanobu Asano (Silence), Ryo Kase (Letters From Iwo Jima), and Jun Kunimura (Kill Bill: Vol 1 and 2). Yôko Narahashi is casting director on the…

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‘Fortnite’ Season 7, Week 9 Challenges Guide

Season 7’s week-nine challenges are live in “Fortnite,” and that means new ways to earn Battle Stars and experience. By collecting more Battle Stars and upping their tier, up to a season maximum of 100, players can earn limited-time rewards like cosmetic outfits and XP boosts. (Collecting 10 Battle Stars will unlock one additional tier.) Weekly […]

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‘Games People Play’: Sarunas J. Jackson & Jackie Long To Star In BET Drama Series; Barry Brewer, Kendall Kyndall To Recur

EXCLUSIVE: Sarunas J. Jackson (Insecure) and Jackie Long (Real Husbands Of Hollywood) are set as male leads opposite Lauren London, Parker McKenna Posey and Karen Obilom in newly titled Games People Play (fka Games Divas Play), BET’s hour-long scripted drama series from executive producer Tracey Edmonds, slated for premiere in 2019. In addition, comedian Barry Brewer (truTV’s Laff Mobb’s Laff Tracks) and Kendall Kyndall (BET’s The Mane Event) have been cast in recurring…

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Charter Stock Roars Ahead After Upbeat Q4 Earnings Report

Shares in Charter Communications, the No. 2 U.S. cable operator, have surged more than 16% to $336.70 after the company reported strong fourth quarter results. One big reason for investor enthusiasm is a key metric included in the quarterly report: The company expects a hefty $2 billion drop in capital expenditures in 2019. Charter executives are also optimistic about continued momentum in their integration of systems it acquired in two large-scale 2016 deals: Time Warner…

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Samantha Bee: Roger Stone “Finally Getting Credit For Sh*t He Actually Did”

After decades of countless lies, deeply stupid acts of grandstanding, and ferocious loyalty to criminals and losers, Roger Stone finally is getting credit “for shit he actually did,” Samantha Bee celebrated on Full Frontal. Roger Stone was arrested in a pre-dawn raid on his Florida home last week, and indicted by a grand jury on charges brought by Special Counsel Robert Mueller. FBI had to do their raid early in morning “because that's when Roger Stone gets back into his…

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State Of The Union Address Prompts Premiere Date Moves For Fox’s ‘Mental Samurai’ & ‘MasterChef Junior’

Premiere dates for Fox’s new reality competition series Mental Samurai and season 7 of MasterChef Junior have been pushed back a week due to the rescheduling of the State of the Union address. Rob Lowe-hosted and produced Mental Samurai will bow at 9 PM Tuesday, March 5 followed by the season 7 premiere of kids culinary competition Masterchef Junior at 8 PM. Both initially had been slated for February 26. Networks are having to juggle their schedules following the…

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‘Broadchurch’ Producer Kudos Scores Channel 4 Crime Drama ‘Deadwater Fell’

Broadchurch and Tin Star producer Kudos is making four-part crime drama Deadwater Fell (w/t) for Channel 4. The series marks the debut commission of recently installed Head of Drama Caroline Hollick. The series, which is written by Grantchester and Humans writer Daisy Coulam, tells the story of a community shattered by a horrifying and seemingly inexplicable crime. It is a forensic examination of a tragedy and its effects on a small Scottish community, an exploration of…

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Hulu Will Begin Testing “Pause Ads” Instead of Traditional Ad Breaks

Hulu is the only streaming giant that plays ad breaks throughout its TV shows and movies. It has various paid tiers that help mitigate how many ads you see, but it still feels outdated for those of us who use DV-Rs and also stream things on Netflix and Amazon. The fact that Hulu often replays the same ads during every ad break (or at least several times an episode) is also grating on the nerves. So, Hulu is looking to evolve, and according to Variety it will do so by introducing "pause ads." The company will be looking to …

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‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ Review: Peter Jackson’s Gruesome But Necessary WWI Documentary

Peter Jackson's World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old is not an easy movie to watch, but it is a necessary one. Technologically impressive, historically important, and equal parts inspiring and damning when it comes to the human condition, the stunning filmmaking achievement documents the lives of soldiers fighting in World War I and brings their stories to life using archival historical footage restored to near high-definition standards, complete with hand-colorized updates. The WingNut Films production, complemented with archival material provided by the BBC and London’s Imperial War Museum, already set a record as …

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Get Your Freak on with the Weirdest Movies on Netflix

There's a fine line to walk when it comes to the quality of weird movies. If they're bad enough, the negatives will outweigh the films' quirkiness, but if they're popular enough, they move out of the realm of "weird" and into the avant-garde and ground-breaking categories. (This is why neither Cirque du Freak: The Vampire's Assistant nor Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind made this list, since they're at opposite ends of the quality spectrum.) But if you're looking for something on the weird side of the streaming service, we have a …

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Steven Soderbergh Explains Why His Distribution Experiment for ‘Logan Lucky’ and ‘Unsane’ Failed

Steven Soderbergh has always been a trailblazer. His indie sex, lies & videotape forever changed the Sundance Film Festival 30 years ago, turning it into a hot market for potentially commercial independent films. He was an early adopter of digital cameras. And he was one of the first directors to helm an entire season of television with Cinemax’s sorely underrated The Knick. So in 2017, when Soderbergh announced a new experiment for film distribution, interest was piqued. Unfortunately, that experiment—which launched with the heist comedy Logan Lucky and was implemented once again for the psychological thriller movie Unsane—…

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Spotify’s India Launch Postponed

As January 31st wound down in India, there was still no sign of the blowout launch party that Spotify had planned to celebrate its long-anticipated launch in the country, which multiple sources told Variety was scheduled to take place today. That launch was postponed within the past few days, according to a source close to the […]

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‘The Big Bang Theory’ Cast Gathers On ‘Ellen’, Ponders Legacy, Shares Goodbyes

With The Big Bang Theory coming to its big bye-bye, the cast gets together for something of an early exit interview on today’s episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show. The long-running sitcom has only nine episodes to tape, and stars Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco, Johnny Galecki, Mayim Biyalik, Melissa Rauch, Simon Helberg and Kunal Nayyar took the DeGeneres to ponder the show’s legacy – and how they’re coping with the farewell. Watch some highlights from today’s episode below. In…

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CBS Board Meets, With M&A And CEO Search On The Agenda

The newly constituted board of directors of CBS is meeting today in LA, with M&A and the search for a permanent CEO among the topics on its agenda. Sources are saying the board meeting has more of a procedural bent and is not likely to result in a definitive outcome on any key strategic front. Even so, the gathering represents the latest step in the company’s rebuilding effort after a tumultuous 2018. The board meeting punctuates an especially high-profile week for CBS…

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Some Super Bowl Ads Won’t Air During the Big Game

Verizon has just 60 seconds to get its message out in a commercial it plans to run in this weekend’s Super Bowl. But if it needs more time, the company has it. A 30-minute documentary based on the same creative concept will run elsewhere. The telecommunications giant plans to highlight the efforts of rescue workers, […]

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Film Republic Boards Berlinale Forum Title ‘Far From Us’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Film Republic has signed international rights to “Far From Us,” Verena Kuri and Laura Bierbrauer’s latest film, which will world-premiere in the Forum sidebar at the Berlin Film Festival. Xavier Henry-Rashid’s Film Republic will start the sales effort at the EFM. The film follows Ramira, played by Marcia Majcher, as she returns to her home […]

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CBS Boss On ‘Big Bang’s End & Possible Spinoff, Fate Of ‘Murphy Brown’, ‘Mom’ & ‘MacGyver’ And Company Climate – TCA

At the summer TCA press tour in August, CBS Entertainment President Kelly Kahl faced a barrage of questions about the network’s culture just days after the first story with allegations of past sexual misconduct against CBS CEO Leslie Moonves came out. At the same event, Kahl also revealed that the network was in preliminary talks with Warner Bros. TV about a 13th season of its biggest show, The Big Bang Theory. A lot has changed since then. Moonves was fired after an…

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‘Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam’ Stealth Launches on Android

Free-to-play mobile game “Tony Hawk’s Skate Jam” is now available on Android, developer Maple Media revealed on Thursday. The skating title originally launched on iOS on Dec. 13 and quickly moved up the global App Store rankings, where it reached number six in the Sports category and number 30 overall. It’s the first time in […]

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‘The ABC Murders’ Review: Amazon’s Agatha Christie Adaptation Is a Somber Affair

Like other the recent Agatha Christie adaptation And Then There Were None, The ABC Murders (based on the novel of the same name) collects a great cast for a slow, hauntingly dramatic tale that misses the spark of the novels. ABC Murders is the first of these recent adaptions though to revive Hercule Poirot, one of Christie’s most famous and enduring creations. He was iconically portrayed for over a decade by David Suchet, but now John Malkovich has taken over the role, trading in Suchet’s wit and charm with somber penitence. The three-part series, which is now …

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Guy Pearce, Kylie Minogue Comedy ‘Swinging Safari’ Picked Up for U.S.

