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13 items from 2017


‘Godfather’ Producer Al Ruddy, Good Films Team on World War II Drama (Exclusive)

27 July 2017 11:48 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Good Films is partnering with Al Ruddy on a movie based on the World War II novel “In the Hours of the Night,” Variety has learned.

Ruddy won Academy Awards for best picture for 1972’s “The Godfather” and 2004’s “Million Dollar Baby.” He will produce through his Albert S. Ruddy Productions.

“In the Hours of the Night” is being adapted by Chris Starr from the William Bradford Huie novel, set in 1945 in the weeks after the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs on Japan. The story centers on a man thrown into a military psychiatric hospital to save him from himself and to save America from a breach of Q-clearance — the highest security clearance available — after the dropping of the bombs, of which he was instrumental in developing.

Good Films managing director Miriam Segal said, “Al Ruddy is an icon whose legendary films range from the Academy Award-winning pictures ‘The Godfather’ and ‘Million Dollar Baby,’ to »

- Dave McNary

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Nick Hornby adaptation 'Juliet, Naked' adds new cast

17 July 2017 5:25 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Film starring Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke begins UK shoot.

Four new cast members have been announced for the upcoming Nick Hornby adaptation Juliet, Naked.

Joining Rose Byrne, Ethan Hawke and Chris O’Dowd in the cast are Azhy Robertson (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, pictured top, far left), Lily Brazier (People Just Do Nothing, middle right), Ayoola Smart (Vera, middle left) and stand-up comedian and Silicon Valley star Jimmy O. Yang (far right).

The project, directed by Jesse Peretz, has started filming on location in London and the south-east coast of the UK.

International sales are being handled by London based sales company Rocket Science.

Byrne plays Annie, who is stuck in long-term relationship with Duncan (O’Dowd) - an obsessive fan of obscure rocker Tucker Crowe (Hawke). When the acoustic demo of Tucker’s hit record from 25 years ago surfaces, its release leads to a life-changing encounter with the elusive rocker himself.

Robertson plays Tucker »

- orlando.parfitt@screendaily.com (Orlando Parfitt)

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Netflix Disruptor Ted Sarandos Chases Slot on Academy Board of Governors

12 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will step down in August. Nor is she seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member Academy Board of Governors. And with that, let the games begin.

The question of who will replace Isaacs is on the table. You have to be on the board in order to run for Academy president, who serves at the pleasure of the board for no more than four one-year terms.

And among those who are eyeing an active role on the board is none other than Ted Sarandos, content czar of Netflix — the same organization that spent the week shaking its fist at the Cannes Film Festival for “closing ranks” with a new ruling that only films that commit to French theatrical distribution may participate in future festivals.

Sarandos is the fox in the Academy henhouse, the disruptor who »

- Anne Thompson

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Netflix Disruptor Ted Sarandos Chases Slot on Academy Board of Governors

12 May 2017 1:03 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of the Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences, will step down in August. Nor is she seeking a third three-year term on the 54-member Academy Board of Governors. And with that, let the games begin.

The question of who will replace Isaacs is on the table. You have to be on the board in order to run for Academy president, who serves at the pleasure of the board for no more than four one-year terms.

And among those who are eyeing an active role on the board is none other than Ted Sarandos, content czar of Netflix — the same organization that spent the week shaking its fist at the Cannes Film Festival for “closing ranks” with a new ruling that only films that commit to French theatrical distribution may participate in future festivals.

Sarandos is the fox in the Academy henhouse, the disruptor who »

- Anne Thompson

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Laura Dern in the Mix for Film Academy President (Exclusive)

28 April 2017 11:56 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With current president Cheryl Boone Isaacs set to term out at the end of July, the board of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will soon be voting on new leadership. A handful of contenders have been bubbling up, but one particularly compelling name has just been tossed into the hat: two-time Oscar nominee Laura Dern.

Sources tell Variety the actress is interested in taking the reins after being elected to the board of governors last July. If she runs and wins, it would be a splashy choice, not least of all because Dern is Hollywood royalty, the daughter of Oscar-nominated actors Bruce Dern and Diane Ladd. She would also be the fourth woman to hold the office, after Isaacs, Bette Davis and Fay Kanin — not an incidental footnote given the organization’s push for diversity as of late.

Dern did not respond to a request for comment. »

- Kristopher Tapley and Brent Lang

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HBO, Zee Entertainment Take ‘The Good Fight’ to Nordic Region, India

27 April 2017 4:54 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

CBS Studios International has closed new deals on “The Good Fight,” which will see the “Good Wife” spin-off air across the Nordic region via HBO Nordic and in India on Zee Café.

The show, set one year on from events in the final season of “The Good Wife,” will launch in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden via HBO Nordic on June 1.

India’s Zee Entertainment Enterprises also took exclusive pay-tv rights to the “The Good Fight” for its English-language general entertainment channel Zee Café, which was also the Indian home of “The Good Wife.” An air date has yet to be announced.

“We have had a very successful partnership with CBS Studios International with the popular drama ‘The Good Wife,’ and the critically acclaimed spin-off has all the ingredients of being an equally power-packed series,” said Zee’s Aparna Bhosle.

The Good Fight” sees Christine Baranski reprise her role as Diane Lockhart. Baranski »

- Robert Mitchell

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‘Your Honor’ Tops 2017’s Series Mania

22 April 2017 2:46 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Already snapped up for a U.S. remake deal, Israeli series “Your Honor,” created by Shlomo Mashiach and Ron Ninio, took the top Grand Jury Prize on Saturday night in Paris at the 8th Series Mania, whose vibrance

was a telling reminder of the robust good health enjoyed by scripted show production at large.

