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Mark Hamill Makes Kid’s Light Year With Tweet About Boy’s BB-8 Bionic Arm

Not long ago (today) in a galaxy really, really close (ours), Luke Skywalker celebrated another hero. Mark Hamill took to Twitter to congratulate a boy on his new bionic hand — one inspired by neo-Star Wars character BB-8. Eleven-year-old Cameron Miller of Edinburgh is a self-described Star Wars nut who happened to be born without a right hand. But rather than let that get him down, it reminds the boy of his intergalactic hero who famously lost his right hand to Darth… Read

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Musicians Agree To Extend Film & TV Contract; No Deal On Streaming Residuals

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After three days of bargaining, the American Federation of Musicians and management's AMPTP have agreed to extend their current film and TV contract until Nov. 14. The agreement comes after failing to reach a deal on the union's key demand – residuals from streaming shows. Actors, writers and directors receive streaming residuals, but musicians don’t. "Musicians who work in the television, film and sound recording industries have always participated in traditional media… Read

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“Booker” Is Hot Action Pitch Heading Into Weekend With Gerard McMurray Directing & ‘John Wick’s Derek Kolstad Scripting

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EXCLUSIVE: The hot pitch heading into the weekend is Booker, described as a John Wick-esque hard-boiled action film with an African American male lead. The pitch was just delivered and there are five offers on the table. The film will be written by Derek Kolstad, who wrote the first two John Wick films. The film will be directed by Gerard McMurray, who’ll co-write and who directed the hit The First Purge last year and is directing one of Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone… Read

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‘Toy Story 4’: ‘Ant-Man and the Wasp’ Actress Madeleine McGraw Voices Key Character In Disney/Pixar Sequel

EXCLUSIVE: Young actress Madeleine McGraw is taking on the character of Bonnie in Disney and Pixar's Toy Story 4, slated to hit theaters in June. The Josh Cooley-directed sequel sends Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen), and the rest of the gang far from home to a town upstate, where they case a creepy antique shop, a colorful carnival, and faces both familiar and new. Bonnie was first introduced in 2010’s Toy Story 3 (voiced by Emily Hahn) when she adopts the toy gang… Read

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Craig Hunegs Indicates 20th TV, Fox 21 & ABC Studios Will Remain Autonomous; Dana Walden Shares Excitement For Future

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After the exodus of top Fox film executives and the shutting down of the respected Fox 2000 label as Walt Disney Studios absorbed the 20th Century Fox movie operations, the focus shifted to the TV side. As we reported, outside of TV distribution (domestic and international), which was expected to undergo reductions to eliminate redundancies, the combined Disney-Fox TV operations had been spared of layoffs, with the 20th Century Fox TV, Fox 21 TV Studios and ABC Studios… Read

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‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Casts Carmen Cusack; Elizabeth Cappuccino Joins ‘neXT’

Carmen Cusack (Sorry for Your Loss) has been cast as a series regular opposite Jane Levy in Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, NBC’s musical dramedy pilot from Jake in Progress creator Austin Winsberg, Eric and Kim Tannenbaum, Paul Feig, Universal Music Group and Lionsgate TV. Written by Winsberg and directed by Richard Shepard, Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist follows Zoey (Levy), a whip-smart but socially awkward girl in her late 20s who suddenly is able to hear people’s… Read

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Brat’s Spring Plans Include More Original Series, Sales & Marketing Push

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Brat’s spring slate of programming will include two new original series as the digital studio and network that caters to Gen Z audiences continues to ramp up, It also adding sales and marketing executives after launching its first advertising campaign in February. The network’s latest original series set for launch in the window include Red Ruby, about a group of students who went missing underground in the 1990s and re-emerge as teenage vampires.  Daniela Perkins (Knight… Read

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Discovery CEO David Zaslav’s Pay Triples To $129.4M After Scripps Deal

Discovery CEO David Zaslav saw his overall compensation more than triple to $129.4 million in 2018, the year the company closed its $14.6 billion acquisition of Scripps Networks Interactive. Most of the total came in the form of equity options. The package, according to a proxy statement released by the company Friday afternoon, includes $102.1 million in options. That compares with $15.6 million in options in 2017, a larger share of that year’s $42.2 million total. The… Read

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‘Supernatural’ Through The Years — A Photo Gallery

After 15 seasons, Supernatural, The CW’s longest-running scripted series will come to an end in the 2019-2020 broadcast season. As fans settle in with that reality, Deadline is taking a look back through the years with a photo gallery of some key moments. Created by Eric Kripke, Supernatural stars Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles as Sam and Dean Winchester who follow their father's footsteps as "hunters," fighting evil supernatural beings of many kinds including… Read

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‘Glamorous’: Chester Lockhart & Brady Dalton Richards Cast In CW Drama Pilot

EXCLUSIVE: Chester Lockhart (Todrick) and newcomer Brady Dalton Richards have joined the series-regular cast of the CW's drama pilot Glamorous, from Damon Wayans Jr and his Two Shakes Entertainment, writer Jordon Nardino and CBS TV Studios. They join previously announced Brooke Shields, Ben Pierce, Peyton List and Susan Santiago. Written by Nardino and directed by Eva Longoria in her pilot-directing debut, Glamorous centers on Marco (Pierce), a gender-nonconforming recent… Read

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‘Us’ Review: Jordan Peele’s Journey Back To Horror Is Intriguing But No ‘Get Out’

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to his Oscar winning phenomenon Get Out is destined to be a smash hit, and since SXSW, critics have gushed and jumped all over themselves giving it all sorts of interpretations. But at its heart, Us really is just standard horror 101, albeit a very effectively and impressively made effort that borrows from numerous films, and even a little Twilight Zone. There’s a lot of slasher film influence, a lot of zombie influence — even if this isn’t about… Read

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Idris Elba In Talks To Joins ‘Mouse Guard’ From ‘Maze Runner’ Helmer Wes Ball

Idris Elba is on a hot streak. The star of Netflix’s new series, Turn Up Charlie, is in talks to come aboard Mouse Guard, the 20th Century Fox film adaptation to David Petersen’s Eisner-winning comic book series, which is being directed by Wes Ball (Maze Runner trilogy). If the deal goes through, he’ll join Andy Serkis and Thomas Brodie-Sangster in the motion capture pic, which is set in medieval times and follows brotherhood of mice during medieval times sworn to protect… Read