WestEnd Films has closed North American and European deals on “Swinging Safari,” Stephan Elliott’s Australian comedy. Blue Fox has taken U.S. and Canada rights and will release the film theatrically early this summer. Elliott (“The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert”) wrote and directed the film, which is set in mid-1970s Australia and stars […]

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How Sundance Became a More Inclusive and Diverse Film Festival

In the lead up to this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Mindy Kaling noted that “Late Night,” the story of an aspiring writer who endures a “Devil Wears Prada”-like initiation into the world of comedy, is a familiar story about breaking into the entertainment business. But, the Indian-American Kaling noted, her version has one key difference. […]

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BRIC Foundation Hosts Talent & Innovation Summit to Promote Inclusion, Diversity in Creative Leadership

The BRIC Foundation will hold its first Talent & Innovation Summit on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the Hungarian Cultural Alliance in downtown Los Angeles. The daylong event features talks by thought leaders and industry disrupters from throughout the entertainment industry. BRIC — which stands for Break, Reinvent, Impact and Change — was created by Illumination […]

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Michael Bublé Sets Seventh Music Special At NBC

Multi-Grammy Award-winning Michael Bublé is set to croon his way to his seventh NBC special simply called bublé! which will air March 20 at 10 pm ET/PT. His primetime special will be his most personal to date as he takes the audience on a musical journey through his extraordinary career and features six songs from his eighth studio album, love ❤, including "When You're Smiling" and "Such a Night." Bublé’s smooth musical stylings and vocals will be accompanied by a…

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Criterion Collection’s Classic Movie Streaming Service Sets April Launch Date

Movie buffs left out in the cold by FilmStruck’s demise will soon get a new streaming service stocked with over 1,000 classic and contemporary art-house films this spring: The Criterion Collection announced that the Criterion Channel will launch April 8 in the U.S. and Canada. The Criterion Channel will be regularly priced at $10.99 per […]

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TF1 Studio Scores Sales Avalanche on Mohamed Hamidi’s Alpe d’Huez Prize-Winning Film (EXCLUSIVE)

TF1 Studio has scored a raft of sales on Mohamed Hamidi’s comedy “New Bizz in the Hood” which just won the Audience Award at the Alpe d’Huez International Comedy Film Festival. “New Bizz in the Hood” marks Hamidi’s follow up to “One Man and His Cow,” which grossed over $10 million and was nominated for […]

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‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ Top Nintendo Switch Game at 15 Million Copies

“Mario Kart 8 Deluxe” is the top-selling Nintendo game for the company’s hybrid Switch console, with more than 15 million copies sold as of Dec. 31, Nintendo announced as part of its earnings release Thursday. “Super Mario Odyssey,” with 13.7 million copies sold, holds the number two spot and “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate,” which was […]

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Dick Clark Productions Promotes Executives Across Three Departments

Executives are making moves at dick clark productions (dcp). The company announced that they have promoted a trio of promotions within the Production, Communications & Marketing and Programming & Development departments. Seasoned production executive, Linda Gierahn, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Production while veteran communications strategist, Kelly Striewski, has been promoted to Executive Vice President of Communications & Marketing. Rounding out…

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Former Sony Imageworks Exec Joins ‘Black Panther’ & ‘Aquaman’ VFX Outfit Luma Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Former Sony Pictures Imageworks executive Shauna Bryan, whose credits include The Meg, Suicide Squad and Thor: The Dark World, has joined U.S. and Australia-based firm Luma Pictures to lead business development as Executive Producer of VFX. Aquaman and Black Panther special effects outfit Luma has most recently worked on movies including Captain Marvel and Spider-Man: Far From Home. Prior to joining Luma, Bryan served as Vice President of New Business and…

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‘Masterpiece’ Launches 50th Anniversary Challenge Fund; Philanthropist Darlene Shiley Contributes $5M – TCA

PBS's Masterpiece has launched a campaign to raise $20M for a Masterpiece 50th Anniversary Fund in 2020. The fund has landed a lead gift of $5M from Darlene Marcos Shiley, chair of the Shiley Foundation, longtime public media supporter and the first face an average of 13 million Americans saw when they tuned in to Downton Abbey and caught that 10-second introductory spot. The $5M gift is the largest to date to the Masterpiece Trust, an initiative that launched…

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Dolphin Entertainment Acquires Genre Script ‘The Wall;’ Kellie Madison To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Dolphin Entertainment has acquired Kellie Madison’s horror film script The Wall. Madison will direct. Tom Ortenberg will co-produce through his Briarcliff Entertainment banner. The Wall tells the supernatural story of a young woman who is forced to unlock memories of a traumatic event after removing a mysterious painting from the wall of her rented apartment. This adds to the development slate of Dolphin, the content creation arm of the company that owns 42West…

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Film Review: Gina Rodriguez in ‘Miss Bala’

Of course a movie like “Miss Bala” would have caught Hollywood’s attention. Launched at the Cannes Film Festival in 2011, it took a completely unconventional approach to the tense, high-impact story of a Mexican beauty-pageant contestant who witnesses a terrifying public shooting, goes to the (dirty) cops to report it, and promptly gets handed over […]

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Coca-Cola, Procter & Gamble Will Test Hulu Ads for Binge-Viewers

Many TV viewers realize they can’t get away from inevitable commercial breaks. Now Hulu thinks it has found a way to overhaul the concept for video-streamers, who no doubt thought they’d escaped such stuff. Starting in the second quarter, Hulu will begin testing new kinds of commercials that surface on its screen whenever users decide […]

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Blockchain Distributor Breaker Launches With Titles From FilmRise, Oscilloscope, Vertical (EXCLUSIVE)

Breaker, the blockchain content distributor formerly known as SingularDTV, launched its beta version Thursday with a slew of projects, such as FilmRise’s feature “Manifesto” starring Cate Blanchett. The platform seeks to empower artists and owners through the peer-to-peer distribution network. It was founded in 2016 by author and music producer Zach LeBeau, movie producer Kim Jackson and […]

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Nintendo Drops Switch Sales Forecast, Nearly Halves 3DS Despite Strong Holiday

Despite a strong holiday, Nintendo on Thursday lowered how many Nintendo Switch it believes it can sell for the fiscal year, dropping the goal by three million, down to a new target of 17 million, the company announced in its latest earnings report. The company also increased its Nintendo Switch game sales forecast by 10 […]

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OCS Innovates to Win in Shifting Landscape

When OCS entered the scene in France in November 2008, the media landscape looked wholly different. Netflix sent DVDs by mail; “The Sopranos” had come to an end, robbing HBO of a flagship title; and French viewers would sometimes have to wait weeks — or months — to catch up on the buzziest international series. […]

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Berlin Film Festival Introduces Gender Equality Pledge Following Similar Move By Cannes, Venice, More

The Berlinale is the latest major European film festival to introduce a gender equality pledge, following the lead of Cannes, Venice, Locarno and Sarajevo. Festival director Dieter Kosslick will sign the pledge on February 9th at an event co-hosted by Women in Film and Television Germany (WIFT). The pact was struck in collaboration with French gender parity movement 5050×2020, which spearheaded the Cannes pledge. The pledge does not set mandatory quotas for films directed…

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OCS Gets in on the Ground Floor of Film

Per its agreement with the Conseil Supérieur d’Audiovisuel, France’s audiovisual regulatory body, OCS must invest a certain amount of money into French film production every year in order to maintain an earlier broadcast window within the country’s rigid media timeline. That poses little problem for Serge Laroye, OCS’ chairman. “French cinema is important for OCS, […]

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Orange Pay TV Unit Has Zest for Growth

When the French telecommunications giant Orange launched its Orange Cinema Series pay TV service a decade ago, it was perceived as an underdog by the French film and TV industry, since the local pay TV market was dominated by Canal Plus. Some feared OCS would suffer the same fate as TPS, a pay TV operator […]

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Smartphone ‘Mario Kart Tour’ Delayed

Nintendo’s smartphone “Mario Kart” won’t be arriving now until this summer, the company announced Thursday. “Mario Kart Tour” was scheduled to be released this fiscal year, which ends in March, but the game is being pushed back in order to “improve quality of the application and expand the content offerings after launch.” The company also noted […]

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Canada’s CTV Partners With NBCU International Studios On Medical Procedural ‘The Transplant’

