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‘Coco’ Screenwriter Matthew Aldrich Signs With CAA

Matthew Aldrich

EXCLUSIVE: CAA has inked Coco screenwriter Matthew Aldrich for representation. Coco was a huge hit for Disney/Pixar last year at this time, ultimately grossing $807 million worldwide and winning two Oscars, for Best Animated Feature Film and Best Song “Remember Me” from husband-and-wife songwriting team Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez. Coco also won a Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film. The film was a project Aldrich started working on in 2012 with Pixar… Read

Business

Tucker Carlson Loses Pacific Life Ads After Remarking Immigration Making U.S. “Dirtier”

Tucker Carlson

Tucker Carlson's Fox News Channel show won't have insurance company Pacific Life as an advertiser for at least a few weeks after opening Thursday’s program with the remark that the "immigration crisis" in the U.S. had left the country "poorer” and “dirtier.” In his opening monologue, Carlson said you “never” hear anybody making an "economic case for mass immigration" because that argument would be "insane” and “indefensible,” adding, "our leaders demand you shut up and… Read

Business

Blumhouse Television EVP Eben Davidson Exits

Eben Davidson

Eben Davidson, the executive who joined Blumhouse Television earlier this year to oversee development of scripted programming, has left the company. The former Paramount exec joined Blumhouse Television in March as an executive vice president. He left this week, with the two sides parting ways in what one source described as not the right long-term fit. "Blumhouse Television and Eben Davidson have mutually decided to part ways,” the company said in a statement. “We thank… Read

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Adria Arjona In Talks For Female Lead In Jared Leto-Led ‘Morbius’ Movie At Sony

Adria Arjona

EXCLUSIVE: Adria Arjona is in talks to play Martine, the female lead in Sony’s Morbius feature film which has Jared Leto starring. Daniel Espinosa is directing the Spider-Man Universe spinoff based on Marvel Comics’ antihero Morbius the Living Vampire. Created by writer Roy Thomas and artist Gil Kane, the renowned biochemist Dr. Michael Morbius first debuted in the 1970s The Amazing Spider-Man #101 issues. He attempts to cure a fatal blood disease by injecting himself… Read

Business

Gray TV And Raycom Must Divest Stations In Nine Markets In Order To Gain DOJ Approval For Merger

The pending $3.6 billion merger of Gray TV and Raycom, one of the two mega-deals poised to transform the local TV sector, is facing final regulatory conditions before it can proceed. Antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice today ordered the companies to divest stations in nine markets in order to avoid a scenario where the combined company owns more than two of the CBS, ABC, NBC or Fox affiliates in any single market. Without shedding stations, the company would… Read

International

Hyde Park Founder Ashok Amritraj Receives French Honor

Ashok Amritraj

Hyde Park Entertainment founder and longtime producer Ashok Amritraj was awarded France’s Order National du Merite in a ceremony in Mumbai on Friday. The medal, the Chevalier de L'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, ,is bestowed in recognition of contributions to the arts in France and worldwide. Jean-Yves Le Drian, France’s Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs, presented the award as part of an official visit. His itinerary included events surrounding the audiovisual and… Read

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‘Leave No Trace’ Director Debra Granik: Movie Stars “Don’t Interface Well With Social Realism”

In 2010, Debra Granik made Winter's Bone, the film that first showcased the skill of Jennifer Lawrence, who would be Oscar-nominated for her breakthrough performance. Granik returns to narrative eight years on with Leave No Trace, which tells the story of Will and Tom, a father and daughter living an unconventional life off-the-grid in a public park. Granik's film refuses to moralize, asking questions about non-conforming lifestyles without ever passing judgement on its… Read

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Mary Pinchot Meyer Murder Mystery Limited Series In Works At WBTV From David Seidler & Safehouse Pictures

Mary Pinchot Meyer

The story about the murder of JFK’s lover, American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer, is being developed by Warner Bros. TV as a potential limited series. The project hails from Oscar-winning writer David Seidler (The King’s Speech) and Joby Harold and Tory Tunnell’s Safehouse Pictures. Written by Seidler, based on Peter Janney’s book, Mary’s Mosaic, the drama/murder mystery explores different theories about the killing of American painter Mary Pinchot Meyer while also… Read

TV

Mick Mulvaney Draws Short Straw, Becomes Donald Trump’s Acting Chief Of Staff

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Friday night to drag TV news pundits away from the Michael Cohen GMA interview story by announcing Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management & Budget, would become “acting” Chief of Staff, replacing John Kelly: ….I look forward to working with him in this new capacity as we continue to MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN! John will be staying until the end of the year. He is a GREAT PATRIOT and I want to personally thank him for… Read

Film

Kenneth Branagh’s ‘All Is True’ To Open Palm Springs Film Festival – Full Lineup

All Is True

Kenneth Branagh’s Shakespeare tale All Is True has been selected to open the Palm Springs Film Festival, which Friday unveiled its full lineup of films for the 30th edition that runs January 3-14. The fest also said that Bruce Bereford’s Ladies in Black will be the closing-night film, with the director and cast members expected to be in attendance. In all, the fest will screen 223 films from 78 countries, and as usual will screen a slew of Oscar Foreign Language Film… Read

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NBC Buys CIA Drama ‘The Last Spy’ From David Guggenheim, Marc Webb & Imagine TV

David Guggenheim Marc Webb

EXCLUSIVE: NBC has put in development drama The Last Spy, from Designated Survivor creator David Guggenheim, The Amazing Spider-Man director Marc Webb, Imagine Television and CBS TV Studios. Written by Guggenheim, The Last Spy is a high-octane character-driven espionage drama in which the members of an elite deep cover CIA unit are killed after their real-life identities are exposed. In the aftermath, the only operative to escape the onslaught recruits her own team of… Read

Business

NYC Pension Funds Call On CBS And Alphabet To End Practices That Keep Abuse In The Shadows

One of the nation’s largest pension funds is calling on CBS and Google parent Alphabet to end practices that it says helps abuse remain in the shadows. New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer said the city’s pension funds today submitted shareholder proposals to both companies, calling for an end to employment practices like mandatory arbitration and non-disclosure agreements. "When big corporations force their workers to sign away basic rights, investors have to fight… Read