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Agent Cameron Mitchell Is Out At CAA; He Says Sexual Harassment Allegations Against Him Are ‘False’

EXCLUSIVE: CAA agent Cameron Mitchell, who was outed as an alleged serial sexual harasser by actress Demi Mann who sued him, has denied the allegations and said that they are “not only false but egregious.” However, CAA and he have parted ways, effective immediately. Mann’s suit, filed yesterday in Los Angeles Superior Court, alleges Mitchell made promises to be her mentor and agent after meeting her at a local Coffee Bean. The lawsuit claims that was a mere ploy to have… Read

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‘The Greatest Showman’ Songwriters Benj Pasek & Justin Paul On The Revitalization Of The Original Hollywood Musical

Upon cursory examination of the films taken on by Broadway songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, a theme emerges. Oscar winners last year for La La Land, whose P.T. Barnum pic The Greatest Showman bows later this year, the pair are suckers for larger-than-life stories of show business trials and triumphs, who have played an integral role in reviving the original Hollywood musical. While the films are both enamored with the glow of showbiz, The Greatest Showman is also a… Read

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‘Doctor Who’ Sneak Peek: Peter Capaldi Makes Final Appearance In Special

“You know who I am,” says the good Doctor in this sneak peek at Twice Upon a Time, the upcoming Doctor Who Christmas special. “You knew me the minute you saw me.” Watch the clip below. Arriving on Christmas day on BBC America, the holiday episode features Peter Capaldi – the current and outgoing Time Lord – and Game of Thrones‘ David Bradley, who plays the earlier incarnation of the doctor once played by the late William Hartnell. In this new clip of the special… Read

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Josh Hartnett & Margarita Levieva To Star In Crime Thriller ‘Inherit The Viper’

Josh Hartnett Margarita Levieva

EXCLUSIVE: Josh Hartnett and The Deuce‘s Margarita Levieva have been set to star in Inherit the Viper, a crime thriller revolving around the timely topic of the prescription drug epidemic ravaging the U.S. Swiss-born Anthony Jerjen is making his feature directorial debut on the pic, which is based on an original script by Andrew Crabtree. Elle and Toni Erdmann producer Michel Merkt is producing, with Benito Mueller also producing and Wolfgang Mueller executive producing… Read

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FX To Develop ‘Highway 59’ Crime Drama Series Based On Attica Locke’s Book ‘Bluebird, Bluebird’

In a competitive situation with multiple bidders, FX has bought a pitch for Highway 59, a drama series based on Attica Locke’s new novel Bluebird, Bluebird from 3 Arts Entertainment. The book, set in Locke’s native East Texas, is the first of a trilogy published by Little Brown Company. Locke will write the series adaptation of her novel, which centers on Darren Mathews, a black Texas Ranger who knows too well that when it comes to law and order, East Texas plays by its… Read

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Costume Designer-Turned-Helmer Courtney Hoffman To Direct Feature From Her ‘The Good Time Girls’ Short

Hateful Eight costume designer Courtney Hoffman

EXCLUSIVE: Argent Pictures has acquired the feature rights to The Good Time Girls, Courtney Hoffman's widely acclaimed feminist western short film. The film production/financing company run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, will finance and produce the feature remake, and they've set a February start date in New Mexico. That means that Hoffman, who scripted the film adaptation of the short with Lucy Teitler, and who directed the while establishing herself as a… Read

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Deadline’s Podcast New Hollywood: Race-Specific Characters & ‘The 15:17 To Paris’ With Sinqua Walls

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In the inaugural episode of Deadline’s New Hollywood podcast, we welcome actor Sinqua Walls, who has been seen in Power, Once Upon a Time and Friday Night Lights. On the film side, he appears in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed The 15:17 To Paris. In addition to talking about his mellow experience working with the Oscar-winning Eastwood, Walls talks about working with Courtney Kemp on Power and being a black actor portraying Sir Lancelot on Once Upon a Time. As for… Read

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How MoviePass Is Girding For The Massive ‘Last Jedi’ Holiday B.O. Season: CEO Says “Exhibitors Should Be Thrilled”

EXCLUSIVE: Two years ago when Disney’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens was in play, the Lucasfilm title spurred the overall domestic theatrical marketplace to a massive $1.33 billion over a three-week frame (Dec. 18-Jan. 7). Last Christmas’ Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was just as strong, leading all films to make $1.1 billion over a similar period. So, how is MoviePass — a subscription service that for a new lowered monthly price of $7.50 a month allows its subscribers to… Read

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Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content’s A.J. Wolfe Crime Tale ‘Burn’

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative's Tom Carter will also be executive… Read

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Netflix Acquires Animated Family Film ‘Klaus’ From ‘Despicable Me’ Co-Creator

Netflix has acquired exclusive global rights to the animated family film Klaus, which marks the directorial debut for Sergio Pablos, who wrote the story and is the co-creator of Despicable Me. The voice cast is a good one with Jason Schwartzman, Rashida Jones, J.K. Simmons and Joan Cusack. The film is in production in Madrid, and Netflix plans to roll it out for Christmas 2019. The Christmas family comedy will tell the story of a desperate postman who inadvertently brings… Read

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Jay Pharoah, Katt Williams, Keke Palmer In Lionsgate Laffer ‘#Twominutesoffame’

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EXCLUSIVE: After moving seamlessly from Saturday Night Live to the Showtime sitcom White Famous, Jay Pharoah has been set as a lead of #twominutesoffame, starring with Katt Williams and Keke Palmer in a Lionsgate/CodeBlack feature comedy fused to the studio’s Laugh Out Loud streaming network that launched in August. Pharoah will play an up-and-coming social media sensation who travels to L.A. with dreams of becoming a big stand-up comedy star, after his impressions of an… Read

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‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic

While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren't surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film's clever play on race relations in… Read