EXCLUSIVE: Canadian broadcaster CTV has partnered with NBCUniversal International Studios on primetime medical procedural The Transplant. The series is produced by 19-2 producer SphèreMédia Plus and NBCUniversal will hold international rights outside of Canada with a particular eye on a U.S. sale. The show will be part of CTV's 2019/2020 broadcast season. The 13-episode series kicks off when Bash, a struggling Syrian refugee saves multiple people when a truck plows into…

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‘Simpsons’ Producer David Mirkin Developing Sci-Fi Dramedy for YouTube

Longtime “The Simpsons” producer David Mirkin is working up sci-fi drama-comedy series “Jeff of the Universe” for YouTube Premium. Mirkin is teaming up with producer and distributor Dynamic Television on the live-action project. Mirkin will write, direct, and executive produce the series. Daniel March and Holly Hines will exec produce for Dynamic alongside Todd Berger […]

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’22 July’ Drama Series Looks at Aftermath of Norway Terror Attacks

A new Norwegian drama will tell the story of the people who responded to the horrific 2011 terrorist attacks in Norway that left 77 dead, most of them teenagers. “22 July” is being produced by Norwegian pubcaster NRK’s drama arm and will be distributed by DRG, which landed the international rights. The first footage of the […]

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Bavaria: Studios With a Rich Cinematic Heritage

Bavaria Studios — often described as the heart of the Bavaria Film group — may be one of Europe’s largest and most state-ofthe-art film and television production facilities, but it also boasts an illustrious past that long ago cemented its place in cinematic history. Film pioneer Peter Ostermayr founded the studios, originally known as Münchener […]

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Rotterdam Film Review: ‘Beats’

A snappy, scrappy, straining-at-the-leash coming-of-ager from bleakest Scotland, Brian Welsh’s “Beats” takes place in 1994 — two years before the release of “Trainspotting,” though 23 years on, it feels like something of an heir to Danny Boyle’s Nineties yardstick. The same spirit of raggedly exuberant, techno-pumped nihilism courses through both films. It’s something of a […]

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‘Das Boot’ Sets Course For Overseas Success

When Bavaria Fiction executive producer Moritz Polter looks out at the company’s backlot from his office window, he can see the original sets built for “Das Boot,” the classic 1981 movie set in the belly of a German U-boat that’s been recently rebooted with stellar results. The Oscar-nominated anti-war pic, directed by Wolfgang Petersen and […]

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Bavaria Film’s Television Division Plays on Global Stage

Bavaria Film’s powerhouse TV division boasts some of Germany’s hottest shows, and it is achieving worldwide success as it increases its focus on international co-productions. Launched in 2007, Bavaria Fiction produces a wide range of scripted formats, from daily and weekly series to TV movies and lavish event productions, including Germany’s favorite cop show. The […]

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German Giant Bavaria Looks Ahead to Changing Media Landscape

Celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, Bavaria Film continues to move forward as a modern film and television group while looking back on a legacy that has shaped Germany’s cinematic landscape. Established in 1919 as Münchener Lichtspielkunst near Munich, Bavaria’s history spans silent film and talking pictures, the onset of television and the modern digital […]

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Mike Darnell Gives Props To ‘The Masked Singer’ Success As Throwback To Old Fox

In his 18 years as head of Fox’s alternative department, Mike Darnell built a brand of noisy, often outrageous, envelope-pushing programming, from specials like When Animals Attack! in his early days at the network to attention-grabbing projects like the Who Wants to Marry a Multi-Millionaire? special and Joe Millionaire series, Temptation Island, The Swan, and blockbuster American Idol later on. What does Darnell, now head of unscripted and alternative at Warner Bros…

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‘Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters’ Found Life Thanks To George A. Romero

Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, which will be honored as the Best Short Thriller at the Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, may have sinister shadings on screen but as a project it has a sentimental legacy that traces back to the late George A. Romero. Cemetery Tales: A Tale of Two Sisters, which premiered last fall at Spain’s Sitges Film Festival, is the directorial debut of Chris Roe, well-known in industry circles for his namesake company Chris Roe…

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Texas TV Station Cancels Newscast After Director Dies On The Job

KVII-TV said "Daybreak" director Malcolm Montgomery died "doing what he most loved – serving our viewers by putting together the best morning news show he could."

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Chicago PD Release Photos Of “Persons Of Interest” In Jussie Smollett Attack – Update

(UPDATED 6:15 PM with photos from Chicago Police) Just more than 24 hours after Empire star Jussie Smollett was attacked in Chicago, police said today they may have found “potential persons of interest” in the racially and homophobic-charged assault that is being investigated as a possible hate crime. Chicago PD spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi said on Twitter on Wednesday that detectives had “located a surveillance camera that shows potential persons of interest wanted for…

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As We Told You: James Gunn In Talks To Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2’

As we reported back in October, James Gunn was not only aboard Warner Bros.’ The Suicide Squad to write, but he was also in talks to direct. The only new news today regarding the DC sequel is that the studio dated the title for an Aug. 6, 2021 release. Disney let Gunn go over the summer for his controversial Tweets (which upset the alt-right media) that predated his $1.6 billion global grossing work on Marvel’s The Guardians of the Galaxy franchise. Disney’s loss is…

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‘Locke & ‘Key’: ‘Scandal’ Alumna Darby Stanchfield To Star In Netflix Series

EXCLUSIVE: In her follow-up series to Scandal, Darby Stanchfield is set to star as Nina Locke in Locke & KeyNetflix's adaptation of Joe Hill's comic, from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment. Locke & Key is a horror-fantasy series that revolves around siblings Kinsey, Tyler and Bode (Emilia Jones, Connor Jessup and Jackson Robert Scott) who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts only to find the house has magical…

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‘Hot Date’ Renewed For Season 2 By Pop – TCA

Pop has picked up a 10-episode second season of Hot Date, the original sketch comedy series from Electus' Big Breakfast and executive producer Will Arnett's Electric Avenue Productions, inspired by the popular CollegeHumor digital series. The renewal was announced Wednesday by Pop president Brad Schwartz at TCA. Starring husband and wife comedy duo Emily Axford and Brian K. Murphy, Season 2 of Hot Date will be set in a new city, New Orleans, and focus on the many…

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Deadline Studio at Sundance 2019 – Day 3 – Jeff Goldblum, Judith Light, Jake Gyllenhaal, Storm Reid & More

Deadline's studio at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival kicked off Day 3 at Hotel Park City by hosting fest-goers including Jeff Goldblum of The Mountain, Judith Light of Before You Know It, Jake Gyllenhaal of Velvet Buzzsaw, Storm Reid of Relive and many more. Click on the photo above to launch the gallery. Stay tuned for more galleries and video interviews from the Deadline Studio at Sundance 2019. The festival continues through February 3. The Deadline Studio is presented

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Screen Gems Developing ‘True Haunting’ About NBC’s 1971 Televised Exorcism

EXCLUSIVE: Screen Gems is developing a feature adaptation of Edwin F. Becker’s book True Haunting which The Call scribe Richard D’Ovidio is writing. Cindy Cowan has optioned the book, and will produce with Steve Bersch and Scott Strauss overseeing the project. Screen Gems’ Brian Dukes will oversee for the studio. True Haunting is the terrifying true story of the first televised exorcism on NBC in 1971. Millions around the country watched the program. The NBC news segment…

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Anne Stuart’s Chicago Teamsters Movie Drivers Suit Settled, But That’s Only The Semi Story

Chicago Teamsters Local 727 has reached a $275,000 settlement with whistleblower Anne Stuart, who sued the local in 2013 for sex discrimination in a case that shines a light on the nepotism, sexism and corruption that has dominated the Teamsters' movie division in Chicago since the days of the Great Depression. Stuart, however, only got 25% of the payout — the rest went to her lawyers. Last February, Local 727's boss John T. Coli Sr. was kicked out of his $300,000-a-year…

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‘Star Trek Discovery’ EP Talks Season 3 Seeds & ‘Picard’ Series On CBS All Access – TCA

A third season of Star Trek Discovery hasn't officially been announced, but executive producer Alex Kurtzman has already started moving towards that final frontier as well as Patrick Stewart’s much anticipated return to the Gene Roddenberry franchise. "We have a lot of big ideas we've already started working on, so hopefully we'll get the pickup and we'll be off to the races," the Trekverse overlord said today during the TCA winter press tour session for the just-launched…

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Netflix Landing Hot-Button Political Documentary ‘Knock Down The House’ – Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is about to get on the board in a big way at the Sundance Film Festival, near a deal on one of the buzziest documentaries to play Park City. Netflix is closing on Knock Down the House, the Rachel Lears-directed film that followed the campaigns of four progressive women who ran against incumbents in the elections last fall, shaking up the status quo and bringing fresh blood into Congress. One of the main figures in the film is Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

