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Mel Brooks To Voice Adam Sandler’s Vampire Dad In ‘Hotel Transylvania 2′

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Comedy legend Mel Brooks has been tapped to voice Vlad in Sony Pictures Animation's Hotel Transylvania 2. He'll play the very old and grumpy vampire father to Adam Sandler's Dracula. The sequel to Sony's 2012 family film sees old-school supernatural meet modern-day cool when Vlad turns up at the hotel for an impromptu family get-together. Genndy Tartakovsky is helming again from a script by Robert Smigel. The original movie made about $360M worldwide and was nominated for… Read

ITV Has Faith In ‘Grantchester’, Orders 2nd Season Of Period Mystery Series

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ITV's latest hit period drama, Grantchester, will be returning for a second season. The six-part mystery that stars James Norton as Sidney Chambers, a charismatic clergyman who turns investigative vicar, has been reupped by the network for a further season to shoot next year. Set in the 1950s and co-starring Robson Green as down-to-Earth Police Inspector Geordie Keating, Grantchester has found a faithful following in Britain. Its first season concluded earlier this month… Read

Guest Stars Set For ‘Downton Abbey’ Christmas Episode; Endemol Inks With Amber TV: Global Showbiz Briefs

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ITV and Carnival Film have unwrapped details about the Christmas episode of Downton Abbey, which rejoins the family in the early autumn of 1924. A pair of guest stars are joining the regular cast: Alun Armstrong will play Stowell, the Sinderbys' butler and Jane Lapotaire is the much talked-about Princess Irina, wife of Prince Kuragin (Rade Sherbedgia). It's grouse-shooting season, and Rose's father-in-law, Lord Sinderby, has rented out Brancaster Castle in Northumberland… Read

Katniss Hot With $154.3M, ‘Interstellar’ Logs $330.6M: Int’l B.O. – Update

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5TH UPDATE, MONDAY 6:05 PM PT: Actuals have poured in from the studios with the weekend's big bird Mockingjay — Part I whistling a fine $154.3 million. Worldwide, the third installment of YA rebel Katniss Everdeen stands at $276.2M. The other major global player, Interstellar, came up slightly higher after Sunday was officially tallied with $71.1M vs a projected $70M. There were no major fluctuations on the rest of the films in the marketplace apart from the usual… Read

Pulitzer-Prize Winning ‘Rent’ Will Play Havana For Christmas

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Jonathan Larson's groundbreaking musical about artists, squatters and AIDS in New York's Alphabet City in the 1990s will open on Christmas Eve in Havana for a three-month run. The Spanish-language production is being produced by Nederlander Worldwide Entertainment in partnership with the Cuban National Council of Performing Arts. Nederlander says it's the first Broadway musical with a full cast, musicians and first-class production elements produced in Cuba in over 50… Read

‘Anne Frank: Then And Now’ – Exclusive First Look At Gaza-Shot Film

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Here's an exclusive first-look at Anne Frank: Then And Now, which explores the lives of Anne Frank and the eight Palestinian girls cast to play her in a retelling of Frank's famous diary. Part drama and part documentary, it was shot in Arabic with English subtitles. The film was shooting in Gaza in July when the Israel-Gaza war broke out, sending cast and crew scrambling for cover from incoming Israeli airstrikes. More than 500 Palestinian children and one Israeli child… Read

Cast Set For BBC & Carnival’s ‘Game Of Thrones’-Style Epic ‘The Last Kingdom’

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An international cast has been firmed up as shooting begins on The Last Kingdom, BBC America, BBC Two and Downton Abbey producer Carnival Films' Game Of Thrones-esque epic series. Set in the 9th century, the eight-part historical drama is an adaptation of Bernard Cornwell's best-selling series of books The Saxon Stories, with Stephen Butchard penning the transfer. As Deadline reported in September, American Horror Story: Coven's Alexander Dreymon is leading the ensemble… Read

Canada’s Bell Media Takes ‘Manhattan’ As SVOD Service Ramps Up To Rival Netflix

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Over the past several weeks, Canada's Bell Media has been teasing its upcoming SVOD service due to launch later this year and code-named “Project Latte.” Today, the group says it has secured its first exclusives for the platform. Among them, Lionsgate's Manhattan which will be the debut "Project Latte Exclusive" and will later be joined by Lionsgate TV comedy series Deadbeat, and Fabrik Entertainment's crime thriller Bosch based on the Michael Connelly series of books. In… Read

Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts In ‘Far From The Madding Crowd': Hot Trailer

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Above is the first trailer for Thomas Vinterberg's return to English-language filmmaking, Far From The Madding Crowd. Based on Thomas Hardy's literary classic, it's the story of the beautiful and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (for whom a certain Hunger Games heroine is named) and her choices and passions when faced with three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer who's captivated by her fetching wilfulness; Frank Troy, a handsome and reckless sergeant; and… Read

ITV Orders Period ‘Jekyll & Hyde’ Action/Drama Rife With CGI Monsters

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In the latest spin on the doctor with the dual personality, the UK's ITV has commissioned a 10-part action adventure drama inspired by Robert Louis Stevenson's, The Strange Case Of Dr Jekyll And Mr Hyde. The series, Jekyll & Hyde, hails from British actor and author Charlie Higson whose credits include The Enemy and the Young Bond series of books. He'll write and executive produce. The classic story has been adapted myriad ways, including in the UK by Sherlock and Doctor W… Read

‘Jurassic World': The Park Is Open In Hot Teaser To Trailer

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The official trailer for Jurassic World drops next Thursday at 9 PM ET/6 PM PT, but Universal is teasing the Thanksgiving treat with a 15-second preview. Directed by Colin Trevorrow from a screenplay he penned with Derek Connolly, there's been much kept under wraps about the new film's plot. But we do know that it involves a theme park, and, natch, dinosaurs (some of them genetically modified). The last new Jurassic Park movie was in 2001, although Universal in 2013… Read

‘Mockingjay Part I’ Wings Way To $67.5M After 3-Days: Int’l Box Office Update

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UPDATE SATURDAY AM PT: With an estimated $55M at the domestic box office on Friday, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part I fell about 22% shy of Catching Fire's $70.95M first day in 2013. However, the international rollout is providing some serious wind beneath Mockingjay's wings. It's playing on 17,000 screens in 85 overseas markets, including key European and Latin American dates. It won't hit China until 2015, but Asia has not been a massive bullseye for Katniss & Co over… Read

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