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‘Deadpool’ Scribes Wernick & Reese Uncap Pic On Disastrous New Coke Launch

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Wernick & Rhett Reese, the scribes behind Zombieland and the X-Men spinoff Deadpool, next will craft a movie about the disastrous launch of New Coke, perhaps the worst product introduction since the Edsel. Last week marked the 30th anniversary of when Coca Cola veered from the secret formula that had been around since the 1890s, to unveil what the company hoped would be a new and improved drink for a younger generation. It  went so flat it imperiled its… Read

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Peter Hoffman “Stunned” By Guilty Verdict In Louisiana Tax Fraud Trial – Updated

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2nd UPDATE, 5:46 PM: Peter Hoffman told Deadline he is “stunned” by the verdict but would have no other comment until he moves to have it set aside. UPDATED, 4:51 PM: Peter Hoffman, Hollywood's once-highflying guru of exotic tax breaks, has been found guilty on tax fraud in federal court in New Orleans. Hoffman was convicted on 21 counts of conspiring to commit mail and wire fraud as part of a scheme to defraud the state of Louisiana out of $1.13 million in tax credits to… Read

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Yahoo NewFront Touts New News, Music & Comedy Offerings

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Yahoo kicked off NewFront week in NYC today by stepping up its effort to blur, if not erase, the line befween online and TV programming. It unveiled 18 series, including a Simon Cowell-produced DJ talent show, a daily news show hosted by Katie Couric, a live weekly business news show, and magazine-related series including one featuring model Naomi Campbell and another with actress Michelle Rodriguez. "We know that advertisers want to tap into premium video content that… Read

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New Line Acquires Rolling Stone True Crime Saga ‘Dukes Of Oxy;’ Michael De Luca, Ansel Elgort Attached

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EXCLUSIVE: In what will be his first collaboration at New Line in a very long time, Michael De Luca is at the center of a deal for Dukes Of Oxy, an article in the April 23 issue of Rolling Stone, about a pair of teen high school wrestlers from Florida who built a multi-million dollar business smuggling OxyContin and other painkillers. The deal is coming together quickly for De Luca to produce the film with Ansel Elgort and Emily Gerson Saines (Temple Grandin). The hope is… Read

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Viola Davis To Star In Harriet Tubman HBO Movie From Kirk Ellis, Doug Ellin & Amblin

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HBO Films has teamed with writer Kirk Ellis, producer Doug Ellin and Steven Spielberg’s Amblin TV for a project about Harriet Tubman, with Oscar nominee Viola Davis set to portray the famous abolitionist. Based on the biography Bound For The Promised Land by historian Kate Clifford Larson, the film, now in development, tells the story of American hero Tubman. Born a slave, she escaped and, via an intricate escape network of secret routes and safe houses known as the… Read

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Bruce Jenner Interview Hits 17.1M In Final ‘20/20’ Viewership Results – Update

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UPDATED, 3:28 PM: The final numbers are in, and the viewership gold medal is shining a little brighter for Friday’s 20/20: Bruce Jenner – The Interview. While the two-hour Diane Sawyer sit-down with the 1976 Olympic decathlon champion and the Keeping Up With The Kardashians stepdad stayed the same among adults 18-49 with a 5.2/17, the highly promoted conversation about Jenner’s transition to becoming a woman bopped up a bit from its fast nationals in total viewers. With a… Read

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Hailee Steinfeld To Star In ‘Break My Heart 1,000 Times’

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Hailee Steinfeld is set to star in supernatural romantic thriller Break My Heart 1,000 Times for Gold Circle Films. Based on the YA novel by Daniel Waters, Break My Heart is described as a combination of The Fault In Our Stars and The Sixth Sense and is considered a springboard for a possible franchise. Jason Fuchs will adapt the screenplay and Scott Speer is attached to direct. It’s set following a cataclysmic event that has torn the barrier between our world and the… Read

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‘Unauthorized Full House’ Movie In The Works At Lifetime

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On the heels of The Unauthorized Saved By The Bell Story, Lifetime has given a green light to The Unauthorized Full House Story (working title), based on the long-running Full House ’90s sitcom that made John Stamos a household name. Unauthorized Full House will look at the rise of the cast and the pressure on them to balance the idyllic family life on the show with the more complicated reality of their own lives outside the series, but it will also look at the warm bond… Read

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Hilary Swank & Tom Wilkinson To Topline Holocaust Drama ‘Denial’ – Film Briefs

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Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are attached to star in Denial, the David Hare-adapted drama based on Deborah E. Lipstadt's book History On Trial: My Day In Court With A Holocaust Denier. The book recounts Lipstadt's legal battle for historical truth against David Irving, who accused her of libel when she declared him a Holocaust denier. It was up to Lipstadt and her legal team to prove the essential truth that the Holocaust actually happened and that Irving had… Read

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Ellen Pompeo On Patrick Dempsey’s ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Exit — How Meredith Will Go On

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For the first time since Patrick Dempsey’s surprise exit from Grey’s Anatomy last week, his onscreen wife, Ellen Pompeo (Meredith), is speaking out. In a Twitter post titled “Happy Monday,” she says she is “excited to tell the story of how Meredith goes on in the face of what feels like the impossible.” Apparently the veteran ABC show’s fans aren’t nearly as excited. They’ve launched a petition to bring Dr. Derek Shepherd back. It’s already collected more than 29,000… Read

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‘Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown’ Ratings Steady With 2014, ‘High Profits’ Fizzles In Week 2

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There was a lot of drinking last night on the Kitchen Confidential author's latest season premiere on CNN, and today brought a bit of a ratings reality check both for Anthony Bourdain and his lead-out about pothead profit seekers. With a trip to South Korea as its Season 5 opener, Anthony Bourdain Parts Unknown snagged 575,000 total viewers with 301,000 among the news demo of adults 25-54 at 9PM. While down 34% in total viewers from the audience that time-slot rival Fox… Read

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Famke Janssen Signs With ICM Partners

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Famke Janssen, who is just wrapping up the third and final season of Netflix’s original series Hemlock Grove, has signed with ICM Partners. The model-turned-actress who got her start as Bond girl Xenia Onatopp in GoldenEye had been with CAA. On the film side, Janssen starred in the X-Men trilogy playing Jean Grey/Phoenix and in the Taken trilogy opposite Liam Neeson. On the TV side, she co-starred in Ryan Murphy’s FX series Nip/Tuck. In 2011, Janssen wrote and made her… Read