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Rosamund Pike Circling ‘Guernsey’ With Director Mike Newell

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EXCLUSIVE: Much-in-demand Brit actress Rosamund Pike is circling long-gestating project Guernsey, with Harry Potter director Mike Newell also in the mix to direct. The project, previously known by the more unwieldy The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, has previously attracted a string of high-profile actresses to consider the formidable lead role, including Kate Winslet, Lily James and Rebecca Ferguson. The story follows a writer, as she forms an unexpected… Read

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Super Bowl Ads: No Dead Kid, Fewer Puppies, Celebrity Clutter Crisis

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Super Bowl advertisers, no doubt sensing there is enough sadnesss in this world with Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton making runs at the White House, have decided this year to forgo ads in which little dead boys warn about the danger of bathtubs. Advertisers have determined that what people most want to see during their game breaks this year is not adorable puppies or funny monkeys or talking babies — and especially not actors playing dead children. It’s celebrities. Lots… Read

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Miley Cyrus Joins ‘The Voice’ As Key Adviser

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There’s a new addition to NBC’s The Voice. Miley Cyrus has signed on as key adviser for the upcoming 10th season of the Emmy-winning musical competition series. “When Miley speaks, everyone pays attention,” said Paul Telegdy, President of Alternative and Late Night Programming, NBC Entertainment. “Our artists are very lucky to have the benefit of her instincts and wisdom. Our viewers will be treated to an inside look at one of the brightest minds in music and the… Read

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Jessica Chastain To Star In ‘Woman Walks Ahead’ With Susanna White Directing

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Jessica Chastain is in talks to star in Woman Walks Ahead with Susanna White (Generation Kill) directing. Ed Zwick and Marshall Herzkovitz are producing along with Rick Solomon as well as Erika Olde of Black Bicycle Entertainment, which is financing. Stuart Ford’s IM Global is handling international sales at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin. CAA is packaging and repping domestic rights. The project is based on the true story of Catherine Weldon, a widowed… Read

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Marcia Clark On ‘The View’: Watching ‘The People V. O.J. Simpson’ Is “Re-living A Nightmare”

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UPDATED, 11:57 AM: After she appeared on The View today, Marcia Clark slammed Judge Lance Ito in the online-only program After The View, claiming he was star-struck. “He was foul towards me — that was a bad thing,” the former prosecutor said. “And that undermines you with the jury, and that’s a bad thing. But beyond that, he was so struck with celebrity that every ruling went crazy because he was more concerned with the press being in love with him and getting to have… Read

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Oscar Winner Halle Berry Speaks Up On Diversity Storm: “It’s Heartbreaking”

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The first woman of color to win the Academy Award for Best Actress spoke out today about the Oscar diversity controversy. Halle Berry, who won her statuette in 2002 for playing the widow of an executed inmate in Monster’s Ball, spoke out at the 2016 Makers Conference, a leadership confab near LA. "Honestly, that win almost 15 years ago was iconic,” she told CAA’s Kevin Huvane. “It was important to me, but I had the knowing in the moment that it was bigger than me. I… Read

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Egyptian Comic Bassem Youssef Signs With UTA And Anonymous Content

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 02:  Egyptian comedian Bassem Youssef , dubbed The Jon Stewart of the Arab World, speaks at the Concordia Conference at the Grand Hyatt New York on October 2, 2015 in New York City.  (Photo by Steve Sands/WireImage)

EXCLUSIVE:  Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian comic, satirist, one-time cardiac surgeon and official friend of Jon Stewart, has signed with UTA and Anonymous Content. The move marks a big step up for Youssef, who rose to prominence in the days after the 2011 revolution in Egypt and first heady moments of the Arab spring. Initially appearing in a series of short webisodes financed by Egyptian billionaire Naguib Sawiris’ ONTV, Youssef’s brand of black humor and caustic wit soon… Read

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Oscars: Second Group Of Presenters Includes Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Olivia Munn & Kerry Washington

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UPDATED, 12:05 PM: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the second group of presenters for the 88th Academy Awards this month. They are Steve Carell, Priyanka Chopra, Quincy Jones, Byung-hun Lee, Jared Leto, Julianne Moore, Olivia Munn, Margot Robbie, Jason Segel, Andy Serkis, J.K. Simmons, Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon. PREVIOUSLY, January 28: Amid the cloud of the Oscars diversity flap, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences… Read

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Keira Knightley In Talks To Star In ‘Colette’ Biopic

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EXCLUSIVE: Keira Knightley is in talks to star in Colette, a biopic about the French novelist who wrote Gigi and Cheri, which Stephen Frears adapted into a feature film starring Michelle Pfeiffer. Colette will be directed by Still Alice‘s Wash Westmoreland, who co-wrote the script with his late Still Alice collaborator Richard Glatzer. The film will re-unite the producing team behind Carol, Number 9 Films and Killer Films. Bold Films will finance and coproduce the title… Read

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Will Clarke’s Altitude Films Re-Teaming With ‘Amy’ Director Asif Kapadia For Diego Maradona Doc

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Will Clarke’s Altitude Films is hoping lightning strikes twice by re-uniting with director Asif Kapadia on Maradona, a feature length doc about the brilliant and controversial Argentinian footballer Diega Maradona. Working with Kapadia will be his Amy collaborators James Gay-Reese and Chris King. Altitude released Amy, about the tragic singer Amy Winehouse, in the UK and helped turned it into the highest grossing Brit documentary of all time with grosses of £3.76 million… Read

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Andrew Haigh Set To Direct Alexander McQueen Biopic For Pathe And Damian Jones

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EXCLUSIVE: In one of the hottest development titles coming out of the UK film biz, 45 Years director Andrew Haigh has signed on to direct the Alexander McQueen biopic for producer Damian Jones and Pathe. Red hot playwright Chris Urch, whose latest play The Rolling Stone has just debuted in London to ecstatic reviews, is writing the project. Jones had previously optioned Andrew Wilson’s McQueen biography Blood Beneath The Skin, but the film will not be exclusively based on… Read