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Younger’s Kelsey and Liza Pitch People and EW’s Jess Cagle on a Ya Bonfire of the Vanities–Meets–The Walking Dead

1 December 2016 7:32 AM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

What better way to get your book imprint off the ground than with a visit to Entertainment Weekly and People’s Editorial Director Jess Cagle?

People and EW have the exclusive extended scene from Wednesday’s episode of Younger, showing what happened after Liza (Sutton Foster) and Kelsey (Hilary Duff) stopped by the New York offices of EW to chat with Cagle about Kelsey’s book imprint, Millennial.

“Kelsey is the youngest woman in the business to be running her own imprint,” Liza gushes.

And an eager Kelsey can’t help but brag about their manuscript: a young journalist’s »

- Char Adams

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Pedro Almodóvar Reveals Why He Turned Down ‘Sister Act’ Directing Job

29 November 2016 7:20 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Back in 1990, Pedro Almodóvar was coming off a string of critical and commercial darlings thanks to “Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown” and “Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!,” two female-charged stories with distinct comedic voices. Producer Scott Rudin, meanwhile, was shepherding Paul Rudnick’s script about a singing nun into production, changing drafts numerous times and trying and failing to land Bette Midler as a star. Shockingly, Rudin almost landed Almodóvar as the director of “Sister Act,” but the director’s own self-doubt and skepticism of Hollywood turned him away.

Read More: Pedro Almodóvar on the Version of ‘Brokeback Mountain’ He Wanted to Direct: ‘More Sex, More Sex’

In a new interview with The New Yorker, Almodóvar revealed exactly why he decided to pass on “Sister Act,” which ended up starring Whoopi Goldberg and grossing over $200 million at the worldwide box office. “Maybe it’s because I didn’t trust my English, »

- Zack Sharf

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2017 Oscar Predictions

27 November 2016 10:07 PM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Predictions:

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

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2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Awards Season Analysis:

The Oscar race is under way. Distributors are in full campaign mode for the 2016-17 awards season.

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After earning strong reviews, a standing ovation and the two top awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of A Nation” was an early frontrunner for Best Picture. The Academy not only loves a well-told true story (see “Spotlight,” “Argo” and “12 Years A Slave”), but last year’s diversity controversy promised to shine an even greater light on “Nation” this year. The film was acquired in a bidding war for $17.5 million by Fox Searchlight, which »

- Anne Thompson

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2017 Oscar Predictions

27 November 2016 10:07 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Predictions:

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Picture

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Director

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Actor

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Actress

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actor

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Supporting Actress

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Animated Feature

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Documentary

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Foreign Language Film

2017 Oscar Predictions: Best Adapted Screenplay

Awards Season Analysis:

The Oscar race is under way. Distributors are in full campaign mode for the 2016-17 awards season.

Read More: 2017 Oscar Predictions

After earning strong reviews, a standing ovation and the two top awards at the Sundance Film Festival, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of A Nation” was an early frontrunner for Best Picture. The Academy not only loves a well-told true story (see “Spotlight,” “Argo” and “12 Years A Slave”), but last year’s diversity controversy promised to shine an even greater light on “Nation” this year. The film was acquired in a bidding war for $17.5 million by Fox Searchlight, which »

- Anne Thompson

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Fences Trailer #2: Denzel Washington Goes for Oscar Gold

25 November 2016 12:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

A Pulitzer Prize-winning play comes to life on the big screen this holiday season with Fences, starring Denzel Washington, who also steps behind the camera to direct his third feature film. Two months after the first trailer debuted, Paramount has released the second trailer with new footage, which shows that Denzel Washington's character Troy Maxson wants to steer his son away from his former life as a ball player. The actor is actually reprising his role from the 2010 Broadway revival of this stage play, alongside Viola Davis.

