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Paramount Buys Kyle Rideout & Josh Epstein’s Pitch ‘Astrid’s Death List’

EXCLUSIVE: Paramount has snapped up Kyle Rideout and Josh Epstein’s feature pitch for Astrid’s Death List which di Bonaventura Pictures is producing. The storyline is being kept under wraps. Erik Howsam and Stephen Shafer brought the project into Paramount and will be overseeing for di Bonaventura Pictures. The duo wrote the comedy Adventures in Public School, which Rideout directed, and Netflix bought out of TIFF 2017. That pic which starred Judy Greer, Russell Peters… Read

Box Office

M. Night Shyamalan’s ‘Glass’ Shattering $50M+ Over 4-Days, Besting Debut Of ‘Split’; ‘Aquaman’ Swimming Past $300M

FRIDAY Midday Update: As we expected based on last night’s preview figures, Universal/BVI/Blumhouse’s Glass is headed for a $50M-$52M four-day weekend, and a $44M three-day. Both figures are higher than what Split made respectively (even though it didn’t launch on an MLK weekend), which was $40M over three days, $42.9M over four days. Today, with last night’s $3.7M, looks to be between $16M-$17.5M. Essentially Thursday previews rep 22% of Glass‘ first day gross, which is… Read


Illumination’s Chris Meledandri To Get Visual Effects Society’s Lifetime Achievement Award

Chris Meledandri

The Visual Effects Society has chosen Illumination CEO Chris Meledandri to receive the group’s VES Lifetime Achievement Award for 2019. It will be presented as part of the 17th annual VES Awards on February 5 at the Beverly Hilton. The honor, bestowed by the VES board of directors, “recognizes an outstanding body of work that has significantly contributed to the art and/or science of the visual effects industry.” Meledandri’s run at Illumination which he launched in 2008… Read


Annapurna TV Hires Amazon’s Patrick Chu, Ups Ali Krug To SVPs Development


Annapurna is solidifying its TV division’s senior executive team under APTV President Sue Naegle. The company has brought in former Amazon executive Patrick Chu as SVP development and has promoted Ali Krug to SVP development from her previous VP role. Chu and Krug will work alongside Susan Goldberg, the division’s SVP of Television. In his new position Chu will be responsible for developing and producing new television projects for Annapurna TV, with a focus on dramas. He… Read


Male Screen Stars Have Earrings Censored On China’s Netflix Equivalent iQiyi

In what some are claiming is the latest example of growing cultural censorship in China, male stars have had their earrings censored on popular streaming platform iQiyi. Jing Boran, star of Chinese box office hits Monster Hunt and Time Raiders, had his face digitally altered to blur out his earrings in the latest episode of popular Chinese reality TV show I, Actor.  Boran is just one victim of the censorship, according to users of Weibo, China’s version of… Read


Paramount Dates ‘Crawl’ & ‘Playing With Fire’, Moves ‘Loud House’ Off Schedule

Paramount Pictures has set release dates for horror pic Crawl and Paramount Players drama Playing with Fire and pulled from its schedule the TV toon adaptation of The Loud House, which had been set for February 2020. Directed by Alexandre Aja with producers including Sam Raimi, Crawl will hit theaters August 23. It stars Kaya Scodelario as a young woman who becomes trapped in a flooding house during a Category 5 hurricane and must battle against Florida's most savage and… Read


Xander Berkeley Pic ‘The Maestro’ Scores Freestyle Deal; Giant Pictures Acquires Feminist Thriller ‘The Bellwether’

The Maestro

Freestyle Digital Media has acquired domestic rights to Adam Cushman’s The Maestro, a biopic about composer Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco tarring The Walking Dead‘s Xander Berkeley. It will get a theatrical release beginning February 15 in New York and Los Angeles. The pic, penned by C.V. Herst and produced by David J. Phillips, centers on the letters of Castelnuovo-Tedesco, who composed scores for more than 200 Hollywood films in the 1940s and 1950s and mentored the likes of… Read


‘PEN15’ Trailer: First Look At Hulu’s Middle School Comedy From Lonely Island

Hulu has released the official trailer for PEN15, its hilarious new middle school comedy series starring real-life longtime buds, Maya Erskine and Anna Konkle. According to the official logline, PEN15 is middle school as it really happened. Erskine and Konkle play versions of themselves as 13-year-old outcasts in the year 2000, surrounded by actual 13-year-olds, where the best day of your life can turn into your worst with the stroke of a gel pen. The series is created… Read


Disney Offers Detailed Look At Investments (And Losses) Ahead Of Streaming Service Launch

The Walt Disney Co. provided investors a more detailed look at its investment in building a direct-to-consumer business in financial documents filed today with the SEC. The company re-cast Disney’s results for the past three fiscal years to align with the new corporate structure created with last March’s re-organization. While the numbers aren’t new (this isn’t a restatement of earnings), the filing more clearly spells out the losses connected with Disney’s investments in… Read


Motion Picture Sound Editors Reveal 2019 Golden Reel Nominations

Now hear this: The Motion Picture Sound Editors guild is out with the nominees for its 66th annual Golden Reel Awards, which honor sound artists and their contributions to the past year's most outstanding feature film, TV, animation and computer entertainment productions. Trophies in 23 categories will be doled out during the February 18 ceremony at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles. "Sound artists continue to push boundaries for artistry and technical… Read


‘Riverdale’s Madelaine Petsch To Star & Executive Produce ‘Clare At 16’

EXCLUSIVE: Madelaine Petsch, who plays queen bee Cheryl Blossom on the CW series Riverdale, is set to star and executive produce the comedy horror pic Clare at 16which is based on the upcoming Don Roff novel from Baker & Taylor. Mark Pavia, who directed Stephen King's The Night Flier, will write the feature adaptation and direct. Clare at 16 tells the story of average Catholic high school student Clare Bleecker, who lives with her grandparents after being orphaned. She… Read


Costume Designers To Honor Glenn Close & Betty Pecha Madden At CDG Awards

Glenn Close

The Costume Designers Guild said The Wife Golden Globe winner Glenn Close and costume designer Betty Pecha Madden will be honored during the 21st annual CDG Awards on February 19 at the Beverly Hilton. Close, a six-time Oscar nominee, will receive the guild’s Spotlight Award, which honors “an actor whose talent and career personify an enduring commitment to excellence, including a special awareness of the role and importance of costume design.” She is in the heat of… Read