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Salary Survey 2017: A Look at Who Makes What in TV

12 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The explosion of demand for high-end TV series and the emergence of deep-pocketed new buyers such as Netflix and Amazon has been an enormous windfall for marquee talent. Just ask Robert De Niro, or David Letterman, or Katy Perry.

Stars with brand names are more in demand than ever as dozens of competing outlets search for anything that will help a show stand out from the pack. The new business models that govern streaming services have also had the effect of raising upfront payments to top talent because traditional forms of generating a profit from a hit series — through international sales and off-network syndication — are no longer an option.

Among the winners in the past year on the drama side were Robert De Niro, who is in line to receive an eye-popping $775,00 per episode for the untitled Amazon drama series from director David O. Russell. Other big gainers include “Shameless” stars Emmy Rossum and William H. Macy and »

- Cynthia Littleton

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Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True Stories

21 August 2017 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Top 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesTop 7 Sports Movies Inspired by True StoriesAmanda Wood and Jenny Bullough8/21/2017 10:00:00 Am

Sports movies are a dime a dozen these days, but not all of them are able to claim the highly-coveted title of true stories. Battle of the Sexes is one such lucky film, as it tells the very true tale of the rivalry between tennis stars Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in this ‘70s-set story of competition, commitment, and conviction.

There are plenty of other sports movies based on true stories that we love, and we’ve made a list to put all of our faves in one place. A wide variety of sports are represented here, with movies about baseball, football, wrestling, horse racing and more getting entries on our list. 

Check it out below to see if your favourites made the list, »

- Amanda Wood and Jenny Bullough

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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

18 August 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeremy Renner, who stars in Taylor Sheridan’s indie hit western “Wind River” with fellow-Avenger Elizabeth Olsen.

Bottom Line: Renner has built his movie stardom and used it to smart advantage, ranging from archer Hawkeye in “The Avengers” to throwing banter with Simon Pegg in “Mission: Impossible.” Those movies make it possible for him to be a magician in love with a Frenchwoman (Marion Cotillard) in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or the pompadoured Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmen Polito in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Career Peaks: Renner had been a working actor for 13 years, supporting himself with construction and house-flipping (and roles as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”) when he broke out at age 37 as the fearless, »

- Anne Thompson

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Jeremy Renner Will Break His Arms If It Lets Him Make a Movie Like ‘Wind River’ — Career Watch

18 August 2017 10:42 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Jeremy Renner, who stars in Taylor Sheridan’s indie hit western “Wind River” with fellow-Avenger Elizabeth Olsen.

Bottom Line: Renner has built his movie stardom and used it to smart advantage, ranging from archer Hawkeye in “The Avengers” to throwing banter with Simon Pegg in “Mission: Impossible.” Those movies make it possible for him to be a magician in love with a Frenchwoman (Marion Cotillard) in James Gray’s “The Immigrant,” or the pompadoured Camden, New Jersey Mayor Carmen Polito in David O. Russell’s “American Hustle.”

Career Peaks: Renner had been a working actor for 13 years, supporting himself with construction and house-flipping (and roles as serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer and zombie killer in Danny Boyle’s “28 Days Later”) when he broke out at age 37 as the fearless, »

- Anne Thompson

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Robert De Niro on Playing Bernie Madoff and Why His Amazon Drama "Will Be a Ride"

17 August 2017 4:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - TV News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - TV News news »

More than 50 years into his storied career, Robert De Niro just added a new title to his résumé: Emmy nominee. The two-time Oscar winner recently earned his first nomination, for best actor in a limited series or movie, for his turn as Ponzi scheme mastermind Bernie Madoff in the acclaimed HBO film The Wizard of Lies.

And it could just be the beginning for De Niro. While he's only previously appeared in bit TV parts, such as when he played himself on 30 Rock and Extras, the actor will next star opposite Julianne Moore in David O. Russell's mafia »

- Kate Stanhope

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Locarno Review: ‘The Wandering Soap Opera’ is a Surrealist Posthumous Release from Raúl Ruiz

11 August 2017 5:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Tackling this posthumous release from renowned experimental filmmaker Raúl Ruiz with limited knowledge of telenovelas and the subtleties of early ‘90s Chilean politics is like trying to eat a rough cut of meat with a butter knife: there’s every chance it’s delicious — it might even be good for you — but it remains difficult to pin down. Indeed, there is a lot going on in The Wandering Soap Opera (La telenovela errante), a previously unfinished project that has been completed for release by Ruiz’s widow and long time editor Valeria Sarmiento.