The original stage play by August Wilson was the sixth in his 10-part series of plays known as The Pittsburgh Cycle. The play made its Broadway debut in 1987, with James Earl Jones starring as Troy Maxson, an African-American father who struggles with race relations in the United States while trying to raise his family in the 1950s and coming to terms with the events of his life. »

- MovieWeb

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‘Moana,’ ‘Rogue One’ Star Alan Tudyk Looks Back on First Film Role

25 November 2016 10:15 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Alan Tudyk is one of the busiest actors around. He’s equally at home on stage, in films, and on television. He’s perhaps best known for his role as Hoban “Wash” Washburne in Joss Whedon’s cult sci-fi series “Firefly,” but he’s getting a reputation as Disney’s good-luck charm, voicing characters in all of its animated films since 2012’s “Wreck-It Ralph.” In Disney’s latest, “Moana,” he voices a peculiar rooster; he’ll also be in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” later this year. Additionally, his crowdfunded web series, “Con Man,” debuted in September, and he’ll be back on TV next year in NBC’s superhero workplace comedy “Powerless.”

Tudyk got his first Variety mention on Sept. 20, 1996, in an item on the production of his film debut, “35 Miles From Normal,” and he hasn’t slowed down since.

What do you remember about “35 Miles From Normal »

- Terry Flores

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Stranger In A Strange Land TV Series for Syfy In Development at Paramount Television & Ucp

15 November 2016 4:25 PM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Valentine Michael Smith is looking to make the voyage from Mars to Earth on the screen, as Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions (Ucp) are officially developing a TV series adaptation of Robert A. Heinlein's seminal science fiction novel Stranger in a Strange Land, with plans for the series to air on Syfy.

Press Release: Hollywood, CA – November 15, 2016 – Paramount Television in partnership with Universal Cable Productions (Ucp), a division of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment, today announced plans to develop Robert Heinlein’s popular 1961 science fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” as a TV series for Syfy. Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment will serve as executive producers. Mythology’s Julia Gunn will serve as co-executive producer.

Considered a staple in many science fiction fans’ libraries, “Stranger in a »

- Derek Anderson

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Syfy to Adapt Classic Sci-Fi Novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ as a TV Series

15 November 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” is getting its first-ever TV treatment. Syfy is adapting the book as a new drama, currently in development from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions.

“Stranger in a Strange Land” follows the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who was raised on Mars and comes to Earth. It’s the latest classic sci-fi novel to wind up in development at Syfy, which is also looking to adapt “Brave New World.”

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Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment are executive producers on “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

“This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued »

- Michael Schneider

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Syfy to Adapt Classic Sci-Fi Novel ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ as a TV Series

15 November 2016 4:01 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” is getting its first-ever TV treatment. Syfy is adapting the book as a new drama, currently in development from Paramount Television and Universal Cable Productions.

“Stranger in a Strange Land” follows the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human who was raised on Mars and comes to Earth. It’s the latest classic sci-fi novel to wind up in development at Syfy, which is also looking to adapt “Brave New World.”

Read More: Neil Labute’s Making A Syfy Vampire Show, And That Makes Perfect Bloody Sense

Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment, Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions, and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment are executive producers on “Stranger in a Strange Land.”

“This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued »

- Michael Schneider

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‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ Being Developed at Syfy

15 November 2016 4:00 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Universal Cable Productions and Paramount Television are teaming to develop a series adaptation of Robert Heinlein’s 1961 science-fiction novel “Stranger in a Strange Land” for Syfy.

A piece of the American science fiction canon, “Stranger in a Strange Land” tells the story of Valentine Michael Smith, a human born on Mars who comes to earth in early adulthood and eventually transforms its culture. The television adaptation will be executive produced by Brad Fischer, James Vanderbilt and William Sherak of Mythology Entertainment; Scott Rudin, Garrett Basch and Eli Bush of Scott Rudin Productions; and Joe Vecchio of Vecchio Entertainment.  Mythology’s Julia Gunn will be co-executive producer.

“Paramount TV is excited to have the opportunity to adapt Robert Heinlein’s seminal work of science fiction,” said Paramount TV president Amy Powell. “This novel has resonated with me since college and there’s a reason it has continued to find new fans for over forty years. Syfy »

- Daniel Holloway

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Irwin Winkler Tapped for Producers Guild’s David O. Selznick Award

15 November 2016 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected Irwin Winkler as the recipient of its 2017 David O. Selznick Achievement Award.

Winkler will be presented the award at the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

Winkler won the best picture Academy Award in 1976 for producing “Rocky” and received best picture nominations for “Goodfellas,” “The Right Stuff,” and “Raging Bull.” He’s the only producer to have three movies on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Greatest American Films (“Raging Bull,” “Rocky,” “Goodfellas”).

