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Charlotte Rampling To Star With Josh Hartnett In ‘Valley of the Gods’ – Berlin

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Charlotte Rampling and John Rhys-Davies will star alongside Josh Hartnett in Lech Majewski's sci-fi pic Valley of the Gods. Rampling, Academy Award-nominated for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, will play Amanda Joyce,. Fortissimo Films is handing international sales. She will next be seen in Ritesh Batra's The Sense of an Ending alongside Jim Broadbent and Emily Mortimer. John Rhys-Davies is next set to star in MTV's fantasy epic, The Shannara Chronicles. Valley of… Read

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‘Deadpool’ Whipping Mr. Grey’s February Records With $41M+ Friday, Amazing $115M+ 4-day

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3RD UPDATE, Friday 8:30PM:  Last year a gaggle of women flocked to watch wealthy S&M baron Christian Grey's romantic exploits, making Universal's Fifty Shades of Grey the biggest February opening of all-time with a $30.3M Friday and $93M four-day holiday weekend. This year, a different type of S&M-looking guy is breaking those records. 20th Century Fox's Marvel superhero pic, Deadpoolspanked Fifty Shades' Friday figure by 37% with a projected daily haul of $41.5M (that… Read

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Angus Sampson Joins Hulu Drama ‘Shut Eye’; Manny Montana Cast in ABC’s ‘Conviction’

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Angus Sampson has landed a regular role in Shut Eye, Hulu's original series from creator Les Bohem, TriStar Television and Mark Johnson's Gran Via Productions. It takes a darkly comedic look at the underground world of Los Angeles storefront psychics and the organized crime syndicate that runs them. Sampson will play Fonzo, a macho and powerful Romani kingpin with a taste for the finer things in life. A single father still mourning the loss of his wife, he appears affable… Read

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NBC’s Matt Hubbard Comedy Pilot Adds Three To Family

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Francois Chau, Susan Chuang and Concetta Tomei have landed series regular roles on NBC’s untitled Matt Hubbard single-camera comedy pilot starring Elizabeth Ho, Chris Smith and Jack McBrayer. Written/executive produced by 30 Rock alum Hubbard based loosely on his life, the story revolves around Andrew (Smith) and Josie (Ho), a happily married interracial couple whose lives take a turn when they move close to Josie's family in Missouri. Chau (Lost) and Chuang (Cold Case)… Read

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‘Kill Me, Deadly’ Trailer: ‘Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date

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Indican Pictures has acquired the Kill Me Deadly, a spoofy noir comedy based on satire playwright Bill Robens’ stage play. Robens adapted the feature which was directed by Darrett Sanders and produced by the group behind the NOTE theater, which originally produced the play in 2009. The indie distributor plans an extremely on-the-nose April 1 theatrical release in the top five U.S. markets, Canada and the UK followed by a nationwide digital/VOD platform bow April 26. Crimin… Read

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Natalie Martinez To Star In Fox Drama Pilot ‘A.P.B.’

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Natalie Martinez (ABC’s Secrets & Lies) has been cast as the female lead in Fox’s drama pilot A.P.B., from writer David Slack and Sleepy Hollow co-creator/executive producer Len Wiseman. Inspired by the July New York Times Magazine article "Who Runs the Streets of New Orleans", A.P.B. explores what happens when an enigmatic tech billionaire purchases a troubled police precinct in the wake of a loved one's… Read

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Film Movement Bringing France’s ‘My King’ To U.S.

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Film Movement has usurped U.S. rights to My King, director Maïwenn’s pic that is up for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the drama, which premiered at Cannes and will make its Stateside bow at NYC’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in March. In My King, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center that heals the physical body as well as emotional psyche. During this time, she… Read

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Maya Rudolph-Martin Short Variety Show Finally A Go At NBC

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NBC confirmed today it has greenlighted a Maya Rudolph-hosted variety show, an idea that had been in the works since a primetime special The Maya Rudolph Show aired back in May 2014. The new show will be co-hosted by Rudolph and Martin Short and be executive produced by their old SNL boss Lorne Michaels. Our sister pub Variety broke the news today, saying the network is targeting a late May premiere for the tentatively titled Maya And Marty In Manhattan. No word on the… Read

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Jennifer Getzinger To Helm ‘Miranda’s Rights’, Only Female Director Hire On Drama Pilot This Season

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Jennifer Getzinger (Mad Men, The Big C) is set to direct NBC/Universal TV’s legal drama pilot Miranda’s Rights, written by Katie Lovejoy. Surprisingly, given the current push in the industry to open up the field to female directors, Getzinger is the only woman hired to direct a broadcast drama pilot this season with just 1-2 open assignment left. Out of about 40 broadcast drama pilots ordered, she is one of only two female directors total, along with Liz Friedlander, who… Read

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Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… Read

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Leslye Headland To Direct ABC’s Gay-Straight Buddy Comedy Pilot

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Leslye Headland, the writer-director whose latest feature film was this summer’s Jason Sudeikis-Alison Brie romantic comedy Sleeping With Other People, is set to make her pilot directing debut. She has closed to helm ABC’s untitled Weeks/Mackay pilot, a lesbian-straight duo comedy from writers Ed Weeks and Hannah Mackay and executive producer Andrew Reich. The ABC Studios-produced pilot centers on an unapologetic lesbian and her best friend, a neurotic straight male, as… Read

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Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Oscar Voting Begins As Contenders Make Final Pitch

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A weekly column talking up the season with dispatches from the awards circuit. Final Oscar balloting begins today. We can see the light at the end of the tunnel with a deadline for voting by 5 PM PT on Tuesday, February 23, just days before Oscar Sunday. And so the final push for those votes also begins with endless TV ads and lots of double-truck color ads appearing in trades and newspapers for the likes of Open Road’s Spotlight, The Revenant, The Big Short and Mad Max: F… Read