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Mindy Kaling & 3 Arts Option Alyssa Mastromonaco White House Memoir ‘Who Thought This Was A Good Idea?’ For TV

From the OB/GYN office to the Oval Office. The Mindy Project creator/executive producer/star Mindy Kaling has optioned the rights to Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?: And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House?, the bestselling memoir by former Barack Obama White House deputy chief of staff for operations Alyssa Mastromonaco. The book, which was published last month, will be adapted as a TV series with Kaling producing alongside 3 Arts… Read

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House Passes Hollywood-Supported Bill To Have POTUS Appoint Copyright Chief – Update

UPDATED, 1:59 PM: The House of Representatives today voted overwhelmingly to pass a Hollywood-blessed bill to require that the head of the Copyright Office be nominated by the president and subject to Senate confirmation. The Register of Copyrights post currently is appointed by the Librarian of Congress. The vote — taken not coincidentally on World IP Day — was 378-48, and some Hollywood groups applauded its passage after multiple showbiz guilds had cheered its… Read

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Tom Hanks, Jodie Foster, David Byrne, Meryl Streep Remember Jonathan Demme

Refresh for updates “He was the grandest of men,” says Tom Hanks. “A big-hearted, big tent, compassionate man,” recalls Meryl Streep. Hollywood reacted today with heartbreak and praise to news of Jonathan Demme’s death. “Rest In Peace, JD…”, tweeted Alec Baldwin, who made an early big-screen appearance in 1988 with Demme’s Married to the Mob. “The World lost one of its purest, most loving and talented souls today,” said Christine Lahti, who costarred in the director’s… Read

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Nicolas Cage Breaks Ankle On Movie Set In Bulgaria

In what was described to Deadline as a freak accident, Nicolas Cage broke his ankle while filming the York Alec Shackleton-directed Millennium Films bank heist action film #211. Cage was taken to a top hospital in Sofia, Bulgaria, near where the film is shooting. Doctors wanted to immediately perform surgery. Cage instead decided to hop a plane to Los Angeles for treatment. That’s where the Oscar-winning star is now. His camp confirms that Cage is currently convalescing… Read

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‘Dog Years’: Adam Rifkin Was Only Going To Make His Latest Movie With Burt Reynolds In The Lead Role – Tribeca Studio

“Growing up Burt Reynolds was my hero, and I loved his movies, and I loved his persona, I thought he was funny and charming; the biggest movie star in the world,” says filmmaker Adam Rifkin about the inspiration for his new film Dog Years at the Tribeca Film Festival. In Dog Years, Reynolds, 81, plays a facet of himself, Vic Edwards, a former stunt man-turned-major Hollywood star who agrees to travel to the Nashville Film Festival for a lifetime achievement award. Along… Read

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‘The Boy Downstairs’ Star Zosia Mamet Talks “Laughing And Crying” On Her First Read Of The Script — Tribeca Studio

As viewers said goodbye to HBO original series Girl, Zosia Mamet’s Shoshanna Shapiro seemed confidently on her way to a new life—and so, it seems, is Mamet, appearing at the Tribeca Film Festival in support of Sophie Brook’s feature directorial debut, The Boy Downstairs. Told partially in flashbacks—watching the inception and eventual disintegration of a romantic relationship—the film tells the story of Diana (Mamet), a socially uncomfortable New Yorker who’s just doing… Read

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GSN CEO David Goldhill Steps Down

GSN CEO David Goldhill has announced he will be leaving the company after a 10-year stint as chief executive. A search is underway for a new CEO of the cable network, a joint venture between Sony Pictures Television, which has a majority interest, and AT&T Entertainment Group. Goldhill, former president of the Universal Television Group and a former investment banker, took the helm of GSN in August 2007, succeeding Rich Cronin. Under Goldhill, GSN posted five years of… Read

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Directors Guild Hails Jonathan Demme As “Iconic” & “Groundbreaking”

The Directors Guild of America calls the death of “iconic director” Jonathan Demme “devastating for us” and his enthusiasm “a memory we will always treasure.” Demme was a member of the DGA since 1976 and winner of the its award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs. The statement from DGA President Paris Barclay notes that Demme served as a member of the guild’s President’s Committee on Film Preservation and received the DGA Honor in… Read

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Abramorama Acquires ‘Hare Krishna!’ Documentary & Releases Trailer

EXCLUSIVE: Abramorama has secured theatrical rights and released the trailer for Hare Krishna! The Mantra, the Movement and the Swami Who Started It All, a feature documentary about Srila Prabhupada, the controversial Indian swami who championed the need for a revolution in consciousness. The pic, which was directed by John Griesser and co-directed by Jean Griesser and Lauren Ross, will world premiere on June 3 at Illuminate Film Festival in Sedona, AZ, followed by a… Read

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Netflix Seeks French Compromise For Its Cannes Films As Local Industry Takes Sides

UPDATED with French industry reaction: Netflix is trying to find a compromise after news that its first features accepted into the competition slate at the Cannes Film FestivalOkja and The Meyerowitz Stories – quickly drew the ire of France's theatrical exhibitors guild. In a letter, the FNCF accused Netflix of skirting French regulations and fiscal obligations and called on the streaming service to release both movies in French theaters following their Cannes… Read

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‘Condor’ Adds Kate Vernon; Lyndie Greenwood Joins ‘Flint’

Kate Vernon (The 100) is set for a recurring role opposite William Hurt in Condor, AT&T Audience Network's 10-episode straight-to-series drama produced by MGM Television and Skydance TV. Inspired by Sydney Pollack's 1975 political thriller Three Days of the Condor, and written by Jason Smilovic and Todd Katzberg, Condor follows Joe Turner (Max Irons), a young CIA analyst whose idealism is tested when he stumbles onto a terrible but brilliant plan that threatens the lives… Read

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Tony Vinciquerra & Sony: No Offer To Anyone Yet On CEO Post

Despite a report that indicates he has locked up the CEO job, there has been no offer made from Sony Pictures Entertainment to Tony Vinciquerra for the position. We heard the same information Friday and was told there are still two to three candidates in the mix. Although we understand Sony is currently conducting extensive background checks on the executive, nothing has moved the needle yet. Vinciquerra, the highly capable executive and senior adviser for technology… Read