Winkler produced 1969’s “They Shoot Horses, Don’t They?,” which received nine Oscar noms. He’s the producer of Martin Scorsese’s upcoming historical drama “Silence,” starring Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.

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Producers Guild Awards chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “Irwin Winkler’s movies have come to define Hollywood storytelling, »

- Dave McNary

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Denzel Washington Stuns With ‘Fences’: How He Dodged Broadway’s Stagey Curse

7 November 2016 9:57 AM, PST | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Transporting a lauded Broadway play to the screen is a mixed bag. Among those that hug the yellow section of Metacritic are “Phantom of the Opera,” “M. Butterfly,” “Evita,” “Nine,” “For Colored Girls,” “The Producers,” “Rent,” “Carnage,” and more. Too often, a script’s theater origins condemn a film adaptation to the curse of being “stagey.” It’s a transition that requires real skill — and Denzel Washington has it.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters,” “Antwone Fisher”), Washington skirts the hazards of “opening up” a play by chasing honest emotions. A  two-time acting Oscar winner, Washington knocks ’50s Pittsburgh drama “Fences” out of the park, both as director and disgruntled former baseball player Troy Maxson. Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, and Mykelti Williamson as her husband’s brain-damaged brother Gabriel, are also likely supporting Oscar players. (Davis made the call to change her status to supporting, partly to take »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington Stuns With ‘Fences’: How He Dodged Broadway’s Stagey Curse

7 November 2016 9:57 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Transporting a lauded Broadway play to the screen is a mixed bag. Among those that hug the yellow section of Metacritic are “Phantom of the Opera,” “M. Butterfly,” “Evita,” “Nine,” “For Colored Girls,” “The Producers,” “Rent,” “Carnage,” and more. Too often, a script’s theater origins condemn a film adaptation to the curse of being “stagey.” It’s a transition that requires real skill — and Denzel Washington has it.

In his third directorial outing (“The Debaters,” “Antwone Fisher”), Washington skirts the hazards of “opening up” a play by chasing honest emotions. A  two-time acting Oscar winner, Washington knocks ’50s Pittsburgh drama “Fences” out of the park, both as director and disgruntled former baseball player Troy Maxson. Viola Davis as Rose Maxson, and Mykelti Williamson as her husband’s brain-damaged brother Gabriel, are also likely supporting Oscar players. (Davis made the call to change her status to supporting, partly to take »

- Anne Thompson

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Denzel Washington, Viola Davis Become Instant Oscar Frontrunners in ‘Fences’

5 November 2016 10:36 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Denzel Washington’s big-screen adaptation of August Wilson’s “Fences” has arrived, and it’s an Oscar player to reckon with this year. But that’s hardly a surprise for a project based on Pulitzer Prize-winning source material that has landed major Tony Awards in two separate Broadway productions.

The film unspooled for industry audiences Saturday, screening in Westwood before a crowd that included Screen Actors Guild nominating committee members, Academy voters and press. Washington was on hand for a post-screening Q&A moderated by Variety‘s Jenelle Riley, along with co-stars Viola Davis, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Jovan Adepo, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson and Saniyya Sidney.

When asked what drew him to the role of Troy Maxson, Washington let loose a chuckle and quipped, “The role of Troy Maxson.” Indeed, when producer Scott Rudin first sent him the script for the film, which Wilson had penned himself, Washington wasn’t »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Paul Feig may direct Mindy Kaling in late-night talk show comedy

4 November 2016 1:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Before 2011’s Bridesmaids made Paul Feig one of Hollywood’s most in-demand comedy directors, he largely focused his talents on TV, having directed several episodes of such shows as Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie and Weeds; now, according to Variety, Feig may be reteaming with an actress from his TV days for his next project.

The outlet claims that Feig is in serious talks to direct The Office and The Mindy Project actress Mindy Kaling in “an untitled comedy set in the world of late-night talk shows” for Fox 2000. Kaling penned the script for the project, which revolves around a talk show host who jeopardizes her job when she employs her first female writer (Kaling). Apparently, the film can best be described as a cross between The Devil Wears Prada and Broadcast News.