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Film Review: ‘Then Came You’

Director Peter Hutchings’ “Then Came You” isn’t a movie for cynics. It’s for romantics — or at least teen sleepover parties. Though it has many of the qualities that made teen terminal-illness weepies “The Fault in Our Stars” and “Me, Earl and the Dying Girl” work, Hutchings’ dramedy eschews much of those films’ sincerity and […]

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All Star Danish Cast in Christopher Boe’s Viaplay Crime Show (EXCLUSIVE)

GOTEBORG, Sweden — Christoffer Boe and a stellar Danish cast are on board Miso Film’s series “Face to Face,” produced for the NENT Group. The show, currently in production, will be sold worldwide by Fremantle. This is Boe’s second TV series produced by Miso Film’s Peter Bose and Jonas Allen after “Warrior,” and his first […]

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Sundance Film Review: ‘Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool’

Miles Davis is the one jazz figure of the postwar era who had, and still has, the larger-than-life quality of a pop star. Other jazz artists, of course, became legends (Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, etc.), but Miles, like Picasso or Dylan, had a mystique rooted not just in his genius but in his cult of […]

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Film Review: ‘The Unicorn’

For all its inclusion of raunchy dialogue, seriocomic carnality, and oral sex (implied to be happening beneath a strategically placed bedsheet), there is something oddly quaint about “The Unicorn,” director Robert Schwartzman’s lightly amusing trifle about two long-engaged millennials who contemplate a walk on the wild side — specifically, a threesome with another man or […]

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Ultraviolet Cloud Movie Locker to Shut Down (EXCLUSIVE)

Ultraviolet, a cloud movie locker once hailed as Hollywood’s best bet to get consumers hooked on digital movies, is shuttering. The Digital Entertainment Content Ecosystem (DECE), the industry consortium that has been tasked with running Ultraviolet, will shut down the service on July 31. DECE will start to inform its users of the wind-down this […]

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‘Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse’ and ‘Black Panther’ Among Top Winners at Lumiere Awards

“Black Panther,’’ “Spiderman: Into the Spiderverse” and “Ready Player One” took top honors at the Advanced Imaging Society’s Lumiere Awards on Wednesday evening. Additonally, “‘A Star Is Born,” “Roma,” “Ralph Breaks the Internet” and “Lost in Space” were recognized for Best Technical Achievement The ceremony, which presents statuettes for distinguished creative and technical achievement, was […]

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‘Vikings’ Creator on Decision to End the Show While Eyeing a Continuation Series

SPOILER ALERT: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Ragnarok,” the fifth season finale of “Vikings.” The era of “Vikings” may be coming to an end on History after its upcoming sixth season, but the international co-production still has a ways to go before it goes dark for good. The show’s penultimate run wrapped […]

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Drake Doesn’t Care About the Canadian Grammys

Canadian rap ambassador Drake, who has worked with dozens of homegrown artists on his albums and regularly touts his native Toronto — and Canada overall — in his music and onstage banter, appears to be shunning the country’s biggest awards show, the Junos. For the second year in a row, the rapper’s record label and […]

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Drumbeat for CBS-Viacom Reunion Grows Louder as Board Grapples With Key Decisions

CBS Corp.’s board of directors will gather in Los Angeles on Thursday morning for a regularly scheduled meeting that has spurred much speculation about movement toward a recombination with Viacom. The board has no shortage of issues to discuss, from CBS’ ongoing search for a permanent CEO to the arbitration battle brewing with former chairman-CEO […]

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Sundance: Netflix Nearing Deal for Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Doc ‘Knock Down the House’

Netflix is in final negotiations to win rights to “Knock Down the House,” an acclaimed documentary about Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other progressive candidates that debuted at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Rumor has it that the sale could be for as much as $6 million, a huge sum of money for a non-fiction film. The […]

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6 Things We Learned From TCA 2019: Day 2

CBS and CBS All Access took their turns at the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour on Wednesday (with a bonus appearance from PopTV’s upcoming publicist drama, “Flack,” starring Anna Paquin). Only two panels were devoted to new upcoming shows — including Super Bowl leadout competition show “World’s Best” and limited series “The Red Line” […]

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Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel, Casey Affleck to Star in ‘The Friend’

Dakota Johnson, Jason Segel and Oscar winner Casey Affleck are set to star in the indie drama The Friend, which hails from Blackfish director Gabriela Cowperthwaite, it was announced Wednesday. The Friend tells the extraordinary true story of Nicole and Matthew Teague, who -- after learning that Nicole has just six months to live -- receive the unexpected support of their best friend, who decides to move into their family home and put his own life on hold. His impact on everyone is much greater -- and more profound -- than anyone could have imagined. [caption id="attachment_542339" align="alignright" width="300"] Image via …

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James Gunn to Direct ‘Suicide Squad 2′ for Warner Bros.

What a tumultuous time to be a fan of Warner Bros. big-screen DC Comics universe. Not only is Ben Affleck officially out as Bruce Wayne for Matt Reeves' The Batman, but THR also reports that none other than James Gunn is in negotiations to direct the sequel to Suicide Squad. Back in October of last year it was reported that the former Guardians of the Galaxy filmmaker was more than likely to write the script, but now it looks like Gunn will pull double duty for a film that's being described not as a direct sequel but a …

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‘The Batman’ Release Date Set For June 2021; Ben Affleck Out as Bruce Wayne

At last, our long dark (k)night has come to an end. Matt Reeves' The Batman will hit theaters on June 25, 2021, reports Deadline. And like all good Batman stories, this one's got layers: Ben Affleck is reportedly officially out as Bruce Wayne after donning the cape and cowl for Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice, Suicide Squad, and Justice League. As has been rumored for a while now, Reeves' noir-tinged script will focus on a younger Batman, with casting underway to find the early-days Dark Knight and his new Rogues Gallery. Reeves has already been …

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Movie Talk: Matt Reeves Says ‘The Batman’ Will Be a Noir Detective Story with a Rogues Gallery

On today's episode of Movie Talk, Mark Ellis, John Rocha and Haleigh Foutch discuss the following: In an interview with THR, The Batman director Matt Reeves confirmed the title of the movie and that it will be a noir detective story with multiple villains in it. Will Smith took to Instagram to reveal a first look at him and Martin Lawrence in costume for Bad Boys for Life, the third installment in the Bad Boys franchise. Dwayne Johnson posted on his Instagram a teaser of the Hobbs & Shaw trailer that drops on Friday. Multiple sources are reporting that …

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Hot Off ‘Hobbs & Shaw,’ David Leitch to Direct Vampire Movie ‘Undying Love’

Hot off the Fast & Furious spinoff Hobbs & Shaw, David Leitch is looking to direct the vampire movie Undying Love for Jeff Robinov's Studio 8, reports Deadline. The trade claims the graphic novel adaptation will be Leitch's next project, but let's not get ahead of ourselves, as there are several factors to consider. Based on the graphic novel created by Tomm Coker and Daniel Freedman, Undying Love is set in modern day Hong Kong, where John Sargent finds himself falling for a beautiful Chinese woman named Mei. The only catch? She's a vampire. While the …

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‘The Nightingale’ Review: Jennifer Kent’s Staggering and Horrific ‘Babadook’ Follow-Up

It feels like we’ve been waiting forever for Jennifer Kent’s follow-up to The Babadook, which hit theaters back in 2014. It’s tough to say her second directorial effort, The Nightingale, is worth the wait for Babadook fans because this new film is quite different and tackles some extremely challenging and often unpleasant subject matter, but perhaps that makes it even more remarkable as it’s a sure sign Kent is telling the story she wants her way with great skill and precision, despite possible pressure to deliver more of the same. The Nightingale features a phenomenal …

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Christopher Abbott on ‘Piercing’, Feeling Like a “Weird, Psycho Fred Astaire” & Hulu’s ‘Catch-22’

Part horror-thriller and part psychological exploration, Piercing (based on the novel by Ryū Murakami) is a twisted story about a man (Christopher Abbott) who seeks out a female stranger to help him live out his dark fantasies. That plan spirals out of control when he finds himself with a woman (Mia Wasikowska) who has her own internal darkness, leading to a game of cat-and-mouse that is frightening, surreal and, at times, oddly humorous.   During this 1-on-1 interview with Collider, actor Christopher Abbott talked about working with friend and writer/director Nicolas Pesce on Piercing, his …

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Stephen King’s ‘The Stand’ Ordered to Series on CBS All Access

