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Tom Hanks Sci-Fi Project 'Bios' Goes to Amblin Entertainment

Steven Spielberg's Amblin Entertainment is ready to explore what happens when Tom Hanks is the last man on Earth.

Amblin has picked up Bios, with Hanks attached to star and Miguel Sapochnik (Game of Thrones) set to direct. The project is from screenwriters Craig Luck and Ivor Powell, with Robert Zemeckis, Craig Luck, Sapochnik and Andy Berman executive producing. Kevin Misher, Jack Rapke, Jackie Levine and Ivor Powell are producing.

The project centers on Finch (Hanks), the last man on Earth. As he faces his own mortality, he builds a robot to care for his dog, the only thing he truly loves. Finch must teach...
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Alive & Running 5K Walk/Run Raises $375K For Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center

With filmmaker Dennis Dugan as emcee, Fox 11 TV anchor Christine Devine as a speaker and The Sound 100.3 FM as a media partner, the 19th annual Alive & Running Walk/Run for Suicide Prevention raised about $375,000 for Didi Hirsch Mental Health Services’ Suicide Prevention Center.

In memory of Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell and Linkin Park's Chester Bennington, two popular musicians who recently died by suicide, The Village recording studios’ CEO, Jeff Greenberg, created a team to focus attention on suicide in the music industry. Didi Hirsch’s Board Chair Chris Harrer presented Greenberg and his team with the Inspiration Award.

“Artists by nature are very sensitive and creative… Like anybody experiencing difficulties or trauma, sometimes there are no warning signs,” said Greenberg, whose team raised over $10,000. “What Didi Hirsch is doing beautifully well is letting people know how to spot signs when a friend or colleague or someone they love is
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Matt Lauria and Cristina Rodlo Join Gina Rodriguez in ‘Miss Bala’ Remake (Exclusive)

Matt Lauria and Cristina Rodlo Join Gina Rodriguez in ‘Miss Bala’ Remake (Exclusive)
Kingdom” star Matt Lauria and newcomer Cristina Rodlo have joined the cast of Sony’s “Miss Bala” remake starring Gina Rodriguez, sources have told Variety.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer is on board to adapt the script, which was written by original director Gerardo Naranjo and Mauricio Katz.

Producers of the female-driven action thriller are Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz with executive producer Andy Berman.

Based on the 2011 Oscar-nominated pic, the story follows a woman who, after her friend goes missing in Tijuana, finds herself a pawn in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA, and a charismatic young crime boss.

Lauria is best known for his roles on shows like “Friday Night Lights” and “Parenthood” and can currently be seen on the Audience drama “Kingdom,” where he plays the Mma fighter and ex-con Ryan. The show is in its final season and Lauria is now looking to make the jump into feature films after a strong
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Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works

Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works
Fox has launched development of a Russell Simmons biopic “Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God” with Simmons on board to produce.

The project will cover Simmons’ rise the inner city area of Queens to become a major impresario in the worlds of music, fashion, and TV. Fox has tapped Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s series “Black-ish” and co-writer of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and “Girls Trip,” to write the script.

“Life and Def” will be a co-production between Simmons’ Def Pictures and Misher Films, with Simmons and Kevin Misher producing. Jake Stein, Bobby Shriver, Josh Bratman and Andy Berman are the exec producers.

Barris signed an overall deal with Fox in September for the development of feature projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, aimed at telling compelling stories that pull back the curtain on the parts of our society that typically go unnoticed.

“Life and Def” will cover the rise of rap
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‘Rosewood’ Canceled at Fox After 2 Seasons

‘Rosewood’ Canceled at Fox After 2 Seasons
Rosewood” has been canceled after two seasons at Fox, Variety has learned.

Series stars Morris Chestnut and Jaina Lee Ortiz made the announcement on their social media accounts in a pair of lengthy posts praising the show’s cast and crew.

“I am very grateful about the part that everyone took in Rosewood’s journey, because everyone was truly an integral part; the writers who crafted great story-lines, the actors who brought these stories to life, the production crew who sustained the show’s infrastructure, and the terrific fans who embraced this phenomenon and became just as much a part of Rosewood as anyone else,” Chestnut wrote on his Instagram page.

“Today is a special day. Today I say goodbye to my very first show, Rosewood,” Ortiz wrote on Instagram. “I say goodbye to Detective Annalise Villa. Damn, I’m gonna miss that woman.To my partner in crime/the guy who mentored me and showed me
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Nickelodeon reviving Invader Zim for TV movie

Invader Zim is set to become the latest revival over at Nickelodeon, with the critically acclaimed cult animated series set for a feature-length TV movie, which will reunite original cast members Richard Horvitz (Zim), Rikki Simons (Gir), Andy Berman (Dib), and Melissa Fahn (Gaz) along with creator Jhonen Vasquez.

