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Netflix Sets ‘Batman’ Director Matt Reeves’ 6th & Idaho In Multi-Year Exclusive First Look Film Deal

Matt Reeves

EXCLUSIVE: In the latest bold step for the movie division of Netflix, the company has made one of its most significant overall deals with an A-list feature filmmaker. Matt Reeves, who moved from War For The Planet Of The Apes into writing to direct the next solo Batman movie for Warner Bros and DC, is berthing his 6th & Idaho banner to a deal that will give Netflix an exclusive first look at any feature films that Reeves wants to produce and/or direct through his… Read


‘Grown-ish’ Review: ‘Black-ish’ Spinoff Straight-Up Good, No -Ish Required


The new year is kicking off with a flurry of new shows and seasons, but few will be as good in the early part of 2018 as Freeform’s January 3-debuting Grown-ish. A spinoff of ABC's Emmy-winning and Golden Globe-nominated Black-ish, the 13-episode college-set series led by Yara Shahidi is both funny and discerning. Executive produced by Kenya Barris and Larry Wilmore, among others, and given lift-off by the original show last year, Grown-ish sees Shahidi's Zoey Johnson… Read

Box Office

How The Overwhelming Disney-Fox Movie Lineup Will Impact Rivals And Exhibitors

Star Wars The Last Jedi Avatar

If Disney and Fox had merged last year, the combined studio’s domestic box office would have equaled $4.5 billion. That number creeps close to a 40% market share, a figure no major studio has ever hit. Book-ended by two Star Wars releases plus its Marvel and Pixar fare, Disney by itself hit an industry stateside record of $3 billion in 2016. Before the studio closes out this year with Star Wars: The Last Jedi, a Disney/Fox combo would already be poised to topple that… Read


‘The Meyerowitz Stories’ Star Elizabeth Marvel On Leaving Her Comfort Zone For Noah Baumbach – The Contenders Video

Elizabeth Marvel

As POTUS Elizabeth Keane on Showtime's hit series Homeland, Elizabeth Marvel has become pretty well acquainted with the concept of female empowerment. But while he was casting his Netflix film The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected), director Noah Baumbach surprised the actress by offering her the role of Jean, the quiet, dowdy but laconically funny youngest sibling of the Meyerowitz clan. "You know," she mused at Deadline's seventh annual The Contenders awards-season… Read


‘Jean-Claude Van Johnson’ Review: Muscles From Brussels Is Strong In Satire

Jean Claude Van Johnson

When the pilot for Jean-Claude Van Johnson first popped up on Amazon in August of last year, I have to admit I liked the Dave Callaham-created project, but I really didn't think it could work as a series. Well, now that the six-episode first season of the series starring Jean-Claude Van Damme is set for a December 15 launch, it’s time for me to admit I was so wrong on that one. Funny, smart where you don't expect it, a bit shameless, framed literally and figuratively like… Read


National Film Registry Adds ‘Die Hard’, ‘The Goonies’, ‘Titanic’ & More – Full List

With the holidays soon upon us, it’s time for the Library of Congress’ annual list of the 25 movies it has added to the National Film Registry. Fans of John McClane, misfit adventures and Kate & Leo have reason to cheer as Die Hard, The Goonies and Titanic are among the titles that have been selected this year for their “cultural, historic and/or aesthetic importance” to American heritage. Spanning the period 1905-2000, the films named to the registry include Hollywood… Read


Golden Globes Nominations Snubs & Surprises

Get Out

In the first major awards announcement since widespread allegations of sexual harassment and sexual assault have swarmed Hollywood, this morning's nominations for the 75th annual Golden Globes were a wake-up call on many levels for some. Check out some of the most noteworthy names and titles passed over by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association on Monday. VeepThe most celebrated sitcom of the past few years, HBO’s Veep was shut out of the nominations for the first… Read


WME Agent Lindsay Dunn Takes Exec Veep Production Post For Russo Brothers Studio

EXCLUSIVE: Lindsay Dunn has been named Executive Vice President Production at Russo Brothers Studio, the new production venture formed by Avengers: Infinity War directors Joe and Anthony Russo. She leaves WME, where she has been a longtime television agent. Dunn will oversee both film and television projects for the Russo Brothers and report to production president Mike Larocca. "As longtime clients of WME, Lindsay has become one of the people in the industry who we most… Read


Anonymous Content Makes Long-Term First-Look With Michael Sugar’s Sugar23 Productions

Michael Sugar

EXCLUSIVE: Michael Sugar, longtime manager-producer at Anonymous Content, has formed Sugar23, a producing shingle that launches with a multi-year first-look deal with Anonymous Content. The deal allows for Sugar’s growing producing ambitions while keeping him in the AC fold. Sugar, the Oscar-winning producer of Spotlight and whose credits include The Knick, The OA, the upcoming Maniac and One Day She'll Darken, will continue to manage his clients through the Anonymous… Read


AFI Fest Centerpieces Set: ‘Call Me By Your Name’, ‘The Disaster Artist’ & ‘Hostiles’

The Disaster Artist

Sony Pictures Classics’ Call Me By Your Name, A24’s The Disaster Artist and Entertainment Studios’ Hostiles have been set as the Centerpiece Galas for this year’s AFI Fest, which runs November 9-16. The festival also said it is hosting a tribute to Errol Morris after the screening of his Wormwood. Gala screenings will take place at the TCL Chinese Theatre and the Morris tribute will take place at the Egyptian Theatre. The fest already announced the Dee Rees’ Mudbound will… Read


‘Big Guns,’ A Satirical Novel About The Gun Lobby By Former NY Congressman Steve Israel, Picked Up For Feature

Steve Israel

EXCLUSIVE: Indie producer J. Todd Harris and his company, Branded Pictures Entertainment have optioned the motion picture rights to Big Guns,  a satirical novel about the gun industry by former New York congressman Steve Israel. The book, which has a street date of April 17, 2018 from Simon & Schuster, is on a fast-track for development, as gun legislation continues to be a galvanizing national issue. This country suffered its largest mass shooting in Las Vegas only 19… Read


WME | IMG Finance, Sales Become Endeavor Content; TWC’s Negeen Yazdi, MRC’s Joe Hipps Join

Endeavor Logo New

WME and IMG’s film and scripted television finance and sales groups have been brought together under Endeavor Content, a label that will be steered by co-presidents and WME partners Graham Taylor and Chris Rice. The move comes a week after WME | IMG revived the Endeavor label as a holding company, bringing back the name of the agency steered by Ari Emanuel and Patrick Whitesell that merged with WMA eight years ago. WME will continue to be the name of the talent agency… Read