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First Look Media’s Topic Unveils Scripted TV Development Slate: Projects From Alex Garcia Lopez, Channing Tatum, More

First Look Media’s entertainment studio arm Topic has unveiled its scripted TV series development slate, with projects from Alex Garcia Lopez (Utopia, The Walking Dead), Erin Foley-Chan (The President Show) and Channing Tatum’s Free Association, among others. This is the first round of projects in development at Topic, with additional works to be announced. Written by Garcia Lopez, Hunger is described a a geopolitical thriller about the powerful, covert and dangerous… Read

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Turner Acquires U.S. Rights To UEFA Soccer Games, Plans To Launch OTT Sports Platform

Turner has signed a three-year multi-platform deal for U.S. rights to UEFA European soccer games beginning with the 2018-19 season. Timed to the deal, Turner also plans to launch a new standalone premium sports streaming video service with a collection of UEFA matches serving as a core pillar. The OTT sports platform will debut in 2018. Under terms of the deal, Turner will have exclusive U.S. rights for English-language coverage of the UEFA Champions League and UEFA… Read

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Review: ‘Hamilton’ Lives Up To The Hip-Hop Hype While Challenging The Status Quo

The cross-pollination of the culture of hip-hop and the Broadway musical has always been dangerous territory where artists rarely venture. The result has often been campy and embarrassingly cheesy like when the gang from Saved by the Bell put on a rap version of “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” or just mediocre like MTV’s Carmen: A Hip Hopera from 2001 (sorry, Beyonce). Enter Lin-Manuel Miranda, a modern day Shakespeare that managed to defy the odds and create not one… Read

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‘Locke & Key’: Frances O’Connor To Star In Hulu Pilot From Carlton Cuse & Joe Hill

Frances O'Connor (The Conjuring 2, The Missing) has been cast as the lead in Locke & Key, Hulu’s one-hour horror/fantasy drama adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez. The pilot comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment. Locke & Key, written by Hill and to be directed by Andy Muschietti. revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina… Read

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Stephen Frears To Be Honored At Venice Film Festival

British helmer Stephen Frears is set to be honored at the Venice Film Festival with the Jaeger-LeCoultre Glory To The Filmmaker award. The award is dedicated to a personality who has made an original contribution to innovation in contemporary cinema. Frears will be given the prize at a ceremony held on September 3 before the out-of-competition screening of his latest title Victoria & Abdul, which is world premiering at the fest. Pic is set in 1887 and is based on the true… Read

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Jimmy Kimmel Hears From Donald Trump Voters; Kellyanne Conway Discusses Damage Control

One day after reaching out to Donald Trump voters about the president’s bonkers Tuesday press conference in defense of the fatal white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, ABC late-night star Jimmy Kimmel shared some of the many social media responses he received. “Last night on our show, in case you missed it, I had a message for those who voted for Donald Trump. I explained that I understood why they did it, but encouraged those who, deep down, feel like they… Read

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Ric Reitz Re-Elected President Of SAG-AFTRA Atlanta Local, Continues Run Of Wins For Gabrielle Carteris Supporters

Ric Reitz has been re-elected president of  SAG-AFTRA’s Atlanta local, handily defeating challenger Scott Hunter by 326 votes to 181. Reitz, who is something of a colorful character, is not only a busy actor but a broker of Georgia film tax credits. As Deadline reported two weeks ago, he's also advised producers on a "magic formula" to employ movie stars on the cheap. "Here's the magic formula," he said on a 2014 podcast. "For them to qualify annually for insurance… Read

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New York Talent Agent Mark Schlegel Missing Since Sunday, Family Says

Talent agent Mark Schlegel went missing Sunday, and his family and police are baffled about what happened and why. Schlegel, 57, works for CornerStone Talent Agency in Manhattan, where his client list includes Brandon Flynn (13 Reasons Why), Daniel Sunjata (The Dark Knight Rises) and Dominic Chianese (The Sopranos), among others. He has been with CornerStone since 2002. Police claim he walked out of his home Sunday afternoon in the leafy suburb of Oradell, NJ, and never… Read

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‘Logan Lucky’ Review: Channing Tatum & Game Cast Steal Lots Of Laughs In Soderbergh’s Directorial Return

Four years after announcing his “retirement” from directing feature films, Oscar winner Steven Soderbergh is back behind the camera for another big-screen movie. But this time he is in total control overseeing the marketing and distribution in addition to directing, editing (as Mary Ann Bernard) and acting as his own cinematographer (under the pseudonym Peter Andrews) of the cool Southern heist film Logan Luckywhich some already have dubbed “Ocean’s 7-Eleven.” And what… Read

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‘For The People’: Jasmin Savoy Brown To Star In New Shondaland ABC Series

EXCLUSIVE: After an extensive search, with a number of actresses testing, Jasmin Savoy Brown (The Leftovers, Will) has landed the second vacant lead opposite recently cast Britt Robertson in For the People, the upcoming ABC drama series from Shondaland and ABC Studios, which had undergone recastings after the pilot. The project, written by Paul William Davies, is set in the Southern District of New York Federal Court, aka "The Mother Court," and follows brand-new lawyers… Read

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‘Gravity’ Helmer Alfonso Cuaron Exits WME; Anonymous Content Will Be Primary Rep

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EXCLUSIVE: Alfonso Cuaron, the Mexican-born helmer who won the Best Director Oscar for Gravity, today left WME. It looks like he won’t rebound with another agency. He recently signed with Anonymous Content for management, where he has a long relationship with principal and producer Steve Golin, which grew out of Fallen Angels. Cuaron will likely just stay with the management company. It was unclear what prompted the move, but I have confirmed it happened. Cuaron is a… Read