It is a work that is packed to the brim with surrealist nods to the radical upheavals that were happening in the country at the time and also to that incomparably idiosyncratic medium, the telenovela itself. Ruiz’s film appears to suggest that as Pinochet stepped down from power, the politicians and Chilean people were acting as »

- Rory O'Connor

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‘Girls,’ ‘Master of None,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Music Supervisors Set Moods Through Sound

10 August 2017 8:15 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

For the first time in its history, the Emmys are honoring the art of music supervisors, those audio excavators who dig up the perfect song to set a mood, evoke a setting, or express a character’s feelings more succinctly than any line of dialogue ever could. “Music can be used as costumes are — or as art direction, as casting,” says Thomas Golubic, a nominee for “Better Call Saul.” “It is absolutely vital in helping best tell a story.” Golubic joins a freshman class in the category that includes “Big Little Lies,” “Girls,” “Master of None” and “Stranger Things.”

Better Call Saul

In the third season of AMC’s “Breaking Bad” spinoff, Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk) moves several steps closer to becoming Saul Goodman, the ethically flexible strip-mall lawyer whose roster of unsavory clients will eventually include Walter White. Though he worked with co-creators Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould on “Breaking Bad,” Golubic »

- Scott Tobias

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Coen Brothers’ TV Project ‘Ballad of Buster Scruggs’ Lands at Netflix

9 August 2017 10:44 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Coen Brothers’ first television project is heading to Netflix, the streaming giant announced on Wednesday.

As Variety reported exclusively in January, the Coens are developing a Western anthology titled “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.” It will feature six tales about the American frontier. Each chapter will feature a different story about the American West. The project will star Tim Blake Nelson as Buster.

“The Coens are visionary directors, masterful storytellers, and colorful linguists. We are thrilled for Netflix to become home to the full range of their talents,” said Cindy Holland, vice president of original content for Netflix.

Joel and Ethan Coen will executive produce, write, and direct the project. Megan Ellison and Sue Naegle from Annapurna Television will also serve as executive producers, along with longtime Coen Brothers collaborator Robert Graf. Annapurna Television will produce. It is expected to launch in 2018.

“We are streaming motherf—ers!,” the Coens said in a joint statement.

The »

- Joe Otterson

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Skydance Media to Stay at Paramount in Multi-Year Deal (Exclusive)

7 August 2017 5:59 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

David Ellison’s Skydance Media, which had planned to bolt from Paramount Pictures under its previous regime, has instead signed a new multi-year deal with the studio, according to people familiar with the matter.

The new pact will keep Skydance at the studio for four more years. Together the companies will produce new installments in the Mission: Impossible, Top Gun, and World War Z franchises, as well oversee a re-launch of the Terminator series that is rumored to involve James Cameron, the director of the first two films. Paramount and Skydance will partner on “Bermuda Triangle,” a mystery thriller that may be directed by Sam Raimi, and “Gemini Man,” an action-adventure that has drawn interest from Ang Lee and Will Smith.

The move is a boon to Paramount because Skydance is one of the studio’s most important co-financing and co-production partners. It comes at a particularly critical time for Paramount. Its »

- Brent Lang

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The Lost Projects: 15 Movies Quentin Tarantino, Christopher Nolan, and More Auteurs Never Made

28 July 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Just because you’re a well-established director with award-winning hits and/or commercial successes doesn’t mean you can make any movie you want. Just ask Martin Scorsese, Spike Lee, Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, and more. All these auteurs have had passion projects over the years they’ve had to kill or put on indefinite hiatus for a variety of reasons, which is a shame given how incredible all of them sound on paper.

