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Mathilde Krim Dies: The amfAR Founding Chairman And AIDS Activist Was 91

AIDS research pioneer, activist, and amfAR Founding Chairman Mathilde Krim died Monday at her home in Kings Point, New York. She was 91. As a trailblazing pioneer in AIDS research and activism, Dr. Krim’s philanthropy was present in Hollywood. AmFar hosted a yearly benefit at the Cannes International Film Festival, which was the most successful and coveted events during the fest. She was also married to Arthur B. Krim, a president and chairman of United Artists, founding… Read

International

Rebecca Eaton Explains How To Get BBC To Tackle Quintessentially American ‘Little Women’ – TCA

Masterpiece's Little Women marks a breakthrough for PBS: It’s produced by BBC, which, producer Rebecca Eaton noted, "does not do American drama.” “It's hard to get America novels done with BBC because they are BBC – they have a mandate,” she said. Additionally, it can be expensive. “If you shoot in this country, it’s twice as expensive.” Set in Concord, MA, Little Women was filmed in Ireland. It helped that Colin Callender was “the guy who was going to drive the train”… Read

Film

Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Will Smith In ‘Gemini Man’

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is set to star as the female lead opposite Will Smith in Gemini Man from Paramount Pictures and Skydance Media. The Ang Lee-directed project has been in development for the past 20 years. The story follows an over-the-hill assassin who faces off against himself, a clone who is younger and in his prime. Originally set up at Disney in 1997 from a pitch by Darren Lemke, the movie stalled due to the fact the VFX at the time wasn't available for the… Read

TV

‘The Shannara Chronicles’ Canceled After Two Seasons

The Shannara Chronicles will not see a Season 3 at the soon-to-be launched Paramount Network. The fantasy drama has been canceled after two seasons, Deadline has confirmed. The Shannara Chronicles, based on the best-selling fantasy books by Terry Brooks, debuted on MTV in 2016 and was the network's highest rated and most watched scripted series of the year, earning a second-season renewal. It moved to Spike TV for Season 2, which wrapped in November. The Shannara Chronicle… Read

Film

Fathom Events Taps Ex-DWA Exec Gordon Synn For Key Role; Blue Fox Names Richard Stafford Head Of PR

Gordon Synn

Gordon Synn, formerly head of international TV for DreamWorks Animation and before that an exec at All3Media, Endemol Shine Group and 20th Century Fox, has been appointed Chief Content and Programming Officer at Fathom Events. He will report to CEO Ray Nutt and oversee the event-cinema distributor’s content acquisition and programming strategy. Fathom, a joint venture between AMC, Cinemark and Regal, ended 2017 as the 13th-largest distributor in North America. “The… Read

Film

Legendary Snags Movie Rights To YA ‘Ferryman’ Trilogy

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Legendary Entertainment has acquired worldwide film and graphic novel rights to Ferryman, a trilogy of young-adult novels by Scottish teacher-turned-author Claire McFall. The idea is to create a franchise. The book series is a modern retelling of the ancient Greek myth of Charon, the ferryman of Hades who transports souls to the underworld. It tells the story of Dylan, a young girl who emerges from the debris of a train crash on an empty Scottish hillside. Believing… Read

Film

‘Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far On Foot’ Teaser: Wheels Up On Gus Van Sant’s John Callahan Movie

Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far On Foot

Amazon today released the first look at Don't Worry, He Won't Get Far on Foot, a biopic of sorts from Gus Van Sant that stars Joaquin Phoenix, Jonah Hill, Rooney Mara and Jack Black. The streaming service already has set a May 11 release in select theaters. Phoenix plays John Callahan, a Portland slacker and drunk who almost dies in a car accident at age 21, becoming a quadriplegic. After he reluctantly enters AA, and with encouragement from his girlfriend (Mara) and a… Read

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‘The Assassination Of Gianni Versace’ Review: Tangled Tale Falls Out Of Fashion

The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

Coming off the moonshot of 2016's multiple Emmy-winning The People v. O.J. Simpson, it was almost inevitable that The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story would fly a lot closer to Earth. So narrative gravity is very much a force in the January 17-premiering ACS, and despite a vivid aesthetic reminiscent of the slain fashion designer's work — and some great performances from a cast led by Edgar Ramirez, Darren Criss, Penelope Cruz, Ricky Martin, Judith… Read

Business

Media Content Wars Will Require Both Scale And Reach; “A Brand Only Gets You So Far” — NATPE

Traditional media execs have been assailed in some corners for their allegiance to the notion of a brand — be it a network, a studio or talent — that they rely on to draw audiences to content. An executive panel closed out the Streaming Summit at NATPE by considering how dramatically the idea of brands has changed — and in some ways how vital it remains. Wall Street analyst Michael Nathanson said Disney’s public posture on its OTT strategy changed from, essentially, “kids… Read

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STX President Sophie Watts Stepping Down

Sophie Watts

UPDATED with Watts’ memo to staff: STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts is exiting her post “to focus on new business opportunities,” STX said today. She had been president since the company’s beginning, and will remain a strategic advisor. STX said that for the time being all divisions previously reporting to Watts will now report directly to CEO Bob Simonds or COO Thomas B. McGrath. Watts sent an email to staff saying today with “mixed emotions” it her last day… Read

TV

Ken Kwapis To Produce & Direct Series Adaptation Of ‘Every Second Counts’ Based On Book

Adam Richman and Jenette Kahn’s Double Nickel Entertainment and Alexandra Beattie and Ken Kwapis’ In Cahoots are teaming to produce an adaptation of Donald McRae’s nonfiction book Every Second Counts: The Race To Transplant the First Human Heart, as a limited series. BAFTA-winning scribe Nick Fisher (The Giblet Boys) is attached to pen the adaptation and Kwapis will direct. Set in 1967, Every Second Counts focuses on charismatic South African heart surgeon Christiaan… Read

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Ruth Wilson To Play Her Grandmother In Masterpiece’s ‘Mrs Wilson’ For PBS, BBC

Ruth Wilson will star in Mrs. Wilson, a three-part drama inspired by the memoir of her grandmother, Masterpiece chief Rebecca Eaton told TV critics at TCA on Tuesday. Set in 1940s and 1960s London and 1930s India, the series follows Alison Wilson, who is happily married to her husband, who is a mystery writer. When he dies a woman shows up at her door, claiming that she too is Mrs. Wilson and was married to her husband. Turns out, Rebecca Eaton told TV critics, that… Read