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Apple Plans Global Launch For Its TV Subscription Service — Report

Apple is reportedly planning to give its planned TV subscription service the kind of global rollout it typically reserves for high-profile products like its iPhone. The Cupertino tech giant plans to launch the service in more than 100 countries, according to the tech news site The Information. This strategy would allow it compete immediately with both Amazon and Netflix, whose streaming services are available internationally. Apple declined Deadline’s request for… Read

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Sylvester Stallone’s ‘Rambo: Last Blood’ Adds Oscar Jaenada

Spanish actor Oscar Jaenada, who has been in such films as The Shallows, Hands of Stone and Snatched, will co-star in the next Rambo installment, Rambo: Last Blood, which has Sylvester Stallone returning as Vietnam veteran John Rambo. Directed by Adrian Grunberg, the pic is currently in production in Bulgaria. Lionsgate is releasing the pic in the U.S. and the UK. Logline: When his housekeeper’s daughter is kidnapped, Rambo crosses the U.S.-Mexican border to bring her… Read

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Megyn Kelly Apologizes, Declares “History Of Blackface In Our Culture Is Abhorrent”

Hours after Megyn Kelly complained on her Today show hour about a PC police Halloween costume crackdown preventing the donning of blackface for Halloween, she sent a note of apology to NBC colleagues. “Today is one of those days where listening carefully to other points of view, including from friends and colleagues, is leading me to rethink my own views,” Kelly said, having previously missed this decades old conversation. Kelly said she realizes “now” that it is “indeed… Read

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WGA West Workshops Take Aim At Sexual Harassment

WGA West Sexual Harassment

In its ongoing campaign to end sexual harassment in the workplace, the WGA West has launched a series of workshops to help members recognize what sexual harassment looks like – including its causes and impacts – and to develop prevention and response strategies. A recent WGA survey of more than 2,000 members found that 64% of female writers – and 11% of male writers – had experienced sexual harassment sometime in their careers, and that "a significant amount of the… Read

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‘Chilling Adventures Of Sabrina’ Review: A Joyous, Pulpy Teen Romp Of The Occult

SPOILER ALERT: This article contains details about all episodes of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina There seems to be a trend in Hollywood of giving any and all IP a “dark reimagining” — specifically material that is normally seen in a more buoyant and hokey light. Shows like Riverdale and Titans have gone this route in order to make it edgy, slick, sexy, and hip. Revamping classics to fit 21st-century sensibilities is a novel idea, but shows can easily fall into a trap… Read

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David Tennant & Emily Watson To Star In ‘Quicksand’ Thriller – AFM

David Tennant Emily Watson

David Tennant and Emily Watson have been set to star in Quicksand, a thriller that will mark the feature directorial debut of Humans and Troy: Fall of a City TV director Mark Brozel. The deal reteams Tennant and Watson who starred together on the 2013 BBC miniseries The Politician’s Husband. Rough Sea Productions’ Mark Lavender and Osiko Films’ Joel Scott-Halkes are producing the pic, and Tannaz Anisi and Greg Schenz are executive producing for sales and finance outfit 13… Read

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Blumhouse TV Expands Production, Development & Business Affairs Teams With Five Exec Hires

Blumhouse Television has expanded its production, development and business affairs teams, adding five new positions to accommodate its growing slate. With 15 projects in various stages of production, the company has hired Lisa Niedenthal as Executive Vice President of Production, Tevin Adelman as VP of Production, and Alexandra Reed as Manager of Production. Niedenthal will oversee productions across all scripted and non-scripted programming. In addition, Anne Pedersen… Read

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NBC Nabs Church Choir Comedy ‘All Together Now’ As Put Pilot With Bradley Whitford Producing & Possibly Starring

NBC has given a put pilot commitment to All Together Now, a single-camera comedy from frequent collaborators Lesley Wake Webster (Speechless) and Jason Winer (Single Parents); Bradley Whitford (The Handmaid’s Tale), who potentially could star; and 20th Century Fox TV, where Winer’s Small Dog Picture Company is based. Written by Webster, All Together Now is about a rural church choir that gets the gift it never thought it needed when a salty, Ivy League professor (a role… Read

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Sean Boyle Rejoins Discovery As SVP Development

EXCLUSIVE: Veteran TV exec Sean Boyle is returning to Discovery as SVP Development. Based in Los Angeles, he’ll help guide the network's strategic planning, content direction and execute programming strategies through the development process. Boyle was VP Development at Discovery before doing a three-year stint as VP Development and Production at History from 2015-18. In the earlier gig, he was responsible for greenlighting Discovery’s signature series Fast N’ Loud and Str… Read

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Warner Bros International Marketing President Lynne Frank To Exit

EXCLUSIVE: Lynne Frank, Warner Bros’ President of International Marketing and Worldwide Planning and Operations, is leaving the studio at the end of the year to pursue new opportunities. She will continue to oversee the international campaigns for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Creed II (which Warners has Canada and overseas on) and Aquaman. Frank joined Warners’ international film operations in 2010 as EVP International Marketing and worked on such… Read

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Open Road Fetches Stalking-Horse Bid In Runup To Bankruptcy Auction

Open Road, the latest independent film company to hit the rocks, has received a “stalking-horse” bid of $87.5 million in Delaware bankruptcy court from a buyer identified as “OR Acquisition Co.” According to court documents, the bid is backed by New York-based private equity firm Raven Capital Management. The firm’s principal, James Masciello, already has some involvement in the film industry. Raven provides financing for Sculptor Media and Masciello is among the… Read

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‘Egg’, Marianna Palk’s Tribeca Pic, To Hit Theaters In January In Gravitas Ventures Deal

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EXCLUSIVE: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to Egg, the satire on motherhood helmed by Marianna Palka the premiered this year at the Tribeca Film Festival. Christina HendricksAlysia Reiner and Anna Camp star in the comedy, which will now hit theaters January 18 day-and-date with a digital release. Penned by Risa Mickenberg, the plot centers on fearless conceptual artist Tina (Reiner) and her passive-aggressive feminist husband (Gbenga Akinnagbe), who… Read