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‘Maze Runner’ Author James Dashner Tweets Apology Amid Harassment Allegations, Vows To “Seek Counseling”

Maze Runner author James Dashner, dropped earlier this week by his agent after allegations of sexual misconduct surfaced, has tweeted an apology “to those affected” by his behavior and pledges to “seek counseling and guidance.” “I have spent the recent days reexamining my actions and searching my soul,” Dashner writes (see the tweet below), adding he now believes he has been “part of the problem” with regard to sexual harassment and discrimination in the publishing… Read

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‘White Houses’ Book About Eleanor Roosevelt & Lorena Hickok Optioned For TV By Michael Lombardo & Katie Couric

Michael Lombardo has optioned bestselling author Amy Bloom’s just-published White Houses novel through his Buster Productions to develop for television, with Katie Couric on board to produce with him and Emmy winner Jane Anderson (Olive Kitteridge) attached to direct. White Houses, published by Penguin Random House on February 13, 2018 to strong reviews, incorporates fictional and nonfictional elements to tell the story of the love affair between Eleanor Roosevelt and her… Read

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Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Win Fast Tracks Movie On Long Snapper/Magician Jon Dorenbos

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Mike Tollin has made numerous films and documentaries on sports figures, but the deal he has just closed with Jon Dorenbos puts on a fast track Tollin’s first about a long snapper who moonlights as a magician. Dorenbos spent most of his 15 seasons on a football field as the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team that just won the Super Bowl. Freshly retired, Dorenbos is focusing on that second career, after a memorable recent stint on Americ… Read

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‘Thirteen Reasons Why’ Author Demands Retraction Of “False And Defamatory Statements” Of Harassment — Update

UPDATE  12:45 PM, Feb. 14: Tamara Taylor, a spokesperson for Thirteen Reasons Why author Jay Asher, has come forward denying the sexual allegations made by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Earlier this week, the SCBWI expelled Asher as well as illustration David Diaz after claims they violated the society’s harassment code. In a statement obtained by Deadline, Taylor says that there was “no allegation, investigation or finding of sexual… Read

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‘The King’ Maker Eugene Jarecki Signs With Anonymous Content, Books Deal With Sterling Lord Literistic

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EXCLUSIVE: Eugene Jarecki, who debuted his new film The King at the Sundance Film Festival, has signed with Anonymous Content and Sterling Lord Literistic, the latter of whom will team with the filmmaker on a book based on his Elvis Presley road-trip documentary. David Kanter and Howie Sanders of Anonymous Content will represent the Peabody- and Emmy-winning filmmaker alongside UTA. "Anonymous Content is excited to join forces with Eugene whose new film The King adds… Read

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Cornerstone Springs To ‘Blinded By The Light’; Gurinder Chadha Directing

EXCLUSIVE: Bend It Like Beckham filmmaker Gurinder Chadha is lining up to direct Blinded By The Light (working title), a comedy/drama adapted from Sarfraz Manzoor’s 2007 memoir Greetings From Bury Park. The autobiographical story is based on journalist/broadcaster Manzoor’s experiences growing up as a Muslim and die-hard Bruce Springsteen fan in Luton, England. Alison Thompson and Mark Gooder’s Cornerstone Films is boarding for international sales. Chadha is writing the… Read

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‘Downton Abbey’ Producer Carnival Films Adapting ‘The Awkward Age’ For The BBC

Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films is developing a TV adaptation of Francesca Segal's novel The Awkward Age with the BBC. The NBC Universal-owned production company is in development with the BBC on the project. Carnival Films acquired the rights to the book, which was published by Chatto & Windus in May 2017 and has been lauded by the likes of Nick Hornby, who called it "smart, soulful and compelling". An Inspector Calls and The Suspicions of Mr Whicher writer Helen… Read

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Amblin Partners Options WWII Book Pitch ‘Daughters Of The Resistance’

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Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Partners has optioned rights to Daughters of the Resistance: Valor, Fury and the Untold Story of Women Resistence Fighters In Hitler’s Ghettos, a book proposal from author Judy Batalion. DreamWorks Pictures will take on the film based on the book, a narrative history that details the previously untold story of young Jewish women and girls who fought in the resistance against the Nazis. Batalion, a granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, discovered… Read

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‘This Is Where It Ends,’ Bestselling YA Novel, Optioned By Gotham Group For Lysa Heslov

EXCLUSIVE: The feature film rights to Marieke Nijkamp's bestselling YA novel This Is Where It Ends from Sourcebooks have just been optioned by The Gotham Group, the producers behind the YA sensation The Maze Runner franchise. Director/producer Lysa Heslov (Served Like A Girl) has been attached to direct. This Is Where It Ends has been a New York Times No. 1 bestseller and spent more than 67 weeks on that venerable list. The novel tells the story of an Alabama high school… Read

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‘The Light We Lost’ Author Jill Santopolo To Adapt Feature Version For Southpaw Entertainment

Author Jill Santopolo will adapt her bestselling debut novel The Light We Lost a love story that rises out of the tragedy of 9/11 about a couple who meet at Columbia University that morning and both decide that they want their lives to matter. Richard B. Lewis and Gabrielle Jerou-Tabak of Southpaw Entertainment are the producers on the project. The book, which became a national bestseller with foreign rights sold in over 30 countries, is now on Reese Witherspoon’s Book… Read

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Michael Wolff Commiserates With Alec Baldwin About Donald Trump Racket

Alec Baldwin and Michael Wolff, two New Yorkers of a similar age who have found a lucrative, mid-to-late-career resurgence thanks to President Donald Trump, both confessed to having acute Trump fatigue during a joint appearance tonight at Town Hall. “Are you sick of Trump?” the Saturday Night Live star asked the Fire and Fury author during the pair’s joint appearance tonight at New York’s Town Hall. “Oh my God,” Wolff said. “You don’t want to hear about Trump again?”… Read

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‘Hunger Games’ Scribe Peter Craig To Adapt Teen Blood Sport Tale ‘S.T.A.G.S.’

EXCLUSIVE: After co-writing the final two installments of The Hunger Games, Peter Craig is wading back into violent teen terrain. Fox 2000 and Chernin Entertainment have set him to adapt S.T.A.G.S., M.A. Bennett’s YA novel that was just published this week by the Penguin Random House imprint Delacorte Press. The heroine is Greer, a first-year student at St. Aidan the Great’s School, an exclusive English boarding school. After being ridiculed by its snootiest group, the… Read