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Shocker! Sony E-Mail Leaks, No Apology To Follow

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This just went out from beleaguered Sony Pictures leaders Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal. Is it possible this will signal some peace and quiet, at least through the holiday? Now there is a Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanza wish. Sent: Monday, December 22, 2014 09:21 AM To: SPE Employee Communications Subject: A Thank You From Michael Lynton and Amy Pascal We are happy to share some good news with all of you: Annie had a strong opening and grossed an estimated $16.3M at the box… Read

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Female Navy SEALs Drama Set At Fox With Basil Iwanyk Producing

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Fox has put in development an action drama from Basil Iwanyk's Thunder Road Television and Warner Bros. Written by Arrow co-executive producer Wendy Mericle, the untitled project is set on Coronado Island and revolves around the first group of female U.S. soldiers vying to earn a spot in the world's toughest boy's club: the Navy SEALs. In summer 2013, the Pentagon unveiled a plan to allow women into the last bastions of male-only combat, the elite Navy SEALs and Army… Read

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And The Award For Struggle By An Oscar Film Goes To…

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Oscar season is in full swing, but what about offering awards to the unbelievable decades of persistence, ingenuity and overall struggle that went into many of these year-end films? We've come up with our own superlatives to recognize some of our favorite genesis stories. Just don't dress for an actual event. Some of these tales are so unlikely that only Rod Sterling could emcee such a show. Best Job Surviving Steven Spielberg's Exit: Tie between American Sniper and Inters… Read

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Jena Malone, Riley Keough Hit The Road For ‘Lovesong’

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EXCLUSIVE: For Ellen helmer So Yong Kim has set Jena Malone and Riley Keough to lead Lovesong, the tale of best friends Sarah (Keough) and Mindy (Malone) who take off on an impromptu road trip with Sarah's young daughter in tow and see their deep BFFship develop into a surprising romance – despite the fact that Mindy is about to get married. Kim wrote Lovesong with frequent collaborator Bradley Rust Gray, whose own features Jack and Diane and The Exploding Girl were… Read

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‘Sunday Night Football’ Ratings Hit Low, CBS & Fox Tackled By NFL Overruns

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With most of the Big 4 in almost all encores and football overruns, it was a pretty sporty last Sunday before Christmas. Especially if it were the Seattle Seahawks or Sunday Night Football (5.2/16) – in both a good and bad way. The reigning Super Bowl champs pummeled the Arizona Cardinals 35 - 6 with well executed play after play - including that 79-yard touchdown by running back Marshawn Lynch in the 4th. Undoubtedly, because of the blowout, the night was not so great… Read

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Brad Pitt’s Plan B To Receive PGA’s 2015 Visionary Award

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The Producers Guild of America has chosen Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment to receive its 2015 Visionary Award “for producing stories that have breathed new life into some of the seminal--and in some cases, most painful--episodes of our shared history.” The Visionary Award, sponsored by Delta Air Lines, recognizes television, film or new media producers for their unique or uplifting contributions to our culture through inspiring storytelling or performance. Partners Pitt… Read

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‘Birdman’ Score Drummed Out Of Oscars As Academy Rejects Filmmaker’s Appeal

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EXCLUSIVE: Birdman may be flying high with critics, but Oscar just shot him down permanently. Musically, that is. Perhaps the most inventive and talked about motion picture music score of the year — a winner already of numerous critics awards as well as nominations from the Golden Globes and Critics Choice Movie Awards — has been deep-sixed by Oscar even before it had a chance to compete. When Antonio Sanchez's remarkable percussive drum score for Birdman went missing… Read

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‘Into The Woods’ Producer Marc Platt On Sondheim, Streep & Sam Cohn: Conversations With Jeremy Gerard

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EXCLUSIVE: Two of Hollywood's favorite concepts -- mash-up and reboot -- converge with the Christmas Eve opening of Into The Woods, Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's big-screen, bold-face transformation of their great Broadway show featuring Rapunzel, Cinderella, Prince Charming, Red Ridinghood, Beanstalk Jack, the Giant and, of course, a Witch, played by Meryl Streep. For producer Marc Platt and director Rob Marshall, the premiere comes five years to the day since the… Read

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‘The Omen’ & ‘The Krays’ Billie Whitelaw Dead At 82

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Stage and screen actress Billie Whitelaw was perhaps best known to international audiences for her role as Mrs Baylock in 1976 horror film The Omen, but she had a versatile career at home in the UK where she was a muse to Samuel Beckett and won BAFTAs for her film and television work. Whitelaw passed away on Sunday at a London nursing home, her son told the BBC. She was 82. Among her vast big screen credits, which stretch back to 1953, are 1967's Charlie Bubbles with… Read

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UK Magician Troy Von Scheibner To Star In New Unscripted Series On Syfy

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Syfy has acquired unscripted series Troy: Street Magic featuring British magician Troy Von Scheibner for premiere in January. The 10-part series follows Scheibner as as he hits the streets of London with his distinctive blend of close-up magic and spectacular stunts. The London born Von Scheibner began performing magic when he was 12 years old, and three years later was named one of England's top young magicians. Taking inspiration from London's iconic landmarks… Read

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Shah Rukh Khan’s ‘Happy New Year’ Released Direct To Fans Online

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After being released theatrically in October, Bollywood blockbuster Happy New Year just went live online, taking the Direct-To-Fan route. The Shah Rukh Khan-starrer simultaneously became available on its own platform for download worldwide this afternoon, outside of India and China, and in an effort to bring it to more unconventional distribution markets. The initiative was spurred by Khan's production company Red Chillies Entertainment, which says, “The most important… Read

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ITV Invests In Ex-Maker CEO’s Zealot Networks

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Continuing its spending spree in the U.S., the UK's ITV has completed its third Stateside digital investment deal this year. The broadcaster has taken a leading position in a strategic funding round undertaken by Zealot Networks. Zealot is a digital-first media company and growth accelerator that delivers multi-platform revenue, distribution and development opportunities to content creators. Launched in August by former Maker Studios founder and CEO Danny Zappin, the… Read