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Oliver Stone’s ‘Snowden’ Pic Adds ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Actor

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EXCLUSIVE: Lakeith Lee Stanfield, who plays Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton, is segueing onscreen from hip-hop to national security. The actor and rapper has joined the cast of Snowden, Oliver Stone’s movie about the notorious NSA leaker. Stanfield will play a National Security Administration co-worker and close friend to Joe Gordon-Levitt’s Edward Snowden. Shailene Woodley and Scott Eastwood also star in the Stone-helmed movie alongside Melissa Leo, Zachary Quinto… Read

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Sony Makes First-Look Deal With Josh Bratman’s Immersive Pictures

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Sony Pictures Entertainment has entered into a two-year, first-look deal with Josh Bratman's Immersive Pictures. This comes after the Sylvain Neuvel novel adaptation The Themis Files landed David Keopp to write the script. Bratman is producing that with Matt Tolmach. The first look deal was made by production presidents Michael DeLuca and Hannah Minghella. They called Bratman “an incredibly skilled producer, capable of the best work on many different kinds of films. We're… Read

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Will Smith Has Upper Hand Over Mr. Grey At Weekend Box Office – B.O. Preview

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Will Smith is set to push Fifth Shades Of Grey out of the top spot at the weekend box office. The star’s latest Warner Bros. film Focus, about a con man whose life is taken for a ride by a femme fatale played by Margot Robbie, is looking to gross $20M-$25M this weekend at 3,323 theaters. Thursday previews will hit about 2,000 theaters, and the pic will get an extra boost from 800 premium large-format and IMAX playdates. As of Monday, the R-rated noir comedy was tracking… Read

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‘Star Trek 3’s Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne To Rewrite L. Frank Baum’s ‘Winter’s Knight’

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EXCLUSIVE: Sony Pictures is making a deal with Star Trek 3 writers Patrick McKay and J.D. Payne to rewrite Winter's Knight, a tentpole hopeful that the studio is fast-tracking in hopes of getting helmers Joachin Ronning and Espen Sandberg to direct it after they complete Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. That film began production two weeks ago. Winter's Knight is a Viking-mythology-tinged origin story of St. Nick and Christmas, based on Wizard Of Oz… Read

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Dougray Scott Cast In ABC’s ‘Quantico’, Merrin Dungey In Fox’s ’48 Hours’

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Dougray Scott (Hemlock Grove) has joined the cast of ABC drama pilot Quantico. It revolves around a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia. One will launch a devastating terrorist attack on the U.S. Scott, repped by WME, plats FBI Special Agent Liam O’Connor, a staff counselor at Quantico working with the new agent trainees. Merrin Dungey has been cast in Read

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Principal PR Firm Teams Up With Democratic Political Consultant For New Venture

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There's a new political player in town from some familiar faces. Stepping into territory long claimed by Andy Spahn among a few others, Paul Pflug and Melissa Zukerman’ s Principal Communications Group have partnered with consultant Lindsay Rachelefsky's Sky Advisory Group. The team-up plans to offer political and philanthropic services from social soap to branding nuts to Hollywood and all ships at sea "The worlds of philanthropy and local and national politics… Read

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Jafar Panahi’s ‘Taxi’ Acquired By Kino Lorber

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Jafar Panahi’s Taxi won Berlin’s prestigious Golden Bear earlier this year and the FIPRESCI International Critic’s Prize last week, and now Kino Lorber announced today it has acquired all North American rights to the film. It will be released theatrically in the fall. In the film, Panahi himself drives through Tehran with a camera set on the dashboard of a yellow cab and interviews the diverse characters that make up his fares. Panahi achieved international recognition… Read

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Adam Rodriguez To Co-Star In ABC Pilot ‘Runner’

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CSI: Miami alum Adam Rodriguez has been cast as the male lead opposite Paula Patton in ABC‘s drama pilot Runner. Written by Michael Cooney based on the Turkish series Son and directed by Michael Offer, the project, from 20th TV and ABC Studios, centers on Lauren Marks (Patton), a wife and mother who had believed her husband had died in a plane crash, only to discover him alive, well and traveling with a mysterious woman who uses Lauren's stolen identity. Thrown into a… Read

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Warner Bros And Scribe Evan Daugherty Join MGM ‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot

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EXCLUSIVE: Evan Daugherty has been set to script Tomb Raider, the reboot of the video game property with the fetching heroine, with Warner Bros joining producer Graham King and MGM. The latter studio has signed on to partner in co-financing and co-producing with MGM. Warner Bros will distribute the film. Daugherty's recent work includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Divergent, Snow White And The Huntsman and G.I. Joe 3. The franchise was first done as a feature in 2001… Read

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‘Love & Mercy’ Trailer: Hang On For Brian Wilson’s Tortured Ego

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Paul Dano and John Cusack take on the larger-than-life story of Beach Boys mastermind Brian Wilson in Love & Mercy, the biopic of sorts that Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will release June 5. Bill Pohlad directed from a script by Oren Moverman and Michael Alan Lerner. The film tracks Wilson’s career path as he fueled he and his brothers’ rise to the top of the rock ‘n roll world — remember, the Beatles said their 1967 opus Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band was… Read

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Fox Writers Intensive Finalists Named

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The Fox Writers Intensive is designed to nurture experienced writers who have diverse voices, backgrounds and life experiences. This year's FWI finalists were selected from more than 400 nominations and submissions by talent representation and arts organizations across the country. This year's FWI writers/teams and their respective representatives are: · Aaron Carew (Independent) · Jason Coffey (Kaplan Stahler Agency and Oasis Media Group) · David Cornue (Original Artists… Read

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Disney Channel’s ‘Jessie’ Ending Run, But Spinoff Series Set With Stars Peyton List, Karan Brar & Skai Jackson

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Disney Channel has made it official — giving a straight-to-series order to a spinoff of its hit live-action comedy series Jessie, which will wrap its run after four seasons and 101 episodes. The yet-untitled spinoff will be toplined by original series’ stars Peyton List, Karan Brar and Skai Jackson who will reprise their roles as of Emma, Ravi and Zuri Ross, respectively. Jessie creator Pamela Eells O’Connell will executive produce. Watch O’Connell, List, Brar and Jackson… Read