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Benderspink Plots ‘Drafted’ Sci-Fi Comic Book Movie

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EXCLUSIVE: Benderspink Productions has locked a long-in-the-making deal to develop Mark Powers' critically acclaimed comic series Drafted. The sci-fi epic feature project will follow the story of Earth's first contact with aliens who arrive to warn humanity of an impending intergalactic invasion. Men, women, and children are conscripted into the battle to save both races' existence, but just as the invaders are defeated, humans learn they may have been helping the wrong… Read


George Eads Exits ‘CSI’ After 15 Seasons

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

This may as well be a moot point as CSI has not been renewed for next season and is heavily on the bubble but if there is a 16th season of the veteran CBS crime procedural, it will be without original cast member George Eads who will depart at the end of this season, sources confirm. Eads is the only CSI original cast member who has been under contract for all 15 seasons to date. He, along with fellow original cast member Jorja Fox, were briefly fired at the beginning of… Read


Michelle MacLaren Inks ‘Wonder Woman’ Gig

Wonder Woman director

As expected, Warner Bros. has signed Game of Thrones and Breaking Bad helmer Michelle MacLaren to direct Wonder Woman, the Gal Gadot-starring tentpole slated to hit theaters in 2017. The DC Comics superheroine standalone will be developed by MacLaren with scribes the studio's still keeping under wraps; Charles Roven, Zack Snyder, and Debbie Snyder are producing alongside Richard Suckle. MacLaren was atop WB's shortlist of potential helmers for the high profile tentpole… Read


Pulitzer-Prize Winning ‘Rent’ Will Play Havana For Christmas

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Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical about artists, squatters and AIDS in New York's Alphabet City in the 1990s will open on Christmas Eve in Havana for a three-month run. The Spanish-language production is being produced by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts. Nederlander says it's the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in Cuba in over 50… Read

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‘Mockingjay’ Flies In A Tad Lower In Weekend B.O. Actuals

Hunger Games Mockingjay Part 1

Monday, 1:14PM: Lionsgate's The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1 generated a final weekend actual of $121.9 million, slightly lower than the distrib's projected $123M yesterday and the industry estimate of $124.8M.  Nonetheless, a record for the year. Per screen for Mockingjay at 4,151 locales was $29,366.   Rival distribs, thirsting for a hit in the marketplace, were bullish on the domestic results for Mockingjay, however, Lionsgate always knew they would be more… Read


UPDATE: ‘Star Wars’ Thanksgiving Teaser To Bring Force To 30 U.S. Theaters

Star Wars Trailer premiere

2ND UPDATE: After Regal jumped the gun announcing Friday's Star Wars sneak peek, Disney and Lucasfilm have gone ahead and announced all 30 North American theaters playing the 88-second Episode VII preview. (Scroll down for the full list.) Among the participating chains cashing in on the ticket-driving force of The Force are Regal, AMC, Carmike, Cinemark, Austin's Alamo Drafthouse, and – of course – Disney's own El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood. The rest of the world will… Read


‘Mad Men’s Jared Harris Signs With ICM

Jared Harris

EXCLUSIVE: Actor Jared Harris has signed with ICM Partners ahead of two big films in 2015, Warner Bros.' The Man From U.N.C.L.E. and Fox 2000's summer horror remake Poltergeist. Harris is known for his turn as Lane Pryce on AMC's Mad Men, which nabbed him a Best Supporting Actor Emmy nod. He also made a memorable mark as the menacing Moriarty of Guy Ritchie's Sherlock Holmes: Game Of Shadows and built his film resume with appearances in I Shot Andy Warhol, The Curious Case… Read


‘True Detective’ Co-Stars Taylor Kitsch, Rachel McAdams, Kelly Reilly Confirmed By HBO For Season 2

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HBO is following its own timetable in announcing the cast of the second season of True Detective. Filming on the eight-episode season has already begun in California. Meanwhile, the pay cable network has just made the second casting announcement, confirming Rachel McAdams, Taylor Kirsch and Kelly Reilly. In the first announcement, the network announced Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn. All five are series regulars. The eight-episode second season of the Nic Pizzolatto crime… Read


Conversations With Jeremy Gerard: Bradley Cooper on ‘American Sniper’ and ‘The Elephant Man’


EXCLUSIVE: You would be hard-pressed to find two more unalike human beings, not to say heroes, than Chris Kyle--dubbed "Legend" by his fellow Navy SEALS--and Joseph Merrick, known throughout late 19th-century London as the Elephant Man: One, a slab of Texas masculinity groomed for the war machine as a sharpshooter in Iraq; the other a specimen of nature gone cruel in the face of a forgiving God, his tortured body a twisted mess of bone and hanging flesh concealing a mind… Read


Leslie Zemeckis Sells Book On Burlesque Siren Lili St. Cyr


Award-winning documentary film maker, Leslie Zemeckis, wife of director Robert Zemeckis, has just sold her second book at auction via agent Eileen Cope at Mark Creative Management. The book is based on the story of legendary, but-little-known, burlesque queen Lili St. Cyr. Producers are kicking the tires for the dramatic rights about the sex symbol and mistress to Orson Welles, Yul Brynner, and Artie Shaw. Her tragic end included living as a recluse addicted to heroin… Read


Michael Stahl-David To Topline Drug-Trade Pilot From Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay


Michael Stahl-David (In Your Eyes) has been cast as the lead in TNT's Untitled Miami Project executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and Michael Bay. Written by Masters Of Sex creator/executive producer Michelle Ashford, the serialized character drama is set in the wild and unpredictable world of the Florida drug trade in the 1970s. It centers on Bobby Nickel (Stahl-David), a charismatic, brilliant and driven man who came from nothing and quickly learned to make his own… Read


Weinstein Collars Pharrell Williams, Gwen Stefani For ‘Paddington’ Tune


TWC has commandeered half the judging panel of The Voice for its upcoming pic Paddington. Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani  will co-write and perform the original song Shine for the family film that gets released January 16 in the U.S. and Canada after a qualifying run in December. Before he made parents wish for deafness with the Despicable Me 2 tune Happy (lovely song, but man did it get overplayed), Pharrell and Gwen previously teamed up on songs including Hollaback G… Read


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