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Meryl Streep To Narrate African Women’s Health Docu; Three Join Indie ‘February'; Ryan Newman In ‘Sharknado 3′

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Three-time Oscar winner Meryl Streep is set to narrate Shout Gladi Gladi, a feature documentary about women’s health in Africa. Co-directed by Adam Friedman and Iain Kennedy, it focuses on fistula, a common, debilitating that turns once-healthy women into outcasts. The film also features appearances by Melinda Gates and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Wole Soyinka. Streep, whose 19 Academy Award nominations is more than any other actor, most recently starred in Into The Woods… Read

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‘Midnight Rider’ Pre-Trial Hearing Video Of Hillary Schwartz Getting Separate Trial

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EXCLUSIVE: In a pretrial hearing this morning in a Georgia courtroom, Midnight Rider first assistant director Hillary Schwartz’s attorney successfully pried Schwartz out of next month’s trial of three other defendants. All are facing charges of criminal trespassing and manslaughter in the death of 27 year-old crew member Sarah Jones when a train plowed through the film’s set. Above, Deadline has exclusive video of the short hearing, part of decisions handed down today by… Read

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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Harrison Ford Confirmed; Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct

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Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct the sequel to Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford previously asked but now confirmed to be reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros, is aboard to executive produce for Alcon Entertainment. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer 2016. Hampton Fancher — who co-wrote the original with David Peoples — and Michael Green have written the original… Read

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Suzy Nakamura To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Dr. Ken'; Parker Young In ‘Family Fortune’

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Suzy Nakamura (Horrible Bosses 2) has booked the female lead opposite Ken Jeong in ABC's comedy pilot Dr. Ken, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by Jared Stern, Mike O'Connell and Jeong, who is a licensed physician, Dr. Ken stars Jeong as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling medicine, marriage and parenting — and succeeding at none of them. Nakamura, repped by Innovative Artists and Kass Management, will play Allison, Jeong’s successful psychologist wife. Also cast is Tish… Read

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Stark Sands To Star In ‘Minority Report’

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Stark Sands (Inside Llewyn Davis) has been cast as the dual male lead opposite Meagan Good in Fox's drama pilot Minority Report, a sequel to the Steven Spielberg-directed movie set 10 years after the end of Precrime in D.C. One of the three Precogs, Dash (Sands), struggles to lead a "normal" human life, but remains haunted by visions of the future, when he meets a detective, Lara Vega (Meagan Good), who's haunted by her past and just might help him find a purpose to his… Read

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Jack Davenport To Co-Star In HBO’s Sarah Silverman Pilot; Kerri Kenney Also Cast

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Smash alum Jack Davenport is set as the male lead opposite Sarah Silverman in HBO’s untitled comedy pilot written by Secret Diary Of A Call Girl creator Lucy Prebble, Also cast in the pilot, directed by Charlie McDowell, are Kerri Kenney (Reno 911!) and Mark Cohen. The project is described as a comic look at Jude (Silverman), a pathologically honest woman having a modern midlife crisis. Davenport, repped by Gersh, Sanders.Armstrong.Caserta Management and the UK’s… Read

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A Third Robin Hood Script Enters The Fray; This By King Arthur Scribe Joby Harold

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Sherwood Forest is getting crowded. Joby Harold, the scribe who architected the multiple installments of the King Arthur franchise with Knights Of The Roundtable with Guy Ritchie directing Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, is now out with Robin Hood: Origins, a gritty version of the rogue do-gooder Robin Hood.  Appian Way is producing. Now, there are competing projects at two other studios: Disney acquired the Brandon Barker spec Nottingham & Hood, a revisionist take on… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Has ‘Apartment Troubles’

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to StarStream Entertainment's femme road comedy Apartment Troubles, which it will release in 10 markets and VOD on March 27. The film marks the feature directorial and screenwriting debut of Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. Apartment Troubles follows co-dependent roommates Olivia and Nicole, who are evicted from their shoebox Manhattan apartment and head to L.A. As one door slams shut, another opens: A… Read

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Rob Letterman Doffs ‘Captain Underpants'; ‘Turbo’s David Soren Being Fitted For DWA Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Rob Letterman is out as director of the DreamWorks Animation film Captain Underpants. Despite being dealt a potential atomic wedgie, DWA is in talks to replace him with David Soren, who helmed Turbo for DWA and is being fitted for Captain Underpants right now. DWA could not confirm. In the Nicholas Stoller-scripted adaptation of the Dav Pilkey book, two mischievous kids hypnotize their mean high school principal and turn him into their comic book creation: the… Read

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Priyanka Chopra Joins ABC’s ‘Quantico'; Brent Sexton In ‘Runner’

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Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra (Barfi!) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot Quantico, executive produced by Mark Gordon, Josh Safran and Nick Pepper. It revolves around a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. One will launch a devastating terrorist attack on the U.S. Chopra will play Alex Weaver, a brilliant but haunted FBI trainee whose past boils to the surface soon… Read

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Net Neutrality 101: What It Is, What The FCC Did And Why It’s Important

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The FCC’s adoption of tough net neutrality rules today is an important milestone in the history of what’s become the national medium. But it won’t end the debate over how, and how much, the government should regulate the Internet. Indeed, it might re-invigorate the conversation as opponents of the agency’s decision threaten to challenge the new rules in Congress and the courts. What does it all mean, and how might this play out? Here’s an overview of the issues, and the… Read

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‘American Sniper’ Poised To Take Katniss Out As Top Grossing 2014 Release – Domestic B.O.

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Two months after its Christmas day release, Warner Bros/Village Roadshow’s American Sniper is still going strong at the domestic box office. By the second week of March, if not sooner, the film is expected to overtake Lionsgate’s November opener The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 as the highest-grossing release of 2014. Mockingjay‘s domestic B.O. stands at $336.45M through yesterday, while American Sniper has amassed $322.59M. Heading into its 10th weekend, American Sni… Read