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Bella Heathcote To Play Christian Grey’s Ex Leila In ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

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EXCLUSIVE: Bella Heathcote has been set to join the cast of Fifty Shades Darker, the second installment of the trilogy based on E L James' worldwide bestselling Fifty Shades Of Grey book series. Heathcote, who starred in Dark Shadows, opens today in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. James Foley is directing both Fifty Shades Darker and Fifty Shades Freed with Niall Leonard adapting the screenplay for the next two films. Heathcote joins Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson, who… Read

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Former Top Fox Exec Joe Earley Named President Of Gail Berman’s Jackal Group

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A month after Joe Earley left Fox following a 21-year executive tenure, he is back in the company fold as president of The Jackal Group, Gail Berman’s joint production venture with Fox TV Group. Earley will oversee all areas of The Jackal Group’s television, film, theater and digital divisions, reporting to chairman and CEO Berman in a reunion of the two executives who worked together at Fox Broadcasting Co. when Berman was entertainment president there. “Joe is an… Read

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‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Reaches Unprecedented Height At Domestic B.O. With $900M, $2B Worldwide

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Today, the highest grossing film in domestic box office history, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, will click past $900M after 50 days in release. In addition, the Disney pic is crossing the $2 billion worldwide mark tomorrow in its 53rd day of global release, still the third-highest on a worldwide basis after James Cameron’s Avatar ($2.78B) and Titanic ($2.19B). By comparison, former all-time champ Avatar stood at $612.7M at the same point in time in its domestic run; it… Read

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‘Shades Of Blue’ Ratings Down, ‘Life In Pieces’ Rises, ‘Madoff’ Night 2 Drops

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Maybe it was the Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton debate face-off on MSNBC, but Thursday was one of those nights when almost no one on primetime among the Big 4 saw any significant upward movement in the ratings. Emphasis on the almost –  because for Life In Pieces (2.3/7) it was a good night with a 15% rise among adults 18-49. That's the best the CBS freshman comedy has done in the key demo since its September 15, 2015 debut and saw LIP tied with Thursday's 2-hour Ameri… Read

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Pro-Choice Sundance Docu ‘Trapped’ Acquired For Theaters, TV

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Ro*Co Films, Abramorama, Film Sprout and Independent Lens have sealed a deal to distribute Trapped,  Dawn Porter’s pro-choice documentary that won a Special Jury Award at Sundance. The film will open March 4 in Los Angeles, New York and Washington, D.C., with additional markets added during the spring. PBS’ Independent Lens will air Trapped in June to coincide with the announcement of the Supreme Court’s decision in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the case that will… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’ Casts Kal Penn, Maggie Q, Natascha McElhone, Italia Ricci

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House alum Kal Penn, Nikita leading lady Maggie Q, Californication‘s Natascha McElhone and Chasing Life star Italia Ricci are set to co-star opposite Kiefer Sutherland in Designated Survivor, ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama about a low-ranking Cabinet member becoming President of the U.S. Penn, who has White House experience — he served as the associate director for the Office of Public Engagement for President Barack Obama — also will serve as a… Read

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‘My Beautiful Broken Brain’ Set For Netflix Premiere; David Lynch Executive Producing

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“If the physical body – the brain – is damaged, does this extend to damage to the self?” That question is at the heart of My Beautiful Broken Brain, a documentary film acquired by Netflix for a global premiere on March 18. David Lynch (Twin Peaks) is executive producer. The feature documentary, an official selection of the 2016 SXSW Film Festival, follows the journey of Dutch-French filmmaker Lotje Sodderland as she goes through the process of rehabilitation and recovery… Read

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‘Rio, I Love You’, Third Pic In Cities Of Love Series, Acquired By Screen Media

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EXCLUSIVE: Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to Rio, I Love You, the third in the Cities of Love franchise that includes 2006’s Paris, je t’aime and 2008’s New York, I Love You. The indie distributor has set an April 15 release date in New York, followed by L.A. and additional markets in a platform release throughout April and May. Like its predecessors, Rio, I Love You recruited several directors to contribute vignettes about love stories set in the title city… Read

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MSNBC Dem Debate Early Stats: 4.5M Viewers Watch Hillary Clinton Bash Bernie Sanders’ “Artful Smear” Of Her Campaign Financing

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According to metered market Nielsen data, MSNBC ‘s Democratic debate last night clocked about 4.5 million viewers, which would be the smallest debate of the political election cycle to date. Though it was a bit of a brawl — former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton bashed Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders for his “artful smear” on her integrity when he compared her campaign financing to his — that would put last night’s debate on track to be the lowest rated of the political… Read

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Lionsgate Plans 17 Films For 2017, Says ‘Star Wars’ Grabbed $50M-$100M From ‘Mockingjay 2’; Stock Takes Hit

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Lionsgate is increasing its 2017 film slate by four films next year, from 13 to 17 films in wide release next year with lower overall film costs as they focus on “discipline production spends and a diverse portfolio,” executives said in a call early this morning with Wall Street analysts. The subject of Mockingjay 2‘s underperformance loomed large in the call as it affected the quarter. Wall Street is reacting sharply to yesterday’s earnings miss. Lionsgate share’s are… Read

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‘Designated Survivor’: Amy Harris Set As Showrunner Of Kiefer Sutherland Series

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The Carrie Diaries creator Amy B. Harris has come on board as executive producer and showrunner of Designated Survivor, ABC’s straight-to-series conspiracy thriller drama starring Kiefer Sutherland. Written on spec by David Guggenheim (Safe House), the project, executive produced by Simon Kinberg (The Martian) hails from the Mark Gordon Company Studios and ABC Studios. In it, Tom Kirkman (Sutherland), a lower level United States Cabinet member, is suddenly appointed… Read

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Richard Shepard To Direct ‘Model Woman’ ABC Drama Pilot

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Richard Shepard has signed on to direct Model Woman, ABC’s period drama pilot set in the fashion world. The project, from Sony TV's TriStar Television and ABC Studios, is a fictionalized family soap inspired by Robert Lacey's book Model Woman: Eileen Ford And The Business of Beauty, the recently published biography of the outspoken and controversial woman who started as a model and went on to co-found the famous Ford Modeling Agency with her husband Jerry. Written by Reali… Read