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Bleiberg Joins BB Film To Produce Nate Parker Script ‘Predilection’ – Cannes

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Bleiberg Entertainment has partnered up with BB Film Productions to produce the upcoming thriller Predilection, directed by Marcio Garcia and written by The Birth of a Nation writer-director-star Nate Parker. An adaptation of Garcia’s 2009 short film Predileção, the globe-trotting heist story follows a low level criminal given an enormous opportunity to move up in the world when he meets a legendary thief during a brief jail sentence. Together, the pair devise an… Read

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‘The Dark Tower’ Looking To Add Sundance Star Michael Barbieri To Cast

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EXCLUSIVE: Two weeks into the start of shooting in South Africa, The Dark Tower is beefing up its cast with the addition of Michael Barbieri, I've learned. Reps for the 14-year-old are deep in talks to have him join the highly anticipated Nikolaj Arcel-directed adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling series, set to come out on Presidents Day weekend next year. Having starred as the co-lead in Ira Sachs' Sundance-premiering Little Men, Barbieri is slated to play the role… Read

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Cable Net Z Living Greenlights Four New Health-Focused Series

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Health entertainment network Z Living has greenlit four new original series and acquired three others for its 2016-2017 slate. New original series include Finding Fido, about finding the perfect canine companion, Altar’d, a series focused on overweight couples who are trying to lose weight before their wedding day, The Big Fat Truth, based on JD Roth’s book, and Yoga Girls, about yoga instructors who compete for business on LA’s West side. Finding Fido and Altar'd go into… Read

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Johnny Depp-Produced ‘Muscle Shoals’ Among 5 Series In Works At IM Global TV

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IM Global TV is teaming with Johnny Depp and Richard Branson to develop a limited music drama series based on Rick Hall’s autobiography The Man From Muscle Shoals: My Journey from Shame to Fame. It’s one of five new series projects put in development by Reliance Entertainment’s TV studio — a division of feature-film financing, production and sales company IM Global — along with I, Rebel; LD50 and adaptations of the book The Lesser Dead and graphic novel Planetoid. Muscle S… Read

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Paul Rudd Set To Star As Moe Berg In Fact-Based WWII Tale ‘The Catcher Was A Spy’

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EXCLUSIVE: Paul Rudd is set to star in The Catcher Was a Spy, a WWII thriller that Ben Lewin (The Sessions) will direct, with PalmStar Media producing and financing. The script is by Saving Private Ryan scribe Robert Rodat, who adapted the Nicholas Dawidoff bestselling book. PalmStar Media’s Kevin Frakes and Mark Fasano will produce along with Animus Films’ Jim Young and Tatiana Kelly of Serena Films, and Michael Bederman. PalmStar’s Buddy Patrick will Executive… Read

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‘Southside With You’ Trailer: The Obamas’ First Date Goes Pretty Well

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“You and I share a lot of the same interests.” And eventually they’d share the title of America’s First Couple. Here’s the first trailer for Southside With You, the story of the first date — “This is not a date” — of Barack Obama and Michelle Robinson on a summer’s day in 1989 Chicago. Suffice it so say, things went well. Michelle (Tika Sumpter) initially isn’t all that thrilled that her law firm’s new summer associate from Harvard (Parker Sawyers) has invited her to a… Read

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Open Road Joins Lakeshore On ‘Miles’ Movie

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Open Road Film has joined with Lakeshore Entertainment to co-produce and co-finance Miles, a feature film to be directed by Oliver Daly based on his original short which started a bidding war among producers last year. That battle was won by David S. Goyer and his Phantom Four Films, which developed the script with Daly. Open Road will now release the film domestically; the pic is currently casting with principal photography to begin late summer for an anticipated 2017… Read

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Drew Barrymore Joins NBC’s ‘First Dates’ As Narrator

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Drew Barrymore has signed on as narrator for First Dates, NBC’s upcoming alternative dating show executive produced by Ellen DeGeneres. The eight-episode reality series, based on the hit UK format, is described as an observational documentary series that takes an authentic look at a variety of real first dates happening over one night at the same restaurant. The Chicago-set hourlong series will be produced by Shed Media, which is part of Warner Bros. TV's alternative… Read

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Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Talk Show Unveils Key Art

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Netflix has unveiled the official key art for Chelsea, its long-in-the-works talk show in which host Chelsea Handler “tackles today's tough issues with the same acerbic wit and fearless curiosity you know and love.” Premiering May 11, the streaming service’s first talker will cover topics ranging from international cultures, alternative lifestyles, education, health to sports, parenting politics and more. Handler will span the globe — from Russia, Japan, and Mexico City… Read

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Christopher McDonald Segues From ‘Good Wife’ Judge To ‘Wetlands’ & Broadway’s ‘Front Page’ Revival

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EXCLUSIVE: Veteran villain Christopher McDonald, a familiar face this season as vindictive Judge John Schakowsky on CBS’ finalizing series The Good Wife, has landed a couple of plums — one on screen, the other on Broadway. He’s filming now writer-director Emanuele Della Valle’s Wetlands, described as a noirish film starring Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. The story revolves around Babel “Babs” Johnson, who is attempting to rebuild his life in bleak Atlantic City and win back… Read

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NBCU Cable Networks Scripted Chief Bill McGoldrick Sets Team; Promotes Alex Sepiol, Michael Sluchan, Heather Olander

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Two months after NBCUnivesal Cable Entertainment consolidated its scripted operations under Syfy's Bill McGoldrick — who was named EVP Scripted Content for the portfolio including USA, Syfy, E! and Bravo — he has set his team. The moves include new expanded scripted roles for his former two lieutenants at USA Network, Alex Sepiol and Michael Sluchan. Sepiol is being upped to EVP Scripted Development for the portfolio, while SVP Current Scripted Programming Sluchan… Read