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‘Zoolander 2’, ‘Batman V Superman’ Lead Razzies Nominations

Zoolander 2 and Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice have the dubious honor of leading the 2017 Razzies nominations, with eight and nine nods, respectively. Zoolander 2 received nine nominations, including Worst Picture, Worst Actor and Worst Director for Ben Stiller, Worst Supporting Actress for Kristen Wiig, and Worst Supporting Actor for both Will Ferrell and Owen Wilson. Batman v Superman Dawn Of Justice followed with eight noms, in Worst Picture and two nominations in… Read

TV

Tomorrow Studios To Adapt Novel ‘The Oracle Year’ As TV Series

In a competitive situation, Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios, has acquired The Oracle Year, the upcoming debut novel of best-selling comic book franchise writer Charles Soule, for development as a TV series. The Oracle Year, which will be released on April 3 by HarperCollins, centers on a twentysomething New Yorker who wakes to 108 visions of specific predictions of the future, and monetizes those predictions to become the most famous… Read

Film

‘Search’s Sev Ohanian Wins Sundance Institute/Amazon Studios Producers Award

Sev Ohanian is having a good Sundance Film Festival. This morning Search, the thriller he co-wrote and produced, landed the biggest money of the festival so far with a $5 million worldwide rights deal from Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions. And at a Park City ceremony, Ohanian was awarded the Sundance Institute / Amazon Studios Producers Award for Narrative Feature Producer. The awards honor bold vision and a commitment to continuing work as a creative producer in the… Read

TV

‘Vampirina’ Renewed For Season 2 By Disney Junior

Disney Junior has renewed popular series Vampirina for a second season. Inspired by Disney Publishing’s popular children’s book series Vampirina Ballerina, written by Anne Marie Pace and illustrated by LeUyen Pham, stars Lauren Graham, James Van Der Beek and Isabella Crovetti as the Hauntley family, friendly vampires who have recently relocated from Transylvania to Pennsylvania. It follows Vampirina (aka “Vee”) as she faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in… Read

Business

TV News Fires Up For Noon Budget Vote On Day 3 Of Government Shutdown

TV news outlets revved up Monday morning for a noon vote a deal to re-open the government in the early hours of Shutdown Day 3. Sunday night, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced a noon Monday vote on a proposal moderates from both sides of the aisle seem to support; it would keep federal government up and running until February 8. McConnell said, on camera, it is his intention, if this temporary re-open passes, to move ahead with legislation to address DACA… Read

Film

Steven Soderberg’s ‘Unsane’ Added to Berlin Film Festival Competition

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Steven Soderberg's Unsane, starring Claire Foy, Rosamund Pike-fronted 7 Days in Entebbe and Gael García Bernal's Museum have been added to the Competition section at the Berlin Film Festival, while a number of titles including Rupert Everett’s Oscar Wilde biopic The Happy Prince has been added as a Special Gala. Horror thriller Unsane, which centers on a young woman, played Foy, who is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she is confronted by her greatest… Read

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SPWA Lands Inventive Thriller ‘Search’ In $5 Million World Rights Deal: Sundance

EXCLUSIVE: In the biggest deal on the ground at Sundance so far, Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions paid $5 million for world rights deal to Search, an innovative Aneesh Chaganty-directed thriller that stars John Cho and Debra Messing, and turns the computer screen into a cinematic canvas. The film, which won the Alfred P. Sloan Film Prize and premiered yesterday in the NEXT section at the Ray at 6:30 PM, focuses on the relationship between a father and his high school… Read

Business

Wanda Chief Predicts Comeback In 2018 After 10.8% Revenue Drop In 2017

Wanda Chairman Wang Jianlin has presented a look back at a challenging 2017, and a look ahead to what he says will be a plan for the group to gain RMB 247.9B ($38.7B) in annual revenue in 2018. On Saturday, the embattled Chinese conglomerate reported Wanda Group operating revenue of RMB 227.37B ($35.5B), down 10.8% from 2016. Largely that was the result of the sale of some $9.4B in hotels and tourism projects which Wang said over the weekend was a main achievement of the… Read

TV

BBC Worldwide Investment; Banff Names Honouree; Sky Vision Closes ‘Britannia’ Sales – Global Briefs

BBC Worldwide has increased its stake in Clerkenwell Films, the British production company behind Netflix co-production The End of the F***ing World. The commercial arm of the British public broadcaster has increased its stake from 25% to 48% in the Murray Ferguson-run firm, which also produced series including Misfits and Lovesick. Clerkenwell is the latest production company that BBCWW has increased its ownership stake in; it previously increased ownership of The Trip… Read

International

Caryn Mandabach Prods Developing Kazuo Ishiguro’s ‘When We Were Orphans’

Caryn Mandabach Productions has optioned the TV rights to Nobel Prize-winning author Kazuo Ishiguro's psychological mystery novel, When We Were Orphans. The Peaky Blinders producer will develop the book, which was first published by Faber & Faber in 2000 and shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, as a limited series. The story centers on Christopher Banks, a celebrated detective in 1930s London. His encounters with friends past and present lead him to unravel a mystery… Read

Film

Peter Jackson To Direct First World War Feature Documentary

The Lord Of The Rings director Peter Jackson is to direct a feature documentary about the First World War. The film will use exclusive archive footage from the Imperial War Museums' film archive and audio from the BBC archives. The untitled documentary will receive its premiere at the BFI London Film Festival in 2018 with Trafalgar Releasing co-ordinating a simultaneous screening of the film in cinemas around the UK. It will subsequently aired on BBC One, where it will be… Read

Video

Andrea Riseborough And ‘Nancy’ Director Christina Choe On Finding Truth In Fiction – Sundance Studio

Continuing her banner year at the Sundance Film Festival, with four films in the program, Andrea Riseborough made her second trip to Deadline’s Sundance Studio with her producorial debut, Nancy. Bringing with her writer/director Christina Choe, Riseborough expounded on the power she felt in Choe’s script, about a young woman (played by Riseborough) with a habit for spinning fantastical stories around her quiet life as a temp. When she sees a report on TV about parents… Read