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Oscars: A Look At The Nominees For Best Animated Feature Film


Like Lee Unkrich's vibrant Day of the Dead-themed Coco and Nora Twomey's The Breadwinner, the annual Academy Awards are an affair marked by the collision of two worlds. In Coco, there's contemporary Mexico and the land of the dead; in The Breadwinner, early 2000s Afghanistan and a world of imagination. At the Oscars, there are waves upon waves of contenders passing through, and those precious few who make it all the way to the big show. Once again, the Oscar fields have… Read


NRA’s Dana Loesch, Sitcom Star? ‘NCIS’ Producer Says He Got The Pitch

Dana Loesch, the conservative radio host who spoke for the NRA at this week’s CNN town hall on gun violence – and got a laugh-free response of hisses, boos and groans – once wanted to be a sitcom star. Yes, the woman who told CNN it “loves mass shootings” and that “crying white mothers are ratings gold” apparently sees herself as some sort of right-wing Mary Richards. Paul Guyot, whose production credits include NCIS: New Orleans, The Librarians, and Leverage and who… Read


Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick & Matt Lucas Join Mads Mikkelsen In The Action-Thriller ‘Polar’

High School Musical alum Vanessa Hudgens, Katheryn Winnick of the History Channel series Vikings, and Matt Lucas (Alice In Wonderland) have signed up to co-star in Polar, an action-thriller directed by Swedish filmmaker Jonas …kerlund and starring Mads Mikkelsen. The pic, based on the Dark Horse action noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos, hails from Constantin Film and Netflix, which will distribute it sometime next year. Written by Jayson… Read


‘Stand Up For Something’ Being Used As Rallying Call For Gun Violence Prevention Movement

Stand Up For Something Song

For the last couple of months, the Oscar-nominated song from Diane Warren and Common “Stand Up For Something,” sung by Andra Day for the movie Marshall, has taken on a life of its own. The powerful song about standing up for what you believe in, with the message “you can’t just talk the talk, you have to walk the walk,” has been adopted by several organizations. It has now become a rallying cry song for the gun violence prevention movement, having played during the recent… Read


StudioCanal Launching French TV Production Unit


European biggie StudioCanal is launching a new TV production unit in France, with an aim to develop and produce series for the market. It will be headed by Arielle Saracco, who will remain in her position as head odf CANAL+ Création Originale. Executive Creative VP of StudioCanal’s TV unit Dominique Jubin will be deputy general manager. The France outlet will jon StudioCanal’s seven European production companies in the UK, Germany, Spain and Denmark. “By combining the… Read


‘Vida’ Showrunner Tanya Saracho Inks Overall Deal With Starz

Vida showrunner and executive producer Tanya Saracho has signed a three-year overall deal with Starz. Under the pact, Saracho will develop new projects for the network and continue as showrunner and executive producer on the upcoming Latinx drama series Vida, set for premiere May 6 on the premium cabler. "Tanya Saracho's unique voice brings a fresh and real perspective to Latinx programming," said Starz President of Programming Carmi Zlotnik. "We're thrilled to have an… Read


Matthew Baker Short Futuristic Story ‘Life Sentence’ Creates Bidding Stampede

EXCLUSIVE: Hollywood is hot and bothered over Life Sentence, a short story by Matthew Baker that has at least eight bids on the table. Baker first came on the scene when his first short story, Transition, sold to Amazon in a bidding war with Noah Hawley producing and Joe Epstein adapting. His second short story, The Appearance, sold to Makeready with The Picture Company producing. It looks like the author is just getting warmed up. The names I’m hearing that are in the… Read


Tim Blake Nelson Boards ‘Angel Has Fallen’

EXCLUSIVE: Tim Blake Nelson is set to co-star in Angel Has Fallen, the next installment in the Olympus Has Fallen series starring Gerard Butler as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning and Morgan Freeman as President Trumbull. Nelson joins the supporting cast, which includes Jada Pinkett Smith (Girls Trip), Piper Perabo (Covert Affairs), and Sapir Azulay (The Angel). Directed by Ric Roman Waugh, the pic follows Banning who is framed for the attempted assassination of… Read


Uncork’d Entertainment & Lantern Lane Entertainment Acquire L.A. Film Festival Drama ‘20 Weeks’

EXCLUSIVE: Uncork’d Entertainment and Lantern Lane Entertainment have secured the US distribution rights to Leena Pendharkar’s drama 20 Weeks, which premiered at last year’s L.A. Film Festival. Uncork’d will handle the theatrical bow and will team with Lantern Lane on the VOD release. The pic will get a ten-city theatrical day and date opening on April 13. Starring Anna Margaret Hollyman (Mr. Roosevelt) and Amir Arison (The Blacklist), the story follows a young couple… Read

Box Office

‘Black Panther’ Dashes Past $520M Worldwide, Eyes $170M+ In Second Global Weekend

UPDATED, Friday: Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther rang up $27.6 million around the world yesterday, with its $14.3M domestic take making it the best Thursday ever for a Marvel Cinematic Universe title, eclipsing Marvel's The Avengers ($12.4M). All in, T’Challa counts $520.1M worldwide, and many in the industry continue to buzz that the Marvel pic has a shot at hitting $1 billion by the time the Ryan Coogler-directed movie ends its run. Today, Black Panther will be the… Read


Amazon Studios Lands Alafair Burke Novel ‘The Wife,’ A Thriller In #MeToo Moment

EXCLUSIVE: In a seven-figure deal, Amazon Studios has acquired the rights to the Alafair Burke novel The Wife, with the author set to write the feature script. Published in January by Harper, the novel seems a perfect fit for this #MeToo moment. Book deal is high six figures and scripting fees put it into seven-figures. Angela, a woman who suffered extreme trauma in her teen years, learns that her celebrity husband may be a sexual predator. Jason Powell is a handsome NYU… Read


‘The Bisexual’ Casts; Portugal Offers $3.5M Incentives; ITV Eyes More ‘Full Monty’ – Global Briefs

Hulu and Channel 4 comedy The Bisexual, which was created by Sundance Grand Jury-winning filmmaker Desiree Akhavan, has found its cast, lead by The Theory of Everything star Maxine Peake and Phantom Thread's Brian Gleeson. The duo will star alongside Akhavan in the six-part series along with Eva Birthistle (Brooklyn), John Dagliesh (Justice League),  Naomi Ackie (Lady Macbeth), Niamh Algar (The Virtues) and newcomers Saskia Chana and Michelle Guillot. The series, which is… Read