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Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson, Owen Teague Lead Feature Drama ‘Heft’

EXCLUSIVE: Renée Zellweger, Louie Anderson and It‘s Owen Teague have been cast in the lead roles of Heft for director Max Nichols (Two Night Stand). Heft, based on the bestselling novel by Liz Moore of the same name, was adapted by the author. The Gotham Group’s Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Eric Robinson, who acquired the book in the fall of 2017, are producing. Heft is about former academic Arthur Opp (Anderson) who hasn’t left his rambling Brooklyn home in a decade. Twenty… Read

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Universal Blasts Off Neil Armstrong Pic ‘First Man’ At CinemaCon

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Universal showed off the first trailer for their lunar landing drama First Man billed as the “The Most Dangerous Mission in History”. The trailer spotlighted the life of Neil Armstrong as played by Ryan Gosling, from his teen youth watching rocket launches to holding his baby daughter and singing “I see the moon, and the moon sees me.” A lot of family drama here before we see ignition, lift off and capsules aflame as they plummet toward Earth. We Armstrong prepping for… Read


Former NXIVM Member Sarah Edmondson To Star In Documentary Series Produced By Brian Graden

EXCLUSIVE: NXIVM has been making headlines the past few weeks with the high-profile arrests of founder Keith Raniere and one of his top lieutenants, Smallville actress Allison Mack, on charges of sex trafficking as the so called self-help organization has been called by prosecutors a sex cult that has been keeping women as "slaves," and branding them with Raniere’s initials. One of those branded women is Canadian actress Sarah Edmondson (Psych, Edgemont) who last fall… Read


Nkechi Carroll Inks Overall Deal With Warner Bros. TV

In a competitive situation, Nkechi Carroll has signed an exclusive multi-year overall deal with Warner Bros. TV, in which she’ll develop original series for broadcast, cable, streaming and on-demand platforms. Carroll was most recently under an overall deal at 20th Century Fox TV, where she served as co-executive producer on Rosewood and The Resident, and developed several pilots for FBC and NBC. She previously worked as a writer-producer on Bones and staff writer on The… Read

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‘Frozen’ Star Patti Murin Speaks Out On Anxiety, That Missed Performance & The Responsibilities Of A Disney Princess

Frozen‘s Patti Murin missed a show last week. Not unheard of, certainly, but rare enough at the peak of this high-focus (and high-stress) Tony Awards season. And Murin stands a better-than-good chance of getting nominated – as does her co-star Caissie Levy, since both are eligible for lead actress honors. Murin, in a crowd-pleasing and well-reviewed turn as Anna, the iconic and beloved Disney heroine (the one who doesn’t sing “Let It Go”) knows well that she’s the… Read


‘The Purge’: William Baldwin Set To Recur In USA/Syfy Series

William Baldwin has landed a recurring role opposite Amanda Warren in upcoming series The Purge for USA Network and Syfy. The project comes from franchise creator James DeMonaco, indie studio Blumhouse Television and Universal Cable Productions. The franchise — about one day each year when murder and mayhem is legalized — hatched its highest grossing effort so far with the most recent The Purge: Election Year in 2016. DeMonaco oversees the series which will be an entirely… Read


Snap’s Stock Takes Another Hit As It Tests A Modified Version Of Its Redesigned App

Snap’s stock is tanking a day after the company acknowledged that it’s testing a redesign of the Snapchat redesign. The ephemeral messaging platform announced plans to update the Snapchat app last year, saying it wanted to make it easier to use.  It sought to tackle a problem that plagues other social media platforms — namely that content from influencers, celebrities and brands can drown out more intimate friends’ Stories because the content was c0mmingled. An initial… Read

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Byron Allen’s Speech To Exhibitors: “I Don’t Like The Whispers From Studios Who Want To Reduce Your Window”

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Entertainment Studios CEO, chairman and founder Byron Allen touched several topics in his CinemaCon breakfast session today, from his beginnings as a kid hanging around the Universal and NBC lots where his mother worked to breaking through in syndication with his Entertainers With Byron Allen and launching Entertainment Studios’ motion picture division with the indie darling 47 Meters Down.  Allen told exhibitors how he plans for his studio to be the middleweight with… Read


‘Roseanne’ Repeats Tie ‘The Voice’ For Top Spot Tuesday

Roseanne redux at 9 PM and 9:30 PM continued to top Tuesday, though this time in a tie with NBC's The Voice. Only in repeats did Roseanne’s revamp loosen its grip on Tuesday Live+Same Day total viewers stats. ABC aired four Roseanne encores over two hours (1.3, 6.33M; 1.3, 6.08M; 1.5, 6.44M; 1.5, 6.32M), each drawing more than 6 million viewers to each half hour. The night of Roseanne revival retreads catapulted ABC by 89% in total viewers and 71% in the demo compared… Read

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Gkids Reunites With Fathom Events In Five-Film Deal Starting With July ‘Fireworks’ – CinemaCon


EXCLUSIVE: Gkids is expanding its relationship with event-cinema company Fathom Events with a deal that will see five more new titles from the animation distributor hitting Fathom screens in the U.S. in 2018. The two companies previously pacted on the premiere of Studio Ponoc’s Mary and the Witches Flower as well as on showing product from Japan's Studio Ghibli. The new deal will kick off with Akiyuki Shinbo's Fireworks, the Toho pic that is getting a nationwide release… Read


Golden Globes: Limited Series Category, Ensemble Cast Designations Get Rules Tweaks

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Golden Globes organizers the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has just unveiled a series of rules tweaks ahead of the 2019 awards show. Most are clarifications to the awards submission process, which will be added to the group’s guidelines. Among the changes are clarifications in the Best Television Limited Series or Motion Picture Made for Television category, these coming after this year’s Globes (and 2017 Emmys) winner there, HBO’s Big Little Lies, was renewed for a… Read


Viacom’s Bob Bakish Hails Paramount Revival: “You’re Actually Seeing It Happen”

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In a conference call with Wall Street analysts that was devoid of any M&A conversation, Viacom chief Bob Bakish rhapsodized about the effort to turn around the company, especially its long-troubled Paramount Pictures unit. The studio posted its first quarterly profit since 2015, a highlight of mixed-to-positive results for Viacom’s fiscal second quarter. Bakish is in the spotlight as Viacom continues advanced merger talks with its longtime corporate cousin, CBS. (A… Read