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‘Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse’ Review: An Animated Spidey That Is The Best Spider-Man Yet

Leave it to Phil Lord and Chris Miller to spin this web into movie gold. With Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, the team behind The Lego Movie, Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs, and the live action 21 Jump Street turn out to be the perfect creatives to bring a wholly new take on Marvel and Sony’s cash machine, taking the live actions films (including the very good and most recent installment Spider-Man Homecoming) and leaving them in the dust in a burst of animated… Read

Business

Google CEO Sundar Pichai Gets His Turn In The Congressional Hot Seat

Not too long ago, the Senate Intelligence Committee shamed Google for refusing to send a top executive to join other Silicon Valley executives in answering questions about foreign meddling during the 2016 presidential elections. Google’s no-show was depicted by an empty chair. Now, Google CEO Sundar Pichai is voluntarily taking the hot seat tomorrow as he testifies before a House Judiciary committee hearing exploring the company’s data collection practices. The executive… Read

Business

Stuart Witt Dies: CBS News Executive And Talent Agent Was 84

Stuart Witt, CBS News Executive and talent agent, died December 6 after complications from Parkinson’s disease, Deadline has confirmed. He was 84. Witt was born and raised in Brooklyn. He graduated from James Madison High School where he played baseball and pitched against Sandy Koufax. He went on to attend Indiana University and then served as a Communications Officer in an Infantry Battalion of the USMC from 1958 to 1961. He was stationed in Okinawa. After earning his… Read

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Jake Gyllenhaal To Star In Remake Of Danish Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’

Jake Gyllenhaal

Bold Films and Nine Stories said Monday they have acquired rights to remake The Guilty, the suspense thriller that currently serves as Denmark’s entry into the Oscar Foreign Language Film race. Jake Gyllenhaal is attached to star in the pic, which won the World Cinema Audience Award at Sundance earlier this year. The plot centers on a police officer under investigation who is demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a… Read

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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

Business

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

Gavel

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

The Toxic Avenger Part 2

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

Carmen Sandiego

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 WarnerMedia — Warner Bros… Read

Awardsline

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 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, born… Read