At long last, Stephen King's The Stand is being adapted (again) for TV. There was a 1994 miniseries made of the novel, but this new project has been going back and forth between a series, a miniseries, and a movie (possibly franchise) for years (you can see that development in our archives). Now, it has finally found a home and an episode count. CBS All Access announced today that it has ordered 10 episodes of The Stand. The series will be directed, produced, and written by Josh Boone, who has shepherded the projects for quite awhile now. Ben Cavell …

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CBS Sets Spring Release Date for ‘The Twilight Zone’

A dimension as vast as space and as timeless as infinity is coming exclusive to CBS All Access this spring. During today's TCA panel in Pasadena, California, CBS revealed that The Twilight Zone will premiere on Monday, April 1. The anthology series will debut with two episodes, and the following episodes will subsequently launch weekly on Thursdays beginning April 11. As previously announced, Jordan Peele is hosting and narrating The Twlilight Zone, and while the details of the episodes remain shrouded in mystery, the cast includes Ike Barinholtz, John Cho, Lucinda Dryzek, Taissa Farmiga, Greg Kinnear, Luke Kirby, Sanaa …

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‘The Sound of Silence’: Peter Sarsgaard and Director Michael Tyburski on Their Sundance Movie



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‘Them That Follow’ Review: An Overwrought Appalachian Soap Opera | Sundance 2019

If you are reading this movie review, you are in all likelihood not a member of a Pentecostal snake handling church. I am certainly not a member of a Pentecostal snake handling church. Britt Poulton and Dan Madison Savage’s Them That Follow centers on the members of a Pentecostal snake handling church in Appalachia, but after the film is over, you won’t feel like you have a better understanding of these people or their beliefs. Them That Follow offers a unique setting and the kind of characters we don’t normally see in movies, and yet Poulton and …

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‘The Hole in the Ground': Director and Cast on How the A24 Chiller Came Together



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‘Toy Story 4′: Tom Hanks Shares Photo of His Final Session as Woody

In today's news that is just going to be goddamn devastating to those of us of a certain age, Tom Hanks took to Twitter to share a photo of himself recording his final line as Woody for Toy Story 4. The actor, of course, has been providing the voice of the beloved toy cowboy since 1995 alongside Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear. Final line, final session as Woody of Toy Story 4. We rode like the wind, to infinity and beyond. Hanx pic.twitter.com/v87ZYNyzx8 — Tom Hanks (@tomhanks) January 30, 2019 First of all, two-time Oscar-winner …

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AMC’s ‘The Walking Dead’ Teases Its Season 9 Return with New Images

Today, AMC released new images from the highly-anticipated mid-season return of The Walking Dead Season 9, premiering Sunday, February 10 at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. And things are about to change in a big way after the powerful and pivotal events of the midseason finale. The second half of The Walking Dead Season 9 finds the show's groups of survivors, both old and new, continuing to deal with the impact of events that took place during the six years that have passed. Since the disappearance of Rick (Andrew Lincoln), many of these characters have become …

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Daniel Ezra on ‘All American’ Finding Its Voice & His Role in ‘A Discovery of Witches’

Inspired by the life of NFL player Spencer Paysinger, The CW drama series All American follows Spencer James (Daniel Ezra), a rising high school football player whose promising talent leads football coach Billy Baker (Taye Diggs) to recruit him from South Crenshaw High to join the team at Beverly High School in Beverly Hills. Once there, Spencer has to learn how to navigate two worlds – the southside neighborhood that he knows and loves and the affluent Beverly Hills world that feels so foreign to him – while taking advantage of the opportunity that will help him accomplish his dreams. During this …

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‘You’ Season 2 Recruits ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Star Victoria Pedtretti as Joe’s New Obsession

The Haunting of Hill House breakout Victoria Pedretti has signed on for another Netflix sensation and, Molly, you in danger, girl. Pedretti has signed on to play Love Quinn in the second season of You, the gripping romance/psychological horror that debuted on Lifetime to limited numbers before skyrocketing to a reported 40 million households when it hit the streaming network in December. Audiences waiting with baited breath to see what's next for Joe Goldberg (Penn Badgley), probably won't be surprised to hear there's a new woman who catches his eye when he movies to Los Angeles, …

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First ‘Hobbs & Shaw’ Teaser Arrives Ahead of the Full Trailer This Friday

If you've been waiting to get a glimpse of Universal Pictures‘ Fast & Furious franchise spinoff, Hobbs & Shaw, you won't have to wait much longer. A new teaser promises the arrival of the film's first trailer this Friday, but it also shows off the movie's title treatment and Fast & Furious lead-in tag. We'll have a bit more to chew on once the official trailer releases this Friday, so enjoy this taste for now. Dwayne Johnson returns as Hobbs and teams up with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw for Deadpool 2 director David …

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‘Hanna’ Super Bowl Trailer Reveals First Episode Will Be Available After the Game

Amazon Studios has released a new trailer for its upcoming series Hanna, an adaptation of the 2011 Joe Wright film of the same name which starred Saoirse Ronan. David Farr, who co-wrote the film, will also write this series, with Sarah Adina Smith (Buster’s Mal Heart) directing. Hanna stars Esme Creed-Miles as the young girl trained to be a ruthless killer by her father, played by Joel Kinnaman (Altered Carbon). Mireille Enos (The Killing) is stepping into the role of a CIA agent tracking down the tiny assassin. The trailer gives some sense of what a strange …

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Watch: First Look at ‘Bad Boys 3’ Reveals Will Smith & Martin Lawrence Together Again

The bad boys are back! Will Smith and Martin Lawrence are all suited up for Bad Boys 3, filming early this year for a release on January 17, 2020. Officially titled Bad Boys for Life, the long-awaited threequel has Adil El Arbi and Bilall Fallah (Black) set to direct from a script by Peter Craig, Joe Carnahan, and Chris Bremmer. Along with Smith and Lawrence returning to play lead detective Mike Lowery and Marcus Burnett, respectively, Joe Pantoliano also returns as Captain Howard. In addition to the returning core cast members, Alexander Ludwig (Vikings), Vanessa Hudgens (Rent: Live), and …

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

BBC Developing British Remake Of Endemol Shine’s NBC Gameshow ‘The Wall’ With Danny Dyer

The BBC is developing a remake of NBC gameshow The WallThe British public broadcaster is piloting a British version of the high intensity format after striking a deal with Endemol Shine. The network is lining up British actor Danny Dyer to host the non-TX pilot, which is understood to be filming on the set of one of the European adaptations of the format. It would become the most high-profile international adaptation of the NBC series, which has been remade in multiple…

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Apple Clashes With Facebook Over Invasive Market Research App

Apple escalated its simmering conflict with Facebook Wednesday, revoking access to its enterprise developer certification program and in turn preventing Facebook employees from running company-internal apps on their iPhones. The move comes after news broke that Facebook was using the program to distribute a questionable market research app to thousands of users. Techcrunch reported Tuesday […]

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EFM: Ana De Armas & Demián Bichir To Star In Thriller ‘JSA’ Based On Korean Hit, Saboteur Launches Sales

Ana de Armas (Blade Runner 2049) and Demián Bichir (The Hateful Eight) are set to star in drama-thriller JSA, screenwriter David Franzoni’s (Gladiator) reworking of hit Korean film Joint Security Area, which was directed by Chan-wook Park (Oldboy). Franzoni has scripted and will direct the feature about the love affair between a U.S. Marine and a female Spanish infantry lawyer (De Armas) who is sent by The Hague to investigate a shoot-out between Marines and Mexican…

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Viacom Digital Studios Hires Heather Johns, RJ Larese to Talent and Development Team

Viacom Digital Studios is expanding its talent and development team with two new hires: Heather Johns, formerly with Kevin Hart/Lionsgate’s Laugh Out Loud, and RJ Larese, who hails from Popsugar. Johns, named VP of talent and development for pop culture, music and lifestyle overseeing talent discovery, talent development, booking, and talent relations for MTV and […]

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Ben Vaughn Promoted to President & CEO of Warner/Chappell Nashville

Warner/Chappell Music today announced the promotion of Ben Vaughn to president & CEO of Warner/Chappell Nashville. According to the announcement, Vaughn, who joined the company in 2012 and was promoted to president five years later, will continue to lead the division’s creative and commercial activities. He will report to Warner/Chappell Music’s incoming Co-Chair & CEO […]

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Paramount Layoffs Hit Staff In TV, Finance, Biz & Legal Affairs

Paramount Pictures has laid off about 20 staffers in the Viacom film studio’s Finance, Legal, Business & Legal Affairs and Television teams. The cuts happened Tuesday and were detailed in a memo by Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert. Sources say the total number of layoffs includes some open positions, and impacts about 1.5% of the studio’s total staff. The layoffs came the same day Paramount announced promotions and a hire in its Paramount TV division as that unit restructures…

