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Mary J. Blige Joins Cast of ‘Mudbound’ With Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedland & Carey Mulligan

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EXCLUSIVE: Soul singer Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Dee Rees’ Mudbound alongside Jason Mitchell, Jason Clarke, Garrett Hedland and Carey Mulligan. The project, which starts filming soon in New Orleans, follows two men returning home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. Once there, they struggle to deal with racism and adjust to postwar life. Cassian Elwes, Charles King, Kim Roth, Sally Jo Effenson Chris Lemole, Tim Zajaros and Carl Effenson… Read

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Disney Mulling Live-Action Version Of ‘The Little Mermaid’

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EXCLUSIVE: Execs at Disney are in the early stages of reviving Hans Christian Anderson’s The Little Mermaid as a live-action feature. Disney produchttp://deadline.com/2016/05/disney-beauty-and-the-beast-live-action-teaser-1201761213/tion chiefs recently heard a new take and are currently evaluating whether to proceed with the idea. Deadline understands that initial discussions have also taken place with major producers, including some with a strong connection to the… Read

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Netflix, Amazon Face Calls For European Content Quota

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The European Commission announced Wednesday it would be seeking to impose a quota for on-demand and streaming video services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime of at least 20% European content across its film and TV catalogues. The Commission is also pushing to allow individual EU member states to force on-demand and streaming services to invest directly in European film and TV series through production or as a levy out of revenues payable into a fund. The moves come as the… Read

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Burt Kwouk Dies: Actor Played Cato In Seven ‘Pink Panther’ Movies

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Burt Kwouk, the veteran actor most closely associated with the role of the long-suffering Cato in The Pink Panther series opposite Peter Sellers, has died at age 85. A statement released by the actor’s family confirmed Kwouk passed away peacefully May 24. Kwouk was born in Warrington in the UK but lived in Shanghai until he was 17. His long career took in seven Pink Panther films, three James Bonds as well as appearances in Doctor Who and The Avengers. Kwouk’s big break… Read

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Google’s Paris Office Raided By Tax Investigators

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Internet giant Google’s Paris headquarters were raided Tuesday by French investigators as part of a probe over tax payments, according to reports. A story in French daily Le Parisien gave details of the search, which is believed to have taken place in the early hours of the morning. Dozens of investigators are believed to have taken part. It marks the latest escalation in the ongoing battle over the levels of tax paid by internet giants such as Google, who have exploited… Read

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Tribune Rejects Gannett’s Second Try At L.A. Times Takeover, Boosts Position

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UPDATE with Gannett’s response: For the second time, Los Angeles Times owner Tribune Publishing Company has rejected Gannett Company's $15-per-share takeover bid. The door isn’t closed, however. Tribune, which also owns the Chicago Tribune and the Baltimore Sun, said Monday that it was open to further discussion. In a statement, Tribune CEO Justin Dearborn called Gannett’s $864 million bid “inadequate,” adding that, "we remain unrelenting in our pursuit of value whether… Read

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Studio Canal Chief Didier Lupfer Lays Out Challenges & Opportunities Ahead For Europe’s Major Player – Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Didier Lupfer might just have been the busiest man in Cannes. The well-respected Lupfer is chairman and chief exec of Studio Canal, by some measure Europe’s biggest film company with distribution in the UK, France, Germany, Benelux (as well as Australia and New Zealand) and a thriving multi-lingual production business. As if that wasn’t enough, he is also the head of cinema at Canal Plus, the troubled French pay TV giant that looms large over the French film… Read

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Focus Shows Appetite For Critics Week’s Hit ‘Raw’; Director Julia Ducournau In-Demand Fest Breakout Star- Cannes

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EXCLUSIVE: Focus Features is circling Critics Week’s flesh-eating thriller Raw in a deal that would see it take most of the world, including domestic rights. The deal isn’t closed yet but Focus — as well as other buyers — have been hungrily eyeing the film, which debuted to strong reviews. Raw is the debut feature directorial effort of French filmmaker Julia Ducournau and its premiere in Cannes has positioned as her as a major new talent. One buyer likened the buzz around… Read

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Netflix Commissions First Argentinian Series ‘Edha’ From Daniel Burman

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Netflix has commissioned its first original series out of Argentina with Daniel Burman’s Edha. The series will start production in Buenos Aires and debut exclusively on Netflix worldwide next year. Acclaimed filmmaker Burman’s credits include El Rey del Once and El Abrazo Partido.  Written by Daniel Burman, Mario Segade and Oficina Burman's writers room, the one hour, 13 ep season will follow the life of Edha, a young, successful fashion designer and single mother, who is… Read

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Margot Robbie In Talks To Join Domhnall Gleeson In ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ About Winnie The Pooh Creator AA Milne

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Just a day after news broke that Margot Robbie had been the catalyst for a Harley Quinn spin-off project, Deadline has confirmed the 25-year-old Australian actress is in what we’re hearing is negotiations to appear in Simon Curtis’ Goodbye Christopher Robin. That project, set up at Fox Searchlight, charts the relationship between A.A. Milne and his son, which led to the creation of Winnie the Pooh, named after Milne's son Robin's teddy bear. Robin, who initially had a… Read

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Amazon Takes AMC’s ‘Preacher’ For UK, Germany And Japan

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Amazon has struck a deal with Sony Pictures Television to take the exclusive broadcast rights to AMC’s Preacher for the UK, Germany, Austria and Japan. The show, produced by Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg and showrunner Sam Catlin, will be available to Amazon Prime members a day after its U.S. launch on May 23, with subsequent episodes made available from June 6, only a day after they air in the U.S. The show is based on Garth Ennis and Steve Dillon’s graphic novel and follows… Read

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MadRiver Pictures And Insiders Form International Sales Joint Venture IMR International – Cannes

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In a surprise Cannes move, sales companies Insiders and MadRiver Pictures are forming a joint venture called IMR International. The new entity will handle international sales across all Insiders and MadRiver films and aim to offer 12-16 films a year. The news was announced today by Insiders’ Vincent Maraval and MadRiver’s Marc Butan and Kim Fox. Fox will lead the JV’s operations out of Los Angeles. MadRiver and Insiders will continue to exist and operate as separate… Read