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Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee In Universal Deal For Terry McMillan Novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

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Exclusive: Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing. The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, who acquired McMillan’s novel back back in May, are producing alongside Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius… »


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At&T-Time Warner Merger Antitrust Review Casting Pall Over Fox Talks

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As a growing list of potential buyers explore talks with 21st Century Fox, any deal will hinge on the actions of a powerful player that’s not present at the negotiating table: the Justice Department. The outcome of the Doj’s antitrust review of At&T’s proposed $85.4 billion merger with Time Warner may well determine whether media conglomerates like Comcast or Verizon make a bid for some of Fox’s entertainment assets. If the Trump Administration moves to block the… »

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: WGA Nixes ‘Three Billboards’; Bleecker Puts Lumps Of Coal In Critics’ Stockings; ‘Get Out’ Globes Petition Nears Goal

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A column chronicling conversations and events on the awards circuit. As I have been taking the temperature of the race so far, at this early stage no movie seems buzzier among voters across the board than Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. This is the name you increasingly hear over and over in Best Picture conversations, the title most enthusiastically mentioned by those who have seen it. But don’t count on hearing it mentioned at the Writers… »


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‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele Responds To Golden Globes Category

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Exclusive: The decision by Jordan Peele, Blumhouse and Universal to submit their film Get Out in the Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy category at the Golden Globes this year has created many questions from his fanbase. Here, Peele explains why the decision was made: The most rewarding part of making "Get Out" is the conversations the film has inspired. When I originally heard the idea of placing it in the comedy category it didn't register to me as an issue. I… »


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Douglas Booth In Talks To Play Nikki Sixx In Motley Crue Biopic ‘The Dirt’

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Exclusive: Douglas Booth is in negotiations to play Nikki Sixx, co-founder of the heavy metal group Motley Crue, in the biopic The Dirt, which has Jackass helmer Jeff Tremaine directing and Netflix distributing. It’s based on the 2001 autobiography The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band and follows the group’s rise to fame in the 1980s. Formed in Los Angeles in 1981 with bassist Sixx, drummer Tommy Lee, singer Vince Neil and guitarist Mick Mars… »


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New Regency Lands ‘The Skies Belong To Us’ Based On Story Of Historic Hijacking

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Exclusive: What a great get. New Regency has just acquired The Skies Belong To Us, an adapted screenplay from Michelle Ashford (Master of Sex). The film project, based on the book The Skies Belong to Us: Love and Terror in the Golden Age of Hijacking by Brendan I. Koerner, is about an Army veteran named Roger Holder and girlfriend Cathy Kerkow hijacking a Western Airlines Flight in a protest against the war in Vietnam. Through a series of events, they fled across an ocean… »


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‘Let It Fall’ Director John Ridley: Racial Progress Reversing Under Trump

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In the seven months since John Ridley's documentary on the La Riots first hit theaters and then ABC, the nation has taken a turn, the director says—and not for the better. "I ask this as a rhetorical question—why have we regressed that much between April and November? It certainly seems that way," he tells Deadline. He cites two developments that followed the debut of Let It Fall: Los Angeles 1982-1992—the march by white nationalists in Charlottesville, Virginia last… »


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‘All The Money In The World’ Posters: Severed Ear, No Spacey

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A severed, bloody, ear-shaped image — but no trace of Kevin Spacey. Two new posters for TriStar Pictures’ upcoming All the Money in the World substitute Christopher Plummer’s name where the now-disgraced Spacey’s would have been had he not been sacked from the film after those sexual harassment allegations. (See the full posters below.) Hitting theaters nationwide on December 22, the movie follows the 1973 kidnapping of 16-year-old John Paul Getty III (Charlie Plummer)… »


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Paramount Pictures Taps Writer Barbara Curry For Dating App Killer Feature ‘Gasp’

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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures has tapped screenwriter Barbara Curry to pen their upcoming feature Gasp, the dramatic investigative thriller is inspired by several true stories of women who were killed by men they met on dating apps. Kind of like a modern day Looking for Mr. Goodbar, it seems. And what better writer to script: Curry segued to screenwriting after a decade serving as a prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney's office. Produced by Jennifer Gibgot and Adam Shankman's… »


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Wendi McLendon-Covey Joins Voice Cast Of Open Road’s ‘Playmobil’

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Exclusive: The Goldbergs star Wendi McLendon-Covey will lend her voice in Open Road Films’ Playmobil, the live-action/animated hybrid film based on the classic toy series. Frozen animator Lino Disalvo is making his directorial debut in the film, which was developed in cooperation with Pathé France and produced by The Little Prince team of Aton Soumache, Dimitri Rassam, Alexis Vonarb along with Axel Von Maydell and Moritz Borman. Blaise Hemingway wrote the screenplay and… »


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‘Justice League’ Currently Stumbling With $97M+ Opening: Are ‘Wonder’ & ‘Thor’ Cutting Into Business?

