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Eli Jorne Inks Overall Deal With AMC

Writer-producer Eli Jorne has signed a two-year overall deal with AMC. Under the pact, Jorne is writing on the upcoming tenth season of the network’s flagship series, zombie drama The Walking Dead, and is developing new series projects. The overall pact formalizes Jorne’s relationship with AMC. He recently developed two projects for the cable network, a character-driven sci-fi project with Rainn Wilson and a character-driven horror anthology. Jorne started in comedy. He… Read

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Graham King To Get CinemaCon’s International Filmmaker Award

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Graham King, whose 12-year journey to make Bohemian Rhapsody culminated with four Oscars last month, will receive the International Filmmaker of the Year Award at this year’s CinemaCon in Las Vegas. The Oscar-winning producer will receive his honor April 1 during the NATO exhibition confab’s International Day Luncheon. It’s a fitting bookend for King, who helped launch the first look at his Queen biopic starring Rami Malek during 20th Century Fox’s CinemaCon presentation l… Read

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Donald Trump Vows To Investigate Facebook, Twitter, TV News Outlets, “Different Shows” In Rose Garden Presser

President Donald Trump and the so-called Trump of the Tropics stood side by side in the Rose Garden of the White House on Tuesday while POTUS attacked Facebook, Twitter, the press, and “different shows,” saying they should be nvestigated for collusion against Republicans. “It  seems to be, if its conservatives, if Republicans, there is big discrimination,” Trump said of social media platforms. “I see it absolutely on Twitter,” he said, also naming Google and Facebook as… Read

Film

Nicolas Cage Joins Alain Moussi In Martial Arts Actioner ‘Jiu Jitsu’ From Dimitri Logothetis

Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in Jiu Jitsu, a martial arts action indie written and directed by Dimitri Logothetis (Kickboxer: Retaliation, the upcoming Kickboxer: Armageddon) based on the comic book of the same title, which Logothetis wrote with Jim McGrath. Alain Moussi (Kickboxer: Retaliation) also co-stars in the pic, which Logothetis is producing with Martin Barab. Here’s the logline: Every six years, an ancient order of expert Jiu Jitsu fighters faces a… Read

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‘Ask Dr. Ruth’: Hulu Revises Premiere Date For Its Sundance Docu Pickup – Update

UPDATED, 4:45 PM: Hulu said today that it has moved back the premiere date for Ask Dr. Ruth by three weeks, from May 10 to June 1. Its theatrical release via Magnolia Pictures remains set for May 3. PREVIOUSLY, November 29: One day after the Ask Dr. Ruth documentary was unveiled as one of the high-profile premieres at 2019 Sundance Film Festival, turns out the Ryan White directed pic has a very therapeutic fest afterlife with Hulu and Magnolia. The now Disney-dominated… Read

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Toby Emmerich, Peter Roth & CFO Kim Williams On Warner Bros’ Interim Leadership Team After Kevin Tsujihara’s Exit; Read John Stankey’s Memo

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UPDATED with John Stankey memo: WarnerMedia CEO John Stankey sent an internal memo to staffers Tuesday officially naming Toby Emmerich, Peter Roth and Kim Williams as the company’s interim leadership team. “We all recognize that operating day-to-day in this manner will be a little different from the normal course of business,” he wrote, “but the four of us agree that we need to remain focused and steer clear of any counterproductive speculation around what this temporary… Read

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Gravitas Ventures Launches SVOD Service Gravitas Movies

Gravitas Movies

Indie distributor Gravitas Ventures on Tuesday launched Gravitas Movies, an ad-free streaming service that will showcase the company’s library of at least 1,000 movies. The price is $4.99 a month for the service, which is available as of today at gravitasmovies.com and via Comcast's Xfinity X1, Apple TV and iOS devices, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android mobile and TV devices. The service is up and running in the U.S., with a global rollout coming later this summer. The… Read

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Norman Hollyn Dies: ‘Sophie’s Choice’ And ‘Heathers’ Editor Was 66

Celebrated film editor and music editor and USC School of Cinematic Arts professor Norman Hollyn died in Yokohama, Japan Sunday night from coronary embolism and cardiac arrest. He was 66. Dean Elizabeth Daley of the USC School of Cinematic Arts confirmed his death on Facebook. “All of us at the USC School of Cinematic Arts are profoundly saddened by the passing of Norman Hollyn, who was an extraordinary film, television and music editor, and was the inaugural holder of… Read

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‘General Hospital’ Star Bryan Craig Boards Indie Feature ‘Women Is Losers’

EXCLUSIVE: Bryan Craig has joined Bowery Hill Entertainment's feature Women Is Losers from Tribeca Institute and NYU Alum, Lissette Feliciano. Craig will star opposite Lorenza Izzo. She plays a young Latina whose promising future is cut short with an unexpected pregnancy during the mid 1970s in San Francisco and against all odds fights her way to become a successful landowner. Craig stars on the ABC series Grand Hotel opposite Demian Bichir and Roselyn Sanchez. His film… Read

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StandUp NBC Sets Audition Cities For Diverse Comedians Search

NBC is going on a journey across the country to find the funny. The network has announced Chicago, Los Angeles, Nashville, New York and Seattle as the host cities for its 2019 StandUp NBC auditions. With the exception of Chicago, each city will host a first-round open call, callbacks, and a semi-finalist showcase where last year's StandUp NBC winner Mike E. Winfield will headline. If you are unable to make it to any of the host cities, don’t fret! In lieu of attending the… Read

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‘Us’ Advance Ticket Sales Outstripping ‘A Quiet Place’ & Jordan Peele’s ‘Get Out’

Always a promising sign for how business could wind up this weekend: Fandango is reporting that advance ticket sales for Universal’s Us are out-pacing that of Paramount’s surprise hit A Quiet Place last year and Jordan Peele’s Get Out from two years ago. On Fandango, Us is also the bestselling horror film for the online and mobile advance ticket retailer since Universal Pictures and Blumhouse's Halloween ($76.2M). Note with Get Out, which opened to $33.7M, 90% of its… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Podcast Addresses “Wigging” And “Paint Downs” In Stunt Industry

SAG-AFTRA leaders today weighed in on “paint downs” and "wigging" in the stunt industry, in which stuntmen double for actors of another race or gender — practices the union frowns upon. Speaking about "some of the things that have come up in the past," SAG-AFTRA president Gabrielle Carteris said in a podcast that "We know that there's been people putting on blackface, or men dressing as women. There seems to be more opportunity for work out there. Are we being more… Read