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Hot Trailer: Jason Reitman’s ‘Men, Women & Children’

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Here's the new trailer for the pic starring Ansel Elgort, Kaitlyn Dever, Rosemarie DeWitt, Jennifer Garner, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Adam Sandler as a group of high schoolers and their parents navigating life, love, and relationships in the age of social media and online obsession. Men, Women & Children, Jason Reitman's follow-up to Labor Day had its world premiere at Toronto this month, and Paramount has set an October 1 limited release. The R-rated pic from Right of… Read

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Annika Marks Joins ABC Family’s ‘The Fosters'; Rotimi Akinosho In Starz’s ‘Power’

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Annika Marks (The Sessions) has landed a recurring role on ABC Family's The Fosters, produced by Jennifer Lopez' Nuyorican Productions. Marks will play Monte, the school principal at Anchor Beach Community Charter School. An attractive, personable professional woman, Monte wants to focus on administration, budget and finance, giving Lena control over student curriculum, but is shocked when Lena suddenly quits. Marks is repped by APA and Greenlight Management. Rotimi Akinos… Read

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TECH Bits: Microsoft’s Mojang Deal A Bet On Community Building?

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Lots of eyebrows shot upward on the news this week that Microsoft would spend $2.5 billion to buy Mojang, a little Swedish game company that happens to be behind the big game franchise Minecraft. And maybe they should have. Digi-Capital's analysis of the deal suggests Microsoft spent at least twice as much for Mojang compared to other one-hit-wonder game companies. Just take a peek at their chart showing ratios of price to sales, and profits to sales, for Mojang and some… Read

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‘Let’s Be Cops’ Helmer Luke Greenfield Closes Fox Deal For Next Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Luke Greenfield, who wrote, produced and directed the Fox sleeper Let's Be Cops, is back in business with the studio for his next film. He's made a deal to direct and produce an untitled suspense thriller that, like his recent outing, depicts normal people using a loophole to empower themselves to live different lives. Here, a group of twentysomethings have diplomatic immunity because their parents are government officials. Since they literally cannot get… Read

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Toronto: ‘Ruth & Alex’ Goes To Focus World

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Focus World has picked up domestic rights to the Diane Keaton-Morgan Freeman pic Ruth & Alex following its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Directed by Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One And Only) from a script by Charlie Peters, the adaptation of Jill Ciment's Heroic Measures also stars Cynthia Nixon in the story of a NYC couple (Keaton and Freeman) deciding whether to sell their longtime Brooklyn home. Focus World, the alternative distribution arm of Focus… Read

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Liam Neeson Sweet On Harlan Coben’s ‘Tell No One’

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EXCLUSIVE: As Universal Pictures prepares for Friday's opening of the Scott Frank-directed adaptation of the Lawrence Block novel A Walk Among The Tombstones, the studio is courting its star Liam Neeson for another thriller novel it is percolating. It's Tell No One, the thriller by bestselling novelist Harlan Coben. There is a script by Oscar-winning Argo scribe Chris Terrio, but they are going to do some work before Neeson will officially attach. I hear it's going to… Read

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‘TMZ Hollywood Sports’ To Anchor Reelz Primetime

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Talk about great timing — Reelz  said today it has bought TMZ Hollywood Sports to anchor its weekday primetime lineup, at 8 PM ET/5 PM PT, starting Monday, September 29. Reelz called the newly created program “one of the freshest, most respected and energizing journalism brands in the country.” Everyone else is calling it the prettiest dress in the TV News store since TMZ got its hands on the video of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice clocking his then fiancee in a… Read

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Kate Mara Offered Role In Ridley Scott’s ‘The Martian’

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EXCLUSIVE: Following an Emmy-nominated run on Netflix's House Of Cards, Kate Mara has been offered a role in Ridley Scott's The Martian. The 20th Century Fox sci-fier is picking up steam: Deadline reported this month that Jessica Chastain and Kristin Wiig are circling lead roles opposite Matt Damon in the saga of an astronaut marooned on Mars. The script is adapted by Cabin In The Woods' Drew Goddard from the book by Andy Weir, which sold to publisher Crown in 2013 after… Read

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Relativity Sets Thrillers ‘The Disappointments Room’ & ‘Kidnap’ For Fall 2015

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Relativity Studios is set for a busy couple of weeks about a year from now. The company today slated its Kate Beckinsale thriller The Disappointments Room for September 25, 2015, and Halle Berry pic Kidnap for two weeks later. Director D.J. Caruso's Disappointments Room — about a couple who move into a new house with their young son only to discover a secret room within the attic where terrible horrors are unlocked — will go up against an untitled Blumhouse horror pic… Read

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Ridley Scott, Giannina Facio Acquire Faith-Based ‘Embraced By The Light’

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EXCLUSIVE: Ridley Scott and Giannina Facio have acquired screen rights to Embraced By The Light, the bestselling book by Betty J. Eadie. Scott and Facio will produce with Colet Abedi. While films like Heaven Is For Real have overachieved at the box office, this was the book that started the trend of people describing near death experiences where the subject glimpsed the afterlife before being pulled back to life. Eadie, at age 31, died for four hours after complications… Read

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UPDATE: Coroner IDs Security Guard Killed On Set Of TNT’s ‘Falling Skies’

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UPDATE, 3:26 PM: The Teamsters security guard killed Monday in Vancouver on the set of the TNT sci-fi drama Falling Skies has been identified as Amrik Singh Gill, 59, of Delta, BC. Gill was crushed to death when an unattended five-ton truck rolled down a hill and pinned him against a tree. The accident occurred while production was prepping for the next day's shoot. "Mr. Gill was immediately rushed to Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, but succumbed to his… Read

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UPDATE: Gov. Brown Signing Tax Credits Bill Thursday In Hollywood

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UPDATE, 3:10 PM: We told you earlier this week when Gov. Jerry Brown would be putting pen to paper to the legislation to greatly increase California's $100 million Film and TV Tax Credit Program and now it's official. In a made-in-Hollywood event, the Governor and a plethora of state and local pols plus industry and union figures will be at the TCL Chinese Theatre tomorrow morning to make the overwhelmingly passed Film and Television Job Creation and Retention Act and its… Read

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