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Costume Designer-Turned-Helmer Courtney Hoffman To Direct Feature From Her ‘The Good Time Girls’ Short

Hateful Eight costume designer Courtney Hoffman

EXCLUSIVE: Argent Pictures has acquired the feature rights to The Good Time Girls, Courtney Hoffman's widely acclaimed feminist western short film. The film production/financing company run by Jill Ahrens, Ryan Ahrens and Ben Renzo, will finance and produce the feature remake, and they've set a February start date in New Mexico. That means that Hoffman, who scripted the film adaptation of the short with Lucy Teitler, and who directed the while establishing herself as a… Read


Mahershala Ali To Star In Anonymous Content’s A.J. Wolfe Crime Tale ‘Burn’

EXCLUSIVE: Anonymous Content has acquired Burn, the upcoming true-crime thriller by A.J. Wolfe. The producer is teamed on the feature film adaptation with Oscar winning Moonlight star Mahershala Ali. He will star in the film and be executive producer. Anonymous Content’s Nicole Clemens and Kevin Cotter will produce it. The book will be adapted by Fredrick Kotto, the former detective-turned-screenwriter. Kotto and Artillery Creative's Tom Carter will also be executive… Read

Box Office

‘Justice League’ Unites $27.3M After Two Days At International Box Office

Justice League

FRIDAY UPDATE: Warner Bros/DC’s Justice League opened in another 38 markets on Thursday to take the total to 47. In so doing, it added $18M, bringing the running international box office cume to $27.3M. Not included in that total is today’s Day One China flash estimate which is $15.1M on approximately 21,000 screens and taking a 65% share of the Top 5 films. The Middle Kingdom start is WB’s 2nd biggest opening day ever behind Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, and is… Read


Viola Davis, Malcolm D. Lee In Universal Deal For Terry McMillan Novel ‘I Almost Forgot About You’

Viola Davis

EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures has has won an auction and has optioned from The Jackal Group the rights to Terry McMillan’s bestseller I Almost Forgot About You, which the studio will mount a star vehicle for Oscar-winning Fences star Viola Davis, with Girls Trip helmer Malcolm D. Lee directing. The Jackal Group's Gail Berman and Joe Earley, who acquired McMillan’s novel back back in May, are producing alongside Davis, her husband and JuVee Productions partner Julius… Read


Sony Pictures Confirms Quentin Tarantino Deal; Margot Robbie, Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio Circling

Quentin Tarantino

UPDATED with Sony confirmation: Sony Pictures chief Tom Rothman just validated Deadline’s morning scoop that the studio won worldwide rights on Quentin Tarantino’s new film, the first of his long career to not be directed for either Miramax or The Weinstein Company. This email was just dispersed internally on the Culver City lot. Dear Colleagues, I am pleased to report that late last night, Sony did indeed succeed in securing the worldwide rights in all media to Quentin Ta… Read


Val Kilmer Tells Great Stories From A Terrific Career: Q&A

Val Kilmer The Super

EXCLUSIVE: When Val Kilmer was presented with the Grand Honorary Award for outstanding contribution to cinema at the Sitges genre festival in Spain last month, he wanted to do one interview about his career. The catch was, it had to be done in an email back and forth, because he is recovering from cancer treatments to his throat and did not have his voice at the time. That festival also premiered The Super, a Stephan Rick-directed genre film Kilmer stars in with Chicago… Read


‘Shoot The Messenger’: Trailer, Premiere Date Set For WGN America Crime Thriller

WGN America has set the premiere date and released a trailer for Shoot the Messenger, an eight-part thriller starring Orphan Black‘s Elyse Levesque. The series will premiere Monday February 26, 2018 at 10 pm ET/9 pm CT. Shoot the Messenger follows Daisy Channing (Elyse Levesque), a young reporter trying to balance a messy personal life with a burgeoning career. Things begin to go sideways for Daisy when she witnesses a murder she thinks is gang related, only to find… Read

Constantin Film Lands Rights To Comic Series ‘Danger Girl’

Constantin Film acquired rights to the comic book series Danger Girl, and will team with Jeremy Bolt's Bolt Pictures and Adrian Askarieh's Prime Universe Films to produce a film and develop a TV show from the property. Constantin's Robert Kulzer will produce along with Bolt and Askarieh. Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz will be exec producer along with the comic’s creators, J. Scott Campbell and Andy Hartnell. They will go out to writers and directors immediately. Launched… Read


‘Frontier’ Trailer: Netflix Unveils Look At Jason Momoa Series’ Season 2

“Am I going to hell?” says Jason Momoa’s fur-covered Declan Harp, trudging across a bitter, snowy landscape so cold you can feel it just watching. But hell? No, just the second season of Netflix’s Frontier. The new season bows November 24, with all episodes available for streaming. Says Netflix about the return: In this epic second season, the frontier expands with spectacular new views of the northern wilderness, and new players entering the ruthless game in the quest… Read


James Franco, Simon Kinberg, ‘Wonder Woman’ Scribe Allan Heinberg Team On Fox’s Marvel Mutant ‘Multiple Man’

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is developing a film vehicle for James Franco to play the Marvel Comics character Multiple Man, with Wonder Woman scribe Allan Heinberg writing the script, and Simon Kinberg and his Genre Films producing along with Franco and Ramona Films, the shingle that Franco runs with brother Dave Franco and Vincent Jolivette. The character is part of the X-Men universe, which Fox controls and continues to exploit with Kinberg at the center of all the movies. Multiple M… Read


Mel Gibson, Frank Grillo In Talks For Joe Carnahan-Directed ‘Boss Level’

Mel Gibson Frank Grillo Joe Carnahan

EXCLUSIVE: Mel Gibson and Frank Grillo are in talks to star in Boss Level, an action thriller that Joe Carnahan will direct next year. The premise: Every day, a retired special forces veteran (Grillo) is trapped in a never-ending loop resulting in his death. In order to stop his endless suffering, he must figure out who is responsible and stop them. Carnahan wrote the script. The film will be financed by Emmett/Furla/Oasis, and produced by Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Mark… Read


‘Deadpool 2’ Teaser Trailer: Happy Trees, Painting Lessons & Sneak Peeks

Deadpool, happy trees and some flashes of the upcoming, untitled Deadpool sequel make “Wet on Wet” – the  name of the new teaser trailer – maybe the oddest bit of promotion in recent memory. A parody of those old Bob Ross painting lessons on PBS, the teaser is framed with Deadpool – we can assume it’s Ryan Reynolds under the mask and Ross wig – speaking in the mellifluous tones of the late, laid-back artist, “whacking off” his wet paintbrush against the easel – standard… Read