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‘Thriller’ Filmmaker Dallas Jackson Inks With APA

EXCLUSIVE: Writer-director Dallas Jackson, whose Blumhouse feature film Thriller made its world premiere at this year's Los Angeles Film Festival, has signed with APA. Jackson's current slate of film projects include The System with Ludacris attached to star, RZA directing/producing alongside Divide/Conquer and XYZ handling global sales. The movie is scheduled to start production next summer. Jackson is also set to direct Welcome to Sudden Death at Universal this spring. T… Read

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Former ‘Arsenio Hall’ Music Director Robin DiMaggio Charged With Embezzling From Children’s Charity

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Robin DiMaggio, the drummer and onetime musical director of The Arsenio Hall Show who recently composed a theme song for a graduating class of Los Angeles County Deputy Sheriffs, has been arrested for wire fraud for allegedly embezzling $750,000 from a charity concert for homeless children. No other artists were involved in his alleged scheme. If convicted, DiMaggio could face up to 20 years in federal prison. According to a criminal complaint filed Monday by the U.S… Read

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Showtime Taps Deva Kehoe As SVP Talent Relations & Events

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Showtime Networks has hired Deva Kehoe as SVP Talent Relations and Events. Based in Los Angeles, Kehoe will oversee the teams responsible for working with the network's talent and producing nationwide events for Showtime Networks and its original series, sports, documentaries and specials – including all premieres and screenings nationwide, events at festivals, corporate and trade-related events and For Your Consideration events during awards season. Most recently, Kehoe… Read

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‘Toxic Avenger’ Movie Reboot In Works At Legendary

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Legendary Entertainment has acquired feature film rights to The Toxic Avenger, with a reboot of the iconic Troma horror franchise in the works. Original directors Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz of Kaufman’s iconic b-movie studio Troma Entertainment will serve as producers on the new film. The Toxic Avenger centers on Toxie, born when the mild-mannered Melvin from Tromaville, NJ, falls into a vat of toxic waste. He's transformed into a repulsive-yet-lovable mutant hero who… Read

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‘Carmen Sandiego’ Gets January Premiere Date On Netflix

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Netflix has announced a January premiere date for its upcoming reboot of the classic animated series Carmen Sandiego.  Featuring the voice of Jane the Virgin's Gina Rodriguez in the title role, Carmen Sandiego debuts Friday, January 18 on the internet TV network. Produced by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, the new Carmen Sandiego features not only a new crop of international capers packed but will look into Carmen's past to tell who she is and why she became a super thief. Finn… Read

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Warner Bros. Digital Networks President Craig Hunegs To Depart

Craig Hunegs, President, Business and Strategy, Warner Bros. Television Group and President, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, will be leaving the Studio at the end of the year, the company announced on Monday. Hunegs, a 20-year WBTV veteran, is the highest-ranking executive to leave the company since AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner was completed in the summer. He  is in charge of the one of the biggest growth areas AT&T has been targeting for WernerMedia — Warner Bros… Read

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Oscars: Foreign Language Shortlist Voting Nears The Wire; A Preview Of Possibilities

Phase I voting for the Oscars’ Best Foreign Language Film race closes on Tuesday, which means it's time for our annual preview of the movies that have shaped up as the strongest contenders, and most interesting prospects, for the shortlist. That group of nine titles will be revealed on December 17, whittled down from a field of 87 total submissions this year. While that's not a record number of entries, this is one of the richest rosters to be put forth in recent memory… Read

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Fox 2000, 21 Laps Win Screen Auction To ‘Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying’

EXCLUSIVE: In a bidding battle between multiple studios, Fox 2000 and 21 Laps have acquired feature rights to Mothers, Lock Up Your Daughters Because They Are Terrifying, an elevated short horror short story written by Alice Sola Kim. The story was published in Tin House Magazine in October. I heard there were five offers as this became the latest in a pre-holiday flourish of material deals before the town shuts down for the holidays. Mothers is the story of three girls… Read

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‘Amazing Grace’ Documentary On Riveting Aretha Franklin Gospel Performance Makes Late Bid For Oscar Attention

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A late entrant into the Oscar documentary race could prove a formidable contender. Amazing Grace, which documents the live recording of Aretha Franklin's gospel album in 1972, had been mired in technical and legal limbo for 46 years before its dramatic and unexpected debut at the DOC NYC festival last month. Since then it has rapidly picked up steam with a last-minute Oscar-qualifying run in New York and LA theaters, earning a rapturous response from a legion of admirers—S… Read

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Ahna O’Reilly To Play Fox News Correspondent Julie Roginsky In Jay Roach’s Roger Ailes Movie

EXCLUSIVE: Ahna O’Reilly has boarded Jay Roach’s untitled Roger Ailes feature and will portray Fox correspondent Julie Roginsky. Roginsky alleged in a lawsuit that she was denied a position co-hosting the mid-afternoon Fox News Channel show The Five after refusing to have a sexual relationship with network news boss Ailes. She was a political consultant who was a regular at FNC starting in 2005. The co-hosting spot that Roginsky was passed over went to Geraldo Rivera… Read

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Big Ten Network Taps Fox Sports Ohio Exec Francois McGillicuddy As Its New President

Fox Sports and the Big Ten Conference have appointed Francois McGillicuddy, GM of Fox’s Ohio regional sports networks, as president of the Big Ten Network. The announcement was made today by Eric Shanks, CEO & Executive Producer of Fox Sports and Jim Delany, Commissioner of the Big Ten. McGillicuddy will assume his new role in early 2019 and take over the day-to-day operations for BTN, which are currently overseen by Mark Silverman. Last January, Silverman was elevated to… Read

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CBS Strikes $750 Million Deal To Sell Television City To LA Real Estate Firm Hackman Capital Partners

CBS Corp. said it has reached definitive agreement to sell its iconic 25-acre CBS Television City property and sound stage operation to Los Angeles real estate developer Hackman Capital Partners for $750 million. As part of the agreement, which Deadline first reported in October, Hackman Capital will have the rights to use the Television City trademark in connection with its operations on the property. CBS said it will continue to produce The Late Late Show with James Cord… Read