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Judge Backs AMC Networks Motion In Latest Battle Of ‘Walking Dead’ War

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In the latest chapter of the long-running dispute over The Walking Dead revenue, a New York judge granted AMC Networks’ motion seeking permission to file supplemental materials undercutting two lawsuits by CAA and Frank Darabont. AMC attorneys had filed a motion in order to spell out what they say are inconsistencies between the initial complaint and a subsequent suit in January. At a 15-minute hearing this afternoon in New York Supreme Court, Judge Eileen Bernsten… Read

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‘Mayans MC’: Gino Vento Set To Recur In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff

Gino Vento (The Deuce, Bloodline) is set for a recurring role on FX’s Mayans MC, Kurt Sutter's Sons of Anarchy spinoff, from Fox 21 Television Studios and FX Productions. Co-created by Sutter and Elgin James, Mayans MC is the next chapter in Sutter's Sons of Anarchy saga that was the highest-rated ongoing drama series in FX history. The Mayans were recurring and pivotal players in Sons of Anarchy throughout the show's seven-year run. Mayans MC is set in a post-Jax Teller… Read

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Michelle Williams To Co-Star With Julianne Moore In ‘After The Wedding’

Michelle Williams, last seen in critically acclaimed films The Greatest Showman and All the Money in the World, is set to join Julianne Moore in the U.S. remake of After The Wedding, which is written and directed by Moore’s spouse Bart Freundlich. This version takes on a different spin to Susanne Bier’s original Danish drama by casting the two lead roles as women in the story of Isabel, who runs a dilapidated orphanage outside of Calcutta, and who travels to New York to… Read

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MAG Film Studios Relaunches In Puerto Rico After Damage From Hurricane Maria

MAG Film Studios in Puerto Rico is relaunching today after its offices sustained major damage from Hurricane Maria seven months ago. Electrical power failures still are affecting wide swaths of the devastated island, but the return of filming could boost its recovery. The studio, which plans to produce and distribute four films a year, "will actively hire an average of 150 people per film, which means that we will be hiring directly, indirectly and incidentally over 600… Read

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SAG-AFTRA “Fighting Back” Against Dangers Posed By Face-Swapping Technology

SAG-AFTRA says it's “fighting back” against the dangers posed by new face-swapping technologies that have been used to digitally superimpose the faces of its members onto the bodies of porn stars. In recent months, the technology – known as "deepfaking" – has hijacked the likenesses of several famous actresses and singers to make it appear that they were performing in pornographic films. "We are closely watching the development of so-called deepfakes," SAG-AFTRA president… Read

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David Frankel In Talks To Direct Jess Walter Novel Adaptation ‘Beautiful Ruins’ For Fox 2000

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EXCLUSIVE: The Devil Wears Prada helmer David Frankel is making a deal to direct Fox 2000’s film adaptation of Jess Walter's 2012 New York Times Best Seller Beautiful Ruins. Sam Mendes brought it to the studio intending to direct, but he stepped out and will produce through Neal Street with Julie Pastor and Karen Rosenfelt. The author is executive producer alongside Neal Street's Pippa Harris. The epic story begins in the spring of 1962 off the Ligurian Sea and centers on… Read

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Guillermo del Toro Signs Exclusive Deal With DreamWorks Animation

Guillermo del Toro has signed a multi-year exclusive deal with DreamWorks Animation to write, produce, and direct animated family films for the studio, it was announced today by Chris deFaria, President of DreamWorks Animation Film Group.  As part of the arrangement, The Shape of Water Oscar winner has taken up offices at the Glendale campus. del Toro’s first project under the new deal will be announced in the upcoming months. del Toro has had been a longtime collaborator… Read

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‘Motherland’: Sundance Now Acquires British Comedy Series For May Premiere – Watch The Trailer

Sundance Now, AMC Networks' premium video streaming service, has acquired the BAFTA-nominated hit British television series Motherland from Lionsgate, which has worldwide rights to the comedy. Watch the trailer above. The series, written and created by Sharon Horgan, Holly Walsh, and Graham and Helen Linehan, will make its exclusive U.S. debut with the first two episodes making their Sundance Now premiere Thursday, May 10, the service announced. New episodes of the… Read

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Hulu Picks Up Middle School Comedy Series ‘PEN15’

Hulu has ordered 10 episodes of middle school comedy PEN15, created by and starring Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. The comedy, which had been long-in-the-works, is described as middle school as it really happened. Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen. The project landed at Hulu based on an 11-minute… Read

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‘The Serengeti Rules’ Clip: Scientists Shift The World’s View On Nature In Tribeca Docu

EXCLUSIVE: In Nicolas Brown’s documentary The Serengeti Rules, he follows a group of scientists around the world as they studied different ecosystems to see how nature works. They discovered surprising conclusions in what that led to similar conclusions about life on our planet. In the clip above, we see a serene scene as an otter swims through a serene environment of kelp surrounded by various creatures. This is just one scene in the documentary which tells the tale with… Read

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Disney’s Courtship Of Fox Began Last Summer, At Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Winery

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Disney’s courtship of 21st Century Fox began last summer, in a casual meeting between the two top executives on the lush grounds of Rupert Murdoch’s Moraga Winery in Bel Air. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission lay out intricate details of the corporate courtship — which, like any good Hollywood romance, entailed rival suitors who were ultimately spurned: Verizon and Comcast. Disney CEO Bob Iger and Fox’s Murdoch met on August 9, for one of their… Read

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‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable’ First Look: Tribeca Docu Catches Her Wave

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EXCLUSIVE: Famed surfer Bethany Hamilton is getting the documentary treatment, with commercials and surf-film helmer Aaron Lieber making his feature debut on Bethany Hamilton: Unstoppable, which has its world premiere Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival. Hamilton of course was the subject of the 2011 movie Soul Surfer, which chronicled her life after losing her arm at age 13 when she was a attacked by a 15-foot tiger shark (AnnaSophia Robb played her). Incredibly… Read