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‘Black Or White’ Review: Pete Hammond On Oscar Winners’ Family Drama

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Oscar winners Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer deliver fine performances in Black or Whitea riveting drama on race and family that I review in the video above. The film made a late run at awards consideration in December after it was picked up weeks after its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. That awards bid came up short, but the film nonetheless deserves lots of attention from audiences when it opens wide this week. Other cast members include… Read

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NFL To Interrupt Your Regularly Scheduled Feel-Good Super Bowl Ads With Anti-Domestic Violence PSA

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Bad news for all those football fans Al Michaels said would "love to forget" the "issues" surrounding the NFL during Sunday's game: The Super Bowl will include a public service announcement featuring a woman calling 911 who pretends to order pizza while actually conveying to the dispatcher she is a victim of domestic violence and needs help ASAP. (See the PSA above.) The NFL announced this morning it will air the PSA during the face-off between the Seattle Seahawks and… Read

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Sony Engaging ‘Imitation Game’ Helmer Morten Tyldum For Space Saga ‘Passengers’

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EXCLUSIVE: After his first English-language film The Imitation Game got eight Oscar noms including Best Director and Best Picture and trails only fellow Oscar nominee The Grand Budapest Hotel as the year’s biggest indie, director Morten Tyldum is in early talks to make his studio debut for Sony on Passengers, the script by Doctor Strange scribe Jon Spaihts.. This is a big science fiction love story, set in deep space, and it’s a major studio priority being overseen by… Read

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WWE Network Pins 1M Subs, Taking Company Shares Off The Ropes

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Investors thought they’d see this milestone earlier, but they appear grateful at its indication that the slow-growing service hasn’t stalled. WWE shares rocketed 15% in afternoon trading after it announced that its subscription streaming service signed its 1 millionth customer. That’s up 37% globally and 24% domestically from the end of Q3. “We remain focused on delivering an outstanding value proposition for our fans by adding new content and new features in the coming… Read

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Christine Connor Inks Overall Producing Deal With ABC News’ Lincoln Square Prods

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ABC News continues the expansion of its non-fiction programming group, announcing this morning that Christine Connor and her production company XCON will be joining Lincoln Square Productions in an overall deal. Here’s the memo ABC News President James Goldston sent to staff: Team – I'm delighted to announce that Christine Connor and her production company XCON will be joining Lincoln Square Productions, in our first ever overall producer deal. Christine and her team are… Read

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Rosemary Harris On ‘The Holocaust’, Tom Stoppard & Liz Taylor: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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UPDATE, JANUARY 27: Rosemary Harris clarifies that she said “misty-eyed” not “mystified” regarding the film Tea With Mussolini and seeing the role go to Judi Dench. It’s corrected, below. EXCLUSIVE: In November I began these conversations with artists who have deep roots on both coasts with Bradley Cooper, receiving parallel plaudits for his leading roles in American Sniper, on screen, and The Elephant Man, on Broadway. It seems apt to conclude it with Rosemary Harris, 47… Read

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Disney Eyeing Chris Pratt For Indiana Jones Revival

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EXCLUSIVE: Here’s one from the helluva good idea department. Marvel offerings are soaring, and Star Wars  is being reinvigorated by director JJ Abrams. Now, Disney has just started to turn its attention to reviving the Indiana Jones franchise after buying the rights from Paramount in 2013. I’m cautioned that while things are very early, I hear the studio has set its sights on Chris Pratt as the swashbuckling archaeologist they hope to build the new franchise around, the… Read

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Sony Animation Taps DreamWorks Animation’s Kristine Belson New Boss

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Sony Pictures Entertainment today named Oscar nominee Kristine Belson as President, Sony Pictures Animation in the wake of Michelle Raimo Kouyate’s departure from the post last week.  Belson comes from DreamWorks Animation where she spent nearly a decade, specifically serving as executive producer on the studio’s Oscar-nominated titles The Croods and How to Train Your Dragon.  Belson will lead the development and production of original material as well as current and… Read

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Alchemy Confirms Deal For Nicole Kidman-Starrer ‘Strangerland’ – Sundance

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UPDATE, 11:25 AM: Alchemy has confirmed my Saturday scoop that it has landed its first major pickup since rechristening itself from Millennium Entertainment. Strangerland got a strong response at its Sundance Film Festival premiere Friday particularly for a powerful performance by Nicole Kidman, who stars with Joseph Fiennes and Hugo Weaving. The distributor says the Kim Farrant-directed drama will be released sometime this year. See the full release after my original… Read

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Thinkfactory Media Launches Incubator Division, Sets First Pod Deal

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Thinkfactory Media, the production company behind the hit miniseries Hatfield & McCoys and upcoming Texas Rising, has launched Incufactory, a new incubator division headed by EVP Adam Reed, which will offer pod deals to select established and developing executive producers/showrunners. The division has finalized its first pod deal with Ten2One Entertainment’s Phil Thornton and Paul Coy Allen, expanding Thinkfactory’s collaboration with Ten2One, Thinkfactory and Ten2One… Read

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James Marsh, Colin Firth To Set Sail On 1968 World Yacht Race Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Blueprint Pictures and BBC Films has set The Theory of Everything helmer James Marsh to direct Colin Firth on the feature based on the true story of amateur sailor Donald Crowhurst and his attempt to win the first round the World Yacht Race in 1968.  Firth will play Crowhurst, and shooting will begin in the spring. The film is produced by Pete Czernin, Graham Broadbent and Scott Z. Burns, alongside Nicolas Mauvernay and Jacques Perrin of Galatee. It was… Read

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Sony Pictures Classics Confirms ‘Diary Of A Teenage Girl’ Deal – Sundance

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UPDATE, 10:45 AM: Sony Pictures Classics has just confirmed my scoop on a busy Sunday night at the Sundance Film Festival that it has acquired The Diary Of A Teenage Girl, from writer-director Marielle Heller based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s graphic novel. UTA Independent Film Group brokered the deal for North America, Latin America, Australia, New Zealand, Eastern Europe excluding Russia, Asia, Scandinavia and Germany. K5 Intl is handing the rest. See the full release after… Read