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Project Cre8: BET & Paramount Players Unveil Semifinalists In Search For Undiscovered Creative Talent

BET Networks and Paramount Players have revealed 10 semifinalists of Project Cre8, a nationwide search for the next big filmmaker, which was launched in January. These aspiring filmmakers are a step closer to the opportunity to produce a feature film with a million-dollar budget. This initiative, which was announced at Sundance, aims to create opportunities for African American content creators both in front of and behind the camera in order to cultivate the next… Read

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‘Warcraft’ Director Duncan Jones Teases Movie Based On Comic Book Series Rogue Trooper

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Warcaft and Moon director Duncan Jones is in playful mood. The filmmaker has posted a video on Twitter in which he seemingly teases that his next project will be a movie based on Rogue Trooper, a strip from the Brit anthology comic 2000AD, which is best known for spawning the Judge Dredd character. The 1980s strip follows Rogue, a genetically created, blue-skinned, mohawked super soldier, and his three comrades’ search for their nemesis, the Traitor General. The story is… Read

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Add One Emmy Nom For ‘Big Bang Theory’ After List Snafu

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CBS’ The Big Bang Theory actually received three Emmy Awards nominations today after the TV Academy said it inadvertently omitted a nom for the multi-camera sitcom in the Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series category. The directing addition of Mark Cendrowski for helming this season’s finale joins the veteran hit comedy’s nominations today for Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Comedy Series and Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control… Read

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Cate Shortland Closes Deal To Direct Scarlett Johansson In ‘Black Widow’, As Expected

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Deadline told you on June 20 that it was in the works, and now Cate Shortland has closed her deal to direct Scarlett Johansson in the freestanding Black Widow film, giving the actress and Marvel its first stand-alone movie after she played supporting roles in a slew of superhero films including The Avengers installments. Shortland, who hails from Australia, is known for helming Lore and more recently Berlin Syndrome. Deadline revealed last month that she was the favorite… Read

TV

Emmys Directing: Multi-Hyphenates Rule Comedy Series, Female Drama Helmers Give Ground After 2017 Breakthrough

“I want to thank me for hiring me as a director when no one else would,” Modern Family co-creator Steve Levitan quipped when accepting the 2012 Emmy Award for directing an episode of the Emmy-winning series. Two years before that, Glee co-creator Ryan Murphy had started the trend of creators winning the comedy series directing Emmy for helming episodes of their shows. In the eight years since 2010, creators have won the directing for a comedy series category five times… Read

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Film & TV Helmer Francesca Gregorini Signs With ICM Partners

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EXCLUSIVE: Francesa Gregorini, whose directing credits include the films Tanner Hall and the Sundance pic The Truth About Emanuel and TV series from AMC’s Humans to Amazon’s Electric Dreams, has signed with ICM Partners. The move comes as Gregorini, also a writer, is developing with producing partners Wendy Haines and Olga Segura a limited series titled The Delivery Girl, about the life of director Dorothy Arzner. She also is adapting the 1959 Dorothy Strachey novel Olivia… Read

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‘Barry’ Creator Bill Hader On His Five Emmy Noms, The Long & Winding Road To Directing And A Darker Second Season

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With the unveiling of the 2018 Emmy nominations, Bill Hader is riding high. Picking up five total nominations—four as the writer, director, star and executive producer of HBO dark comedy Barry, nominated for best comedy series, and one as a guest host on Saturday Night Live‘s most recent season—the SNL alum saw the fruition of a longtime creative dream. “Not to sound too corny, but I moved out here in 1999 to be a filmmaker, and a writer and everything. I was a PA and an… Read

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‘The Nutcracker And The Four Realms’: Joe Johnston Added As Co-Director With Lasse Hallström

Joe Johnston has signed on as co-director of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms alongside Lasse Hallström. Disney’s live-action adaptation of the E.T.A. Hoffmann's 1816 holiday classic is set to hit domestic theaters November 2. "I watched an early cut of The Nutcracker and the Four Realms, and I saw something unique and fresh,” Johnston said in a statement. “When I was asked to direct the remaining elements, I saw an opportunity to complete Lasse’s wonderful and wildly… Read

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‘The Sopranos’ Prequel Movie Finds Its Director

Think that Sopranos prequel doesn’t have a director yet? Fuggedaboutit. Alan Taylor, who helmed multiple episodes of the original HBO series along with Game of Thrones and the feature sequels Thor: The Dark World and Terminator: Genisys, has landed the gig. As Deadline reported exclusively in March, New Line bought a screenplay penned by The Sopranos creator David Chase and Lawrence Konner, who also wrote episodes of the HBO mob drama starring James Gandolfini. The Many Sa… Read

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New Regency Wins ‘Rub & Tug’; Rupert Sanders Directs Scarlett Johansson In Joel Silver-Produced Tale Of Pittsburgh Massage Parlor Queen

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EXCLUSIVE: New Regency has won an auction for Rub & Tug, an American Hustle-like true story in which Rupert Sanders will direct Scarlett Johansson in the fact-based story of a woman who flourished in a male-dominated business of massage parlors and prostitution by essentially taking on the physical identity of a man. New Regency prevailed in a worldwide rights deal over five other bidders. Sources said the hope is to start production in February at a budget north of $30… Read

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Topic Boards ‘The Climb’ For Feature Film Based On Duo’s Sundance Short

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Topic Studios is set to finance and produce The Climb, a comedic drama from Kyle Marvin and Michael Covino based on their short film that debuted at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film tells the story of the friendship between two lifelong friends (Covino and Marvin will also star) spanning several years, marriages, heartbreaks and conflicts. It is now set to begin production in August. Topic had already acquired the short for its Topic.com. The feature treatment… Read

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George Gallo At Helm Of ‘The Nazi Titanic’, Making Of Hitler & Joseph Goebbels’ Propaganda Ship Sink Disaster Epic

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EXCLUSIVE: George Gallo has come attached to direct The Nazi Titanic, a film that tells the crazy backstory of the German WWII propaganda film about the most famous shipping disaster, which itself turned out to be a cinematic disaster of epic proportions. The project is being cast now, and it has a script by Scott D. Rosenbaum and Josh Posner. The pic is being produced by Jeff G. Waxman, Tony Grazia and Rosenbaum. While there are several memorable films about the 1912… Read