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Oscars: A Preview Of Foreign Language Shortlist Possibles From A World Of Cinema

The Oscars shortlist for Best Foreign Language Film will be announced later this week, revealing the nine titles that will vie for the ultimate five nomination slots. As with each year, there are dozens of distinct submissions from a host of countries — 92 this time around — with new voices and repeat filmmakers in the mix. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences' Phase One and Executive Committees, which weed out the lead crop, have been unpredictable in the past… Read


Fox Studio Lot Staying In The Murdoch Fold Post-Disney Deal

Fox Studios

As Disney’s imminent takeover of key 21st Century Fox assets continues to roil the industry, the real estate aspect of the deal had been an intriguing subplot. But questions about the fate of the lot appear to have an answer, as a well-placed source tells Deadline the real-estate portfolio is staying put. The Fox lot on Pico Boulvard had seemed potentially expendable, given that Disney already has its own operation in Burbank. It already shrunk, famously, in the early… Read


Olivier Martinez To Star In Action-Adventure TV Series ‘Soldiers Of Fortune’

Olivier Martinez (Unfaithful) is set to star in action-adventure series Soldiers of Fortune produced by New Zealand’s Mercenary TV Limited and Ireland’s Subotica, and executive produced by Roadside Attractions TV (Dear White People). Set in the shadowy world of high-risk corporate warfare, Soldiers of Fortune stars Martinez as Vincent Corbo, a battle-scarred black-ops Specialist hired by visionary high-tech mogul Peter Swann to fight the ruthless business rivals… Read


Warner Bros Settles $1B ‘Conjuring’ Suit; “Mastermind” Producer Unmasked

The Conjuring Warner Bros

After looking like it was careening towards a trial next year, Warner Bros' copyright battle with Demonologist author Gerald Brittle for nearly $1 billion over The Conjuring franchise has come to an end. Though the parties have reached a settlement in this matter, it seems that long time disgruntled producer Tony DeRosa-Grund has also been unveiled as the secret "mastermind" behind this latest legal attempt to grab ahold of the Conjuring ATM and the profits it seems to… Read


‘Reverie’ Casts Jon Fletcher; Ginger Gonzaga Joins ‘Champions’

Jon Fletcher (Genius: Einstein), has booked a recurring role on NBC’s upcoming VR thriller Reverie, from the Extant team of creator Mickey Fisher and Amblin TV. Penned by Fisher, it is described as a grounded thriller that follows Mara Kint (Shahi), a former hostage negotiator and expert on human behavior who became a college professor after facing an unimaginable personal tragedy. But when she's brought in to save ordinary people who have lost themselves in a highly… Read


Grasshopper Film Acquires ‘Milla’; Lin Shaye Joins ‘Gothic Harvest’; SuVen Harris Options ‘The Serpent King’ Book – Film Briefs

Grasshopper Film has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to Milla, the French drama from filmmaker Valérie Massadian. The pic will bow in theaters next year followed by a VOD, home-video, and non-theatrical roll-out. It follows lovers Milla and Leo who live a clandestine life as their meager furnishings and sustenance countered by a love is neither a logic nor substitute. But such an existence will only last until forces of nature take hold. Where is there to go in its… Read


Redbox Launches Digital Rental And Sell-Through Service, Minus Disney Titles

Redbox, best known for its network of disc-dispensing red kiosks, is exploring new digital horizons with the launch of an online service offering movies for sale or rent. The straightforwardly named Redbox On Demand offers movie and TV titles via Roku, iOS, Android, Google Chromecast and Samsung smart TVs. Two-day rentals start at $3.99, with electronic sell-through starting at $9.99. Disney titles are notably not in the mix for now. Redbox’s offering of Disney digital… Read


Women In Hollywood: When Greta Gerwig Went Back To Her Past For ‘Lady Bird’, Saoirse Ronan Brought It To Life

On Lady Bird's first day of filming, Saoirse Ronan overheard a line that set the tone of the whole shoot. Newbie director Greta Gerwig bounced onto set, turned to the cinematographer, and grinned, "This is the happiest I've ever been in my life." Gerwig was in her hometown to shoot a personal—though not, she stresses, autobiographical—story about a Sacramento-born blonde (check) graduating high school shortly after 9/11 (check) who squabbles with her mother, a nurse… Read


Tracy Morgan TBS Comedy ‘The Last O.G.’ Taps Saladin K. Patterson As Showrunner

EXCLUSIVE: Seasoned comedy writer-producer Saladin K. Patterson has joined Tracy Morgan and Jordan Peele's upcoming TBS comedy series The Last O.G. as executive producer and new showrunner. He replaces co-creator John Carcieri, who exited after production on Season 1 wrapped this fall. Patterson will shepherd post-production for the first season, whose launch was moved from late October 2017 to spring 2018, when the network’s popular NBA coverage on sibling TNT will be… Read


Fox’s ‘A Christmas Story Live!’ Will Air First Live TV Ad For A Movie

It’s beginning to look a lot like A Christmas Story Live! will air what Fox says is the first live TV commercial for a feature film — and in fact, it will. The network said today that the spot for The Greatest Showman will run during Sunday’s live production of the Broadway musical. Fox also said that its three-hour show will open with “Count on Christmas,” a new original song written by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul and to be performed by Bebe Rexha. The Dear Evan Hansen… Read


Sam Rockwell On Finally Being In A Movie People See, How Frances McDormand Channels John Wayne & Why George W. Bush Reminds Him Of Elvis – The Actor’s Side

Sam Rockwell counts supporting actor nominations already from the Golden Globes, Independent Spirit Awards, the Critics’ Choice Award and Screen Actors Guild for his turn as a complex racist cop Dixon in Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Joining me for this week’s edition of my Deadline video series The Actor’s Side, I congratulate this great actor on finally being in a movie lots of people are seeing and one that is putting him on the precipice… Read


CNN Wins Alabama Election Night In News Demo, FNC Takes Total Viewers

CNN pounded its competitors in the news demo with Tuesday night’s coverage of the GOP’s stinging loss of Alabama’s U.S. Senate seat to Democrat Doug Jones. CNN clocked 1.15M viewers in the 25-54 age bracket in primetime, 8-11 PM ET. FNC delivered 809K viewers in the demo, and MSNBC turned up 808K. FNC snagged the largest overall audience in the block of tim: 3.55M  viewers. MSNBC followed with 3.15M and CNN with 2.76M. But MSNBC bagged the biggest crowd in the 10 PM hour… Read