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Geoff Stults Jumps Into ‘Granite Mountain’; Martha Kelly Joins ‘Spider-Man: Homecoming’

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Geoff Stults has joined the cast of Joseph Kosinski’s Granite Mountain, the true tale of the elite Granite Mountain Hotshots firefighter crew’s battle to douse the 2013 Yarnell Hill wildfire in Arizona, one of the deadliest in history. Nineteen of the crew’s 20 firefighters died when the wind changed and fire engulfed them from all sides. Jennifer Connelly, Josh Brolin, Miles Teller, Jeff Bridges, Taylor Kitsch, Ben Hardy and James Badge Dale star in the pic penned by Ken… Read

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Nat Geo Greenlights ‘The Long Road Home’ Event Series Based On Martha Raddatz Book

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National Geographic Channel has greenlit The Long Road Home scripted miniseries, based on Martha Raddatz’s New York Times bestseller. It was announced today ahead of Nat Geo’s session at TCA. The eight-hour event series is executive produced by Mike Medavoy, Jason Clark, Benjamin Anderson and Edward McGurn. The 33 screenwriter Mikko Alanne is penning the adaptation and also executive producing. Production will begin in early 2017 for a premiere later in the year. First ann… Read

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Michael Giordano Upped To SVP Business Affairs At 20th Century Fox TV

Michael Giordano

Michael Giordano has been promoted to SVP Business Affairs at 20th Century Fox TV, from VP. In his new role, Giordano is responsible for negotiating and overseeing key business terms for development and production, above-the-line talent, program license, rights and format deals as well as writer/producer agreements for pilots and series produced by the company. The promotion was announced today by Howard Kurtzman, President of Business Affairs. Giordano came to Fox from… Read

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Luc Besson Must Pay More For Copying John Carpenter’s ‘Escape From New York’

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A Paris appeals court has ruled that Luc Besson must pay more than $500,000 (450,000 euros) in damages to John Carpenter and rights holder StudioCanal for plagiarizing Carpenter’s 1981 classic Escape From New York when he made the 2012 film Lockout. Agence France-Presse reported on the ruling today. This comes after Besson had appealed an original ruling in the case last fall that ordered Besson, his EuropaCorp production company and Besson’s Lockout co-writers/directors… Read

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‘Harry Potter And The Cursed Child’ Producer Colin Callender On Gala Opening And The Future

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

With the new two-part play Harry Potter And The Cursed Child getting ready to make its West End gala bow in London tomorrow night, producer Colin Callender is in jubilant form. He has every reason to be — the play is setting sales records and just announced an extension of its run through December 10 2017. From the very first previews of Part One and Part Two, the audience response to the play, which Callender produces alongside Sonia Friedman, has been ecstatic, and… Read

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John Cena’s ‘American Grit’ Renewed For Second Season By Fox

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Fox has ordered a second season of competition series American Grit, hosted and executive produced by WWE star John Cena. The series from Leftfield Pictures showcases competitors pushed beyond their limits in the ultimate test of strength, human spirit and  teamwork. Season 2 is currently casting. The series is looking for everyday individuals who have overcome great odds and are ready to confront their next challenge, according to Fox. The first season of American Grit… Read

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Vice President Joe Biden To Guest Star On ‘Law & Order: SVU’

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UPDATED: Vice President Joe Biden will guest star in the second episode of the upcoming 18th season of Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, playing himself. Biden will appear as himself in the September 28 episode in a press conference scene where he commends the SVU, led by Lt. Olivia Benson (Mariska Hargitay), for their work in addressing the national rape kit backlog, specifically in the city of Detroit. Biden and Hargitay have worked together previously to bring… Read

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‘Jason Bourne’ On Way To $55M To $60M; ‘Bad Moms’ Reaching For $30M; ‘Nerve’ Could Find $16M – Friday Matinees

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2nd UPDATE, 11:44 AM: No surprises this weekend so far in early box office returns as Universal’s Jason Bourne may end the day with around $21M (that would include the $4.3M from last nights previews) and is on track for a $57M gross so far. It is very early yet so depending on this evening’s shows, it has a shot at $60M for director Paul Greengrass and Matt Damon. Bad Moms, like we mentioned earlier today, has a potential of $30M and early results are showing a $12M day… Read

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‘Central Intelligence’ Reaches $200M Worldwide As ‘Jason Bourne’ Moves In

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Warner Bros.’ Central Intelligence, the buddy action comedy that stars Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart, crossed the $200M mark at the global box office today. This comes prior to the global launch today of Universal’s Jason Bourne which is getting ready to open at around $50M to $60M domestically and unleashes in 46 territories this weekend, including Australia, Brazil, South Korea and the UK and Ireland. Bourne is expected to take all the air out of the marketplace. Central… Read

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‘Mercy Street’: First Look At Season 2 Of PBS’ Civil War Drama

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We're getting a first look at Season 2 of praised Civil War-drama Mercy Street, set to premiere January 22 at 8 PM on PBS. Mercy Street follows the doctors, nurses and soldiers, as well as free, enslaved and contraband African Americans and other residents of the war-torn city of Alexandria, VA, as they navigate the new world emerging from the most cataclysmic event in our country's history. Season 2 continues to explore life in the chaotic city of Alexandria, the… Read

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‘Astronaut Academy’ Rights Acquired With Aim To Blast Off In Film & TV

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EXCLUSIVE: Writer-producer ‎Vivek J. Tiwary has acquired TV and film rights to Astronaut Academy, the middle-grade graphic novel series from bestselling author-illustrator Dave Roman (Agnes Quill). The plan is to turn the books into both a live-action TV series and a film franchise, and talks are underway with writers, networks and studios to adapt the coming-of-age adventure story set at a fantastical space station school. It’s ‘Harry Potter in space,’ ” said Tiwary. “As… Read

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Delaware Judge Clears Way For Sumner Redstone Exam In Challenge To Viacom Board

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Delaware Chancery Court Judge Andre Bouchard has cleared the way for a medical examination of Viacom controlling shareholder Sumner Redstone in a case involving the company's governance that could go to trial the week of October 17. In a hearing today, the judge asked lawyers to confer on a "coordinated plan" to proceed and report back to him in a week. Their conversation should include “in the first instance” the possibility of a medical exam. A trial in October could… Read