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With ‘The Breadwinner’ & ‘First They Killed My Father’, Angelina Jolie Casts Light On Children In War-Torn Countries

Seeing her latest directorial outing, First They Killed My Father, selected as the Cambodian entry this year for Best Foreign Language Film, humanitarian and Oscar-winning actress Angelina Jolie has also been making the rounds of late in support of The Breadwinner, Nora Twomey's Oscar-nominated animated feature, which she produced. Based on a best-selling novel by Deborah Ellis, The Breadwinner tells the story of Parvana, a young Afghan girl whose father is sent to… Read

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‘Paddington’s Paul King In Talks To Direct Live-Action ‘Pinocchio’ For Disney

Paddington movie director Paul King is in talks to direct the live-action version of Pinocchio based on the 1941 Disney classic of the same name. Wonder screenwriter Jack Thorne is scripting and the studio wants to put it before the cameras this fall. Pinocchio is just the latest in a long string of movies coming out of the library — re-imagined and finding box office gold. Just last year Disney released the live-action version of Beauty and the Beast which ended up with… Read

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Mark Pellington To Direct ‘The Enemy Within’ NBC Pilot; Peter Atencio To Helm ABC’s ‘Whiskey Cavalier’

Mark Pellington (Blindspot) is set to direct NBC drama pilot The Enemy Within, from Gotham executive producer Ken Woodruff, NBC executive-turned-producer Vernon Sanders and Universal TV. The Enemy Within is a character-driven investigative thriller set in the world of counterintelligence. It focuses on former CIA agent Erica Wolfe, the most notorious traitor in modern history and most hated woman in America, who is brought out of a federal supermax prison by the FBI to… Read

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‘Get Out’s Jordan Peele & Daniel Kaluuya Reveal The Careful Chemistry Behind Most Combustible Best Picture Nominee

With the final voting about to begin for the Best Picture Oscar, Deadline looks at the challenges and the hard road for each of the nine finalists. First up is our AwardsLine cover story film, Get Out. What led Get Out toward becoming the rare genre film that, on a $4.5 million budget, grossed over $255 million globally and drew the most Oscar nominations of any horror film since The Sixth Sense and The Silence of the Lambs? Jordan Peele's hit scored four nominations, for… Read

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Randall Einhorn To Direct ABC’s Tim Doyle Comedy Pilot

Prolific director-producer Randall Einhorn has signed on to helm ABCs untitled single-camera comedy pilot from former Last Man Standing showrunner Tim Doyle. This is Einhorn’s first pilot directing gig under his new deal with ABC Studios. Written and executive produced by Doyle, the untitled comedy is set in the 1970s and revolves around an Irish-Catholic family with a working-class dad, traditional mom and eight boisterous sons who navigate changes big and small during… Read

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‘I Am Not A Witch’ Director Rungano Nyoni Worked With Non-Professionals Overseas On “Super-Ambitious” Zambian Fairy Tale

Of all the films eligible for this year's BAFTAs, Rungano Nyoni's feature debut I Am Not a Witch is definitely the least categorizable. An African story strong on social comment and with definite contemporary relevance, it is leavened with scenes of lyrical magic realism and pierced with streaks of scathing, jet-black satire as a nine-year-old girl, Shula (newcomer Maggie Mulubwa), is accused of witchcraft and sent to a prison camp where women are bound by yards of ribbon… Read

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‘I Mom So Hard’: Freddie Prinze Jr. & David Fynn To Co-Star In CBS Comedy Pilot, Don Scardino To Direct

EXCLUSIVE Freddie Prinze Jr. (24) and David Fynn (Undateable) have been tapped as male leads opposite Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley in CBS’ multi-camera comedy pilot I Mom So Hard from former 2 Broke Girls executive producer Michelle Nader, Rob Thomas (Veronica Mars) and Warner Bros. TV. In addition, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone helmer Don Scardino has been tapped to direct. This marks Scardino’s second pilot directing gig this season; he also did the Fox… Read

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‘The Big Sick’ Helmer Michael Showalter Set To Direct the CW Pilot ‘In the Dark’

Michael Showalter, coming off directing the hit indie comedy The Big Sick, has been tapped to direct and executive produce the CW pilot In the Dark, from CBS TV Studios and Ben Stiller's Red Hour Films. Written by Corinne Kingsbury, the project centers on a flawed and irreverent young woman who just happens to be blind and is the only "witness" to the murder of her drug-dealing friend. When the police dismiss her story, she sets out with her dog, Pretzel, to find the… Read

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John Dahl To Direct ‘For Love’ ABC Drama Pilot

John Dahl (Outlander) is set to direct and executive produce ABC drama pilot For Love, from writer Michael Cooney, producer Kim Moses and ABC Studios. Written by Cooney, For Love centers on Hope Castille. Five years ago, her fiancé was killed. This morning she received a phone call from him. An epic love triangle set against a grounded, secret world of magic in present day New Orleans. Cooney and Moses executive produce. Dahl directed the pilots for Starz’s Outlander and M… Read

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‘Roswell’: Julie Plec To Direct the CW’s Reboot Pilot

Prolific writer-producer Julie Plec (The Vampire Diaries, The Originals) has landed her first pilot directing gig, with the CW’s Roswell reboot, from writer Carina Adly MacKenzie, Amblin TV, Bender Brown Prods and Warner Bros. TV. Plec also will executive produce the pilot and will continue as executive producer via her My So-Called Company production banner if the pilot is ordered to series. Written and executive produced by The Originals scribe MacKenzie, the new Roswell… Read

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Jung Byung-Gil To Direct Gerard Butler In ‘Afterburn’

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EXCLUSIVE: Original Film, G-BASE and Endurance Media are setting action director Jung Byung-gil to helm the Gerard Butler-starrer Afterburn. The film is eyeing a late summer production start from a script by Matt Johnson (Into The Blue). Jung made a splash at last Cannes with The Villainess, and before that Confession of a Murder, which was recently remade into the Japanese-language hit Memoirs of a Murderer. Neal Moritz and Toby Jaffe are producing through Original Film… Read

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Martin McDonagh On Oscars And Snubs, Heading Back To Broadway, And How ‘Three Billboards’ Hit A Nerve In The #TimesUp Era – Behind The Lens

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Martin McDonagh is riding high. This coming Sunday he is nominated for no less than four BAFTA Awards for Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, and two weeks later will be at the Oscars where the film is up for seven Academy Awards including writing and Best Picture for McDonagh himself. Rather shockingly, he was overlooked by the Academy’s Directors Branch for a directing nomination, and we discuss that “snub” during a wide-ranging conversation on my Deadline video… Read