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Global Showbiz Briefs: ‘Prisoners Of War’ Drama Headed To Mexico; Nina Etspueler Rejoins Red Arrow Entertainment Group; More

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Keshet International has sold Prisoners Of War, the Israeli format upon which Showtime's Homeland is based, to Televisa in Mexico. The deal will see a Spanish-language version of the show broadcast in Mexico (Televisa) and Colombia. while Univision also will hold rights for the U.S. Hispanic market to air the show on its sister channel, Unimas. A big order for 70 episodes based on Prisoners Of War (original title: Hatufim) Seasons 1 and 2 will be produced and adapted by… Read

Film

Adam Sandler To Star In Film Quartet For Netflix, Which Continues To Thumb Nose At Theaters

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BREAKING: Days after setting Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: The Green Legend as its first theatrical feature, Netflix has set a quartet of films that will star Adam Sandler, who'll produce the features under his Happy Madison banner. The films will bypass theaters and be made available directly to Netflix subscribers in 50 countries. The major theatrical chains responded to the deal for Crouching Tiger 2 by saying they would not show the film, which also will play IMAX… Read

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Warner Bros Connects With iPhone Salesman/Scribe’s Pitch For ‘I Am Legend’ Reboot

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EXCLUSIVE: After years of trying, Warner Bros finally has found a way to extend its hit Will Smith last-man-on-Earth blockbuster I Am Legend into a potential new franchise. The studio is working on a reboot that isn't meant to star Smith, who has been reluctant to do sequels and so far has avoided a reprise in Independence Day 2. Warner is retrofitting A Garden At The End Of The World, a spec script that the studio bought back in April from Gary Graham, who was working at… Read

Business

UPDATE: RealD Responds To Starboard Value’s Buyout Offer, Which Sent The 3D Company’s Shares Soaring

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UPDATED, 6:30 PM: RealD issued a statement tonight about the acquisition offer from Starboard Value: “RealD's Board of Directors, in consultation with its advisors, will carefully review and consider the unsolicited, non-binding indication of interest from Starboard. RealD is always open to constructive discussions about opportunities to increase stockholder value. The Company will continue to take actions it believes are in the best interest of all RealD stockholders.” PR… Read

Awards

Fox Chief On 20th’s Biblical Oscar Contender: ‘You Don’t See Movies On This Scale Anymore’

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Earlier today Deadline debuted the new trailer for 20th Century Fox's big Christmas picture Exodus: Gods And Kings. The large-scale biblical drama looks BIG. EPIC. The kind of movie studios used to thrive on but are simply cost-prohibitive these days. Well, they seem to be making a comeback. Ben-Hur, which took 11 Academy Awards in 1959 including Best Picture, is now being remade. Of course Paramount released Darren Aronofsky's Noah early in the year. But Gladiator in… Read

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Catherine Zeta-Jones To Play Colombian Drug Lord In ‘The Godmother’

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EXCLUSIVE: Catherine Zeta-Jones, nominated for a Golden Globe for her turn as the ruthless wife of a drug lord in 2000's Traffic, has landed an even juicier role in the true story crime biopic The Godmother. In a new film directed by Norwegian helmer Eva Sørhaug (90 Minutes, Cold Lunch) Zeta-Jones will play real life kingpin Griselda Blanco, the first and only woman to rise to the higher echelons of Colombia's Medellin drug cartel. Blanco was a fearsome figure at the… Read

TV

Bill O’Reilly And David Letterman Take Compatibility Test: Video

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David Letterman and Bill O'Reilly don't often agree on such important subjects as Beyonce, or whether Abraham Lincoln would appear on Funny or Die as did President Obama. Tonight, on Letterman's  late-night show, they decide to take a compatibility test, answering such questions as:”Baseball or football?” “Long hair or short hair?” “River or lake?” “Liquor or weed?”… Read

Film

Quentin Tarantino’s New Beverly Cinema Re-Opens In Los Angeles

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Quentin Tarantino officially begins his tenure as film programmer of the New Beverly Cinema tonight when he re-opens the LA institution after a monthlong remodeling. On the docket is a Paul Mazursky double feature of Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice and Blume In Love, which kicks off three months of Tarantino-programmed films, as Deadline reported last month. Many of those films, screened on film either on 16mm or 35mm, will come from Tarantino's personal vaults. Tonight's Bob… Read

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TV Land Picks Up ‘Impastor’ & ‘Teachers’ To Series

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TV Land continues its transformation toward single-camera, edgier comedy with 10-episode series orders to both of its pilots: Impastor starring Michael Rosenbaum and Teachers, topined by improv group the Katydids on whose web series the series is based. Both are single-camera and will premiere in 2015. While TV Land, once known as home for classic sitcoms, kicked off its original efforts with multi-camera series, single-camera comedies now outnumber traditional sitcoms on… Read

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David O Russell Gets 2-Picture Deal With Megan Ellison’s Annapurna

"American Hustle" New York Screening - Outside Arrivals

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that takes her patronage of auteur filmmakers to another level, Megan Ellison and her Annapurna Pictures have made a deal to finance two pictures directed by David O Russell. This is an outgrowth of their experience on American Hustle, the ensemble drama that got 10 Oscar nominations and grossed $250 million worldwide. Ellison earlier this year pledged to back Page 1, the development shingle of Zero Dark Thirty writer and producer Mark Boal. But she… Read

TV

Secret Service Director Resigns — Broadcast And Cable Nets Jump In

U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington

Broadcast networks interrupted their daytime programs and cable news networks went wall-to-wall today when word broke via Twitter that Secret Service Director Julia Pierson had resigned. Her resignation came one day after a blistering, televised Q&A with members of Congress over the Secret Service's epic fail of September 19 when a guy with a knife got into the White House, which was followed almost immediately by a breaking news report that a guy with a gun, and a… Read

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Ice Cube Pitch ‘Rocky Mountain High’ In Bidding Battle

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EXCLUSIVE: There is a five-studio bidding battle over Rocky Mountain High, an original pitch that Ice Cube will star in and produce. Universal, Relativity, Paramount, MGM and New Line are all vying for this treatment that Cube hatched and will topline. The film has a reasonable budget and could spark a franchise. Cube will produce with Jeff Kwatinetz and Beau Flynn. This comes as Cube is having the best year of his career. Ride Along and 22 Jump Street were both big hits… Read

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