Read More30 Essential Directing Tips From 30 Master Filmmakers

Christopher Nolan taking on Howard Hughes. Spike Lee making a boxing epic around Joe Louis. Kathryn Bigelow resurrecting Joan of Arc for a female warrior saga unlike any the big screen had ever really seen in the 1990s. We’d buy a ticket for all them years in advance if we knew they were definitely happening.

With many of our favorite auteurs currently in production on new movies, »

- Zack Sharf

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Amazon Moves Into Self-Distribution With Woody Allen’s ‘Wonder Wheel’ (Exclusive)

27 July 2017 8:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Amazon is moving into self-distributing its own movies, putting it on the path to becoming a full-fledged film studio.

The company will release Woody Allen’s “Wonder Wheel” without bringing in a distribution partner. The film opens in theaters on Dec. 1, 2017, and is expected to be an Oscar contender.

Amazon began buying and producing films in 2015, working with filmmakers such as Whit Stillman and Spike Lee, and earning Academy Awards for last year’s “Manchester By the Sea” and “The Salesman.” However, it has relied on independent studios such as Bleecker Street, Roadside Attractions, and Lionsgate to bring its film to theaters.

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Amazon, Retail Behemoth, Taking Smaller Steps Into Hollywood

With their deep pockets and big ambitions, Amazon and Netflix have upended the film distribution landscape, although they have taken different approaches. Netflix is solely focused on servicing its streaming service subscribers. Amazon believes in premiering movies in theaters before offering them on its Prime digital »

- Brent Lang

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‘Detroit’: Annapurna’s Pulse-Pounding Debut Release Aims for Oscar Gold

24 July 2017 9:23 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

With films like Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” Spike Jonze’s “Her” and David O. Russell’s “American Hustle,” producer and Hollywood patron Megan Ellison has navigated the Oscar circuit with aplomb. She would no doubt like to come out swinging with a sure-fire contender in her first distribution event under the Annapurna banner. Does she have one in Bigelow’s latest film, “Detroit?”

Let’s begin by making one thing abundantly clear: Regarding this and any future assessment of a film’s prospects with the motion picture Academy, it’s worth keeping in mind that around 20 percent of the group has joined in just the last four years, thanks to an ongoing inflation of annual new membership invites. It’s quite alright to say “I don’t know what an Oscar movie is anymore,” though few who trade in this work will have the guts to do so. Sureness »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Anna Faris-Eugenio Derbez Comedy ‘Overboard’ Lands April Release

20 July 2017 3:41 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate has set an April 20, 2018, release date for its remake of the romantic comedy “Overboard,” starring Anna Faris and Eugenio Derbez.

Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell, and Edward Herrmann starred in the 1987 original directed by Garry Marshall. Hawn played a selfish heiress who got amnesia when she fell off her yacht, while Russell portrayed a carpenter who ultimately fell in love with her.

The original movie has been re-imagined with a reversal of the leading roles. The story now focuses on a spoiled playboy from one of Mexico’s wealthiest families, portrayed by Derbez, who falls overboard off his yacht. He’s then convinced by Faris’ single, working-class mom that he is her husband. Eva Longoria also stars. »

- Dave McNary

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Michael Shannon Joins David O. Russell’s Drama Series at Amazon (Exclusive)

20 July 2017 2:42 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Michael Shannon is set to join Robert De Niro and Julianne Moore in Amazon and Weinstein Co.’s new untitled drama series from David O. Russell.

The highly anticipated series landed with Amazon and the Weinstein Co. last fall after a competitive bidding war for the project, which has De Niro and Moore starring and Russell writing and directing.

Amazon has committed to two eight-episode seasons of the series, which will be produced by Russell, Alexandra Milchan, and Scott Lambert, who developed the project with Russell. Harvey Weinstein, David Glasser and Annapurna’s Megan Ellison are executive producers.

The project is being described as a mafia crime series; details beyond that, however, are vague. The details of Shannon’s role are also currently unknown.

Production is expected to start later this year in New York.

