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Kat Dennings To Star In Hulu Pilot ‘Dollface’; ‘I, Tonya’s Margot Robbie, Bryan Unkeless Producing

Kat Dennings

EXCLUSIVE: Kat Dennings has found her next series vehicle after 2 Broke Girls. She is set to star in Dollface for Hulu. She plays a young woman who, after being dumped by her longtime boyfriend, must metaphorically re-enter the world of women, and rekindle the female friendships she left behind. Jordan Weiss is the writer, creator and executive producer. Veep‘s Stephanie Laing will direct the pilot and be a producer. 2 Broke Girls ended last May after six seasons and set… Read


Oscars 2018: A Look At Contenders In The Best Animated Feature Race

With only a handful of Oscar-nominated directors in the running for Best Animated Feature this year, the race feels wide open, with no obvious frontrunners and the potential for any number of up-and-coming helmers to break through. Winning for Zootopia last year, Walt Disney Studios should be in the mix with Lee Unkrich's anticipated Pixar entry Coco—a Day of the Dead- themed musical feature centering on a young boy's journey through the Land of the Dead. Another… Read


Jay Pharoah, Katt Williams, Keke Palmer In Lionsgate Laffer ‘#Twominutesoffame’

Jay Pharoah Katt Williams Keke Palmer

EXCLUSIVE: After moving seamlessly from Saturday Night Live to the Showtime sitcom White Famous, Jay Pharoah has been set as a lead of #twominutesoffame, starring with Katt Williams and Keke Palmer in a Lionsgate/CodeBlack feature comedy fused to the studio’s Laugh Out Loud streaming network that launched in August. Pharoah will play an up-and-coming social media sensation who travels to L.A. with dreams of becoming a big stand-up comedy star, after his impressions of an… Read


‘Get Out’ Director Jordan Peele: Scaring Up Racial Dialogue By Fusing Genre With Polemic

While he built an Emmy-winning career in socially aware comedy, those who knew Jordan Peele weren't surprised when he married a polemical theme to the horror genre for his feature directorial debut Get Out. Peele grew up a self-described movie nerd, with an encyclopedic knowledge of horror films, and after Get Out became one of the most wildly profitable films in memory, with a $253 million global gross on a $4.5 million budget, the film's clever play on race relations in… Read


‘Don’t Talk To Irene’ Filmmaker Pat Mills Signs With Verve

EXCLUSIVE: Pat Mills, who directed the comedy Don’t Talk to Irene, which debuted in Toronto this year and won the Austin Film Festival’s Comedy Vanguard Award last month, has signed with Verve. The coming-of-age comedy is about a young, overweight girl who wants to become a cheerleader. It stars newcomer Michelle McLeod. Mills is developing a limited TV series based on his own experiences in Canada, when he had long blond hair and everyone thought he was a teenage girl… Read


Bryan Cranston Talks ‘Last Flag Flying’ And His Upcoming Turn As Howard Beale In ‘Network’ On The London Stage

Bryan Cranston is living in London right now, starring in the National Theatre’s production of Network for director Ivo van Hove. And, earlier this month, his new film Last Flag Flying, directed by Richard Linklater, opened in the US. The two projects could not be more different. In the first, he is the mad as hell Howard Beale, determined not to take it anymore. And in Last Flag Flying he is Sal Nealon, a Vietnam vet whose larger-than-life personality lights up every… 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


‘Still The King’ Billy Ray Cyrus Comedy Series Canceled By CMT After 2 Seasons

Still The King

CMT has opted not to pick up a third season of scripted comedy Still The King starring Billy Ray Cyrus. Still the King, CMT’s first original scripted series, was a breakout, with its 2016 debut marking the network's highest-rated original series premiere at the time with more than 4.7 million total viewers in Live+3 across three Viacom networks. Its second season aired this past summer. Under the new Viacom leadership, CMT, a reinforcing brand in the new structure, has… Read


Monty Python’s ‘Life of Brian’ Scores Theatrical Release With Trafalgar Deal

Monty Python's Life of Brian is to get a worldwide theatrical release to celebrate its 40th anniversary after Trafalgar Releasing acquired the rights outside of the U.S. Trafalgar is to release the classic comedy, which was the British troupe's second feature film following the release of Holy Grail, in cinemas to celebrate the occasion. It has secured international rights outside of North America, Australia, New Zealand and French speaking territories. Trafalgar… 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


Streaming Service BritBox Launches Xmas Specials and Simulcasts UK Shows

BritBox, the streaming service set up by BBC Worldwide and ITV that delivers UK fare to U.S. audiences, is launching more than 100 Christmas specials in December and is simulcasting a number of shows for the first time. The service will launch a range of comedies, period dramas and entertainment series across the month. It also will near-simulcast The Queen's Christmas Message, an annual UK tradition, Carols From Kings Event as well as air holiday specials of BBC One soap… 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