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Netflix Takes U.S. & Key Markets On Lily James Romance ‘Guernsey’ By ‘Three Billboards’ Producer Blueprint Pictures

Netflix has taken rights in key markets to upcoming Lily James romance-drama The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, I have learned. The online titan will release in the U.S., Canada, Latin America, Italy, Eastern Europe and SouthEast Asia.  Release date hasn’t been set yet but it should be this year, I’m told. Studiocanal co-financed the film which it will roll out in UK and Aus/NZ in April, France in June and Germany in August. Theatrical roll out will… Read


‘The New Romantic’ Star Jessica Barden & Director Carly Stone On Crafting Bold, Unapologetic Female Characters — SXSW

Making her first feature with the atypical romantic comedy The New Romantic, writer/director Carly Stone brought the film to this year’s SXSW Film Festival, joining stars Jessica Barden (a breakout talent of recent vintage with Netflix series The End of the F***ing World), Hayley Law and Brett Dier at Deadline’s Studio to discuss the film. Pic centers on Blake (Barden), a young woman who, frustrated with a lack of chivalry among guys her own age, turns to life as a sugar… Read


‘Legally Blonde’ Scribe Karen McCullah Signs Up For Fashion Movie Rom-Com ‘The Stylist’

EXCLUSIVE: Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You scribe Karen McCullah has been tapped to adapt fashion and movie-world rom-com The Stylist, the 2016 debut novel from Rosie Nixon, Editor-in- Chief of UK celebrity news bible Hello Magazine. The Stylist charts the escapades of Amber Green, a fashion boutique worker who is mistakenly offered a job as an assistant to infamous, jet-setting “stylist to the stars” Mona Armstrong. The project is being produced by… Read


Allan Loeb Romantic Comedy Brings ‘The Proposal’s Ryan Reynolds & Mandeville Back To Altar

Ryan Reynolds

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has set Allan Loeb to write an untitled romantic comedy star vehicle for Ryan Reynolds that reunites the actor with Mandeville’s David Hoberman and Todd Lieberman. They first teamed on the hit The Proposal, the Reynolds-Sandra Bullock coupler that became 2009’s top-grossing romantic comedy with $317 million worldwide. Mandeville will produce with Reynolds’ Maximum Effort, which recently made a first-look deal at Fox, where he stars in Deadpool… Read


Bart & Fleming: Oscar Ratings & ‘Red Sparrow’ Sunk By Hollywood’s Liberal Trump Bashers?

Jennifer Lawrence Jimmy Kimmel

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. FLEMING: Why were the Oscar ratings down 19% to the smallest viewership level of all time? I found it a most satisfying show. Jimmy Kimmel and producers Mike De Luca and Jennifer Todd did a fine job all the way to the finish line this time, owning last year’s gaffe and ensuring it didn… Read


Jimmy Kimmel Is Enveloped In Getting The Oscars Right This Time: Q&A

Jimmy Kimmel Oscars

If Jimmy Kimmel is nervous about presiding over Sunday’s 90th Oscarcast, he hides it well. In between rehearsals at the Loews Hollywood Hotel adjacent to the Dolby Theatre, Kimmel took a few moments to speak to Deadline about the show he and producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd have cooked up. You can be sure nobody will screw up the delivery of winner envelopes this year, but it turns out that Kimmel would actually be a little disappointed if everything goes… Read


Ex-IM Global Founder Stuart Ford Launches New Content Creator AGC Studios

Stuart Ford AGC Studios

EXCLUSIVE: Stuart Ford, the IM Global founder and CEO who exited acrimoniously last August, has launched a new company with major capital behind him. AGC Studios – short for Accelerated Global Content — is an indie film and television production and licensing company. The venture will be backed initially by three strategic investors: Latin American private asset management firm MediaNet Partners; Silicon Valley entrepreneur, Symantec CEO and Fibonacci Films… Read


‘Cowboy Ninja Viking’ Adds ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Scribe Eric Pearson

Eric Pearson

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Pearson has been set to rewrite Cowboy Ninja Viking, the Universal Pictures film that will star Chris Pratt with Michelle MacLaren directing. Pearson is coming off Thor: Ragnarok. The attitude-laced hard-edged actioner is based on the Image Comics graphic novel by AJ Lieberman and illustrator Riley Rossmo. Pearson takes over an earlier draft written by Craig Mazin, who rewrote the original by Paul Wernick & Everett David Reese. Pratt stars as an assassin… Read


Bart & Fleming: One Of Us Has Oscar Vote And Is Reluctant To Cast It On A Netflix Film

Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this weekly column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. BART: I'm going to post my Oscar ballot this week and, not coincidentally, I notice that an abundance of Netflix ads are crammed into the New York Times and Los Angeles Times. Which triggered me to ask: Do I want a Netflix project to win an Oscar? My answer: not really. Sure, Netflix has… Read


Tent Pole Vet Producer Ian Bryce Makes First Look Netflix Deal

Ian Bryce Netflix

EXCLUSIVE: In a move that signals the growing feature film ambitions of Netflix, the streaming service has made a multi-year first look deal with Ian Bryce, the producer of big scale films that include Saving Private Ryan, Almost Famous, War Machine, and the Transformers franchise. Bryce and his Ian Bryce Productions will move from Paramount Pictures. The producer first worked with Netflix on the David Michod-directed Brad Pitt-starrer War Machine, and the plan is to… Read


Philadelphia Eagles Super Bowl Win Fast Tracks Movie On Long Snapper/Magician Jon Dorenbos

EXCLUSIVE: Producer Mike Tollin has made numerous films and documentaries on sports figures, but the deal he has just closed with Jon Dorenbos puts on a fast track Tollin’s first about a long snapper who moonlights as a magician. Dorenbos spent most of his 15 seasons on a football field as the long snapper for the Philadelphia Eagles, the team that just won the Super Bowl. Freshly retired, Dorenbos is focusing on that second career, after a memorable recent stint on Americ… Read


Olympic Figure Skating Heats Up ‘Moulin Rouge!’ Soundtrack Sales

Attention on the figure skating events in the Winter Olympics in South Korea has done wonders for the soundtrack of the Baz Luhrmann-directed Moulin Rouge!. This is the first Olympics that has allowed skaters to choose their music, and songs from the film have figured in an overwhelming number of the routines of skaters in the singles and pair categories. As a result, the soundtrack of the 2001 musical has shot up to number 15 overall on iTunes (outpacing Taylor Swift’s… Read