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2Nd Update, Friday midday: It’s still early and right now Justice League‘s Friday, including its $13 million last night, is between $36.6M-$38.5M for today. At the top end, that’s $300K higher than Wonder Woman’s Friday, and she was boosted by an $11M Thursday night. This puts Justice League around $97M-plus per industry estimates, far lower than the $110M-$120M on tracking. Why? Because Justice League‘s morning sales weren’t as robust as many expected. To avoid such… »


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Andy Serkis On Directing ‘Breathe’ And A New ‘Jungle Book’, His Tips From Peter Jackson & More – Behind The Lens

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While everyone knows him from his performance-capture turns as Caesar in the latest Planet of the Apes movies and Gollum in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings franchises, Andy Serkis also made his feature directorial debut with Breathe at the same time he also went behind the camera to direct Warner Bros’ reboot of The Jungle Book, which he says will likely be retitled Mowgi And Tales Of The Jungle Book. Previously he served as a second unit director on Peter Jackson’s Hobbi… »


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Fox And Viacom Lead Media Stock Rally Sparked By Merger Speculation

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On a day when the Dow 30, the S&P 500 and Nasdaq all posted modest declines, media stocks staged a rally fueled by a flurry of merger speculation, with Viacom and Fox seeing the biggest gains. Viacom, a day removed from reporting mixed quarterly earnings and suffering further blows to its share price, had its stock shoot up more than 10% to finish at $26.15. 21st Century Fox, whose entertainment assets have been the subject of interest from Disney, Comcast and reportedly… »

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Agent Cameron Mitchell Is Out At CAA; He Says Sexual Harassment Allegations “False”

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Exclusive: CAA and agent Cameron Mitchell, outed as an alleged serial sexual harasser by actress Demi Mann in a lawsuit, have parted ways, effective immediately. Mitchall has denied the allegations and said that they are “not only false but egregious.” Mann’s suit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges that Mitchell made promises to be her mentor and agent after meeting her at a local Coffee Bean. She claims that was a mere ploy to have sex with… »


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‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical

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Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a… »


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Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race

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With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through. Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead. Another… »


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Josh Hartnett & Margarita Levieva To Star In Crime Thriller ‘Inherit The Viper’

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Exclusive: Josh Hartnett and The Deuce‘s Margarita Levieva have been set to star in Inherit the Viper, a crime thriller revolving around the timely topic of the prescription drug epidemic ravaging the U.S. Swiss-born Anthony Jerjen is making his feature directorial debut on the pic, which is based on an original script by Andrew Crabtree. Elle and Toni Erdmann producer Michel Merkt is producing, with Benito Mueller also producing and Wolfgang Mueller executive producing… »


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Costume Designer-Turned-Helmer Courtney Hoffman To Direct Feature From Her ‘The Good Time Girls’ Short

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Exclusive: Argent Pictures has acquired the feature rights to The Good Time Girls, Courtney Hoffman's widely acclaimed feminist western short film. The film production/financing company run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, will finance and produce the feature remake, and they've set a February start date in New Mexico. That means that Hoffman, who scripted the film adaptation of the short with Lucy Teitler, and who directed the while establishing herself as a… »


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Deadline’s Podcast New Hollywood: Race-Specific Characters & ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ With Sinqua Walls

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In the inaugural episode of Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, we welcome actor Sinqua Walls, who has been seen in Power, Once Upon a Time and Friday Night Lights. On the film side, he appears in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed The 15:17 To Paris. In addition to talking about his mellow experience working with the Oscar-winning Eastwood, Walls talks about working with Courtney Kemp on Power and being a black actor portraying Sir Lancelot on Once Upon a Time. As for… »


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Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content’s A.J. Wolfe Crime Tale ‘Burn’

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Exclusive: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative's Tom Carter will also be executive… »


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