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As Movies Become Commoditized, Toronto’s Search Engine Seeks True Love

The commoditization of film continues apace. By the counts on, theatrical feature releases have reached 648 for the year. That's about two films per day, a rate that promises another 98 movies by December 31, even if we don't get a year-end rush. The 2018 total, if current patterns hold, would be about one-tenth of a movie short of 746, up slightly from 740 in 2017, a record for modern Hollywood. Counts from the MPAA put the numbers even higher. By the… Read


Franklin Leonard Announces The Black List Is Raising A Film Fund

Franklin Leonard used the prominent stage of the Wall Street Journal’s Tech D.Live conference to announce he’s raising a film fund to produce some of the exceptional screenplays submitted to The Black List. The Black List’s annual survey of Hollywood executives’ favorite unproduced screenplays has a proven track record for finding compelling stories. Black List movies have won 53 Academy Awards and garnered 262 nominations, including four of the last 10 Best Picture… Read


How Editor John Ottman Helped Rescue ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ – Podcast

What a difference a year makes. After news broke last December that Fox was firing Bryan Singer as director on Bohemian Rhapsodyfrom the outside looking in, it didn’t appear as though things were going well for the Freddie Mercury biopic. However, when it comes to executing his vision on-screen, Singer has continually surrounded himself with sublime below-the-line talent, and Ottman is a longtime collaborator who he’s worked with going make to their indie filmmaking… Read


‘The Mandalorian’: Gina Carano Joins Cast Of Disney+’s ‘Star Wars’ Series

Gina Carano

The Mandalorian, one of two Star Wars original series in the works at Disney’s ambitious Disney+ streaming service, has just cast Gina Carano. She will join Pedro Pascal atop the series executive produced by Jon Favreau and Lucasfilm, and based on the film franchise’s mythology. Pascal is in final negotiations to star in The Mandalorian, which chronicles the lone-wolf odyssey of a character who hails from the planet Mandalore, which Star Wars fans know as the home world… Read


Amazon Studios Pacts With Blumhouse TV For Eight Thematically-Connected Movies

Amazon Studios has closed an exclusive production deal with Jason Blum's Blumhouse Television for a eight thriller genre features which will all be connected thematically. The deal marks Amazon Studios’ first ever global-direct to service deal for feature length programs. The movies will debut on the Amazon Prime Video service which reaches over 200 territories around the globe. The movies will be made by a diverse group of filmmakers, and it’s developed out of Amazon’s… Read


James Cameron: The ‘Avatar’ Sequels Have Wrapped Production

This just in from Pandora: James Cameron says the Avatar sequels have reached a major milestone with the completion of all principal photography involving main cast members. In a video message, the director of the two highest-grossing films of all time (Avatar and Titanic) praised the ensemble of actors who have been filming Avatar 2 and Avatar 3 since September 2017. “Hi, James Cameron here and today I’m coming to you from the set of the Avatar sequels — and behind me… Read


Amazon Renews ‘Bosch’ For Sixth Season; Streamer’s Longest Running Series

Titus Welliver Bosch

Michael Connelly fans rejoice, Bosch is coming back for even more! With a fifth season currently in production and set to launch next year, Amazon today announced that the Titus Welliver-led series of Connelly’s beloved and hardboiled LAPD detective will be back for a Season 6 too. “I'm on the set where we are wrapping up the filming of season 5, and now this great news that we get to do it again with a sixth season,” said best selling author and producer Connelly from… Read


Can Barrier-Breaking ‘Black Panther’ Become The First Superhero Movie Nominated For Best Picture?

Black Panther has risen to plenty of challenges, shattering every expectation to far surpass the ticket sales of any film by a Black director, with a cast populated by African and African-American performers, on its way to a $1.3 billion global gross. But there's one challenge remaining: can the film overcome a clear Academy prejudice and get a fair shake as a Best Picture candidate? It's a prejudice that, for once, is nothing to do with race. If history is a guide, what B… Read


Margot Robbie’s Luckychap & Dan Lin’s Rideback Team For ‘Barbed Wire Heart’ At Warner Bros.

Margot Robbie

Deadline has confirmed that Margot Robbie’s Luckychap and Dan Lin’s Rideback are developing Tess Sharpe’s novel Barbed Wire Heart for Warner Bros. Westworld scribe Carly Wray is adapting. The studio took film rights earlier this year. Robbie is not expected to headline. Barbed Wire Heart (Grand Central Publishing) follows Harley McKenna, the daughter of a meth-dealing killer who's been groomed for the family business since she was 16. She squares off against the rival… Read


Gary Barber, Jay Rasulo Among New iHeartMedia Board Members

While it remains in the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process, audio giant iHeartMedia has announced the members of its newly formulated board of directors, a group that includes former MGM boss Gary Barber and ex-Disney exec Jay Rasulo. Noting that the board selections are subject to the approval of the company’s reorganization plan by the bankruptcy court, the company said the current board will continue to serve until iHeart emerges from Chapter 11. New directors include… Read


Dr. Steve Perry Talk Show From CBS TV Distribution Gets Fox Stations Test Run

Another potential fall 2019 entrant has emerged in what is shaping up to be one of the most competitive fields for new syndicated daytime talk shows in years. The Fox TV stations has picked up for a limited run Breakthrough With Dr. Steve Perry, a new daytime syndication talk show from CBS TV Distribution starring Perry, a respected educator and advocate best known for creating educational opportunities for children. Per Fox stations’ limited run model, Breakthrough With D… Read


Jack Cutmore-Scott To Star In & Write ‘What If?’ Comedy In Works At ABC

Jack Cutmore-Scott, the lead of ABC’s crime drama series Deception, is returning to the network as the star and writer of What If?, a comedy series in development. It is executive produced by Jay Lacopo and Ruben Flerischer for ABC Studios where Flerschers The District is under a deal. What If?, based on an original idea by Cutmore-Scott, is a single-camera ensemble comedy that explores how seemingly insignificant choices – with the help of a little bit of luck – can have… Read