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Fusing High Art With Compelling Genre Package, ‘Ruben Brandt, Collector’ Helmer Makes His Own Reality — Awardsline Screening Series

“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen,” writer/director Milorad Krstić said, greeting an audience last night, following a screening of his first full-length animated film. “I do hope the movie wasn't boring.” To be sure, it wasn’t. For the entirety of the evening’s panel on Ruben Brandt, Collector—his Hungarian Oscar entry in the category of Best Animated Feature—this suggestion of candor and self-effacing humor proved defining, to the Landmark audience’s… Read


CBS Finally Schedules Long-Delayed Shareholder Meeting, Sets Vote On New Board Members

CBS has finally scheduled its twice-delayed annual shareholder meeting for the morning of December 11 at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. During the meeting, shareholders will be asked to vote on the company’s directors — the majority of whom have joined the board, or been nominated, since September. The unusual level of director turnover reflects a year of turmoil at CBS, which saw a high-stakes legal battle that pitted the media company against its controlling… Read


Peter Farrelly On Why He Knew ‘Green Book’ Was An Instant “Home Run” And How It Launched A New Career Direction – Behind The Lens

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As one half of the Farrelly Brothers filmmaking team, Peter Farrelly has been responsible for the likes of such broadly entertaining comedies as There’s Something About Mary, Dumb and Dumber, Me Myself & Irene, Shallow Hal, Kingpin and many more. That makes it all the more surprising that his latest film is Green Book, a dramedy that is definitely sending him into unexpected directions — as well as into the heart of this awards season with a movie that is the toast of… Read


Joey Diaz Sitcom Among 2 Comedies In Works At Fox From Lionsgate & 3 Arts

Fox has given a script commitment with penalty to two multi-camera semi-autobiographical comedies, Uncle Joey, toplined by comedian Joey Diaz and written by Sivert Glarum and Michael Jamin (King of the Hill, Maron), and Significant Brother, written by Scott King (Difficult People) and Moe Jelline (You Again). Both hail from Lionsgate and 3 Arts Entertainment, in their first broadcast development season six months after Lionsgate acquired a majority stake in the… Read


ABC Shakeup: Channing Dungey Exits As Entertainment President, Karey Burke To Replace Her

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Channing Dungey is stepping down as President of ABC Entertainment after less than three years on the job. As usual, Disney has reached within its ranks for a replacement, naming Karey Burke, head of Freeform original programming development, as new ABC Entertainment president. The move comes ahead of the completion of the 21st Century Fox acquisition by Disney and following the announcement of the Disney-ABC post-merger TV leadership, that includes Fox’s Dana Walden… Read


‘Be Natural’ Acquired By Zeitgeist Films & Kino Lorber; Docu About Alice Guy-Blaché Screened At Cannes & Telluride

EXCLUSIVE: Zeitgeist Films in association with Kino Lorber announced today that it has acquired North American rights for Pamela B. Green's documentary, Be Natural: The Untold Story of Alice Guy-Blaché. Narrated by Jodie Foster, the film centers on the life and accomplishments of the world's first female filmmaker and had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in the Cannes Classics section, and also screened at the Telluride, New York, Deauville, BFI London film… Read


‘The Orville’s J. Lee To Direct & Star In ‘Wednesdays’; Seth Green, Emmy Raver-Lampman Cast

EXCLUSIVE: J. Lee, who currently serves as part of the main cast of Fox’s The Orville, will direct his first feature titled Wednesdays, a dark comedy which he wrote and will also star in along with Seth Green (Family Guy), Emmy Raver-Lampman (The Umbrella Academy), Michael Mosley (Ozark), and Cooper Friedman (Girl Meets World). It’s loosely based on Lee's experiences with therapy. He will play Gabe, a seemingly put-together, successful 30-something year old who has just… Read


Hulu Orders ‘Sweet Tooth’ Pilot Based On Comic From Team Downey & Jim Mickle

Hulu has given a pilot order to Sweet Tooth, a drama based on characters created for DC Vertigo by Jeff Lemire. The project hails from Robert Downey Jr. and Susan Downey’s Team Downey, Hap and Leonard co-creator Jim Mickle and Warner Bros. TV. Written and to be directed by Mickle, Sweet Tooth is the coming-of-age fable of Gus, a boy/deer hybrid who leaves home to find the world ravaged by a cataclysmic event. He joins a ragtag family of hybrids and humans searching to… Read


Legendary Wins 7-Figure Auction For Short Story ‘ByAll;’ ‘Creed II’s Steven Caple Jr Directs, Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmeier Scripting

EXCLUSIVE: Legendary has just closed a seven-figure deal in an electric 11 suitor auction for ByAll, a short story that has Creed II director Steven Caple Jr attached to helm. It will be adapted by Creed II co-writer Juel Taylor and Tony Rettenmeier. That duo, who are scripting Space Jam 2, wrote the short story that got the whole town hot and bothered. ByAll is a 10 page story set slightly in the future in Los Angeles. Imagine a world in which there is no more LAPD, and… Read


Donald Trump Again Blames “Management” For California Wildfires On Eve Of Visit

President Donald Trump says he’s going to visit Northern California on Saturday “Just to see the firefighters.” “Nobody's ever seen what's going on over there, and now they're saying it could be as many as 600, this just came out before we met, could be as many as 600 people killed – up by 400,” Trump told Fox News’s Chris Wallace in an interview conducted Friday afternoon. “And burned beyond recognition, they can't even see the bodies, it's incredible,” Trump added. (The… Read


Olivia De Havilland Battles “False Words” Of FX’s ‘Feud’ In SCOTUS Clash – Update

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UPDATED, 12:42 PM: Olivia de Havilland is hitting back at FX’s attempts to keep the Gone with the Wind actress’ lawsuit over her depiction in Feud: Bette and Joan from being heard before the Supreme Court. "In its Opposition, FX claims that Miss de Havilland's case is not 'cert-worthy,'” her lawyer Suzelle Smith said. “This is another way of saying FX does not want the U.S. Supreme Court to take a good look at the Court of Appeal Opinion, written by a state justice with… Read

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‘Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald’ Looting $69M-$70M; Widows $13M+, ‘Instant Family’ $12M+ Openings

UPDATE FRIDAY, 12:36 PM: Warner Bros. sequel Fantastic Beasts and the Crimes of Grindelwald is eyeing around $27.5M, on its way to a $69M-$70M weekend. Note last night’s previews only grossed $7.3M and rep close to 27% of today’s ticket sales. Let’s hope the momentum builds. Lower range here on the film because Thursday previews of $7.3M came in 17% less than the Thursday of the first chapter two years ago. On the Atom Tickets side, FB2 is outpacing pre-sales of Incredible… Read