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MarVista Acquires Rights To Dystopian Novel ‘Sinless’ For TV Series

EXCLUSIVE: MarVista Entertainment announced today that they have acquired the rights to the new book Sinless from Sarah Tarkoff for a new television series. The novel is the first in the author’s Eye of the Beholder series. The series is set in a near future, dystopian society in which “right” and “wrong” are manifested by beauty and ugliness.  Those who are “good” are blessed with beauty, while those who are not suffer horrifying consequences—disfigurement, or even… Read


Donald Trump Praises Apple (And Pats Himself On The Back) For Creating Jobs In U.S.

President Donald Trump, who as a candidate called on voters to boycott all of Apple’s products, today praised the technology giant for its commitment to create some 20,000 jobs over the next five years. Apple said it would invest $30 billion in capital expenditures in the U.S. through investments in data centers across the country, an Apple campus in a new location, which will initially house technical support for customers, and an expansion, from $1 billion to $5… Read


Hector Elizondo & Holland Taylor To Star In Norman Lear & Peter Tolan’s ‘Guess Who Died’ NBC Comedy Pilot

Comedy veterans Hector Elizondo (Last Man Standing) and Holland Taylor (Two and a Half Men) have been cast as the leads in Guess Who Died, NBC’s single-camera comedy from Norman Lear and Peter Tolan, which has a pilot production commitment. Guess Who Died, from Sony Pictures TV, is based on Lear's personal experiences and described as a humorous and inspiring look at the shared joys and challenges we all experience at any stage of life. The comedy is set in the Las… Read


Sundance Drama ‘Burden’ Spawns Book That Sells To Currency In Publishing Auction


EXCLUSIVE: Penguin Random House division Currency has just won a competitive auction for the true story told in Burden, the Andrew Heckler-scripted and -directed drama that premieres this weekend at Sundance. Plans already are being made to get the book ready to coincide with the film’s release, the first time I can recall that happening for an acquisition title at a film festival. The book  was written by Courtney Hargrave, inspired by the film and Heckler's… Read


Bart & Fleming: What Leo Plays In Tarantino Film; Why Gender Argument On Wahlberg/Williams Was Wrong

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Whether it’s Hollywood industry news or sexual harassment allegations, the speed at which trade journalism takes place right now can be dizzying. So I’d like to add to the story Deadline broke last week, when Leonardo DiCaprio told Quentin Tarantino he would make his next film… Read


‘Muscle Shoals’: Nancy Wilson Named Executive Music Producer, Bettina Gilois To Write Johnny Depp-Produced Series

Rock'n'roll legend Nancy Wilson has joined Global Road Entertainment’s limited music drama series Muscle Shoals as Executive Music Producer via her Roadcase Productions shingle, and Emmy-nominated Bettina Gilois (Bessie) has signed on to write the drama, which is in development, based on Rick Hall's autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame. Muscle Shoals hails from Johnny Depp and Christie Dembrowski's Infinitum Nihil, Richard Branson's… Read


Lionsgate Ripe For Takeover As Amazon, Verizon and CBS-Viacom Emerge As Potential Suitors

With CBS and Viacom talking merger again, all eyes are on Lionsgate, which is considered ripe for acquisition. According to one source, there are already potential suitors — Amazon, Verizon and a CBS-Viacom combination — who have all been sniffing around the company. It would make sense on both sides: for the studio, which until now has been an acquirer of smaller film and television players, to be melded in with massive infrastructure to directly reach consumers and the… Read


Univision & Grupo Televisa Launch TV Pilot Initiative Aimed At Hispanic Audiences

Univision Communications and Grupo Televisa are teaming on a TV pilot initiative for the development of scripted and unscripted series by global independent producers aimed at Hispanic audiences. "This is an unprecedented step in the transformation of our joint content strategy – and for Hispanic media globally,” Lourdes Diaz, President of Entertainment for UCI and Rosy Ocampo, VP of Content for Grupo Televisa said in a joint statement. “We are unequivocally invested in… Read


MarVista Entertainment Buys Lea Thompson’s Helming Debut; CFI Releasing Acquires ‘Life And Nothing More’

MarVista Entertainment has acquired The Year of Spectacular Men, Lea Thompson’s theatrical helming debut, which premiered at the Los Angeles Film Festival in June. Written by and starring Thompson’s daughter Madelyn Deutch, the film follows Izzy, who is comically unsuccessful in love during the course her first year out of college, including five half-hearted relationships with astoundingly self-centered men. Izzy resigns herself to the support of her mother and sister… Read


‘Quantico’ Casts Vandit Bhatt; Seamus Dever Joins ‘Titans’; Jimmie Saito In ‘Sweetbitter’

Vandit Bhatt (Ripped) is set for a recurring role on the third season of ABC's Quantico. From executive producers Josh Safran and Mark Gordon, Quantico follows young FBI recruits training at the Quantico base. Bhatt will play Jagdeep "Deep" Patel, a member of the new elite black ops team. Bhatt most recently played a younger version of Russell Peters in the film Ripped. He also has appeared on Younger, The Michael J. Fox Project and Mercy. Bhatt is repped by Judy Boals… Read


Brad Carlson Moves From Paramount To Skydance Media Overseeing Physical Production For Features

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Brad Carlson has left Paramount Pictures to join Skydance Media as EVP Feature Film Physical Production. He will be responsible for managing the production and operations for the company’s upcoming slate of films, which includes the sci-fi thriller Annihilation which will be released February 23. That film, Alex Garland’s follow-up to Ex Machina, stars Natalie Portman and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Carlson will report to Don Granger, Skydance’s president of feature film… Read


‘The Alienist’ Review: Nothing Alienating About TNT’s Deft 19th Century Drama

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It is a long way from the uneven streets of 1896 New York City to the well-heeled slopes of Park City, but TNT's The Alienist will feel right at home at this year’s Sundance Film Festival among the top-notch films premiering over the next week. With a preview screening set for January 19 at the festival ahead of its January 22 premiere, the limited series starring Dakota Fanning, Daniel Brühl and Luke Evans based on Caleb Carr's 1994 bestseller is a great yarn that has… Read