“This is truly a new golden age of television and it was one of the highlights of my life to celebrate it by being on the jury for Series Mania, said jury president Damon Lindelof, show runner of “The Leftovers” and “Lost.”

Few who attended Series Mania could not have been struck by the bullishness of its industry events. FremantleMedia, eOne, Zdf and Federation Entertainment all announcing new productions or desired expansive moves and Co-Production Forum attendance up about 110% to just over 900 delegates as the market for foreign – and often foreign-language – TV dramas, though usually still niche in the latter case, continues »

- John Hopewell and Jamie Lang

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The Good Fight renewed for second season

15 March 2017 2:26 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Its only halfway through its first season, but CBS All Access has already renewed The Good Fight for a second season. Rather than premiere in the fall, the second season will instead start early 2018, much like its inaugural season.

Marc Debvoise, CBS’ President and COO of CBS Interactive, put out a statement about the renewal: “We’re only a few episodes into the first season and the reaction from CBS All Access subscribers and critics alike has been phenomenal. This series and its characters are just beginning and we can’t wait to see where Robert and Michelle King, their creative team and the amazing cast take The Good Fight next.”

Spinning off from The Good Wife, the new series takes place a year after its predecessor and follows Christina Baranski’s Diane Lockhart and her goddaughter Maia Rindell, played by Game of Thrones and Downton Abbey actress Rose Leslie. »

- Ricky Church

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‘The Good Fight’ Renewed for Season 2 on CBS All Access

15 March 2017 11:30 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, and Rose Leslie will all continue fighting “The Good Fight.” CBS All Access has renewed “The Good Wife” spinoff for a second season, Variety has learned. Season 2 will premiere in early 2018.

The Good Fight” is only halfway through its 10-episode first season, but the series is unencumbered by the daily ratings rat race thanks to its home on subscription service CBS All Access, where success is measured by total number of subscribers rather than viewers for individual episodes. For context, though, the series premiere ran on the CBS broadcast channel on Feb. 19, drawing a total audience of 7.17 million dollars for that airing, and CBS says All Access is approaching 1.5 million subscribers.

“We’re only a few episodes into the first season and the reaction from CBS All Access subscribers and critics alike has been phenomenal,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. “This series and its characters are just beginning »

- Oriana Schwindt

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Martin Scorsese thinks his Frank Sinatra biopic is dead

8 January 2017 10:23 PM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Jan 9, 2017

It looks like Martin Scorsese's Sinatra biopic, with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, isn't going to happen...

Ah, now this is a shame. For a while now, one of the directorial projects on the slate of Martin Scorsese has been a biopic of the late Frank Sinatra. Reports had previously suggested that Scorsese wanted Al Pacino to play an older Sinatra, with Robert De Niro taking on the role of Dean Martin. Michael Chabon had been working on the screenplay for the movie, although more recently Field Of Dreams writer/director Phil Alden Robinson had been working on the script.

Following the release of his latest film, Silence, Scorsese’s next project will be a long-awaited reunion with Robert De Niro, with The Irishman (that’s also set to feature Joe Pesci and Pacino). But it seems that the Sinatra project has now completely died a death. »

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Martin Scorsese Abandons His Planned Frank Sinatra Biopic

6 January 2017 5:49 PM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

For several years now, Martin Scorsese has been trying to get a Frank Sinatra biopic off the ground. Back in 2009, the filmmaker became attached to the project and over time, both Phil Alden Robinson (Field of Dreams) and Billy Ray (The Hunger Games) had been working on scripts. At one point, Leonardo DiCaprio was even set to star. However, the pieces never quite came together.

The main issue was with Sinatra’s estate, as they weren’t happy with how the director was going to present the iconic singer. Scorsese’s idea, you see, was to give audiences a complete look at Frank Sinatra’s life, warts and all. That means diving into his mob connections. For obvious reasons, his family wasn’t alright with this approach and as such, the film never materialized.

Now, in a recent interview to promote his new movie Silence, Scorsese has revealed that despite »

- Michael Briers

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Martin Scorsese's Frank Sinatra Biopic Has Been Canceled

6 January 2017 5:16 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Way back in 2009, Martin Scorsese came aboard to direct a biopic based on the life of iconic crooner Frank Sinatra. Over the years, there have been a few updates on this project, with writers and cast members coming and going, but production never fully got under way. While promoting his new film Silence, which is currently in theaters, Martin Scorsese confirmed that this project is dead, due to complications with the singer/actor's family.

This Frank Sinatra biopic once had stars like Al Pacino eyeing the project, with the director teasing several years ago that he also wanted Robert De Niro to play Frank Sinatra's fellow Rat Pack member Dean Martin. Still, neither of those actors signed on, and there hasn't been any word on the project in quite some time. The Toronto Sun caught up with Martin Scorsese, who revealed that the remaining members of the crooner's family »

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Martin Scorsese Scraps Frank Sinatra Biopic After Family Objections

6 January 2017 11:37 AM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Martin Scorsese has exited a long-promised Frank Sinatra biopic. Field of Dreams screenwriter Phil Alden Robinson and Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray had been working on scripts for the film at various times, with The Toronto Sun reporting that Leonardo DiCaprio was set to star.

"We can't do it," Scorsese told The Toronto Sun. "I think it is finally over. [Sinatra's estate] won't agree to it. Open it up again and I'm there."

Scorsese, whose new movie Silence is out now, said he had hoped to make an unfettered portrait of both the singer's highs and lows. »

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