The show aired for two seasons between 2001 and 2002, although it was cancelled by Nickelodeon midway through season two, with the final episodes not airing until 2006. The show follows the titular Zim, an extraterrestrial determined to conquer and enslave the Earth.

Invader Zim is the third cartoon to receive a revival by Nickelodeon, with Hey Arnold! The Jungle Movie set to air later this year, and a Rocko’s Modern Life special also on the horizon.
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Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony

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Catherine Hardwicke has found her next gig. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Twilight” director will helm Sony’s remake of “Miss Bala,” a 2011 Mexican drama from Gerardo Naranjo.

The original film sees protagonist Laura (Stephanie Sigman) enter the Miss Baja beauty pageant. “During rehearsals, she witnesses a gang killing DEA agents and nightclub-goers and is then kidnapped by the gang and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war,” THR summarizes. “Miss Bala” premiered at Cannes in the Un Certain Regard competition and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film at the Oscars.

The remake will center on Gloria Meyer, “who finds herself a pawn, after her friend Suzu goes missing in Tijuana, in a dangerous game being played by the CIA, the DEA and a charismatic young crime boss,” the source details. Deadline reports that “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is one of the actresses being pursued to play Gloria.

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will pen the script, while Kevin Misher (Kimberly Peirce’s “Carrie”) and Pablo Cruz (the original “Miss Bala”) will produce. Andy Berman (“Rosewood”) will exec produce.

“The truth is, most of those female stories that are contending for Oscars are directed by men. Let’s be honest,” Hardwicke has said about the films that generate awards buzz. “All the ones that were getting an Oscar pitch with the money and everything behind them were by men.”

Hardwicke’s “Twilight” earned $383 million worldwide on a budget of $37 million. It still holds the record of the highest opening weekend for a female director. “Miss You Already,” “Red Riding Hood,” and “Thirteen” are among her other films. Hardwicke is attached to direct the big screen adaptation of Ya novel “Stargirl” toplined by Joey King (“Fargo”).

Catherine Hardwicke Set to Direct “Miss Bala” Remake for Sony was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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‘Invader Zim’ TV Movie Teaser: Nickelodeon Reviving Animated Series — Watch

‘Invader Zim’ TV Movie Teaser: Nickelodeon Reviving Animated Series — Watch
Puny humans, be ready: “Invader Zim” is invading Planet Earth again “soonish”! Nickelodeon just announced plans to make a TV movie based on the animated series created by Jhonen Vasquez, which debuted on the network in 2001 and ran for two seasons, until 2004.

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The series followed an alien named Zim who comes to Earth from the planet Irk after his leaders sent him on a mission just to fool him, not knowing that in fact there was another planet out there. Once here, Zim and his malfunctioning robot Gir manage to blend in with the rest of the kids, while attempting to conquer the Earth and enslave the human race. Richard Horvitz (who voiced Zim), Rikki Simons (Gir), Andy Berman (Dib) and Melissa Fahn (Gaz) will return for the 90-minute TV movie, as reported by EW.

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Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke in talks to helm remake of Miss Bala

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Author: Zehra Phelan

Twilight and Miss You Already director Catherine Hardwicke is currently in talks to take the helm on the Sony Pictures remake of the Mexican film, Miss Bala. The 2011 crime drama centred around a Beauty Pageant contestant who accidentally becomes embroiled with a vicious gang after witnessing a number of brutal murders.

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It has also been reported that Sony have also singled out Jane the Virgin star, Gina Rodriquez, as the frontrunner as the lead protagonist in a race against time to keep Hardwicke firmly attached to the venture. The director is also currently being linked to TriStar production The Phantom Booth meaning Sony are under pressure to secure the services of a star for Miss Bala to stop Hardwicke going elsewhere.

Back in 2011, the year in which the original was released, Miss Bala premiered at Un Certain Regard section
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Nickelodeon is Developing an Invader Zim Animated Movie with Creator Jhonen Vasquez

If you're a fan of Invader Zim, I'm sure you'll be happy to learn that Nickelodeon has teamed up with creator Jhonen Vasquez to develop a 90-minute TV movie. Invader Zim debuted on Nickelodeon in 2001 and followed the adventures of an extraterrestrial named Zim who was on a mission to conquer Earth and enslave the human race.

