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Ben Kingsley, Brie Larson Head For ‘Brooklyn Bridge'; Revolver Takes ‘Bhopal’ Disaster Drama

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Ben Kingsley and Short Term 12's Brie Larson are joining Daniel Radcliffe in Killer Films' Brooklyn Bridge. The Douglas McGrath-helmed drama is inspired by the true story of Washington Roebling, the civil engineer responsible for overseeing the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge. Kingsley will play Roebling's father, the original designer whose passing leaves Washington in charge of the mammoth project. Larson will play Emily, his charming and shrewd wife. McGrath wrote… Read

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Shawn Ryan Among Winners In WGA West Board Of Directors Election

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Here are the the eight WGA West members elected to two-year terms on the union's Board of Directors, effective immediately: Shawn Ryan, Katherine Fugate, Chip Johannessen, Scott Alexander, Aaron Mendelsohn, Marjorie David, Michael Oates Palmer and Jonathan Fernandez. Peter Lefcourt was elected to a one-year term, filling the vacancy left by the resignation of David S. Goyer. All of the incumbents –Johannessen, Alexander, Palmer, Fugate and David — won re-election. Related… Read

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‘Ben-Hur’ Remake: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Jack Huston Lands Title Role

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EXCLUSIVE: MGM and Paramount have found Ben-Hur. The studios are setting Jack Huston, and you just knew he was going to get a big, star-making film role after his portrayal of the masked, war-scarred assassin Richard Harrow on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. It would be hard to imagine a bigger-scale picture than Ben-Hur, with Timur Bekmambetov directing the epic remake in Europe next year. Huston joins Morgan Freeman, whom Deadline broke will play the role of Ildarin, the man… Read

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Peter Facinelli’s A7SLE Films Hires ‘Cropsey’ Scribe

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EXCLUSIVE: Adam Robitel has been tapped to script horror feature Cropsey for Peter Facinelli and Rob DeFranco's A7SLE Films. The picture takes a fresh look at the mythology of The Cropsey Maniac, the boogeyman of campfire lore who's terrorized the minds of youngsters for decades. The Cropsey urban legend also inspired a 2009 documentary of the same name. Further details of the A7SLE Films project are under wraps, but it joins true-tale horror project The Devil's Rooming Ho… Read

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Nathan Parsons To Topline Amazon Pilot ‘Point Of Honor’, Luke Benward To Co-Star

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True Blood alum Nathan Parsons is set as the lead in Point Of Honor, Amazon's Civil War family drama pilot from Carlton Cuse and Randall Wallace. Luke Benward (Ravenswood) co-stars in the project, which centers on best friends and brothers-in-law, John Rodes (Parsons) and Robert Sumner, who find themselves on opposite sides of the conflict. Benward, repped by CESD and Fred Tozceck, plays Garland Rhodes, the dashing black sheep brother of the Rhodes family. Australia-born… Read

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‘Dungeons & Dragons’ Movie Rights Trial Starts With Roll Of The Sequel Dice

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The battle over who will make the next Dungeons & Dragons movie finally had its day in court - though what the endgame is seems to be in dispute. "This lawsuit is a desperate and last-ditch attempt to recapture rights," lawyer Patricia Glaser told a federal courtroom in LA today about toy company Hasbro's long legal efforts to make a D&D movie. The company wants film rights to the hugely successful board game so it can "sell it to their new best buddy, Universal," the… Read

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‘WIGS’ Creators Launch Indigenous Media With WPP, ITV Backing

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Indigenous Media, a digital-video company led by film and TV vets Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia and Jake Avnet, has launched with investments by ITV and WPP. Jon Miller, former head of AOL and News Corp.'s digital media unit, is non-executive chairman. Producer/director/writers Avnet (Fried Green Tomatoes, Justified, Righteous Kill) and Garcia (In Treatment, Carnivale, Six Feet Under) and Avnet's tech-savvy son, Jake Avnet, are the creators behind WIGS, the female-centric… Read

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Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya’s Scripted World Inks First-Look Deal With Fox 21

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Rob Golenberg and Alon Aranya's Scripted World is making a push into cable with a two-year, first-look deal at Fox 21, the cable division of 20th Century Fox TV. Veteran TV packaging agent Rob Golenberg and writer/producer Alon Aranya began working together in 2011 when Golenberg headed Gersh's TV lit department and Aranya was a client. Since the two launched their production company Scripted World in late 2012, they have sold 22 projects to network and cable, focusing… Read

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The Orchard Acquires Survival Thriller ‘Preservation’

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EXCLUSIVE: The Orchard has acquired North American rights to horror-thriller Preservation, from writer-director Christopher Denham. As an actor, Denham's credits include Argo, Shutter Island, Sound Of My Voice, and WGN America's nuclear drama Manhattan. Preservation marks his second film as writer-director following 2008's Home Movie. Pablo Schreiber (Orange Is The New Black, The Wire), Aaron Staton (Mad Men), and Wrenn Schmidt (Boardwalk Empire) star in the tale of… Read

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ABC Developing True Crime Procedural Set Throughout Los Angeles History

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ABC is going back in time in search for its next crime drama franchise. The network has put in development The L.A. Crime, a character-driven, "true-crime" procedural that explores sex, politics and popular culture across various noteworthy eras in L.A. history. In Season 1, two LA cops track a "Bonnie & Clyde" serial killer team amidst the rock-and-roll, coke-infused revelry of the 1980s Sunset Strip. LA's famous Sunset Strip in the 80s has been used a backdrop to movies… Read

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Brewers Rip Bruisers As Heat On Home Violence Spreads To NFL Sponsors

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Anheuser-Busch — the top spender in the past five Super Bowls — today issued a statement about that NFL sponsorship as reports of domestic abuse charges against league players keep piling up: “We are disappointed and increasingly concerned by the recent incidents that have overshadowed this NFL season,” A-B said. “We are not yet satisfied with the league's handling of behaviors that so clearly go against our own company culture and moral code. We have shared our concerns… Read

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UPDATE: ESPN’s ‘Monday Night Football’ Rises In Week Two Of NFL Season

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UPDATE, 3:12 PM: It wasn't a rout, but a win is a win in the NFL — and that's what ESPN scored with last night's Monday Night Football. With the final numbers in, the sports network drew a 9.2 rating among adults 18-49 with 14.89 million viewers watching the Indianapolis Colts fall to the Philadelphia Eagles on a last-second field goal. That's a 9.5% rise from the 8.4 rating from last week's MNF 2014 season kickoff matchup. Viewership-wise, that's an 8% bop upward from… Read

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