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Peter Jackson Follows Up on ‘They Shall Not Grow Old’ with ‘The Beatles’ Documentary

With Peter Jackson's impressive World War I documentary They Shall Not Grow Old set to arrive in U.S. theaters starting this Friday (keep an eye out for my review tomorrow), the award-winning director is already setting his sights on a new doc, one that explores the iconic band, The Beatles. Jackson announced today that Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are collaborating on the new film that will be based around 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio, shot between January 2nd and January 31st, 1969. Jackson will be reuniting with …

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‘Dune’ Exclusive: Zendaya Eyed to Play Timothée Chalamet’s Love Interest

After romancing Tom Holland in Spider-Man: Homecoming and Zac Efron in The Greatest Showman, Zendaya is being eyed to play Timothée Chalamet's love interest Chani in Denis Villeneuve's Dune reboot, multiple sources tell Collider. Based on the acclaimed novels by Frank Herbert, Dune is a space-faring adventure story that is rich with political intrigue and complex machinations. The story follows Chalamet's Paul Atreides, the heir apparent of the Atreides family. When they're sent to rule over the desert planet Arrakis and its valuable spice commodity, their rule is contested by competing noble families, …

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‘Dark Cargo’: Lodge Kerrigan To Direct, Nick Santora Set As Showrunner Of YouTube’s Pilot From eOne & Ben Stiller

The Girlfriend Experience co-creator/director Lodge Kerrigan is set to direct and Scorpion creator/executive producer Nick Santora is attached as showrunner of YouTube Premium’s drama pilot Dark Cargo, from Entertainment One and Canada's Counterfeit Pictures and SEVEN24 Films. The project, written by Adam and Max Reid, is executive produced by Ben Stiller and Nicky Weinstock via their Red Hour Productions banner. eOne serves as the studio. Production is set to start in…

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‘Rage 2’: Abilities, Firefights, One Hillbilly Mech Suit (Watch)

“Rage 2” appears to be shaping up nicely, embracing some of the unique design elements of the original id Software title, while amping up the use of vehicles, set-piece locations and general frenetic energy of play. In the video above, provided to Variety by publisher Bethesda, we get a chance to check out the upcoming game’s weapons […]

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‘Star Trek’ & ‘Let’s Make A Deal’: OG Game Show Boldly Seeks Out New Life With Brand Enterprise

Star Trek will mind-meld with Lets Make a Deal for a special all-Trekkie episode of the CBS game show on Feb 4, with official Star Trek prizes, props, costumes, and a special guest appearance by Mary Chieffo from Star Trek: Discovery. You can watch an exclusive preview clip above. The partnering represents a potent promotion for Star Trek: Discovery, the must-deliver flagship for the CBS All-Access subscription play. For Let’s Make A Deal, the entire enterprise shows the…

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Altice France in Exclusive Talks to Acquire French Start-Up Molotov

Patrick Drahi’s Altice France, the French branch of the telecom company, has entered exclusive discussions to acquire a majority stake in Molotov, the French media start-up co-launched by Cannes Film Festival president Pierre Lescure and Jean-Louis Blanc, the founder of Allocine. If approved by France’s anti-trust board, the deal will allow Molotov, a disruptive, digital […]

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‘You’ Season 2 Casts ‘Haunting of Hill House’ Star Victoria Pedretti

“Haunting of Hill House” alum Victoria Pedretti has been cast as the female lead in “You” Season 2 at Netflix. Pedretti will play Love Quinn, an aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a high-end grocery store. Love is uninterested in the world of social media, branding and self-promotion, focused instead on leading an […]

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Book Excerpt: ‘Stranger Things’ Prequel Novel Reveals Eleven’s Mother’s Backstory (EXCLUSIVE)

“Stranger Things” fans will get a deeper look into both Eleven’s mother and Dr. Brenner in the show’s official prequel novel “Suspicious Minds.” The book reveals how Terry Ives–whom fans of the show will remember for her iconic “Breathe. Sunflower. Rainbow” moment–first came into contact with Brenner as part of the secretive MKULTRA project. The […]

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Paramount Pictures Cuts Staff in TV, Business Affairs, Legal (EXCLUSIVE)

Paramount Pictures laid off roughly 20 staff members from numerous departments on Tuesday in a studio restructuring, insiders familiar with the matter told Variety. Departments including legal, business affairs, TV  and finance were affected. Paramount COO Andrew Gumpert addressed the matter in a memo to employees. The cuts will “streamline efficiency, foster talent across multiple divisions […]

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Jason Clarke & Nick Robinson To Star In Crime-Drama ‘Silk Road’

Jason Clarke and Nick Robinson are due to star in crime-drama film Silk Road directed and written by Tiller Russell (Operation Odessa). Based on the Rolling Stone article Dead End On Silk Road by David Kushner, the film charts the story of Ross Ulbricht, the American darknet operator and drugs trafficker, best known for creating and running the Silk Road website. Producers are Duncan Montgomery and Jack Selby via the High Frequency Entertainment banner, Alex Orlovsky and…

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Amazon Orders Documentary Series on Real Madrid and Spain Star Sergio Ramos

Amazon will offer a glimpse into the life of one of the most famous soccer players in the world, with a new documentary series about Sergio Ramos, captain of Real Madrid and the Spanish national side. The half-hour series will run to 8 installments showing the daily life of the sports star. The as-yet-untitled Ramos series […]

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First ‘Long Shot’ Images Reveal Seth Rogen’s Political Comedy Starring Charlize Theron

Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg are re-teaming for another politically-tinged film, although this one will not likely incite the wrath of North Korea like The Interview did. Long Shot, written by Dan Sterling and formerly titled Flarsky, stars Charlize Theron as Charlotte, a U.S. Secretary of State who is hoping to becoming the country's first female president. “We wanted to make a movie that acknowledged the political realities we all live in without trying to make too heavy-handed directives. And at the same time make something that’s highly enjoyable and highly entertaining that appeals …

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Matt Reeves Teases ‘The Batman’ Release Date; Talks Noir-Tinged Detective Story

The upcoming standalone Batman movie has been so long coming that you’d be forgiven for assuming it may never happen. But just as details have been scarce for what’s currently called The Batman, writer and director Matt Reeves has surfaced to not only confirm the movie is happening, but also tease a potential release date and what fans can expect from his take on the Caped Crusader. This standalone Batman movie first materialized in October 2014, when filming on Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had wrapped and fans were eager to see Ben Affleck’s take on …

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Oscar Beat: Best Picture Predictions – Is It ‘Roma’ vs. ‘Green Book’?

Last Updated: January 30th Well the Oscar nominations have been announced, and the Best Picture race has hit its final stage. After a number of ups and downs, we have our final eight contenders. There are still four weeks to go—and a lot can happen in that time—but for now quite a bit has been illuminated, and it appears we're down to two frontrunners to take home the main prize. The first is Green Book, a film that pretty much wasn't on anyone's radar until it won the People's Choice Award at TIFF—which …

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Exclusive: ‘Scooby-Doo and the Curse of the 13th Ghost’ Clip Goes on a Wild Car Chase

Scooby-Doo! and the Curse of the 13th Ghost! is nearly here, and we have an exclusive clip from the epic road trip to share with you today. The Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release, available on Digital and DVD February 5th, sends Scoob and the gang on a thrilling voyage. They're looking for the lost chest containing the spirits of 12 dangerous ghosts in order to capture the elusive 13th ghost that got away. Fans of the classic 80s animated television series The 13 Ghosts of Scooby-Doo will finally learn the identity of the 13th ghost in a …

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‘Luce’ Review: Riveting Tale of Stereotypes Packs a Punch | Sundance 2019

I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a film about identity quite as challenging or difficult as Luce. Discovering who we are on this Earth is a part of growing up, but it’s admittedly riddled with added complications for minorities of all kinds. Luce follows the unique track of a former child soldier from Eretria who was adopted by a pair of affluent white individuals and raised to overcome his trauma. Now a shining star high school student, a series of revelations force the titular character’s parents, teachers, and fellow students to confront not only their preconceived …

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19 Action Movies to Watch in 2019

The tentpole age is a great time to be an action fan -- whether you like superhero action, sci-fi action, or straight up John Wick style set-piece fueled action, there's something for you in 2019. This year marks a major turning point in the MCU; a trio of films that will give us the first female-led Marvel film, the culmination of a decade's worth of world-building, and the film that will lead us in to the next phase. On the heels of DC's billion-dollar trip to Atlantis, we'll also get the next …

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Teen Found Apple’s FaceTime Bug While Playing ‘Fortnite’

