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Netflix Sets First Animated Film ‘America’; Channing Tatum Voicing George Washington

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix has stepped up to its first major animated feature film. It will finance America: The Motion Picture, an R-rated revisionist history tale about the founding of the country, with Channing Tatum voicing the lead role of George Washington. Dave Callaham wrote the script, and Matt Thompson is directing. Callaham is producing and so is Thompson and his Floyd County partner Adam Reed, the duo behind the animated series Archer. Tatum is also producing with his… Read


Tyler Labine To Co-Star In ‘Hannah Royce’s Questionable Choices’ CBS Pilot

Mad Love star Tyler Labine is reuniting with the series’ creator, Matt Tarses, network, CBS, and studios, Sony TV and CBS TV Studios. Labine is set as a male lead opposite Alice Eve in CBS' single-camera comedy pilot Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices, from Tarses and Aaron Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment. Sony and CBS TV Studios are producing. Written by Tarses and directed by Steve Pink, Hannah Royce's Questionable Choices centers on Hanna Royce (Eve), who has made some… Read


Endemol Shine North America Names Marisa Hammonds SVP Digital, Marketing & Research

Marisa Hammonds, who most recently served as Vice President, Digital & Social Media, Endemol Shine North America, has been named Senior Vice President, Digital, Marketing & Research in an expanded role. Hammonds now oversees digital & social media, as well as marketing and research across all of Endemol Shine North America's shows, including those of its digital studio, Endemol Shine Beyond USA. She reports to Vivi Zigler, President, Digital, Brand & Audience Development… Read


‘NCIS: New Orleans’ EP Chris Silber Inks Overall Deal With CBS TV Studios

NCIS: New Orleans executive producer Chris Silber has signed a two-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios, the studio behind the CBS crime drama that recently was renewed for a fourth season. Under the pact — Silber’s first overall agreement — he will continue on NOLA next season, working with executive producer/showrunner Brad Kern, while also developing new projects for the studio. Silber, who started as a playwright, has been at CBS for more than a decade. The… Read


Lionsgate CinemaCon Reel: ‘American Assassin’, ‘Hitman’s Bodyguard’, ‘Latin Lover’ & More

Last year at CinemaCon, Lionsgate showed exhibitors a sneak peek of La La Land. This year, after a short presentation by president of domestic distribution David Spitz, the distributor showed all of the Ryan Reynolds-starrer The Hitman's Bodyguard. But before they did, Spitz showed off a series of clips. First on the stage were How To Be A Latin Lover's Salma Hayek and Eugenio Derbez, who launched into a comedy act before Hayek hit him upside the back of the head and told… Read


MGM Studios Hires Sam Toles As SVP Digital & New Platforms

Vimeo veteran Sam Toles has joined MGM Studios as SVP Digital & New Platforms, a newly created position. He will oversee efforts around digital native and shortform content development and distribution, reporting to unit president Kevin Conroy. Toles will be tasked with leveraging existing MGM IP as well as creating new IP, working closely with theatrical, scripted, unscripted and distribution teams to create a variety of new programming that is customized for the needs… Read


‘Power Rangers’ TV Actor Sentenced To Prison For Killing Roommate

Having pleaded down from potentially spending the rest of his life behind bars for stabbing his roommate to death in 2015, former Power Rangers actor Ricardo Medina today was given just over half of the maximum sentence available. In a hearing Thursday, LA Superior Court Judge Daviann Mitchell hit Medina with six years in state prison. That is five years less than the absolute most the Red Wild Force Ranger from the Power Rangers Super Samurai TV series could have… Read


‘Lost In Space’: Raza Jaffrey Set To Recur In Netflix Series Remake

Raza Jaffrey has booked a major recurring role on Lost in Space, Netflix's remake of sci-fi master Irwin Allen's 1965 cult TV classic, from Legendary TV. Slated for a 2018 premiere, the new Lost in Space takes its cues from the original series, revolving on the Robinson family, who is forced to come together in a time of crisis. Stranded light years from their intended destination, they find themselves battling a strange new alien environment and also their own personal… Read


Bruce Willis Starrer ‘Acts Of Violence’ Adds Rotimi Akinosho

EXCLUSIVE: Power co-star Rotimi Akinosho is the latest to join Bruce Willis in the Brett Donowho-directed actioner Acts Of Violence from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films. The pic, currently filming in Ohio, is exec produced by Brandon Hogan, Wayne Marc Godfrey and Robert Jones. Rotimi is set to play Frank, a pimp who works for human trafficker Maxwell Livingston (Mike Epps). The two lure desperate young women into sex slavery. Willis plays a detective looking to bring down… Read


Why Kumail Nanjiani & Emily Gordon Went With Amazon On Their New Film ‘The Big Sick’ – CinemaCon

As Warner Bros made a case to the exhibition industry about how they have to embrace new opportunities, here’s Amazon, known for its streaming service, reminding theater owners at CinemaCon that they hold the theater windows sacred. Following Amazon VP Jason Ropell and Bob Berney’s drumbeat for exhibition, The Big Sick co-screenwriter and star Kumail Nanjiani said that after his comedy rallied at Sundance, “We went with Amazon because of their commitment to the movie… Read


Adam Schiff Questions “Cloak And Dagger Stuff” When NYT Reports Team Trump Helped Get Info To Devin Nunes

Media lapped up House Intel Committee ranking member Adam Schiff's hastily called news conference today, at which he said he did in fact receive an invitation from the White House to come look at some documents. The White House counsel said in the invite that the documents were uncovered by National Security Council officials in the ordinary course of business, Schiff told reporters. The timing of the invitation "concerns me" Schiff said, coming as it does the same day… Read


‘Counterpart’: Jacqueline Bisset, Stefan Kapicic, Five More Set To Recur On Starz Spy Thriller

Jacqueline Bisset (Dancing on the Edge), Stefan Kapicic (Deadpool), Jacqueline Antaramian (Madame Secretary), Liv Lisa Fries (Zurich), Christiane Paul (The Wave), General Hospital alum Ingo Rademacher and Marco Khan (10,000 BC) have joined Counterpart, Starz's upcoming spy thriller, in recurring roles. From MRC, Anonymous Content and Gilbert Films, Counterpart is the story of Howard Silk (J.K. Simmons), a lowly cog in a bureaucratic agency who discovers that the agency he… Read