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Joseph Cross’ Coming Of Age Movie ‘Summer Night’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films

EXCLUSIVE: Samuel Goldwyn Films has taken domestic rights to Joseph Cross' feature directorial debut Summer Night for a release next spring. Cross is the star of such films as Lincoln, Milk and the HBO Emmy-winning limited series Big Little Lies.  Summer Night follows a group of young best friends who are confronted with a series of fast-approaching life decisions during the course of the night that will either leave them stuck in the comfort of adolescence or catapult… Read

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WME Signs ‘Justice League’ Star Ray Fisher

EXCLUSIVE: WME has signed Justice League star Ray Fisher for representation. Fisher is best known for his role as Victor Stone in the DC Universe — his character goes by the moniker Cyborg, a technological superhero with cybernetic super strength and other useful powers to help his fellow heroes. He appeared for the first time as Cyborg in a cameo in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. He can be next seen opposite Mahershala Ali in the upcoming season of HBO’s True Detect… Read

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‘Sesame Street’ Muppet Lily Becomes First To Experience Homelessness

Sesame Street Homeless Lily

Sesame Street is breaking ground again, this time with a storyline that finds Lily, a Muppet introduced in 2011, having no place to live. The magenta-hued 7-year-old is featured in a series of online episodes in which she reveals to her good pal Elmo news of her family’s experience with homelessness. “Me and my parents haven't had a place to stay for a while," Lily tells Elmo in one of the scenes (she later shares the good news that her family is moving into their “very… Read

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George Gallo To Bring A.J. Benza’s ‘74 And Sunny’ To The Big Screen

EXCLUSIVE: George Gallo is set to direct the feature adaptation of A.J. Benza’s 2015 childhood memoir ’74 and Sunny from Simon & Schuster. Benza, the former Daily News show business columnist and E!’s Mysteries & Scandals host and producer, is currently writing the script. ’74 and Sunny recounts when Benza’s shy, effeminate cousin from New Jersey came to live with his Sicilian-American family during the summer of 1974 in Long Island, memories that were dominated by the… Read

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Carey Mulligan On ‘Wildlife’, Pregnancy & Why She Doesn’t Mind Playing Unlikable Characters – The Actor’s Side

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Carey Mulligan is not afraid to go to the dark side and play characters with which the audience may not be all that comfortable. That is the takeaway I got when she visited our Deadline studio to discuss her awards contender Wildlife for my video series The Actor’s Side. In the film directed by actor Paul Dano, whom she talks about as the video begins, she describes the role of Jeanette, a 1950s housewife on an emotional downward spiral as she tries to deal with a husband… Read

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‘Power’ Creator Courtney Kemp Pays Tribute To Deceased Crew Member

Killed in a freak car accident on Monday on at a location shoot for Power, longtime crew member Pedro Jimenez was remembered by show creator Courtney Kemp as “a man loved by so many.” In an emotional Instagram post, EP Kemp described her feelings, deep respect for Jimenez and the loss for the show. “I have not known how to write this post; social media is an odd, impersonal place for grief, often an odd place to commemorate a life,” she wrote. “A few sentences cannot… Read

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Universal-Working Title’s Feature Adaptation Of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s ‘Cats’ Rolls Cameras

Universal and Working Title’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s hit musical Cats has started filming with the studios announcing the official parts to many of the castmembers who have already been announced, i.e. Taylor Swift who will play Bombalurina, James Corden as Bustopher Jones, and as many have surmised, Jennifer Hudson is Grizabella. Also starring is Dame Judi Dench as Old Deuteronomy, Jason Derulo as Rum Tum Tugger, Idris Elba as Macavity, Sir Ian… Read

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Universal Sets Sheldon Turner To Script African Animal Poaching Tale ‘Jane’

Universal Pictures has set Jane, a drama that Sheldon Turner will write, with Jennifer Klein producing through their Vendetta label. The African-set action thriller has a strong role for an actress. When well-trained and well-financed professional poachers begin to target a conservationist ranch in Tanzania, it falls on one woman to defend the land and its denizens, and protect the very future of the rhino. Uni’s Kristin Lowe is overseeing. Turner (Up In The Air and The Lo… Read

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Sci-Tech Oscars Reveals Honorees; Curtis Clark Set For Career Award

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences just announced nine scientific and technical achievements represented by 27 individual award recipients to be honored at its annual Scientific and Technical Awards Presentation on February 9 at the Beverly Wilshire. AMPAS also said that cinematographer Curtis Clark will receive the John A. Bonner Award for his extraordinary service to the motion picture industry. "Each year, the Academy forms a diverse committee made up of… Read

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‘Mortal Engines’ Review: It’s No ‘Mad Max’, But Peter Jackson’s Latest Vision Of The Future Has Its Moments

Mortal Engines

It may be derivative. It may be loud. It may remind you of Mad Max: Fury Road-lite, but the new film from the Peter Jackson epic factory, Mortal Engines, does have a certain sense of old-fashioned Saturday matinee fun, and on a purely visual level it’s quite enthralling. Although the movie most people will find themselves comparing this to is indeed Mad Max, for me it had echoes of an early-’60s Jules Verne fantasy with Vincent Price called Master of the World (a film… Read

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Fox Acquires Matthew Baker Short Story ‘To Be Read Backwards;’ Noah Hawley To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: In an exceptionally brisk year for movie option deals made based on  short films and short stories, nobody has outdone Matthew Baker. The short story writer’s To Be Read Backwards has sold to Fox to be developed as a feature directing vehicle for Noah Hawley. Hawley — who after TV triumphs Fargo and Legion, just wrapped his featured directing debut with the Fox Searchlight NASA drama Pale Blue Dot with Natalie Portman — will produce through his 26 Keys banner… Read

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‘One Dollar’ Canceled By CBS All Access After One Season

There will be no second season for One Dollar. CBS All Access has opted not to go forward with another season of the series, Deadline has confirmed. It is the streaming service’s first cancellation since its launch in 2014. “While One Dollar won't be coming back for another season, we’re incredibly proud of its artistically presented 10-episode story, which will continue to be available for streaming on the service and for future audiences to discover,” said Julie… Read