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Virtual Reality Has Its Pixar Moment With Adaptation Of Neil Gaiman’s ‘Wolves In The Walls’

Virtual reality, an emerging medium that has taken viewers on virtual excursions to The International Space Station, the Great Barrier Reef and the Great Pyramids of Giza, may finally be having its Pixar moment with an adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s children’s book The Wolves in the Walls. The project from the newly launched Fable Studio is among those selected for the New Frontier section at Sundance, which for a decade has showcased groundbreaking works at the intersection… Read

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‘Valerian’ Helps Propel 2017 French Film Exports After Dismal 2016 – Unifrance

Anchored heavily by Luc Besson's Valerian And The City Of A Thousand Planets, French film exports in 2017 saw a dramatic increase versus 2016's precipitous dive. Unifrance, the body that promotes French film abroad, said tonight in Paris that 80.5M tickets were sold to homegrown movies outside France in 2017 which was good for 468M euros ($572.5M). In admissions, that's a 98% increase compared to 2016 and in euros, it's an upward swing of 82%. There were more tickets sold… Read


SAG-AFTRA Developing Sexual Harassment Code Of Conduct

SAG AFTRA Code Of Conduct

SAG-AFTRA is developing a Code of Conduct to deal with sexual harassment in the workplace – and at auditions, wrap parties, film festivals and anywhere else performers gather to find jobs or promote and celebrate their work. An email sent today to the union's board members said the code "will provide clear safety guidance to performers in the work environment and in social environments attached to work where harassment frequently occurs." With the annual SAG Awards set… Read


Tronc That! Los Angeles Times Journalists Vote To Unionize

Los Angeles Times Building

In a first for the 136-year-old Los Angeles Times, editorial workers have voted to join a union. The overwhelming vote of 248-44 was certified today by the National Labor Relations Board. Voting began earlier this month. The employees will be represented by the Washington-based NewsGuild-Communications Workers of America. The vote comes during an especially turbulent period for the newspaper, whose owner re-branded from Tribune to Tronc in 2016 and installed Ross Levinsohn… Read


Donald Trump Turns Down NBC On Pre-Super Bowl Interview Invitation

Donald Trump College Football Playoff Championship Game

Former NBC reality-TV star Donald Trump will not sit down with his former network for the traditional pre-Super Bowl Presidential Interview. NBC has taken the high road, extending an open invitation to Trump, in case he changes his mind, a network source tells Deadline. It’s unclear why Trump has turned down the invitation for what has become a pre-Game tradition. Obama did a pre-game interview every year of his presidency. It may be that he doesn’t want a repeat of last… Read


Russo Brothers Studio Sets Evan Glodell Indie Drama ‘Canary’

EXCLUSIVE: The Russo Brothers Studio has stepped up to finance Canary, the next feature from Evan Glodell, who directed the 2011 Sundance breakout film Bellflower. The deal comes on the eve of Joe and Anthony Russo being presented the Founders Award at Slamdance, marking the 20th anniversary of the premiere of their first film, Pieces. While the brothers are now best known for directing the two Captain America movies and the upcoming The Avengers sequels, their new… Read


‘NCIS’: Drew Carey To Guest Star In Veteran CBS Drama

CBS star Drew Carey is set for a guest spot on the network’s long-running drama series NCIS. Carey will play retired Marine Sergeant John Ross in the episode “Handle with Care” which is scheduled to air in early March. Carey’s Ross is a retired Marine Sergeant who ships care packages to active-duty servicemen every day. He is the lead suspect in a murder case after one of his care packages contains cookies laced with cyanide. A loyal and honorable veteran, Ross is… Read


Clint Culpepper Out At Screen Gems, SPWA’S Steve Bersch Takes Over

BREAKING: Sony Pictures has just announced that Clint Culpepper is out at Screen Gems, the genre arm and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions chief Steve Bersch will now head both divisions and become head of the genre arm. Rothman announced it internally. The exit comes after underwhelming results on the Taraji Henson-action film Proud Mary but it had been in the works for awhile as Culpepper’s contract was expiring. It signals a change in the genre film company, which… Read


‘Juliet, Naked’: Watch Deadline’s Sundance Series Livestream

Juliet, Naked

Deadline’s annual Sundance Series filmmaker panels kick off today with Juliet,  Naked, the Jesse Peretz-directed film based on Nick Hornby’s 2009 novel. Peretz, stars Rose Byrne and Chris O’Dowd, and producers Jeffrey Soros, Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa will join Deadline’s Dominic Patten at the Stella Artois Filmmaker Lounge on Main Street to talk about the film, which also stars Ethan Hawke and which has its world premiere later this evening at the Eccles in the fest’s… Read


Sony Pictures Worldwide Scores ‘Hearts Beat Loud’ Deal For International – Sundance

Hearts Beat Wild

In one of the first deals of the Sundance Film Festival, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has acquired international rights to Brett Haley's Hearts Beat Loud after a packed sneak peek screening last night in Park City. The film starring Nick Offerman and Kiersey Clemons has its world premiere next Friday at the Eccles in the fest’s Premieres section. The deal does not includes North American rights. Endeavor Content repped the filmmakers in the deal and SPWA's Michael… Read


Univision Teaming With TV Academy, PGA, SAG-AFTRA & More On Diversity Initiative

Univision Communications is partnering with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, Producers Guild of America, Screen Actors Guild‐American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts, University of California, Los Angeles Division of Social Sciences, University of Southern California Annenberg, as well as the USC School of Cinematic Arts on the production of its Storytelling Unbound Handbook. The Handbook’s aim is to… Read


Cinedigm Teams With China’s Starrise Media For Distribution And Production

Cinedigm, after selling a majority of its equity last year to Hong Kong-based Bison Holding Co., has deepened its ties to the region by forming a strategic alliance with Chinese entertainment company Starrise Media Holdings. The deal will cover theatrical and digital film releases in China and North America. The shared slate will include select theatrical titles but plans also call for the release of hundreds of films in the home entertainment marketplaces in China and… Read