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Joe Dante-Produced Thriller ‘Dark’ Alights At Screen Media

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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media has acquired U.S. rights to the Nick Basile-directed Dark, and plans to release the psychological thriller executive produced by Joe Dante later this year. Whitney Able, Alexandra Breckenridge, Michael Eklund and Brendan Sexton III star in the pic, which chronicles one night in the life of a disturbed young woman when she finds herself trapped alone in a loft during the 2003 New York City blackout. Elias wrote the screenplay. Basile, Elias, Kathryn… Read

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Sundance’s ‘Other People’ Breakout JJ Totah Inks With WME

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EXCLUSIVE: JJ Totah, the young star of the Sundance Film Festival dark comedy Other People, has been scooped up by WME post-festival. Totah, who was Glee‘s youngest castmember in that show’s final season, starred alongside Jesse Plemons and Molly Shannon in SNL writer Chris Kelly’s Sundance pic, about a struggling comedy writer who moves from New York City to Sacramento to help his sick mother after a breakup with his boyfriend — forcing him to live with his conservative… Read

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Bill Cosby Wins Dismissal Of Janice Dickinson’s Amended Defamation Complaint; Marty Singer Dropped From Case

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Less than a week after taking a big legal loss in his criminal sexual assault case in Pennsylvania, Bill Cosby was handed a win by the California courts today. An L.A. Superior Court judge Tuesday agreed with the actor-comedian's lawyers to toss an amended complaint by Janice Dickinson in her defamation suit against Cosby and his former attorney Marty Singer. In a tentative ruling read from the bench, Judge Debra Weintraub also allowed Singer to be dismissed from the… Read

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Cassian Elwes Forming Zeal Media Co. With Armory Films Partners Chris Lemole And Tim Zajaros – Berlin

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Cassian Elwes and Armory Films partners Chris Lemole and Tim Zajaros, are launching Zeal Media Co., an indie film company aiming with a goal of financing and/or producing up to eight films per year. The company will focus on sophisticated, thought-provoking and talent-driven material to stand in the marketplace. The first film to come through the new company will be Billionaire Boys Club, currently in post. The film, based on the true story of young white collar… Read

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Amy Poehler/Charlie Grandy NBC Comedy Pilot Casts Nico Evers-Swindell, Tim Baltz

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Nico Evers-Swindell (Grimm) is set as the lead in NBC’s untitled royal family comedy pilot (aka Dumb Prince) written by Charlie Grandy and executive produced and directed by Amy Poehler. Co-starring in the pilot, from Universal TV and Poehler’s Paper Kate Prods. is Tim Baltz (Drunk History), with Jessie Ennis (Veep) also cast.  The comedy is set in the country of Modaria, known for the manufacture of mopeds and… Read

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Nina Lederman Joins All3Media America As Head Of Scripted Programming

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All3Media America is signaling a push in the original scripted arena with the appointment of former Lifetime executive Nina Lederman as EVP of Scripted Programming, the company’s first dedicated senior scripted executive. In the newly created role, Lederman will work with all the scripted businesses in the All3Media Group to expand the company's scripted business in the U.S. She will report to All3Media America CEO Greg Lipstone, marking one of the first major executive… Read

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‘Ant-Man And The Wasp’s Evangeline Lilly Signs With UTA

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EXCLUSIVE: Evangeline Lilly has signed with UTA. The actress, best known for starring in Lost and the second and third installment of The Hobbit, aligns with the agency as she moves up to co-lead in Ant-Man And The Wasp, the sequel to Marvel’s Ant-Man. Lilly played Hope Van Dyne opposite Paul Rudd in the first film and she becomes a superhero, The Wasp, in the sequel. Lilly also starred in DreamWorks' Real Steel, and The Hurt Locker. Lilly also wrote the successful… Read

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Michael Engler To Direct ABC Drama Pilot ‘Notorious’

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Michael Engler has been tapped to direct ABC drama pilot Notorious, from Josh Berman and The Firm. Inspired by the relationship between famed criminal defense attorney Mark Geragos and long-time Larry King Live executive producer Wendy Walker, Notorious was written by Drop Dead Diva creator Berman and blogger Allie Hagan (Suri's Burn Book). Described as a provocative look at the interplay of criminal law and the media, it follows the professional and personal relationship… Read

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‘Fuller House’ Clip: The Tanneritos “Still Look Good”

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“Damn, we all still look good!” Those words spoken by Jesse Katsopolis (aka John Stamos) at the beginning of a clip of the latest trailer from Fuller House, Netflix’s reboot of the classic sitcom. Cast members Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber stopped by Ellen to drop a sneak peek of the clip that sees most of the Tanneritos reunited. Ellen DeGeneres asked the trio if we might see the Olsen twins at some point in the series, and they made it clear the… Read

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The Weinstein Company Closing In On North American Deal For Mary Magdalene Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: The Weinstein Company is closing in on a deal for U.S. and Canada on the Mary Magdalene biopic that Rooney Mara is being pursued for. Talks are ongoing and a deal should close shortly, but has not closed yet. It would mark the Weinstein Co’s latest collaboration with producer See-Saw Films, following on from The King’s Speech, Macbeth and Lion. Mara is currently engaged in discussions to play Mary Magdalene in Garth Davis’ biopic of the figure. Universal… Read

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Amazon Renews ‘Mozart In The Jungle’ For Third Season

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Amazon has renewed Golden Globe-winning Mozart In The Jungle for a third season. Production will begin later this year. Starring Gael García Bernal, Lola Kirke and Bernadette Peters, Mozart In The Jungle will continue the story of the talented, contentious musicians who perform (and live) with passion under the baton of its spirited single-name conductor Rodrigo (Bernal). Executive produced by Roman Coppola, Jason Schwartzman, Alex Timbers and Paul Weitz, Season 3 will… Read

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Philippe Dauman Blasts Viacom’s “Naysayers, Self-interested Critics, And Publicity Seekers”

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Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman’s frustration with the many critics of his performance — and appointment last week as Executive Chairman, following ailing controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone’s transition to Chairman Emeritus — bubbled over this morning in his quarterly earnings call with analysts. Wanting to “address the speculation about Viacom and our future,” Dauman said that “our outlook and the facts have been distorted and obscured by the naysayers, self-interested… Read