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‘Birds Of Prey’ Actresses In The Mix: Sofia Boutella, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Justina Machado, Gugu Mbatha-Raw & More

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We’re hearing about the list of actresses who are reading for Warner Bros./DC’s Birds of Prey movie. The characters of Huntress, Rene Montoya and Black Canary would be a part of Harley Quinn’s all-girl gang. They take on Batman villain Black Mask, with the help of Cassandra Cain. Margot Robbie reprises her Suicide Squad role as Harley Quinn. Being considered for the role of Huntress is The Mummy actress Sofia BoutellaFargo and Cloverfield Lane actress… Read

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‘Polar’: Deadmau5 Looks The Part For Scoring Jonas Akerlund’s Dark Horse Comics Adaptation

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The Canadian music producer known as Deadmau5 is making his first foray into film scoring with Polar, a noir-tinged project by director Jonas Akerlund that arrives next year from Netflix and Constantin Film. The action film is an adaptation of Polar: Came From the Cold, the webcomic by writer-artist Victor Santos that was published in 2013 as a 160-page graphic novel from Dark Horse Entertainment, the Oregon comics publisher that has a track record of delivering source… Read

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NBC Buys Mother-Daughter FBI Drama From Wendy Calhoun & Elizabeth Banks

NBC has put in development Strong Justice, an hourlong drama from Wendy Calhoun (Empire), Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman’s Brownstone Productions and Warner Bros. TV. Written by Calhoun, Strong Justice is inspired by Marlo McGuire Graham and Ethel McGuire. It centers on FBI's first-ever mother-daughter duo, Special Agents Etta and Memphis Strong, who strive to be exceptional investigators despite sexist and racist hurdles. Both women tackle dangerous cases and fight… Read

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WGA East Elections: Ex-President Michael Winship & Nine Others Voted To Guild’s Council

Former WGA East president Michael Winship, who guided the guild through the tumultuous 2007-08 writers strike, has been elected to its Council, along with nine others. Winship served as president for five consecutive two-year terms – starting just before the strike and ending in September 2017. Winship, a veteran news and documentary writer, was one of 11 candidates vying for seven freelance seats on the Council. The other freelancers elected are Monica Lee Bellais and… Read

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Marion “Suge” Knight Cops Manslaughter Plea, Faces 28 Years In Prison

Former rap mogul Marion “Suge” Knight pleaded no contest today to running over a man and killing him in a restaurant parking lot three years ago. He is expected to be sentenced to 28 years in state prison on the charge. Knight entered his plea to one count of voluntary manslaughter and admitted a special allegation that he used a deadly weapon, a truck. Knight, 53, was once one of the most feared men in the record industry during his days as CEO of Death Row Records, a… Read

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‘Colette’ Review: Keira Knightley Shines In Gorgeous Biopic Of France’s Literary Icon

Every bit as sophisticated and visually stunning to look at as Gigi, the 1958 Best Picture Oscar winner that was inspired by one of Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette’s most famous works, this sumptuous biopic of France’s most famous female writer is a delicious treat for adult audiences looking for something worth their while. It may be a very French story, but it has an all-English cast led by the luminous Keira Knightley. She plays the title star of Wash Westmoreland’s telling… Read

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BCDF Pictures Acquires Fantasy Book Series ‘The Riftwar Saga’ For TV Adaptation

EXCLUSIVE: BCDF Pictures has picked up the rights to Raymond E. Feist's blockbuster fantasy book franchise The Riftwar Saga with Atomic Blonde screenwriter Kurt Johnstad aboard to adapt the first novel Magician for television. Claude Dal Farra, Brice Dal Farra, Brian Keady, and Feist are executive producing. Fiction Riot is also producing and will develop mobile content for the series starting early next year. The Riftwar Cycle, a New York Times bestseller from Penguin… Read

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BET Confirms Quincy Jones Special, Unveils Guest List

BET has closed deals for Q 85: A Musical Celebration For Quincy Jones, a music special celebrating the life and legacy of legendary producer and musician Quincy Jones. As we reported, the special, which will mark Jones’ 85th birthday, will tape on September 25 at the Microsoft Theatre LA Live. Joining honoree Jones at the celebration will be his daughter, actress-producer Rashida Jones, Brian McKnight, John Legend, Jennifer Hudson, Meghan Trainor, LL Cool J, Ludacris… Read

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Geoffrey Owens Joins Hilary Swank In ‘Fatale’ Thriller

Geoffrey Owens is on a roll. After Hollywood came to his defense when media outlets attempted to shame the former Cosby Show actor for his job as a Trader Joe’s cashier,  Owen has landed yet another role, this time opposite Hilary Swank, Michael Ealy, and Mike Colter in the noir thriller Fatale, which is being directed by Deon Taylor. David Loughery penned the screenplay, which centers on a married man who is tricked into a murder scheme by a seductive female police… Read

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‘Chicago Fire’: Annie Ilonzeh Cast As New Series Regular For Season 7

UPDATES to clarify: Annie Ilonzeh has joined NBC’s Chicago Fire as a new series regular for Season 7. Ilonzeh’s Emily is an intelligent, easy-going and confident new paramedic. New to the Chicago Fire Department, but a quick and effective worker. She may have a chip on her shoulder from the previous bumps in the road, but she takes everything in stride. Ilonzeh was initially set as a recurring, but was upped to series regular after production began. She’ll first appear in… Read

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SAG-AFTRA Strikes Bartle Bogle Hegarty Ad Agency

SAG-AFTRA has called a strike against Bartle Bogle Hegarty, claiming that the ad agency is "illegally attempting to abandon its union contract." Guild members are prohibited from accepting new work with BBH, but those currently working on projects with the agency can continue to do so. A strike authorization was approved unanimously by the guild's national board of directors. "The integrity of good business is based upon parties adhering to their mutual contracts," said… Read

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Netflix Lands Jeff Ross-Starring ‘Historical Roasts’ From OBB Pictures As Original Series

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EXCLUSIVE: Netflix is going old-school, ordering six episodes of Historical Roasts, a half-hour comedy series from Comedy Central roast star Jeff Ross and OBB Pictures. The project stems from the popular live Los Angeles comedy club show that has been running since 2014. OBB (Kevin Hart’s Cold as Balls) optioned rights to the show and then secured the deal with Netflix which beat out multiple bidders. Production begins this fall and the show launches next year. Each… Read