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‘Riddick’s David Twohy To Direct Relativity Sci-Fier ‘Replay’

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EXCLUSIVE: Riddick helmer David Twohy has been tapped to direct time-travel pic Replay at Relativity, I'm hearing. This is the previously untitled sci-fi script that the studio snapped up in July from screenwriter Joe Gazzam, who sold action-thriller Shadow Run to Sony and is scripting the Cliffhanger remake for Neal Moritz and StudioCanal. Story tracks Tyler Vaughn, a test subject in a quantum experiment who's sent four days into the future, only to discover his son has… Read

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PBS Gets More ‘Vicious’ With Ian McKellen & Derek Jacobi

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PBS officially announced a second-season pickup for ITV's sitcom Vicious, starring Ian McKellen and Derek Jacobi. The pubcaster will debut the six-episode season in the summer as part of a lineup of British programming. The news follows the series' recommission by the UK broadcaster.  Shine International represented Vicious in the PBS deal, holding the international distribution rights. Full episodes will be available for viewing on the PBS Video Portal for 30 days after… Read

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‘Magic City’ Becomes Feature; Bruce Willis & Bill Murray Join Original Starz Cast

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The Mitch Glazer-created period Miami casino mob series Magic City, which Starz canceled last year after a two-season run, is moving to the big screen. Glazer wrote the script and will direct series regulars Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Danny Huston, Olga Kurylenko and Kelly Lynch, who'll be joined by Bruce Willis, Bill Murray and others. Len Blavatnik of AI Film, Brett Ratner of RatPac and Gerry Schwartz of Onex Corporation will produce and finance, with Steve Bing of Shangri-La… Read

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‘Breed’ Supernatural Crime Drama From John Scott Shepherd Gets TNT Pilot Order

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Fittingly for Halloween, TNT has given a pilot order to a drama that has monsters in it. The network has picked up Breed, from writer/novelist John Scott Shepherd (Life Or Something Like It), director Scott Winant (Fargo) and producer Nicky Weinstock of Invention Film Co. That makes six pilot orders at TNT and TBS made in the past two months without a top programming executive at the network, following the departure of Michael Wright. His and his former boss Steve… Read

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Chris Rock’s ‘Top Five’ Gets Wide Release; ‘Interstellar’ Lifts Off 2 Days Early

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Paramount has shifted Chris Rock's Toronto smash Top Five to a wide release on December 12, instead of a previously scheduled limited bow a week earlier. And Christopher Nolan's Interstellar will open in limited release on November 5, expanding wide two days later on November 7. The sci-fi Matthew McConaughey starrer will face off  that weekend against Disney's animated Big Hero 6, Stephen Hawking biopic The Theory Of Everything and horror pic Jessabelle, among others. Top… Read

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‘Walking Dead’ Producer Valhalla Adds Ex-Lionsgate Exec As TV VP

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EXCLUSIVEGale Anne Hurd's Valhalla Entertainment is adding more muscle to its TV side with another new hire. Whitney Timmons is joining the expanding company as VP of Television. The former long time Lionsgate exec and Director of TV was most recently at Media Right Capitol. Timmons spent just over two years at MRC as Executive Director of TV and where she worked on Netflix's House Of Cards for the indie studio, among other projects. "As Valhalla expands, I am… Read

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Hollywood Media Bridge Gets $25M Infusion – AFM

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Hollywood Media Bridge has just been infused with a $25 million equity investment from Canadian entrepreneur Jonathan Kitzen and his Kajanga Syndicate, which are increasing their investment in the HMB fund founded by Phillip Goldfine. Hollywood Media Bridge has produced 15 films in the past two years, including the Academy Award-winning documentary short The Lady In Number 6: Music Saved My Life. Kitzen invested in that documentary and was its co-producer. “I've been on… Read

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‘Today Show’ Plugs ‘Saturday Night Live’ In Annual Halloween Costume Stunt

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Today show continued its decades-old tradition of dolling up in costumes for Halloween — this time pitching in to help celebrate NBC late-night show Saturday Night Live's 40th anniversary (previously Today show Halloween costumes have paid tribute to vintage TV shows The Munsters, Gilligan's Island, The Flintstones, and The Honeymooners)… Read

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Maggie Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor Find ‘The Real Thing’ Elusive In Broadway Debuts

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UPDATE October 31: Adds Barb Jungr's show at end. Tom Stoppard's 1982 dazzler gets the matinee-comedy treatment from director-of-the-moment Sam Gold in a revival that leaves its attractive stars, both in their Broadway bows, deeply in the lurch. Glib and weirdly chilly for a literate comedy-drama about love, commitment, the sanctity of words and the enduring perfection of "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'," the Roundabout Theatre Company production is as full of ideas as… Read

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Will Rowbotham Joins 3 Arts As Manager

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EXCLUSIVE: Will Rowbotham has exited Caliber Media to join 3 Arts as a lit manager. He will be headquartered in the company's Gotham office, splitting time between there and LA. Rowbotham's clients will include: Andrew Barrer & Gabriel Ferrari (Ant-Man, Magic Castle and the Black List script Die In A Gunfight), Ian Fried (Spectral, Prism), Zak Olkewicz (Ink & Bone, Elimination), RFI Porto (Cannibals, Blue Caprice), Jessica Conrad (Saturday Night Live, Benched), Alexandre… Read

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Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana: ‘Special Correspondents’

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Ricky Gervais has set Eric Bana to help him bring that Golden Globes cynicism to a movie about journalism. They'll star in Special Correspondents, a satirical comedy that Gervais wrote and will direct next spring. Bana will play a struggling New York based radio journalist whose arrogance and decadent lifestyle has hindered his career. With his job on the line he fakes front line war reports from the comfort of his hideout above a Spanish restaurant in the heart of… Read

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Rob Zombie Crowdfunds, Takes To AFM For Next Fright Effort ’31’

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After getting his next horror film off the ground with a crowdfunding effort, Rob Zombie will take to AFM to get the money to make 31, a new horror film that involves five carnival workers kidnapped the night before Halloween and challenged to survive a deadly game called 31. Carnival work doesn't sound like much fun in itself, but this game involves going against murderous maniacs in a kill or be killed death match. Adding insult to injury, the maniacs are dressed as… Read

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