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Sam Mendes In Talks To Develop & Direct Live-Action ‘James And The Giant Peach’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sam Mendes in early talks to develop and direct James And The Giant Peach, a live-action project in the works at Disney with Nick Hornby penning the screenplay and Joe Roth eyeing to produce. We’re hearing the talks are in the very early stages. This would be the latest animated pic-turned-live action play for Disney. The Roald Dahl book was adapted into a feature by Henry Selick via Walt Disney Animation in 1996. The story centers on an orphan who lives with… Read

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Stephen Colbert Asks Tim Kaine To Attack Donald Trump For Blasting Hillary Clinton As A “Bigot”

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Telling Democratic Veep candidate Tim Kaine that a running-mate is supposed to be a POTUS candidates’ “attack dog,” CBS Late Show host Stephen Colbert told Kaine he was taking off his leash, so he could respond to Donald Trump calling Hillary Clinton a “bigot.” “When Hillary Clinton got out of law school, she was working to help advance racial justice in the juvenile justice system in South Carolina, and fight school segregation in Alabama,” Kaine began, sounding… Read

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Demi Moore Ready To ‘Rock That Body’ For Sony Comedy

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EXCLUSIVE: Demi Moore has joined the cast of Rock That Body, Sony Pictures’ R-rated comedy starring Scarlett Johansson, Kate McKinnon, Jillian Bell, Ilana Glazer and Zoe Kravitz. Shooting began last week on the pic, which the studio picked up last summer in a bidding war. A June 23, 2017 release date has been set. The pic revolves around five friends who get a beach house in Miami for a wild bachelorette weekend that goes completely off the rails. Paul W. Downs & Lucia… Read

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Felicity Huffman Fashion Biz Dramedy At ABC Back In the Works With New Writers

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House of More is back in development at ABC. The network originally bought the darkly comedic one-hour project, executive produced by Felicity Huffmanlast season with a put pilot commitment. The dramedy, set in the fashion world, was rolled and is now ramping up again with new writers, Elizabeth Craft and Sarah Fain (The 100). The gig stems from the duo’s overall deal at ABC Studios. House of Moore, from ABC Studios and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, has been… Read

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Construction Worker Killed On ‘Blade Runner’ Set In Hungary

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A construction worker was killed today in Hungary while tearing down sets for the still-untitled Blade Runner sequel. The film crew had wrapped production at a sound stage in Budapest and already moved to a new location when the accident occurred. A spokesman for Alcon Entertainment, which is producing the film, said the local worker was not a member of the film crew but was employed by a subcontractor to tear down the set. The still-unidentified worker was reportedly… Read

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Vincent D’Onofrio Joins Bruce Willis In Eli Roth-Helmed ‘Death Wish’

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EXCLUSIVE: Vincent D’Onofrio and Dean Norris (Breaking Bad) has joined Bruce Willis in Paramount and MGM’s revamp of the 1974 Charles Bronson film Death Wish which was based on the book by Brian Garfield. Eli Roth is directing the picture which follows a man named Paul Kersey (Willis) whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for the violence and degradation these thugs inflicted on… Read

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Johnny Depp & Amber Heard In New Dispute Over $7M Divorce Settlement

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At this stage, you could call the latest legal brouhaha between Johnny Depp and Amber HeardSettlement: The ReckoningA week after Heard announced she was donating to charity the $7 million she received in the August 16 divorce settlement between the two of them, the divorcing Pirates of the Caribbean actor and Justice League actress are now at loggerheads about how that money should be paid out and even how much. “Amber Heard appreciates Johnny Depp’s novel interest… Read

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Working Title TV, BBC Two Take Shine To ‘The Luminaries’ Gold Rush Epic – Edinburgh

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Working Title Television has set a six-part drama series based on 2013 Man Booker Prize winner The Luminaries at BBC Two. Author Eleanor Catton will adapt her own novel. The period tale of adventure and mystery is set on the Wild West Coast of New Zealand's South Island in the boom years of the 1860s gold rush. It’s billed as an epic story of love, murder and revenge, as men and women traveled across the world to make their fortunes. Working Title Television will produce… Read

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Ryan Lochte Charged With Making False Police Report In Rio After Landing New Endorsement Deal

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UPDATE with Brazil charges: Police in Rio de Janeiro have charged U.S swimmer Ryan Lochte with filing a false report in connection with his now self-described “embellished” story of a robbery near the end of the Rio Summer Olympics. The Associated Press reported the news just now amid earlier reports by Fox News and ESPN that Rio officials planned to summon Lochte back to Rio de Janeiro for a Brazil Justice Department hearing on the incident, in which he and three other… Read

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Wave Of The Future? How A Smart Computer Is Helping To Craft A Horror Film

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EXCLUSIVE: Author-screenwriter William Goldman summed up the film industry by saying, “Nobody knows anything.” However, Concourse Media and Productivity Media are betting that reverse-engineering scripts via a smart computer process may prove that adage wrong. Take the fact that their mock trailer for the horror film Impossible Things, which is only at the script stage, has been viewed 562,000 times and already has 33K followers on Facebook — without a single cast member… Read

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Donald Trump Debates Definition Of “Bigot” With Anderson Cooper

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“She is a bigot,” Donald Trump says in an interview with Anderson Cooper to air tonight – a portion of which CNN played this afternoon. It’s Trump’s first non-Fox News Channel interview since late July, when he got mocked for telling ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos he has sacrificed for his country by employing “thousands and thousands of people.” Trump’s comments for Anderson Cooper 360 were his latest “punch back” at Dem candidate Hillary Clinton. This time he was… Read

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‘Disjointed’: Elizabeth Alderfer Cast In Netflix Pot Comedy Series From Chuck Lorre

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Elizabeth Alderfer (Better Off Single) has been cast as a series regular opposite Kathy Bates in Disjointed, Netflix's pot-themed workplace multi-camera comedy from Chuck Lorre, former Daily Show head writer David Javerbaum and Warner Bros. TV. Written and executive produced by Lorre and Javerbaum, Disjointed, which has a 20-episode straight-to-series order, stars Bates as Ruth, a lifelong advocate for legalization who's finally living her dream as the owner of an… Read