An Arizona 14-year-old stumbled upon Apple’s FaceTime bug earlier this month and tried to warn the company, but contacting it proved difficult, according to NBC News. Grant Thompson was trying to set up a group chat with some fellow “Fortnite” players when he discovered the FaceTime app was forcing other iPhones to answer calls, potentially […]

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Middle East Distributor Front Row Hires Former Disney Exec Nicolas Torloting As COO

Middle East distributor Front Row has hired former Disney executive Nicolas Torloting as COO. Torloting will oversee all day-to-day operations at the firm with President Hisham Al Ghanim and CEO Gianluca Chakra continuing to oversee all local and international acquisitions. Frenchman Torloting served 15 years at The Walt Disney Company occupying roles in finance, business development and strategy before taking on a Paris-based Senior Manager role for EMEA markets where he…

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Fox Developing U.S. Remake Of British Dating-Meets-Dance Format ‘Flirty Dancing’

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is taking to the dancefloor with a remake of La La Land-influenced British format Flirty Dancing. The U.S. network has ordered a pilot of a local version of the format, which originated, and is currently airing on Britain's Channel 4. It is the latest international format for the broadcaster following the success of Asian entertainment format The Masked Singer. The show will be produced by Second Star, which produces the original, and All3Media America…

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‘You’: Victoria Pedretti Cast As the Female Lead In Series’ Second Season On Netflix

Victoria Pedretti was fresh out of college when in 2017 Netflix cast her as “Nell” Crain Vance on Netflix’s The Haunting of Hill House. On the heels of the horror series’ October premiere, the Internet network has tapped Pedretti as the female lead opposite Penn Badgley on the upcoming second season of the breakout hit psychological thriller series You In the Los Angeles-set Season 2, Pedretti will play Love Quinn, an aspiring chef working as a produce manager in a…

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Sundance TV Review: ‘Now Apocalypse’

The new Starz series “Now Apocalypse” represents a merger of sorts between the two sides of director Gregg Araki’s career. Between 1987 and 2014, Araki produced multiple cult hit movies — several of which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival — centering around an understanding of modern life, for young people, as fueled by the need […]

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Amazon Takes to Super Bowl to Boost New Streaming Series ‘Hanna’

Movie studios often use the Super Bowl to drop trailers for their coming blockbusters. Since last year, a rival source of video entertainment has been doing the same. Amazon Prime Video will return to the Super Bowl this year, dropping a 60-second trailer for “Hanna,” a new drama centered on a powerful young girl who […]

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AT&T Brass Talk Debt Reduction Plans, DirecTV Content Costs and ‘Friends’ Deal

AT&T chairman-CEO Randall Stephenson assured investors on Wednesday that AT&T remains “laser-focused” on its promise to pare down its sky-high debt load. “Our top priority for 2019 is driving down debt,” Stephenson told Wall Street analysts during the company’s fourth quarter earnings call. Last year, AT&T debt stood at $180 billion after it completed its […]

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Marc Vigil Returns to Spain’s Globomedia, Kicks-Off With Series ‘Malaka’

Globomedia, one of Spain’s leading TV fiction houses, part of media giant Mediapro, has tapped director Marc Vigil (“The Department of Time”) as a company series director and executive producer. One of Vigil’s first tasks at Globomedia, where he already worked previously, will be to direct TV series “Malaka,” which Globomedia is preparing for Spanish […]

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‘Lucah: Born of a Dream’ Risked Alienation, Delivered Excellence

In the ever-competitive world of independent games, where small studios jockey for publishing deals that they hope will bring more eyeballs in a market as tight as a vise, the aesthetic of your game has to pull off an uneasy balancing act. If it’s too derivative – for example, the classic 16-bit pixel-art approach that’s […]

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WarnerMedia Streaming Will Be “Two-Sided Model” Blending Subscriptions And Advertising, AT&T Boss Confirms

After AT&T reported mixed fourth-quarter results, CEO Randall Stephenson addressed the streaming strategy at WarnerMedia, saying its forthcoming service will use a “two-sided model” blending subscription and ad-supported elements. Stephenson was asked about streaming during a conference call with analysts, particularly in light of NBCUniversal’s announcement about plans for an ad-supported streaming launch relying on the Comcast and Sky footprint. “We have really high…

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Tubi Plans to Spend Over $100 Million Licensing Content in 2019 for Free Streaming Service

Tubi says viewing on its free, ad-supported video-on-demand service is surging — and it’s planning to spend more than $100 million this year licensing library TV shows and movies to keep the flywheel spinning. In 2018, Tubi claims its ad revenue grew more than 180%, with fourth-quarter 2018 advertising revenue larger than all of 2017 […]

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Tubi Reveals Record 2018 Growth, Plans Nine-Figure AVOD Investment

A week after Viacom surprised the industry by agreeing to pay $340 million for Pluto TV, rival Tubi has announced several measures of its dramatic growth in 2018 and plans for expansion in 2019. The independent company, which launched in 2014, bills itself as the world's largest ad-supported video on demand service. It said its total viewership more than quadrupled in 2018 compared with 2017, with streaming in December 2018 alone equaling the amount for all of 2017. San…

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Hot Wheels Movie In Works For Mattel, Warner Bros

At the risk of revving up a chorus of ‘Hollywood has officially run out of ideas,’ Mattel and Warner Bros announced they are partnering in a movie based on Hot Wheels, the toyline of small cars that run on those orange tracks. It’s the second property Mattel has long tried to turn in a movie, and set new versions at Warner Bros. The other is Barbie, which has seen Amy Schumer and Anne Hathaway drop in and out before Sony exited. They are trying again with Margot Robbie…

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Justin Baldoni’s Wayfarer Entertainment Sells Majority Stake, Sets $25 Million Production Fund

“Jane the Virgin” star Justin Baldoni has struck a deal with a private investor to sell a majority stake in his Wayfarer Entertainment banner to a private investor based in Chicago. The transaction also calls for the investor, whose name was not disclosed, to establish a $25 million fund to produce content that is in […]

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SiriusXM Posts Record Revenue, CEO Talks Pandora Merger

SiriusXM announced fourth quarter and full-year 2018 operating and financial results in an earnings call Wednesday morning, including record revenue of $1.5 billion and $5.8 billion, respectively, increasing 7% and 6% compared to the prior year periods. Sirius CEO Jim Meyer (pictured) and CFO David Frear also discussed the company’s plans for Pandora, which it […]

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‘The Long Song’ Writer Sarah Williams Pens British Family Drama ‘Flesh & Blood’ For ITV

The Long Song writer Sarah Williams has penned family drama Flesh and Blood for British commercial broadcaster ITV. Williams, who also wrote 2007 Anne Hathaway feature Becoming Jane, penned the story of three adult siblings – Helen, Jake and Natalie – who are thrown into disarray when their recently widowed mother Vivien declares she’s in love with a new man. The series is produced by Silverprint Pictures, the ITV-backed producer responsible for series including Dark Heart…

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Lady Gaga Slams Dr. Luke’s Lawyer in Unsealed Court Deposition: ‘You Should Be Ashamed of Yourself’

Lady Gaga got into a heated verbal exchange with one of Dr. Luke’s lawyers while being deposed as part of the long legal battle between the producer and Kesha, according to court documents recently unsealed and reported by The Blast. At one point, Gaga tells Luke’s attorney that she “should be ashamed of yourself.” The deposition, […]

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‘Hot Wheels’ Live-Action Movie in the Works With Mattel, Warner Bros. (EXCLUSIVE)

Mattel and Warner Bros. are partnering up to bring the toy company’s Hot Wheels to theaters in the first ever live-action feature film for the beloved racecar franchise. This will mark the second partnership for the two companies following the news of the “Barbie” feature film starring Margot Robbie. “We are excited to bring the […]

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Grammy Predictions: Will Kendrick Lamar Top Gambino for Rap/Sung Performance?

