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Susan Sarandon Replaces Diane Keaton In Next Roger Michell Film; Sam Neill, Rainn Wilson, Bex Taylor-Klaus + More Join Cast

EXCLUSIVE: Oscar winner Susan Sarandon has joined Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska in the Roger Michell-directed remake (formally titled Blackbird) of an English-language remake to the 2014 Danish film, Silent Heart, directed by Bille August. Sarandon will take over for Diane Keaton, who was previously attached to the project, which hails Millennium Films. Sam Neill (Jurassic Park), Rainn Wilson (The Office), Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow), Lindsay Duncan (Birdman), newcomer… Read

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The CW Developing Female Dorian Gray Comedic Series From Marisa Coughlan

Marisa Coughlan

The CW has put in development Dorian, from Marisa Coughlan (Super Troopers 2), producer Len Goldstein (Hart of Dixie) and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Coughlan, Dorian is a comedic spin on Oscar Wilde’s The Picture Of Dorian Gray with a gender switch. It centers on a woman who made a deal with the devil 50 years ago to remain young has spent the subsequent decades living selfishly and without consequences. As the downsides of eternal youth finally land on her, Dorian is… Read

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Array Releasing Acquires Lisa France Debut Docu ‘Roll With Me’

EXCLUSIVE: Array Releasing and ARRAY founder Ava DuVernay announced Wednesday that they have acquired the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand rights to the Lisa France documentary Roll With Me. Marking her docu debut, the film will premiere December 1 on Netflix and will be accompanied by a national screening tour to coincide with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities which is recognized on December 3. The film, which was… Read

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‘High School Musical’: Joshua Bassett To Star In Disney Streaming Series Reboot

Joshua Bassett in High School Musical: The Musical

Joshua Bassett (Stuck in the Middle) has landed the lead role of Ricky in High School Musical: The Musical, a series for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service, which is set to launch in late 2019. Bassett’s Ricky is a cynical but charming high school junior who launches a bold plan to win back his ex-girlfriend Nini – by auditioning to star opposite her in the school's production of “High School Musical.” “Joshua's interpretation of the Ricky character… Read

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‘Arrow’: Ben Lewis Joins Cast For Season 7 Arc As Hero’s Adult Son

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Ben Lewis is joining the cast of the CW’s Arrow for a season-long arc after being introduced in Monday night’s season premiere as the future adult version of William “Will” Clayton, the son of Oliver Queen and the late Samantha Clayton. The character was initially presented to Arrow viewers as a mystery man seeking Lian Yu, the island in the North China Sea where Queen (Stephen Amell) learned the skills that made him the show’s title hero. The climax of Monday’s episode… Read

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‘Wu Assassins’: Lawrence Kao And Celia Au Join Netflix Martial Arts Series

EXCLUSIVE: Netflix’s forthcoming martial arts drama Wu Assassins has added Lawrence Kao (The Walking Dead) and Celia Au (Lodge 49) as series regulars. Wu Assassins blends martial arts, drama, and supernatural elements for a story that centers on Kai Jin (The Raid star Iko Uwais), a man who becomes the latest and last Wu Assassin chosen to round up the powers of an ancient triad and restore balance once again. Kao is set to play Tommy Wah, a drug addict in search of… Read

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Judy Blume Grants ‘Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret’ Screen Rights To James L. Brooks & Kelly Fremon Craig

EXCLUSIVE: In the nearly 50 years since she wrote her groundbreaking book Are You There God? It's Me, Margaret, Judy Blume has turned down overtures to turn her seminal novel into a film. Finally, she has said yes. Blume has granted the rights to producer James L. Brooks' Gracie Films and Kelly Fremon Craig, who collaborated on The Edge Of Seventeen, the coming of age film that starred Hailee Steinfeld. Fremon Craig wrote and made her directorial debut on that 2016 film… Read

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Showdown Between AT&T And DOJ Gets Date For Oral Argument

The long and winding journey of one of the most contested mergers in the history of the media business will take a major step toward its legal conclusion in December. The D.C. Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals said judges will hear oral arguments in the United States v. AT&T beginning at 9:30AM ET on Thursday, December 6. Compared with the lower federal court trial, which stretched on for months in the springtime, the government’s latest bid to block the acquisition of… Read

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Julia Louis-Dreyfus Says She Never Considered Leaving ‘Veep’ Despite Cancer Diagnosis

Julia Louis-Dreyfus

Julia Louis-Dreyfus says she never considered quitting HBO’s Veep after being diagnosed with Stage 2 breast cancer last year. “Oh, no,” Louis-Dreyfus tells the Washington Post in a candid interview. “I love making people laugh, and I love making people cry even, and I find the pursuit of a truthful performance to be deeply satisfying to my core.” Still, the former Seinfeld star says, the illness and treatment proved more debilitating than she’d ever imagined. Production… Read

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Netflix Stock Surges As Analysts Hail Quarterly Rebound: “Still Setting The Tone For OTT Viewing”

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Despite some headwinds for the overall stock market today, Netflix stock rode a rhapsody of Wall Street analyst reports touting the strength of yesterday’s quarterly earnings report to rise on heavy trading volume. Shares finished at $364.70, up 5% even as all three major indices ended up in negative territory. While the stock price is still below the 52-week high of $423.21 established over the summer, shares have gained more than 70% in 2018 to date. In its earnings… Read

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Latino Groups Deliver Petition To Paramount As Part Of Second Protest Over Diversity Hiring

Paramount Protest

More than 60 protesters chanting "Latinos excluded, time to be included" picketed Paramount Pictures again today, armed with a petition signed by more than 12,000 supporters calling on the Hollywood studio to sign a memorandum of understanding to increase its employment of Hispanics. "We're going to keep this up until Paramount decides to work with us and sign a memorandum of agreement to increase opportunities for Latinos in front of and behind the cameras," said Alex… Read