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Sony Pictures Classics Will Win Annette Bening-Starrer ‘Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool’

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EXCLUSIVE: One of the plum acquisition titles at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival is about to be taken off the table and will premiere in Canada with an eye toward launching in awards season. After a mad pursuit by prestige distributors, Sony Pictures Classics is in negotiations on a deal for the Annette Bening-starrer Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool. I’m told the deal will be done before the fest, and is in the $2 million range for North American rights… Read

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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff: Jaina Lee Ortiz To Star In New Shondaland Series On ABC

EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a two-season stint as the female lead of Fox’s crime drama series Rosewood, Jaina Lee Ortiz has been tapped for a starring role — believed to be the female lead — in ABC’s upcoming Grey’s Anatomy spinoff series. The ten-episode drama, which follows a group of heroic firefighters, hails from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland. Set in a Seattle firehouse, the spinoff, slated for a midseason launch, is being written by Grey's executive… Read

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‘Boston Strong,’ ‘The Finest Hours’ Author Acquires Rights To Biker-Turns-Undercover-Cop True Story

Casey Sherman, the co-author of the book on which Patriots Day was based and the author of also of The Finest Hours, has — along with Ted Collins and producer Ryan Sweeney — acquired the rights to the story of outlaw biker turned undercover cop Wayne Bradshaw. They will develop the property for television via Sherman and Collin’s Whydah Prods. Bradshaw first told his story in an autobiography, written with Douglas P. Love, Jersey Tough: My Wild Ride from Outlaw Biker to Un… Read

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Who’s On The James Bond Director Short List?

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EXCLUSIVE: James Bond has a release date for his next film, and he will soon have a director. We’ve known for months that Daniel Craig was going to return and finish his run as 007 with the one film commitment he has left on his deal, so that is hardly a surprise. While there has been published speculation about Dunkirk‘s Christopher Nolan and Baby Driver‘s Edgar Wright possibly surfacing as each did the press tour on those hit films, I’m hearing that the three… Read

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‘The Star’ Trailer: Animals Save The First Christmas In The Greatest Story Never Told

It’s the story of the first Christmas told from “an entirely different perspective.” Here is the first trailer for The Star, Sony Animation’s holiday entry in which the animals run the asylum — or village, in this case. The Walking Dead‘s Steven Yuen stars as Bo, a donkey who years for a life beyond his daily grind. When finally he summons the courage to break free, his adventure leads to making friends with a flockless sheep (Aidy Bryant) and ambitious dove… Read

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Bonnie Pan Tapped As AwesomenessTV Head Of Network

In one of Jordan Levin’s first major hires since becoming CEO of Awesomeness in May, he has tapped former Endemol Beyond president Bonnie Pan as Head of Network for AwesomenessTV.  In the newly created role, veteran digital executive Pan will oversee video and editorial content across the YouTube channel, all social video platforms and all owned and operated platforms, including the recently announced Awesomeness News. Pan will report to Levin and President, Brett… Read

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Verve Launches Communications Arm, Hires Sarah Shulman To Run It

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Verve has taken the wraps off Verve Communications, a new division of the growing literary agency that will be run by Sarah Shulman. Shulman came aboard this week after spending the past five years at ICM Partners, where she was a manager in the corporate communications department. At Verve, Shulman will oversee external and internal communications, media strategy, advertising, special events and corporate philanthropy. She also will oversee publicity for the agency's… Read

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‘Siren’: Sibongile Mlambo Cast As Series Regular In Freeform Drama

Sibongile “Sibo” Mlambo (Black Sails) has signed on as a series regular in Freeform’s new drama series Siren as production begins in Vancouver. The ten-episode, hour-long drama, based on a story by Eric Wald and Dean White, takes us inside Bristol Cove, a coastal town known for its legend of once being home to mermaids. When the arrival of a mysterious girl (Eline Powell) proves this folklore all too true, the battle between man and sea takes a very vicious turn as these… Read

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SXSW Award Winner ‘Assholes’ Acquired By Breaking Glass For Theatrical Release

EXCLUSIVE: The controversial film Assholes from writer/director Peter Vack, who was an actor in Mozart in the Jungle has been acquired for theatrical release by Breaking Glass from Vack and producer Max Landis (ChronicleAn American Werewolf in London). Breaking Glass then pacted with Factory 25 to release the picture theatrically (in conjunction) this fall into New York, Los Angeles, and other markets prior to a DVD/VOD release. The film had its world premiere… Read

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Animal Planet Announces Premiere Of ‘The Dog Bowl’, Sets Date For ‘Rescue Dog to Super Dog’ — TCA

Animal Planet has announced that they will premiere Puppy Bowl Presents: The Dog Bowl, a new canine-driven football competition created for adult dogs living in rescues and shelters who are frequently looked over for younger puppies. The Dog Bowl will be paired with the ever-popular Puppy Bowl and air during the Road to Puppy Bowl before the bog event: Puppy Bowl XIV. Award-winning animal advocate Jill Rappaport is set to host the one-hour special will feature all… Read

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Science Channel’s ‘Great American Eclipse’ Special Gets A Stellar Host – TCA

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Science Channel has found its host for its coverage of the Great American Eclipse. It has tapped former NASA astronaut Mike Massimino for duties on the network’s The Great American Eclipse, which will air August 21 at 9 PM at part of the network’s coverage of the rare total solar eclipse that day, which will span the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. The eclipse is the first of its kind in 99 years. Science Channel will feature live coverage starting at noon… Read

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Science Channel Sets ‘Mythbusters’ Return Date – TCA

Science Channel has set a fall premiere date for the return of Mythbusters. The 14-episode new season will debut on Wednesday, November 15 at 9 PM with a new team at the helm, the network announced today during its session at TCA summer press tour. Mythbusters: The Search alums Brian Louden and Jon Lung will be featured on the new season where they will build and execute new experiments involving rocket powered swords, exploding gas tanks, airbag disasters and more. MythBu… Read