This was a great series that has a pretty big fanbase, but the series only last two seasons. The movie follows the "perpetually desperate and delusional Zim as he creates a new and potentially Earth-destroying plan to finally get the attention he deserves from his Irken leaders, the Almighty Tallest."

When talking about the project, Nickelodeon's Chris Viscardi had this to say:

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It’s been so exciting to
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Invader Zim Movie Is Coming to Nickelodeon

Invader Zim Movie Is Coming to Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon officially announced today the greenlight for an all-new, 90-minute Invader Zim TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vasquez, marking the network's third animated property from its rich library of content to be reimagined for today's audience. The 2D-animated TV movie, produced by Nickelodeon in Burbank, will show the latest and greatest ridiculous attempt at world domination by the universe's worst alien invader ever. The movie will also feature original voices from the fan-favorite television series. Here's what Chris Viscardi, Svp, Content Development and Production, Animation, Nickelodeon, had to say about the TV movie in a statement.

"As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious animation for kids, Invader Zim is one of our great loves. It's been so exciting to see its popularity grow over the last decade through social media, consumer products and the Zim comic books. What makes this announcement extra
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‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller

‘Miss Bala’: Catherine Hardwicke Set to Helm English-Language Remake of Beauty Pageant-Set Thriller
“Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke is set to helm the Sony remake of “Miss Bala,” as reported by Deadline. According to the site, “Jane the Virgin” star Gina Rodriguez is the front-runner to topline the film about a beauty pageant contestant who witnesses various drug-related crimes and is dragged into the gang’s dangerous business.

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The original drama premiered in the Un Certain Regard section at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. and was Mexico’s submission for Best Foreign Language Film for the 84th Academy Awards. It was directed by Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo, who also co-wrote it alongside Mauricio Katz. “Spectre” actress Stephanie Sigman starred as the lead role.

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The script for the English-language remake is
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‘Invader Zim’ Aims to Conquer Earth Again in Nickelodeon Animated TV Movie

‘Invader Zim’ Aims to Conquer Earth Again in Nickelodeon Animated TV Movie
Invader Zim” is back and looking to conquer Earth again, this time in an all-new original TV movie on Nickelodeon.

The pint-sized extraterrestrial from the planet Irk starred in his own Nickelodeon series that ran for one season on Nick in 2001. It was created by Jhonen Vasquez, who returns to shepherd the new incarnation.

Like the original series, the “Invader Zim” movie will follow the delusional alien as he hatches a new plan to destroy Earth in order to win favor from his home planet’s leaders, the Almighty Tallest.

The new movie, which is currently in pre-production, will also feature members of the original cast, including Richard Horvitz as Zim, Rosearik Rikki Simons as Zim’s malfunctioning robot Gir, Andy Berman as Dib, a boy who’s determined to foil Zim’s plans, and Melissa Gahn as Dib’s younger sister Gaz.

“As a network that prides itself on a 25-year history of creating groundbreaking, hilarious
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Pablo Larraín to direct 'The True American' for Annapurna

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Chilean director behind Jackie, Neruda boards post-9/11 project.

Pablo Larraín is attached to direct The True American for Annapurna Pictures as the company continues to ramp up operations.

The project will be based on Anand Giridharadas’ non-fiction book The True American: Murder And Mercy In Texas that takes place in the immediate aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.

The Texas-set story centres on Rais Bhuiyan, a Muslim immigrant and Bangladesh Air Force veteran who narrowly survived a killing spree that took the lives of two other immigrants.

The Dallas-area convenience store worker lost sight in one of his eyes and lobbied unsuccessfully to have his attacker, self-styled ‘Arab slayer’ Mark Stroman, spared from execution.

Annapurna chief Megan Ellison, Kathryn Bigelow, Matthew Budman and Juan de Dios Larraín will produce.

Sony has closed a deal for Catherine Hardwicke to direct the English-language remake of 2011 Mexican crime drama and Un Certain Regard selection Miss Bala. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will adapt
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Catherine Hardwicke to Direct ‘Miss Bala’ Remake for Sony

Catherine Hardwicke to Direct ‘Miss Bala’ Remake for Sony
“Twilight” helmer Catherine Hardwicke has been tapped by Sony Pictures to direct its remake of “Miss Bala,” sources confirmed to Variety.

