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Michael Stahl-David To Topline Drug-Trade Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay

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Michael Stahl-David (In Your Eyes) has been cast as the lead in TNT's Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. It centers on Bobby Nickel (Stahl-David), a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make his own… Read

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Weinstein Collars Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani For ‘Paddington’ Tune

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TWC has commandeered half the judging panel of The Voice for its upcoming pic Paddington. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani  will co-write and perform the original song Shine for the family film that gets released January 16 in the U.S. and Canada after a qualifying run in December. Before he made parents wish for deafness with the Despicable Me 2 tune Happy (lovely song, but man did it get overplayed), Pharrell and Gwen previously teamed up on songs including Hollaback G… Read

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David Dobkin To Direct ‘Badlands’ AMC Series; Emily Beecham, Sarah Bolger Cast

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Shanghai Knights director David Dobkin is reuniting with the film's writers Al Gough and Miles Millar for another martial arts project, AMC series Badlands (working title). Dobkin has been tapped as a director and executive producer of the straight-to-series project, which has cast Emily Beecham (28 Weeks Later), Sarah Bolger (The Tudors) and Oliver Stark (The Adventurer: The Curse Of The Midas Box) as regulars. The six-episode Badlands is described as a genre-bending… Read

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Wonderland Buys Insurgent Scribe Brian Duffield’s ‘The Babysitter’ Spec In Auction

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EXCLUSIVE: McG's Wonderland Sound and Vision has just picked up the Brian Duffield spec script The Babysitter in an auction. McG and Mary Viola will produce the unique horror/coming of age story. Duffield will Executive Produce along with Wonderland's Director of Development Steven Bello, who brought the project in to the company. Wonderland's COO James McGough brokered the deal along with David Boyle. Duffield wrote Jane Got A Gun, the troubled Western that got made by… Read

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How ‘The Lego Movie’ Is Like A ‘Brick Movie’: Phil Lord and Christopher Miller

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Writer/directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, the brains behind the huge animated hit The Lego Movietalk with Deadline's Pete Hammond about their “iterative” creative process, finding spontaneity in the grind of making animated films, and capturing the DIY spirit of amateurs making “brick movies.” They were speaking at Deadline's recent Oscar showcase, The Contenders. The voice cast includes Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Craig Berry, Alison Brie and David Burrows… Read

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Beat ‘The Walking Dead’ After Three Weeks

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All good things must come to an end, and for The Walking Dead that happened last night. After beating NBC's Sunday Night Football three weeks in a row and four times this season, the AMC zombie-apocalypse series came up just a little short. Walking Dead got a 7.0 among adults 18-49, while the Dallas Cowboys' incredibly dramatic 31-28 nail-biter win over the New York Giants had a 7.1 in fast nationals - a number that likely will rise. Even with two major-market teams… Read

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Oscar Isaac To Play Villain In ‘X-Men: Apocalypse

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Twentieth Century Fox has closed a deal for Oscar Isaac to star as Apocalypse in X-Men: Apocalypse. Isaac, stellar in Inside Llewyn Davis, will next be seen opposite Jessica Chastain in A Most Violent Year. In X-Men, he plays the most powerful mutant ever and the most menacing foe the X-Men have ever faced. Tracks back to ancient times. The main villain of the film. Considers himself a god. From the look of the comic character, Isaac's going to have to do some benching. Br… Read

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Sony Paralyzed By Computer Hacker Attack With Ominous Message

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UPDATE: While it seems that a world-leading tech company would be the last to be brought down by a hacker, this Sony thing is serious. I've come across a still photo of the hacked message that appeared on screens, posted by a site called business2community.com. More when it comes in. Here's the still photo: EXCLUSIVE: Things have come to a standstill at Sony today, after the computers in New York and around the world were infiltrated by a hacker. As a precaution… Read

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Steven Weber To Guest Star On Showtime’s ‘House Of Lies’

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Steven Weber (Wings) is set to guest star in one episode on the upcoming fourth season of Showtime comedy House Of Lies. Weber will play Ray Montinola, a turnaround specialist who is called into action to help Kaan & Associates when Marty's (Don Cheadle) incarceration leaves the firm in shambles, but Marty has different ideas for the so-called savior. Weber joins previously announced guest stars Valorie Curry, Demetri Martin, Fred Melamed, Jenny Slate, Larenz Tate and… Read

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UPDATE: Can An 88-Second ‘Star Wars’ Trailer Lure Fans To Theaters?

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UPDATE: This weekend's Star Wars Thanksgiving teaser will run a brisk 88 seconds long, per a Tweet from director JJ Abrams. AMC Theaters also Tweeted that they're running the trailer in select locations. Plan your Black Friday accordingly… THANKSGIVING pic.twitter.com/46811BgWiF — Bad Robot (@bad_robot) November 24, 2014 PREVIOUSLY: At least one exhibitor is hoping anticipation for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens draws fans out to theaters this holiday… Read

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BOOM! Studios Sells Dramas ‘Deep State’ With Howard Gordon & ‘The Rinse’ To Fox

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Comic book and graphic novel publisher BOOM! Studios has sold two drama projects based on properties from its catalog under the company's first-look deal with 20th Century Fox TV, one of them executive produced by Homeland and Tyrant's Howard Gordon. Serving as executive producers on both are BOOM! Founder and CEO Ross Richie and President of Development Stephen Christy. Deep State, based on the comic book series created and written by Justin Jordan and drawn by Ariela… Read

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Discovery Life Channel Sets ‘The Mistress’ Series

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Discovery Life Channel is focusing on the life of the other woman in new series The Mistress (wt),  for premiere January 21. It's hosted by Sarah J. Symonds, author and self-proclaimed former mistress of Chef Gordon Ramsay and Lord Jeffrey Archer, who dishes out tough love to mistresses ready to finally escape the trap of extramarital affairs. Each half-hour episode documents Symonds' intervention with one mistress, drawing from her own personal experiences to prove that… Read

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