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‘The Commune’ & ’13 Minutes’ Scoop Multiple-Territory Sales; BIFAs Honor Emma Thompson: Global Showbiz Briefs

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The Hunt director Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune sold well for TrustNordisk during the recently wrapped AFM. Deals concluded include the UK (Artificial Eye), Germany and Austria (Prokino), Benelux (September Film), Greece/Cyprus (Seven Films), Czech/Slovakia (Film Europe), Former Yugoslavia (MCF Megacom Film), Poland (Gutek Film Ltd.), Brazil (California Filmes) and Hungary (Vertigo). Vinterberg, whose Far From The Madding Crowd is expected to play Cannes next year, is… Read

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Marvel’s ‘Jessica Jones’: Krysten Ritter, Alexandra Daddario, Teresa Palmer, Marin Ireland, Jessica De Gouw Testing For Lead

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UPDATE: I hear another actress has been added to the list of those testing for the lead in Marvel/Netflix's Jessica Jones series, The Divide star Marin Ireland, who just became available after the WEtv drama was cancelled. I've also updated the list of candidates for the part of Luke Cage with a third name, Cleo Anthony. PREVIOUSLY: I hear Marvel is assembling a field of actresses invited to test for the lead of the company's straight-to-series drama Jessica Jones for… Read

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Paul Greengrass Eyes George Orwell’s ‘1984’; ‘Finding Neverland’s James Graham To Write Script

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EXCLUSIVE: At a time when surveillance cameras and drones make the Big Brother concept more plausible than ever, Sony Pictures is setting up a new version of George Orwell's dystopian classic novel 1984. Paul Greengrass is attached to direct, and Scott Rudin is producing with Gina Rosenblum. They've set as their writer James Graham, who wrote the book for the Broadway-bound musical Finding Neverland. Rudin and Greengrass teamed on the Oscar-nominated Captain Phillips and… Read

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Steve Jobs Film Moving From Sony; Will Universal Make The Movie?

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UPDATE: I'm hearing very strongly that Universal is indeed locking down the Jobs project and essentially giving it a green light. This should be closed by tomorrow latest. That means the project shouldn't lose any momentum despite the studio move. Will provide more details when I get them. EXCLUSIVE: In a shocking development, the Aaron Sorkin-scripted film about Apple genius Steve Jobs has been put in turnaround by Sony Pictures, and Universal Pictures is making a strong… Read

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Melissa McCarthy, Shawn Levy Teaming On Tinker Bell Pic

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EXCLUSIVE: Fox is acquiring an untitled Tinker Bell comedy-adventure that will star Melissa McCarthy as the eponymous fairy heroine, with Shawn Levy directing. The project was hatched with a fresh take on the classic tale by Levy, one that he fleshed out with McCarthy. Nicholas Stoller will write the script. Levy will produce through 21 Laps with McCarthy and her On the Day production banner. McCarthy, who is coming off starring with Bill Murray in St. Vincent, is repped… Read

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‘True Detective’ Adds Michael Hyatt & Yara Martinez As Recurring In Season 2

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The Wire alumna Michael Hyatt and Yara Martinez (Alpha House) are the latest additions to the cast of the upcoming second season of HBO's True Detective. Both will recur on the second installment in the crime franchise that revolves around three police officers (Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch and Rachel McAdams) and a career criminal (Vince Vaughn) who must navigate a web of conspiracy in the aftermath of a murder. Hyatt, repped by¬† Robyn Bluestone Management, will play… Read

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‘Pirates’ Scribe Tapped To Fit Steve McQueen Treasure Hunt Tale ‘Yucatan’ For Robert Downey Jr

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EXCLUSIVE: Warner Bros. and Team Downey have set Oscar-nominated scribe Terry Rossio to write Yucatan, a potential star vehicle for Robert Downey Jr that is based on a 1700-page treatment written by iconic actor Steve McQueen in the late 1960s as a star vehicle for himself. Rossio's credits include the Pirates Of The Caribbean series, Mask Of Zorro, and Deja Vu. McQueen's detailed template for the movie was found in two leather-bound trunks after his death. His vision… Read

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Lifetime Greenlights ‘Michelle Knight Story’ Movie, Casts Ariel Castro Role

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Lifetime is moving forward with The Michelle Knight Story (working title), an original movie about the ordeal of the 21-year-old Ohio single mom who becomes the first victim of kidnapper Ariel Castro. Major Crimes' Raymond Cruz has been cast as Castro in the movie, from Sony Pictures TV, which has received a formal greenlight. Written by Stephen Tolkin, The Michelle Knight Story explores the true story of Knight, whose life was forever changed by a chance encounter with… Read

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BBC Says More ‘Luther’ Coming, But It’s More Dramatic Than That

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Doctor Who himself, Sherlock producers, Wolf Hall star Mark Rylance and others turned out this evening to help tubthump the BBC's new drama season. There were so many flagship stars at the London event, it was like fish in a barrel. In his porkpie hat, Rylance, a die-hard theater actor who has been anointed by none other than Steven Spielberg to lead his upcoming feature The BFG, said he was curious about what will happen next. Newish Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi told me… Read

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TV Land Joins List of Outlets Getting Out Of Cosby Business

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Add TV Land to the list of distributors getting out of business with Bill Cosby. The network said today that it will stop airing reruns of The Cosby Show. Also today, the network that first broadcast The Cosby Show, NBC announced it had plowed under its plans to develop a new Bill Cosby comedy. Both announcements came after Netflix announced last night it had shelved its Cosby stand-up special, slated for release next week, as another woman came forward accusing the… Read

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‘Longmire’ Lives, Fans Rejoice As Netflix Signs Season Four Return

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Longmire fans' dedication to saving the show has paid off. I've learned that Netflix, following several weeks of negotiations, has closed a deal for a 10-episode fourth season of the drama series to premiere in 2015 in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The news comes less than three months after Longmire's surprise cancellation by A&E after three seasons. It triggered one of the biggest outpourings of fan support ever for an axed TV series. The cast members… Read

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Chris Diamantopoulos Joins HBO’s ‘Silicon Valley’; Ashley Zukerman In Syfy Mini ‘Childhood’s End’

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Chris Diamantopoulos has landed a recurring role in HBO comedy Silicon Valley. The Mike Judge-helmed series takes a comic look at the modern-day high-tech gold rush through the prism of a startup company. Diamantopoulos, repped by WME and Untitled, will play Russ Hanneman, a successful businessman who takes interest in Pied Piper. Diamantopoulos is coming off the last season of Showtime's Episodes and currently recurs on NBC's About A Boy. Ashley Zukerman (Manhattan) is… Read

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