The film is an adaptation of the Mexican entry for best foreign-language film at the 84th Academy Awards in 2011. It centers on a woman named Laura Guerrero who, along with her friend, enters a Miss Baja beauty pageant. She witnesses during rehearsals a gang killing Drug Enforcement Administration agents and nightclub-goers, which turns her life upside down. She’s then kidnapped by the men and forced to work for them in the deadly drug war.

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Stephanie Sigman starred in the original movie, directed by Gerardo Naranjo.

Kevin Misher and Pablo Cruz will produce the remake, while Andy Berman executive produces. Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer will write the adaptation. No talent is currently attached to star in the film.

Sony had
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Invader Zim Is the Latest Cartoon to Get a Nickelodeon Revival

Invader Zim Is the Latest Cartoon to Get a Nickelodeon Revival
Everything old is new again for Nickelodeon—this time Invader Zim is staging the comeback. Invader Zim will return in a new 90-mimute TV movie from original creator Jhonen Vazquez, E! News has learned. The movie will showcase the latest ridiculous attempt at world domination by everyone's favorite terrible alien invader. The original voice cast is on board with Richard Horvitz as Invader Zim, Rikke Simons as Gir, Zim's robot servant, Andy Berman as Dib, Zim's arch-enemy who is still determined to expose his plans, and Melissa Fahn as Gaz, Dib's younger sister. Look for additional casting to be announced in the coming months. This is Nickelodeon's third animated revival. Invader Zim joins the...
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Fox Buys Legal Drama From ‘Rosewood’ Duo

Fox has put in development legal drama Hawk from Rosewood executive producer Andy Berman and creator/executive producer Todd Harthan. Written by Berman, Hawk is described as a law show with a twist. It centers on Johnny “Hawk” Jr., a con man with special skills, who tries to reconcile his criminal past when he becomes the in-house legal investigator for the glossy La firm he almost took down. Berman and Harthan executive produce. 20th Century Fox TV, which is behind Rosewo…
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Leonardo DiCaprio To Produce Nautical Action-Thriller ‘The Outlaw Ocean’ For Netflix – Report

Leonardo DiCaprio has a new project up his sleeve with his Appian Way Banner and Misher Films. The Oscar-winner is set to produce a new action-thriller titled “The Outlaw Ocean,” with Jennifer Davisson Killoran, Todd Hoffman and Misher FilmsKevin Misher.

According to The Tracking Board, the film is set up at Netflix and is based on a series of articles written by investigative reporter Ian Urbina for The New York Times. Misher Film’s Andy Berman will serve as executive producer.

The drama follows the true story of a crew that stalked a fugitive fishing ship, which was considered the world’s most notorious poacher, for 110 days. They followed the vessel across two seas and three oceans. The reporter looked at these events and how the crimes and violence that happen in international waters oftentimes go unpunished.

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Eastwood May Direct Olympic Bombing Drama with DiCaprio & Hill

Eastwood May Direct Olympic Bombing Drama with DiCaprio & Hill
Hot off the success of American Sniper, the highest-grossing movie of 2014, Clint Eastwood is said to be setting his sights on yet another biopic, this time focused on 1996 Olympic bombing suspect Richard Jewell. Jonah Hill is attached to star as Jewell, a security guard at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Olympics who was first seen as a hero and later a suspect in the bombing, with Leonardo DiCaprio eyeing the role of a Southern lawyer who helps him navigate the legal proceedings that followed. Paul Greengrass was being eyed to direct last year, but he dropped out to make the Matt Damon Bourne Sequel for Universal.

Clint Eastwood's potential involvement is not set in stone quite yet, since the director has always been loyal to his home studio Warner Bros., and this movie is set up at 20th Century Fox. Both studios are trying to work out some sort of a co-production deal,
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Paul Greengrass Circling Richard Jewell Pic With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill

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Paul Greengrass Circling Richard Jewell Pic With Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill
Exclusive: Paul Greengrass is circling to come aboard and team with Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the Fox film they are making about Richard Jewell, the heroic security guard who discovered a suspicious backpack in the Olympics compound during the 1996 games in Atlanta. He soon was vilified as a possible terrorist, and his good work in helping clear bystanders from the area before the bomb exploded turned into a trip to the Twilight Zone. Script is by Billy Ray, who wrote Greengrass’ Captain Phillips.

The film is based on Marie Brenner’s 1997 Vanity Fair article The Ballad Of Richard Jewell, and the plan is for Hill to play Jewell and for DiCaprio to play a Southern attorney who knew Jewell casually. The lawyer, who mostly did real estate closings, seemed over his head but guided Jewell through the demoralizing nightmare that signaled the downside of the advent of the 24-hour news cycle.
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