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Universal Wins ‘Good Boys:’ Edgy Comedy Stars Jacob Tremblay With Eisenberg & Stupnitsky Directing

Jacob Tremblay

EXCLUSIVE: In a competitive situation, Universal Pictures acquired Good Boys, a randy comedy vehicle for Jacob Tremblay — the young star of Room and Wonder — with a script by Lee Eisenberg & Gene Stupnitsky and the duo set to make its directorial debut. Universal acquired a package that came with a green light and a July production start with a budget in the $20 million range. Tremblay has proven himself to be an adorable screen presence in his first two films. This film… Read


‘High Castle’s Sebastian Roché Sets West End Debut In Modern ‘Tartuffe’

The Man in the High Castle‘s Sebastian Roché will make his West End stage debut alongside Peaky BlindersPaul Anderson in playwright Christopher Hampton’s adaptation of Moliere's Tartuffe. Performances are set to begin May 25 at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, with Roché playing Orgon to Anderson’s Tartuffe. Gerald Garutti, the former dramaturg of the French People's National Theatre, directs the production that’s being billed as the West End’s first-ever dual language… Read


Wes Anderson’s ‘Isle Of Dogs’ Nabs China Release In Hat Trick For Fox Searchlight

China last month rang in the Year of the Dog, and on April 20 will spread the puppy love with Wes Anderson’s Isle Of Dogs. The stop-motion animated pic debuted as the opener of the Berlin Film Festival in February and yesterday secured an official release date in the Middle Kingdom. This is the third Fox Searchlight title ever to be released in China, after Oscar winners The Shape Of Water and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri. Isle Of Dogs is going in as a… Read

Box Office

‘Tomb Raider’ Tops $105M Offshore, Digs $41M In China – International Box Office

Tomb Raider

TUESDAY AM UPDATE, writethru with actuals: In its 2nd weekend of overseas play, Warner Bros/MGM's Tomb Raider unearthed $87.2M across 65 markets, coming in well ahead of the Sunday estimate. That includes China where the No. 1 debut was a solid $41.3M, ranking as Warner Bros' 7th biggest opener ever and landing on par with Wonder Woman and Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle. The full cume at the international box office is $105.2M for $129M worldwide through Sunday. Rival… Read


WGA Not Alone in Challenging TV Packaging Deals; 9th Circuit To Rule In Legal Case

Hollywood Sign

Oral arguments heard last month in an anti-packaging case before the U.S. Ninth District Court of Appeals are drawing parallels to allegations made by the WGA, which has accused the major Hollywood talent agencies of monopolizing the packaging of scripted TV shows. The WGA East and WGA West claim the packaging profits reaped by the top agencies pose an inherent "conflict of interest" to their fiduciary duty to represent the best interests of writers, and are preparing to r… Read


Peter Bart: Donald Trump’s Nightmare, Stormy Daniels Has A Secret Side As Prolific Film Director With Skills

Stormy Daniels

Along with the compelling stage name Stormy Daniels, Stephanie Clifford has more sides to her than the ones for which she has become best known – porn film star and giant thorn in the side of the President of the United States. Clifford’s lesser known side is that she is a prolific director of movies, albeit porn titles that include Sex Door Neighbors, Lust on the Prairie, and Space Nuts. At a moment where women are gaining ever greater recognition for their ability to… Read


Amazon’s ‘Sneaky Pete’ Expected To Get A Season 3 After Securing California Relocation With TV Tax Credit

Sneaky Pete

Amazon’s Sneaky Pete will move production from New York To California for what now is likely its upcoming third season after being conditionally approved for $9.2 million worth of Golden State tax credits, highlighting the latest round of TV project allocation from the state’s expanded Film & TV Tax Credit Program. The California Film Commission’s latest TV application period, held February 12-16, was open only to relocating series and recurring series already accepted… Read


‘SNL’: Anderson Cooper Addresses White House Firings; John Goodman & Fred Armisen Make Surprise Visits

Alex Moffat brought his Anderson Cooper to an all-star Saturday Night Live cold open tonight (see video below), which addressed the recent White House firings of acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson. McCabe didn’t make an appearance, but Tillerson popped up in all his flustered Texan glory, in the form of special guest John Goodman. “Rexy” was soon joined onstage by other SNL vets, including Fred Armisen as Fire and Fury author Michael… Read


‘Will & Grace’ Cast React To Season 3 Renewal; Talk Favorite Guest Stars

With the Will & Grace revival’s Season 3 renewal announcement, fans rejoiced at PaleyFest in Los Angeles on Saturday. This will also be a longer run than the previous season, said creator/executive producer Max Mutchnick. “We have been picked up for five more episodes next year, so we're not doing 13, we're doing 18,” he said, while cast members Debra Messing and Eric McCormack got up and did a little dance on the PaleyFest stage, and Megan Mullally kicked up her legs up… Read


Hispanic Group Urges Netflix To Give ‘One Day At A Time’ A Season 3

The National Hispanic Media Coalition has issued an open letter to Netflix urging that its sitcom One Day At A Time be renewed for a third season. The show, an update of Norman Lear’s late 1970s-early ’80s CBS comedy of the same name, features a Cuban-American family living in Los Angeles. It deals with issue-centric themes around a single mom, her kids, and Cuban mother from a Latinx perspective. Justina Machado, Rita Moreno, Todd Grinnell and Isabella Gomez star. The… Read


‘Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?’ Cheating Scandal Stage Play ‘Quiz’ Being Remade For Television By Left Bank Pictures

EXCLUSIVE: Charles Ingram, a former British army major, caused a major scandal in the early 2000s after being caught cheating his way to winning £1 million on the game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? The incident has been turned into a stage play, Quiz, by rising British writer James Graham and is now set to make its own way to television after Left Bank Pictures began developing it into a drama. The Crown producer is working with Graham — best known for political… Read


WGA Data: 87% Of All Scripted TV Shows Are Packaged


Nearly 90% of all TV shows are packaged by talent agencies, and nearly 80% of those shows are packaged by WME and CAA, according to data collected by the Writers Guild of America West. In a review of the 2016-2017 television season, WGA West found that 87% of the more than 300 series produced that year were packaged by the agencies, and that "packaging is dominated by WME and CAA," which accounted for 79% of all the packaged series. The guild has been holding a series of… Read