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AFI Conservatory Dean Richard Gladstein Exits

Richard Gladstein AFI

Richard Gladstein, who has served as dean of the American Film Institute’s AFI Conservatory for the past 18 months, is exiting his post, the organization said Monday. The graduate film school’s Michael Chung, Vice Dean of Administration, and Tom Engfer, Vice Dean of Academic Affairs, have been appointed Co-Interim Deans. Both will report to AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale. AFI, which just wrapped its AFI Fest 2018 last week, said a search for a permanent replacement is… Read


Manhattan DA Urges Judge To Reject Harvey Weinstein’s Argument For Dismissal

The Manhattan district attorney’s office is urging a state Supreme Court judge to reject Harvey Weinstein’s call to dismiss all of the remaining sex-crimes charges against him. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr.’s office strenuously objected to Weinstein’s legal argument that the entire grand jury process had been tainted by police misconduct and perjury by one of the accusers in a court filing today. Prosecutors moved to dismiss one of the sexual assault charges last… Read


Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures Sets The Great Gatsby Origin Series At YouTube, Taps Paul Shapiro As Head Of TV

Paul Shapiro Stampede Ventures

Greg Silverman’s Stampede Ventures is ramping up its TV operations with the hire of Paul Shapiro as Head of Television. The company already has set up two drama projects, The Great Gatsby origin series Gatz about a mixed-race Jay Gatsby, which is in development at YouTube Premium; and the recently announced Witnesses, which is in the works at Fox through 20th Century Fox TV. In his new role, Shapiro will oversee all development, acquisitions, and production on television… Read


‘Replicas’ Trailer: Keanu Reeves Defies Every Law Of Nature To Get His Family Back

“It’ll be like it never happened.” Famous last words. Later we hear, “There is a reason human cloning is banned.” Here is the first trailer for Replicas, starring Keanu Reeves as a daring synthetic biologist who loses his family in a car crash and makes a radical move. He will stop at nothing to bring them back, even if it means pitting himself against a government-controlled laboratory, a police task force and the physical laws of science. “There was a crash. You and the… Read


The Brit List For Unproduced Film Scripts Led By Supernatural Thriller ‘Benny In The Dark’

The Brit List, the UK’s version of the Black List, received 134 script recommendations this year. The list of praiseworthy unproduced film scripts was led by supernatural thriller Benny In The Dark from screenwriter Phillip Morgan. Check out the full-list below. The list, managed by UK producer Alexandra Arlango (The Duchess), is pulled together from recommendations by more than 90 UK film companies. To qualify, projects must receive a minimum of three… Read


‘Fukushima 50’: Movie About Japan Nuclear Disaster To Star Koichi Sato, Ken Watanabe

Koichi Sato Ken Watanabe

Japan’s The Kadokawa Corporation has set Setsuro Wakamatsu to direct and Koichi Sato and Ken Watanabe to star in Fukushima 50, a feature film about Japan’s 2011 nuclear plant disaster, when a post-earthquake tsunami hit the Fukushima Daiichi facility and caused a meltdown of the core reactors. The film, based on Ryusho Kadota’s book On the Brink: The Inside Story of Fukushima Daiichi and adapted for the screen by Yoichi Maekawa, centers on the workers including shift… Read


CBS Ups Kelli Raftery To EVP Communications

Kelli Raftery, CBS EVP Communications

CBS has promoted network veteran Kelli Raftery to Executive Vice President, Communications, CBS Corporation, from her SVP role. As EVP, Raftery will work with Dana McClintock, Chief Communications Officer, to whom she’ll report, and Chris Ender, Executive Vice President, CBS Corporation, guiding the Company's overall media relations and communications strategy. Based in New York, Raftery will continue to work closely with all CBS Corporation businesses, to help steer the… Read


Good Deed Entertainment Sets Off ‘Firecrackers’

Good Deed Entertainment has secured the U.S. distribution rights to Firecrackers, the director debut film from Jasmin Mozaffari based on her short film. The pic had its world premiere at this year’s Toronto Film Festival and will continue on the festival route before its US theatrical release in 2019. Starring 2018’s TIFF Rising Star Michaela Kurimsky and Karena Evans, who is best known for directing Drake’s music videos, the story follows Lou (Kurimsky) and her best… Read


Through ‘The Front Runner,’ Hugh Jackman Gets To Know Elusive Politician Gary Hart

Since hanging up his claws as Wolverine in spectacular fashion with Logan, Hugh Jackman has been exploring. He returned to his first love, musical theatre, last year for the blockbusting The Greatest Showman, and now tackles perhaps the meatiest role of his career to date as 1988 Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart. Jason Reitman's The Front Runner follows the three weeks it took Hart's leading campaign for the Democratic ticket to implode when reports surfaced of… Read


Maya Rudolph & Natasha Lyonne Ink First-Look TV Deal With Amazon Studios

Maya Rudolph Natasha Lyonne

Maya Rudolph and Natasha Lyonne have signed a first-look television deal with Amazon Studios. Under the pact, the Emmy-nominated duo will create original series for the studio via their new Animal Pictures shingle for Amazon Prime Video. "Maya and Natasha are proven talents in front of and behind the camera, and we are so excited to tap into this powerful creative brain trust and be in business with these fiercely funny and phenomenally smart women," said Jennifer Salke… Read


SAG-AFTRA Cracking Down On Producers Who Cheat Stunt Perfomers Out Of Residuals

SAG-AFTRA is cracking down on producers who try to cheat stunt performers out of their residuals by signing them to stunt coordinator flat deals that don't pay residuals. "The union is pursuing claims on this issue and will continue to challenge any miscategorization of stunt performers that it discovers," it said. "It has come to the attention of the SAG-AFTRA Stunt & Safety Department that producers have engaged stunt performers to work under inappropriate schedules" of… Read


Orion Pictures Acquires ‘Casa’ Horror Pitch From Miami’s Meza Brothers

Andres Meza-Valdés Diego Meza-Valdés

EXCLUSIVE: Amid intense competition, Orion Pictures has acquired Casa, a horror pitch from Andres and Diego Meza-Valdés, the sibling filmmakers whose profile has been on the rise in genre circles after their success with three shorts: Boniato, The Room and Play Dead. The Miami natives will be making their feature-film directorial debut with Casa, which is described as a socially conscious horror thriller with an intergenerational tale centering on a Latino family. Diego… Read