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WGA Award Winners List – Live

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The Writers Guild of America is honoring its best tonight in simultaneous ceremonies in New York and Los Angeles. We’ll be updating the 2016 WGA Awards winners list live, so refresh here for the latest. ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY Spotlight Written by Josh Singer & Tom McCarthy; Open Road Films EPISODIC DRAMA "Uno" (Better Call Saul) Written by Vince Gilligan & Peter Gould; AMC CHILDREN'S SCRIPT – EPISODIC AND SPECIALS "Gortimer and the Surprise Signature" (Gortimer Gibbon's Life… Read

Deadline’s 2016 WGA Awards Live Blog

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We are here live from both the Hyatt Regency in Century City, CA and the Edison Ballroom in New York City at the 2016 Writers Guild Awards. In regards to its history as an Oscar predictor in the adapted and original screenplay categories, traditionally at least one winner in that slot goes on to win the Oscar. The difference between the Oscars and WGAs is that the guild relegates its nominations to members only. Case in point: last year Birdman won best original… Read

Paramount Closes Domestic Deal For George Clooney’s ‘Suburbicon’- Berlin

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Updated Saturday 1:15 PM: Paramount has closed the deal, announcing acquisition of the project today in Berlin, with shooting expected to begin in October. See the full press release below. Original article, Feb 12, 5:30 AM: Paramount is believed to be closing a domestic deal for George Clooney’s Suburbicon, in the $10 million range, sources have confirmed to Deadline. The deal was being worked out Friday night. CAA is handling the domestic sale. Bloom is selling… Read

Vertical Entertainment Catches Worldwide Rights To Baseball Pic ‘Undrafted’

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Exclusive: Vertical Entertainment has picked up worldwide rights to the baseball drama Undrafted from writer-director Joseph Mazzello. A fictionalized take on the experiences of Mazzello’s brother, the story examines how one moves on from crushing disappointment as it follows a collegiate baseball star whose major league dreams are dashed when he’s skipped over in the MLB draft. John comes to grips with missing out on a baseball career as he throws himself in with a… Read

Nigel Lythgoe To Exec Produce Dance Pic ‘Tackling Romeo’ – Berlin

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Exclusive: Choreographer, producer and reality dance judge Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance, American Idol) has signed on to executive produce the dance feature Tackling Romeo, which will be introduced during this year’s Berlin Film Festival. Aimed at fans of films like Pitch Perfect, Tackling Romeo follows East Coast prep school senior Bobby Sherwood, a star Rugby player who sets about trying to become a ballet dancer in secret. As he juggles his life at school… Read

Focus Features Makes Big Berlin Deal; $9 Million For Interracial Marriage Drama ‘Loving’

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UPDATE: I’m now told that the deal was worth $9 million for North America and most international territories by Focus, which sees the Loving’s struggle through racism as a love story for the ages. EXCLUSIVE: In its first statement acquisition since Focus Features was overhauled, the Universal-based specialty label has won an auction for Loving, the Jeff Nichols-directed drama that stars Joel Edgerton, Ruth Negga and Michael Shannon. The deal was made off of promo footage… Read

Rob Cohen’s ‘Category 5’ Sees Storm Of Sales Action For Foresight – Berlin

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EXCLUSIVE: Disaster action thriller Category 5 has sold out the majority of the world for Mark Damon’s Foresight Unlimited here at the EFM. Announced just before the market with Rob Cohen (The Fast And The Furious, xXx) directing, it’s eyed as a franchise-starter and has drawn keen interest as a theatrical offering. Foresight is showing a promo reel that sets the tone of the action which takes place during the storm of the century. Cohen has been in town talking to buyers… Read

Paul Rudd, Steve Coogan To Share ‘An Ideal Home’ – Berlin

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Ant-Man and Alan Partridge are moving in together, sort of. Fortitude International has added dramedy An Ideal Home to its EFM slate with Paul Rudd and Steve Coogan starring. Andrew Fleming (Hamlet 2, The Craft) wrote and is directing. Pre-production is currently underway with Remstar Studios and National Bank of Canada co-financing. UTA Independent Film Group and WME are repping U.S. rights. Rudd and Coogan play a bickering couple leading an extravagant life. Coogan’s… Read

Charlotte Rampling To Star With Josh Hartnett In ‘Valley of the Gods’ – Berlin

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Charlotte Rampling and John Rhys-Davies will star alongside Josh Hartnett in Lech Majewski's sci-fi pic Valley of the Gods. Rampling, Academy Award-nominated for her role in Andrew Haigh’s 45 Years, will play Amanda Joyce. She will next be seen in Ritesh Batra's The Sense of an Ending with Jim Broadbent and Emily Mortimer. Rhys-Davies is next set to star in MTV's fantasy epic, The Shannara Chronicles. Valley of the Gods intertwines the stories of the richest man on earth… Read

‘Kill Me, Deadly’ Trailer: ‘Criminal Minds’ Crew’s Noir Comedy Gets April 1 Release Date

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Indican Pictures has acquired Kill Me Deadly, a spoofy noir comedy based on playwright Bill Robens’ staged satire. Robens adapted the feature which was directed by Darrett Sanders and produced by the group behind the NOTE theater, which originally produced the play in 2009. The indie distributor plans an extremely on-the-nose April 1 theatrical release in the top five U.S. markets, Canada and the UK followed by a nationwide digital/VOD platform bow April 26. Criminal Minds… Read

Film Movement Bringing France’s ‘My King’ To U.S.

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Film Movement has usurped U.S. rights to My King, director Maïwenn’s pic that is up for eight Cesar Awards including Best Film. The company plans a 2016 theatrical release for the drama, which premiered at Cannes and will make its Stateside bow at NYC’s Rendez-vous with French Cinema in March. In My King, Tony (Emmanuelle Bercot) is recovering from a skiing accident at a rehabilitation center that heals the physical body as well as emotional psyche. During this time, she… Read

Universal Wins ‘The Grownup’; ‘Gone Girl’ Author Gillian Flynn Short Story Sells In High-Six-Figure Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Universal Pictures is tying down a deal to make a movie out of The Grownup, a package built around the short story by Gone Girl author Gillian Flynn. Natalie Krinsky is attached to adapt the tale, and Mike De Luca and Flynn will produce together what is her first big project since Gone Girl became a big hit movie. Studios read the short story and were pitched the material earlier this week, and the bids are hitting the table today. Sources tell me the deal will… Read