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Michael Grindon Exits As Legendary’s Worldwide Television Distribution Head

Michael Grindon is leaving as head of Worldwide Television Distribution for Legendary’s TV division after four years. He announced his departure in an email to his colleagues today. His last day is this Friday. Grindon, an industry veteran who had spent 15 years as head of Sony Pictures Television International, was brought in by Bruce Rosenblum, then-president of Legendary Television and Digital Media, to help build and operate a global distribution infrastructure at… Read

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McKenna Grace To Play Young Lead In Rob Lowe’s ‘The Bad Seed’ Lifetime Remake, Original’s Patty McCormack To Co-Star

Designated Survivor‘s McKenna Grace, coming off a buzzy performance as young Tonya Harding in I, Tonya,  has been cast as the title character in The Bad Seed, Rob Lowe’s reimagining of the classic 1956 Oscar-nominated psychological horror-thriller film for Lifetime. Patty McCormack, who played the troubled young girl in the original movie, has been tapped for a co-starring role in the remake, starring, directed and executive produced by Lowe. Lowe plays a single father… Read

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Safety Panel Urges New Culture To Speak Out; Joyce Gilliard Reveals Horrifying Details Of ‘Midnight Rider’ Incident

In a time when ‘Me, Too’ has taken hold of this country against those who have used their power to take advantage of the weak, when students in Parkland are using their voices to affect change, still, many crew members in Hollywood are too scared to speak up against the powers that be over the abusive hours that are putting their own lives and personal relationships in peril. Joyce Gilliard, the seriously injured Midnight Rider crew member  whose organization iSAFE! held… Read

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Actress-Singer Greice Santo, Grammy-Winning Producer Humberto Gatica Take Aim At Sexual Harassment

EXCLUSIVE: Actress-singer Greice Santo (Jane the Virgin) is completing a debut single with 16-time Grammy-winning producer Humberto Gatica to empower women to stand up to sexual predators and sexual harassment. The song, “Você Você,” is about how a woman wants to go out and dance but is relentlessly pursued by a man who harasses her and offers her money and work in return for sexual favors. The Spanish-language track will be available on iTunes next month. The Brazilian… Read

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‘The End Of The World As We Know It’: Quinta Brunson To Star In CW Pilot

In what may be one of the biggest discoveries this pilot casting season, digital content creator and star Quinta Brunson (Broke) has landed the co-lead opposite Gage Golightly in the CW’s comedic drama pilot The End of the World as We Know It, from Rob Thomas and Warner Bros TV. Written by Powerless executive producers/showrunners Justin Halpern and Patrick Schumacker, The End of the World as We Know It (formerly known as It's The End of the World as We Know It) is based… Read

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‘America’s Got Talent’ Renewed For Season 13 By NBC With All 4 Judges & Host Tyra Banks Returning

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Coming off its most watched season, summer staple America’s Got Talent has been officially renewed for a 13th season by NBC. The onscreen team from Season 12 will remain intact, with AGT creator/executive producer Simon Cowell, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum and Mel B set to return as judges next season, along with Tyra Banks who made her debut as host of the talent competition series last summer. In anticipation of a formal pickup, auditions for Season 13 already are underway… Read

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China’s Wild New Year: ‘Detective Chinatown 2’ Crosses $300M, Eclipses ‘Monster Hunt 2’; ‘Operation Red Sea’ Rising

Writer-director Chen Sicheng’s Detective Chinatown 2 has surged ahead of Monster Hunt 2 at the Chinese box office with $305 million through today, Wednesday. That leaves Monster Hunt 2, the Raman Hui-directed fantasy pic that shattered single-day records on Friday, in its wake at about $269M. At the same time, Operation Red Sea, an action thriller from Bona Film and director Dante Lam (Operation Mekong), has seen steady increases since it opened Friday while the other two… Read

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Million Dollar Screenplay Competition For College Students Launching In March

Well, here’s one way a kid could pay off those nagging student loans. The Launch, a fellowship co-founded by producers Jason Shuman and Zachary Green, has set an international Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for college students. Its mission: “To find the next generation of great screenwriters from around the world.” The Launch will award $100,000 in education grants to eight finalists, with the grand-prize winner having his or her screenplay produced as a feature… Read

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Hollywood, Beltway Send Support & Awe To Florida Student Protesters: “You’ve Shaken Up The Nation”

This week’s remarkable student protests – high school students – in Florida and other states in response to last week’s horrific mass shooting in Parkland, has already drawn the tedious and idiotic right-wing conspiracy mongering, but here’s a more encouraging response to the movement. With tonight’s CNN Town Hall hours away, Hollywood and the Beltway seem as stunned as they are praise-giving to these kids who are speaking truth to power. Here is a sampling of Twitter… Read

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Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, currently starring as Nakia in Disney/Marvel’s record-smashing, watershed hit Black Panther, has signed on to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong'o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while… Read

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Cinedigm Acquires Eric Stoltz-Helmed ‘Class Rank’ For May Release

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EXCLUSIVE: Cinedigm has acquired North American distribution rights to Class Rank, the high school comedy directed by Eric Stoltz and starring Olivia Holt and Skyler Gisondo. A day-and-date theatrical release is set for May 11. The plot of the pic penned by Benjamin August centers on two high school outsiders, Veronica (Holt), a type-A personality with Ivy League aspirations, and Bernard (Gisondo), a quirky nerd, who join forces to overtake the local school board and… Read