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Jeremy Lovering To Helm Sony Horror Pic ‘The Bringing,’ Inspired By Cecil Hotel

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is negotiating with Jeremy Lovering to direct The Bringing, the horror script by Brandon and Phillip Murphy based on actual events. Matt Tolmach and Daniela Cretu are producing. This has been top priority at Sony, and at one time had Nicolas Winding Refn circling. The pic is based on Elisa Lam, who was found dead in the water tanks on the roof of the Cecil Hotel in Los Angeles. That's the place that killers like Richard Ramirez called home at one… Read

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A24, DirecTV Acquire Liam Hemsworth Thriller ‘Cut Bank’

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Liam Hemsworth thriller Cut Bank has been acquired by A24 and DirecTV for U.S. distribution ahead of its Toronto International Film Festival debut, the companies announced today. Matt Shakman makes his directorial debut with the pic about a former high school star athlete turned mechanic (Hemsworth) whose plan to escape his small Montana town with his girlfriend (Teresa Palmer) leads to a deadly series of events. John Malkovich, Billy Bob Thornton, Bruce Dern, Michael… Read

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Harvey Weinstein Wants To Give Negatory ‘Neverland’ Columnist Riedel The Hook

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The Riedel Watch: I promised occasional updates on reaction to some of my pal Michael Riedel's more combustible columns (so many to choose from!), and on Wednesday he produced a doozy. Surveying two New York reviews of Finding Neverland, the Broadway-bound musical that opened last week at the American Repertory Theater in Cambridge, MA., Riedel complained that New York Times chief drama critic Ben Brantley and Deadline's yours truly had “pulled our punches” in reviewing Ha… Read

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Jeffrey Katzenberg Accepts Deadline’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

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Jeffrey Katzenberg has answered Deadline's call. The DreamWorks Animation CEO tweeted today he has accepted our ALS Ice Bucket Challenge — his second to date. He earlier accepted a challenge from Steven Spielberg, icy plunge and all, and agreed to up his donation when we reached out. With Damon Lindelof also accepting our challenge, Deadline is now 2-for 3. Steven Soderbergh, where are you? Check out Katzenberg's tweet and video of his first chilly plunge. Related: Damon… Read

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GSN Renews ‘It Takes A Church’ & ‘The Chase’

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GSN has picked up additional seasons of two of its strongest original series: The Chase, which has been picked up for a 20-episode fourth season, and breakout It Takes A Church, which has been ordered for an eight-episode second season. Both will air in 2015. Along with GSN flagship American Bible Challenge, The Chase and It Takes A Church have been key pieces in the network's transformation to a place for original series that take new spins on the traditional game show… Read

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WE TV Orders ‘Sex Box’ Series About Couples Having & Discussing Sex

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British reality format Sex Box is getting on American television. After piloting the provocative concept earlier this year, WE tv has picked up the project to series with nine episodes set to air next year. In Sex Box, from Relativity TV, real couples whose relationships are on the rocks address their issues with a panel of experts before entering a soundproof, camera-free box to have sex and, upon exit, immediately discuss the experience with the experts. “Sex Box is one… Read

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R.I.P. WME Global Music Maestro Peter Grosslight

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Longtime WME music agent and board member Peter Grosslight died today at age 68 after losing his battle with pancreatic cancer. He passed at home in Bel Air this morning surrounded by his family. Having served at the agency for over two decades, Grosslight was most recently global head of music at the talent agency. His clients included Joan Baez, Charlotte Church, the Eagles, Whitney Houston, Journey, Luis Miguel, Tom Petty, Brian Setzer, and Carly Simon, to name a few… Read

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Comedy Writer Lindsey Shockley Inks Overall Deal With ABC Studios

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The two-year pact marks the first overall deal for young comedy writer Lindsey Shockley who will develop new projects and staff on series for ABC Studios. She is joining the studio's new ABC comedy Blackish as a producer. The overall deal stems from Shockley's stint on ABC Studios' ABC comedy series Trophy Wife this past season. Shockley most recently served as co-producer on two series exec produced by Gene Stupnitsky and Lee Eisenberg, Trophy Wife and HBO's Hello Ladies… Read

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David Yates In Talks For ‘Harry Potter’ Spin-Off ‘Fantastic Beasts’

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Warner Bros. is keeping Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows helmer David Yates in the director's chair as the studio moves forward with adaptation Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them. Yates is in talks to helm the first installment of a planned trilogy based on author J.K. Rowling's spin-off, set decades prior to the events of the Harry Potter saga. Fantastic Beasts takes its name from a Hogwarts textbook that appears on a reading list in the first Potter tome, Harry… Read

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Damon Lindelof Accepts Deadline’s ALS Ice Bucket Challenge: Video

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The Leftovers showrunner has taken the chilly plunge. From a remote location in Italy and with a little help from a couple of friends, former Lost producer and creator of HBO drama Leftovers Damon Lindelof today accepted Deadline's ALS Ice Bucket challenge (well, sans ice but you'll see when you watch the video). He also nominated Leftovers' lead Justin Theroux and fellow cast members the Carver twins to be next to take up the challenge to raise awareness for the disease… Read

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North Carolina Douses Film Incentives After Tea Party Pushback

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As California moves closer to quadrupling tax incentives for film production, North Carolina is moving in the opposite direction, cutting its program this week by two-thirds. The Tar Heel state joins a growing list of those that have scaled back their incentives programs or eliminated them altogether. Pushback from Tea Party ideologues who oppose all forms of tax incentives that favor one industry over another is largely responsible for the growing trend. That's… Read

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Edinburgh: Channel 4 Boss David Abraham Says UK TV Biz Showing U.S. How It’s Done

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Channel 4 chief executive David Abraham delivered the James MacTaggart Memorial Lecture at The Guardian Edinburgh Television Festival in the Scottish capital this evening. And he came out swinging. He added the acquisitive John Malone to the “pool of MacTaggart bogeymen” and said, "In recent years we've seen a parade of Americans standing up here at the MacTaggart telling us how things ought to be done. But, how do you explain the number of U.S. entities queuing up to buy… Read

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