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Josh Greenstein Re-Ups At Sony As Marketing & Distribution President For Three More Years

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Josh Greenstein has been re-upped for three years as president of worldwide marketing and distribution at Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group. He will continue to report to SPE Motion Picture Group chairman Tom Rothman. This comes as Greenstein and his team are overseeing the launch of the global campaign for Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle on December 22 and the launch of the international marketing campaign for Blade Runner 2049 which bows domestically… Read


Oscars: Russia Enters Andrey Zvyagintsev’s ‘Loveless’ In Foreign Language Race

Russia has selected Andrey Zvyagintsev's Cannes Jury Prize winner Loveless as its entry into the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. This is the director's third time repping his country after 2003's Venice Golden Lion winner The Return and 2014's Leviathan. The latter took the Best Screenplay trophy in Cannes that year, as well as winning the Foreign Language Golden Globe and scoring an Oscar nomination. Sony Pictures Classics acquired all North and Latin American… Read


Vice Video Staffers Unionize With WGA East & Motion Picture Editors Guild

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Vice Media employees who create video content across the company's media outlets have unionized. The WGA East said today that it will represent the workers along with the AFL-CIO and the Motion Picture Editors Guild, IATSE Local 700. The deal covers about 430 staff and freelance employees working on video content for, the Viceland cable channel, and Vice programming on HBO. WGAE already represents about 100 journalists working on written content for The… Read


Warner Bros “Extremely Grateful” ‘Riverdale’ Star K.J. Apa OK After Car Crash – Update

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UPDATE, 2:47 PM: Warner Bros. Television is “extremely grateful that Riverdale star K.J. Apa was uninjured after his recent car crash en route from the set but warns that the accident could have been avoided. The studio’s statement comes hours after details were revealed about an early-morning accident involving Apa. Filming in Vancouver, the actor who plays Archie Andrews in the CW drama hit a lamp post on the way home from a long day of filming. Although stressing… Read


Skybound And Universal Pics Developing Feature Based On Comic Series ‘Kill The Minotaur’

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Skybound Entertainment and Universal Pictures are developing a feature based on the Christian Cantamessa and Chris Pasetto's comic series Kill the Minotaur, a modern, fantastical tale which was released as a comic series in June and includes the artwork of Lukas Ketner and Jean-Francois Beaulieu. The feature is part of Skybound's first look deal with Universal. Skybound's Robert Kirkman, David Alpert, Bryan Furst, and Sean Furst are expected as producers. Skybound is the… Read


‘SNL’: Gal Gadot, Kumail Nanjiani Join Ryan Gosling In Host Lineup

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Wonder Woman‘s Gal Gadot will host the October 7 episode of NBC’s Saturday Night Live, the network said today, with The Big Sick‘s Kumail Nanjiani taking the duties October 14. Musical guests will be Sam Smith and Pink, respectively. The previously announced Ryan Gosling hosts SNLs Season 43 premiere on September 30, with musical guest Jay-Z. Gadot will be making her first SNL appearance coming off a strong summer performance in Wonder Woman. Her SNL spot arrives the… Read


‘Young Sheldon’ Review: CBS Prequel Far From Pint-Sized ‘Big Bang Theory’

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If you are expecting a smaller but similar The Big Bang Theory in CBS' new series Young Sheldon, you might want to re-calibrate your expectations. Debuting with a preview September 25 following the Season 11 premiere of Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady’s Emmy-winning science geek blockbuster, the prequel series created by Lorre and Steven Molaro is way more Wonder Years meets Friday Night Lights. As I say in my video review above, that might not be the best theory in action… Read


NBC Developing Doctor Comedy Starring Sugar Lyn Beard From Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg

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NBC has put in development a comedy from Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg, Sugar Lyn Beard (Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates) and Sony Pictures TV, with Beard attached to star. Co-written by Beard and Guy Endore-Kaiser (Comedy Central Roast of James Franco), the untitled half-hour centers on Dr. Olivia Boudreau (Beard), a hard-charging, 35-year-old Doogie Howser-style prodigy. When she has a complete breakdown in the operating room and loses her medical license, she is forced… Read


Peter Bart: In A Polarized U.S., Hollywood Struggles To Find The Mainstream

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The great Gil Cates, who produced 14 Academy Award shows, used to tell me, "I want people to express themselves on the show, but I don't think our audience wants political noise." If Cates were around today, he would have to brace himself. The media community is in an angry mood, as was evident at the Emmy Awards, and that anger is going to be difficult to tamp down by Oscar time. "I feel an infinite rage," Darren Aronofsky told a group of Academy voters this week. His… Read


Sony Pictures Classics Closes Israeli Foreign Language Oscar Entry ‘Foxtrot’

UPDATE: Sony Pictures Classics has firmed its deal for North American and other rights to Foxtrot, confirming a Deadline scoop that broke just as the film won eight Ophir Awards in Israel, including Best Picture and Best Director for Samuel Maoz. This comes on top of its Grand Jury Prize win at Venice and gives SPC a leading entry in the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. SPC’s release follows the original story. EARLIER EXCLUSIVE, September 19, 1:46 PM PST: Foxtrot Read

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‘The Equalizer 2’ Pushes Up To August 2018; ‘Paul, Apostle Of Christ’ Eyes Easter Stretch

UPDATED, Thursday 1:54 PM: Sony has had second thoughts and wants to go earlier with Antonie Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2now switching its release date to August 3 next year. Now Equalizer 2 will battle Fox’s Predator, Disney’s live-action Christopher Robin project and Lionsgate’s Tyler Perry’s A Madea Family Funeral.  PREVIOUSLY, Wednesday night: Tonight Sony announced that Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer 2 starring Denzel Washington will be released a month earlier, moving… Read


Facebook To Share Russian Ads With Congress, Implement New Policies On Political Advertising


Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg said today that the company will share ads with Congress that the social media giant discovered in an internal probe this month – ads that were likely operated out of Russia and could have been used as part of a wider Russian plot to disrupt the 2016 election. The internal probe, according to Facebook VP Policy and Communications Elliot Schrage in a blog post today, found approximately 470 accounts and Pages “identified by our dedicated security… Read