While the Carters — a.k.a. Jay-Z and Beyonce — are notable by their absence from the 2019 Grammy nominees in a category Jay has won a record seven times, that makes this year’s slate only slightly less interesting: For the first time since 2007, the lead artist on two of the nominated performances are white. […]

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Berlin: Latido Films Acquires Panorama Entry ‘Holy Beasts’

MADRID — Big Spanish-language arthouse sales company Latido Films has just acquired world sales rights to Berlinale Panorama entry “Holy Beasts,” a step up in scale for its directors, “Sand Dollars” Laura Amelia Guzman and Israel Cardenas, which turns around the extraordinary, if ill-known, Dominican cineast Jean-Louis Jorge. The deal excludes producers’ home territories. Starring […]

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REInvent Studios Boards A.J. Annila’s ‘Peacemaker’ Series

GOTEBORG, Sweden — “Peacemaker,” produced by leading company MRP Matila Röhr Productions for Finnish pubcaster Yle, is the first Finnish drama pick-up for newly launched Nordic sales outfit REivent Studios. The company’s sales & marketing director Helene Aurø said the political drama, set in an international arena, with a strong female lead (“Bordertown”’s Irina Björklund) […]

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Sundance: Amazon Scores Comedy ‘Brittany Runs a Marathon’ For $14 Million

Amazon has acquired global rights to Jillian Bell’s Sundance charmer “Brittany Runs a Marathon” in a massive $14 million pact. Paul Downs Colaizzo directed the dramedy from his own script, which sees Bell play a hard-partying millennial who tries to change the course of her life by committing to a major run. The film premiered […]

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Watch: Richard Gere Warns of ‘Disloyalty’ in His Return to TV in BBC’s ‘MotherFatherSon’

“We are all capable of disloyalty,” Richard Gere warns in his first role for the small screen in decades, in BBC drama “MotherFatherSon.” Gere plays media overlord Max, who can be seen as a kingmaker and family man in the show’s first trailer. Max is a newspaper and media baron who can influence elections and […]

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“Grim Fandango Remastered” and “The Bard’s Tale” Hit PS4 Humble Bundle

“Grim Fandango Remastered,” “The Bard’s Tale” and “Wasteland 2: Director’s Cut – Standard Edition” are included among Humble’s first mixed-publisher bundle of indie-centric PlayStation games, available for PlayStation 4 until February 12. In Humble Bundle tradition, you can pay what you want for the bundle, while higher tiers unlock more games. The bundle features over […]

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Justin Baldoni’s Wayfarer Entertainment Sells Majority Stake, Sets Up $25M Content Fund

Wayfarer Entertainment, the production outfit specializing in inspirational content that was co-founded by Jane the Virgin star Justin Baldoni, has sold a majority equity stake to a social-justice firm called 4sbay. The investment values Wayfarer at $10 million. 4sbay’s funds will also be directed toward a new $25 million content fund, with Wayfarer looking to launch a more fully developed studio. The company has already managed to set up TV, digital and film projects…

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AT&T Misses Q4 Revenue Target As HBO And Turner Hamper WarnerMedia

AT&T reported fourth-quarter earnings below Wall Street forecasts due to comparisons with the year-earlier period, which included a big boost from federal tax cuts. Earnings per share came in at 66 cents, down from an adjusted 78 cents a year ago. AT&T said the profit figure reflected a downward adjustment of 20 cents due to items including the merger and integration of Time Warner. With the 20 cents included, earnings met analysts’ expectation of 86 cents a share and…

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Amazon Studios Wins ‘Brittany Runs A Marathon’ In $14 Million Sundance Deal

EXCLUSIVE: Amazon Studios is closing another breathtaking Sundance film deal. After another all-night auction, Amazon is nearing the finish line on a $14 million world rights deal for Brittany Runs A Marathon, the film that Paul Downs Colaizzo wrote and directed that stars Jillian Bell as a woman who decides to turn her life around by losing weight and training to run a marathon. Lil Rel Howery, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michaela Watkins, Micah Stock, Mickey Day, and Alice Lee…

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Alibaba Earnings Growth Slows, Entertainment Segment Deepens its Losses

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba unveiled revenue of $17 billion in the three months to December, 2018. And quarterly net profits grew by 33% to $4.5 billion. The group’s multiple entertainment ventures moved further into the red. Sector losses hit over $890 million. Ahead of the Wednesday announcement, investment analysts’ eyes were focused on the revenue, […]

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AT&T Misses on Q4 Revenue, WarnerMedia Comes in Strong While DirecTV Losses Mount

AT&T posted healthy growth in wireless and WarnerMedia segments for the fourth quarter of 2018, but missed its top-line revenue target — with a drag coming from losses at DirecTV. For Q4, AT&T overall reported revenue of $48.0 billion and adjusted earnings per share of 86 cents. Wall Street analysts on average expected sales of […]

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Sundance Now Nabs Scandi Crime Drama; All3Media Exec Joins Locksmith; Beta Takes ‘Loving’ To EFM — Global Briefs

Red Arrow Studios International has sold neo-noir crime drama Stella Blómkvist to AMC Networks' Sundance Now. The series has also been recommissioned for a second season by Síminn in Iceland. Produced by Sagafilm for Síminn and Viaplay, the series has been picked up by AMC Networks' Sundance Now SVOD platform for North America, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Shirley Bowers, VP Sales and Acquisitions for North America, Australia and New Zealand at Red Arrow Studios…

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Peter Jackson To Direct Documentary Film On The Beatles ‘Let It Be’ Recording Sessions

BREAKING: Peter Jackson and The Beatles are coming together. Apple Corps Ltd. and WingNut Films Ltd. are teaming the director of The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies and The Beatles for a feature documentary. Jackson will direct a movie that is based on 55 hours of never-released footage of The Beatles in the studio. Shot between January 2 and January 31, 1969, the studio sessions produced The Beatles' Grammy Award winning album Let It Be, with its Academy Award…

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Peter Jackson Signs On to Make New Beatles Film Out of Unseen ‘Let It Be’ Footage

Sir Peter, meet Sir Paul, and Mother Mary. “Lord of the Rings” filmmaker Peter Jackson has come aboard a project that Paul McCartney had previously hinted was in the works: a new Beatles documentary using the 55 hours of in-studio footage that were shot in early 1969 for the 1970 feature film “Let It Be.” […]

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‘Blue Planet II’ Creator Signs Programming Deal With Netflix

James Honeyborne, the creator of “Blue Planet II,” has inked an overall deal with Netflix. Honeyborne is an internationally acclaimed producer of blue-chip natural history programming. He recently left U.K. pubcaster the BBC’s Natural History Unit to set up his own banner, Freeborne Media, with director Renee Godfrey. They have inked a multiyear deal to […]

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Netflix Dives Into Multi-Year Overall Deal With ‘Blue Planet II’ Creator James Honeyborne

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is doubling down on big-budget natural history – signing an overall deal with Blue Planet II creator James Honeyborne. The SVOD service has inked a multi-year deal with Honeyborne to produce nature and science series through his production company Freeborne Media. This comes less than a month after Honeyborne left the BBC's Natural History Unit to launch Freeborne Media with director Renée Godfrey. It is Netflix's latest move into the big-budget natural…

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‘Suits’ Creator Confirms Meghan Markle Is Unlikely To Return For Final Season

It would’ve been a major coup for Suits to secure a guest appearance by Duchess of Success (and original cast member) Meghan Markle for its upcoming ninth and a final season, but as series creator Aaron Korsh had indicated in a Deadline interview last week, that probably won’t happen. He reiterated the sentiment at TCA today while promoting the upcoming Suits spinoff Pearson starring Gina Torres. “I would love it, but I think it’s pretty close to zero,” he said of the…

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‘The Wendy Williams’ Show’: Nick Cannon To Fill In For Recuperating Host

Nick Cannon, host of Fox's breakout The Masked Singer and MTV's Wild n' Out, has been set as the first guest host for The Wendy Williams Show. He will be subbing for Williams who recently announced that she is taking an extended break from her syndicated daytime talk show while recovering from a fractured shoulder. Cannon will host the show on Monday, February 4, Tuesday, February 5 and Wednesday, February 6 as the show will return to originals after a long hiatus. The…

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‘Aziza’ Takes Grand Jury Prize At Sundance Short Film Awards

The 2019 winners in the short filmmaking section of the Sundance Film Festival were announced tonight with Soudade Kaadan’s Aziza taking the Short Film Grand Jury Prize. The Syrian refugee black comedy was one of 73 shorts selected from 9,443 submissions. Pic was co-written by Kaadan and May Hayek. This year’s Short Film jurors are Sheila Vand, Young Jean Lee and Carter Smith. Short Film awards winners in previous years include Matria by Álvaro Gago, And so we put goldfish…

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Another Exec Producer Exits CBS’ ‘NCIS: New Orleans’

The CBS drama NCIS: New Orleans has lost its second executive producer in less than four months. Deadline has confirmed that Adam Targum has left the spinoff series whose former showrunner Brad Kern was fired by CBS TV Studios in October. Vulture reports tonight that Targum, who joined the show less than a year ago, was fired on Friday. Kern stepped down in May as EP and showrunner of NCIS: New Orleans amid reports from 2017 of sexual harassment, discrimination against…

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Netflix Drops Final ‘The Politician’ Trailer (Watch)

As Netflix is busy battling HBO on stage for Emmys supremacy, the streamer also released the final trailer for Ryan Murphy’s latest series “...