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Before Trump Entered Presidential Race, ‘Tito And The Birds’ Director Cast Him As His Villain, Teaching Kids About The Weaponization Of Fear

With Tito and the Birds, his first animated feature, Gustavo Steinberg took on the most timely and complex of themes, striving to make them accessible to children. Based in a dystopian city that looks a lot like São Paulo—but could really be any metropolis—Shout! Factory’s Brazilian Oscar entry watches as the world is overcome by a disease of fear. Seeking a cure for the contagion in birds—creatures of mythological weight, which have quietly observed human life since the… Read


Natalie Portman Enters Doc Awards Picture With ‘Eating Animals,’ Disturbing Look at Factory Farming

Natalie Portman is vying for awards this Oscar season with films that range from the fictional to the disturbingly real. Critics are praising her performance as a music icon in Vox Lux, out next month, but her other awards contender comes from the realm of nonfiction, the bracing documentary Eating Animals. She produced and narrated the film that explores the ethical and environmental dimensions of raising animals for slaughter on an industrial scale. "It’s about the… Read


Raymond Chow Dies: Iconic Hong Kong Producer Launched Bruce Lee & Jackie Chan

Raymond Chow, the Hong Kong producer who brought Bruce Lee and Jackie Chan to the masses as producer of such films as Enter the Dragon, The Chinese Connection, Police Story, Rumble in the Bronx and The Cannonball Run, died today. He was 91. Chow co-founded Golden Harvest in 1970 and was among the first to bring Hong Kong movies to America and other territories outside Asia. He originally worked as a publicist for Shaw Brothers Studios before making the jump to production… Read


‘Blindspotting’ Team Returning To Lionsgate With ‘First Sight’ Feature; Rafael Casal To Direct

EXCLUSIVE: Blindspotting stars Rafael Casal, Daveed Diggs, and the film’s producers Snoot Entertainment are reteaming with Lionsgate on First Sight, a film which Casal will write and direct for his feature directorial debut. Described as a sci-fi romantic comedy, the pic is about falling asleep to find the person of your dreams. Keith Calder and Jess Calder of Snoot will produce First Sight with Casal and Diggs. The Calders founded the company in 2004 and have produced… Read


Marian Rees Dies: Emmy-Winning Producer & Ex-TV Academy VP Was 90

Marian Rees, who won a pair of Emmy Awards during a pioneering 50-year producing career and was an officer at the TV Academy, Women in Film and the PGA, has died. She was 90. She died August 26 in Bainbridge Island, WA. Born on October 31, 1927, in Le Mars, IA, Rees moved to Los Angeles in the early 1950s. In 1955, she joined Norman Lear and Bud Yorkin's Tandem Productions and was associate producer on TV tributes to Frank Sinatra and Ethel Barrymore and the Emmy-winning… Read


How ‘American Ninja Warrior’ EP Arthur Smith Has Athletically Adapted To Become An Emmys Mainstay

Slow and steady wins the race. Like one of its own contestants gearing up to take on the Warped Wall, American Ninja Warrior's remarkable success story has been a matter of perseverance, grit, and the determination to be a disruptor despite myriad obstacles in its path. In a sense, the challenge Ninja has faced has come as the result of its own success—to continue to excel as a disruptive force, a dynamo that can't be stopped. At the Emmys, which favor acclaimed returning… Read


‘Lost’ Producers Apologize To Evangeline Lilly For Her Discomfort On The Set

The creators and executive producers of the TV show Lost have issued an apology to actress Evangeline Lilly, who said earlier in an interview that she was made to feel “cornered” on the show’s set about doing partially nude scenes. Creators and executive producers J.J. Abrams, Damon Lindelof, Jack Bender and Carlton Cuse issued a joint statement apology for the alleged problems on the show, which ran on ABC from 2004-2010. “Our response to Evie's comments in the media was… Read


Samantha Bee: Why Hasn’t Les Moonves Been Asked To Step Down At CBS After 6 Women Claim Sexual Misconduct?

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Samantha Bee is not happy that CBS Corp CEO has not been made to step down yet in the wake of sexual harassment allegations, and said so on the air, five days after Ronan Farrow’s long-awaited Moonves expose published. “CBS president Les Moonves is in deep trouble for sexually harassing female colleagues – or maybe he’s not in trouble at all,” Bee said on the latest edition of Full Frontal. Cut to clip of CNN reporting that CBS president/CEO Moonves is the latest… Read


Octavia Spencer, Queen Latifah To Bring Racially Charged ‘The Rhinelander Affair’ To Screen With Zero Gravity

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EXCLUSIVE: It’s a great story that delves into the caste system, racism and sexism. The Rhinelander Affair, written by William Kinsolving, follows the controversial 1925 divorce trial in New York involving a man from an upper-class New Rochelle family who married a bi-racial, working-class woman. It is a ripped from the headlines story from the 1920s with many meaty roles in what was a roller coaster ride about money, love, racism and betrayal. The project is now being… Read


‘The Black Room’ Picked Up By MajorJazz, Based On Co-Writer’s Experience In Psychic Research Institute

EXCLUSIVE: MajorJazz, a development and finance company with ties to Wall Street and Silicon Valley has acquired The Black Room, a paranormal horror spec about marriage, deceit, and the constant intrusion of the past into the present written by Grady Hendrix and Nicholas Rucka. The inspiration for the script came from Hendrix's experience in New York City taking incident reports at parapsychology research organization in New York City. Rucka is an editor currently working… Read


Justin Bieber Cast As Voice Talent In Animated Film About Cupid From Mythos Studios

Justin Bieber and Mythos Studios are developing an animated film based on Cupid with the superstar as the voice of the god of love and attraction. Bieber will also serve as the film’s executive producer. In mythology, Cupid is the winged god of Love who is the son of Venus (the Goddess of Love and Beauty) and the War god Mars. Cupid is known for his playful and mischievous personality who carries a magical bow and arrow. His arrows strike unknowing mortals, creating an… Read


Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, Orlando Bloom & BRON Studios Join John Ridley’s ‘Needle In A Timestack’

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EXCLUSIVE: Leslie Odom Jr., Freida Pinto, Cynthia Erivo, and Orlando Bloom have signed on to star in Needle In A Timestack, the latest film from John Ridley.  In addition, BRON Studios has boarded the project as a producer taking over after Miramax was originally attached. Oscar-winning Ridley is directing the pic, which he adapted from a short story by Robert Silverberg. It follows a couple who work to hold their marriage together in a world where time travel is… Read