Feig helmed a total of 15 episodes during the nine-season-long run of NBC’s The Office, on which Kaling »

- Justin Cook

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Paul Feig in Advanced Talks to Direct Mindy Kaling Comedy for Fox 2000

3 November 2016 2:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Ghostbusters” director Paul Feig is in advanced talks to direct Mindy Kaling in an untitled comedy, TheWrap has learned. Fox 2000 is financing the untitled comedy which is set in the world of late-night talk shows and is described as being in the vein of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Broadcast News.” Kaling wrote the script for the film. Emma Thompson will co-star in the untitled comedy. Also Read: Paul Feig Blasts 'Absolute Outrage' of Leslie Jones Hack Scott Rudin will produce the film with Kaling, Howard Klein, and Jesse Henderson. Feig is best known for his comedies centered on female leads including “Bridesmaids, »

- Umberto Gonzalez

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Paul Feig in Talks to Direct Mindy Kaling Comedy (Exclusive)

3 November 2016 1:15 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Paul Feig is in serious talks to direct Mindy Kaling in an untitled comedy set in the world of late-night talk shows, Variety has learned.

Fox 2000 is backing the film, which is described as a mixture of “The Devil Wears Prada” and “Broadcast News.” Emma Thompson will co-star in the project. Kaling wrote the screenplay for the film. A final deal for Feig has not been signed yet.

Feig has built a career making comedies centered on female protagonists. He scored big hits with “Bridesmaids,” “The Heat,” and “Spy,” but stumbled with last summer’s all-female reboot of “Ghostbusters.”

Kaling has an intense following from her work as the creator of “The Mindy Project” and her supporting role on “The Office.” She is due to appear in the big-budget adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” and in “Ocean’s 8,” an all-female spin on “Ocean’s 11.” Thompson is an Oscar-winner for “Howard’s End, »

- Brent Lang

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‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel: Fede Alvarez Circling Directing Gig

3 November 2016 9:11 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

David Fincher’s 2011’s psychological thriller “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” was a critically acclaimed film that went on to be nominated for five Academy Awards and win for Best Film Editing. Sony Pictures is now working on the sequel, “The Girl in the Spider Web,” and is eyeing Uruguayan filmmaker Fede Alvarez to direct the second installment, Variety reports. 

Hot off his summer box office success with “Don’t Breathe,” which brought in $151.4 million worldwide on a $10 million budget, sources tell the site that Alvarez is Sony’s choice to direct the sequel, written by Steven Knight.

Read More: Rooney Mara Reveals Interest in ‘Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel

“The Girl in the Spider Web” is based on David Lagercrantz’s 2015 novel of the same name, the fourth in the series. The film will follow Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist after they enter a world of a ruthless underworld of spies, »

- Liz Calvario

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Fede Alvarez In Talks To Helm Sony’s ‘Girl In The Spider’s Web’; ‘Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel Planned For Next Year

2 November 2016 6:43 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Deadline has confirmed that Sony Pictures is in talks with Don't Breathe director Fede Alvarez to direct The Girl in the Spider’s Web, an adaptation of the fourth in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo book series. Sony acquired the novel by David Lagercrantz last year (Dragon Tattoo original author Stieg Larsson died in 2004). The film, with a script by Steven Knight, is planned to start next year, with Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Yellow Bird's… »

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Sony’s ‘Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’ Sequel May Have Found Its Director (Exclusive)

2 November 2016 5:48 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Fresh off the success of Sony’s “Don’t Breathe,” Sony Pictures is eyeing director Fede Alvarez for one of the studio’s major franchises.

Sources tell Variety Alvarez is the choice to direct “The Girl in the Spider’s Web,” the sequel to “The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo.”

Steven Knight penned the script with Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, Elizabeth Cantillon, Eli Bush and Yellow Bird’s Ole Søndberg and Søren Stærmose on board to produce. David Beaubaire is overseeing for the studio.

The pic is based on the new novel by David Lagercrantz, who took over for the series after the original novel’s author Stieg Larsson died in 2004. In the novel, Salander teamed up with journalist Mikael Blomkvist to enter a world of a ruthless underworld of spies, cybercriminals, and government operatives — some willing to kill to protect their secrets.

The project has been high-priority for Sony »

- Justin Kroll

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