The casting marks Shannon’s return to television after playing federal agent-turned-Al Capone soldier George Mueller on the HBO mob drama “Boardwalk Empire »

- Justin Kroll

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Indian Actor Anupam Kher Talks About Playing Kumail Nanjiani’s Father in ‘The Big Sick’

20 July 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Indian actor Anupam Kher, who plays the Pakistani father to Kumail Nanjiani in the hit film “The Big Sick,” has hundreds of film and TV credits, including such Western productions as Netflix’s “Sense8” and TWC’s “Silver Linings Playbook.” Upcoming is Netflix’s “The Indian Detective” with Russell Peters and the Weinstein Co.’s “Hotel Mumbai,” based on the terrorist attacks on the Taj Mahal Palace hotel in 2008, with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer.

How did you hear about the role in “The Big Sick”?

Kumail’s ex-agent in L.A., Priyanka Mattoo, is a distant cousin of mine. She called me and said there is this script. I don’t watch too much TV, so I didn’t know him. She said Kumail’s father wants you to play him, and I said, “Ok, send me the script.” I asked for Kumail’s number and called him. He thought it was a prank. I »

- Shalini Dore

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David O. Russell is in talks for adaptation of Boy21

19 July 2017 7:15 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director David O. Russell is in talks to produce an adaptation of Basketball drama Boy21.

The man behind American Hustle and The Fighter, is currently in talks to produce Boy21, a film version of Matthew Quick’s basketball novel.

Swift has already seen one of his novels adapted by O. Russell, he directed The Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper. The film picked up eight Oscar nominations.

Boy21, published by Little, Brown and Co., tells the story of two high school seniors in a rough town that is ruled by the Irish mob. One looks after his disabled grandfather, finding some respite when playing basketball, and the other is a former basketball prodigy whose life is upended by a tragedy.

John Whittington is currently onboard as a screenwriter for the project but no director or actors are as yet signed onto the film.

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- Samuel Brace

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Julia Roberts drama 'Homecoming' lands at Amazon Studios

19 July 2017 3:53 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Universal Cable Productions and Anonymous Content to produce.

Amazon Studios has prevailed in the race to secure global rights to the upcoming psychological thriller series Homecoming starring Julia Roberts.

Sources confirmed to Screen that Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail will direct and serve as executive producer on the half-hour drama being produced by Universal Cable Productions and Mr. Robot producer Anonymous Content.

Amazon is understood to have ordered two seasons of Homecoming, which is based on a fiction podcast by Gimlet Media about caseworker at a top secret government facility and a soldier.

Roberts would play the caseworker in what has become another TV project on her to-do list after HBO made a development deal last month for Annapurna Television’s limited series Today Will Be Different.

Podcast creators Eli Horowitz and Micah Bloomberg are adapting the screenplay from the source material, which starred Catherine Keener and Oscar Isaac.

Esmail is producing via his Esmail Corp alongside »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Julia Roberts' Homecoming Drama Nabs Two-Season Deal at Amazon

19 July 2017 9:18 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Amazon is officially in business with the Pretty Woman.

The streaming service has given a two-season order to Homecoming, a half-hour political thriller starring Academy Award winner Julia Roberts, our sister site Deadline reports.

Written by Mr. Robot creator Sam EsmailHomecoming is described as a political thriller that centers on three characters: a caseworker at a secret government facility (played by Roberts), her supervisor, and a soldier. The project is based on the fictional podcast of the same name, which starred Catherine Keener (as the caseworker), Oscar Isaac, David Schwimmer, Amy Sedaris and David Cross.

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David O. Russell in Talks to Produce Basketball Drama ‘Boy21’

18 July 2017 4:50 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lionsgate is moving ahead with a movie version of Matthew Quick’s basketball drama “Boy21” with David O. Russell in talks to produce.

Current production companies on the project are John Malkovich’s Mr. Mudd and Channing Tatum’s Free Association. Producers are Barry Rosenstein; Mr. Mudd’s Russell Smith, Lianne Halfon, and Malkovich; and Free Association’s Tatum and Reid Carolin. Peter Kiernan is an executive producer.

Lionsgate has also hired screenwriter John Whittington, whose credits include “Lego Batman” and “Ninjago,” to adapt the novel. “Boy21,” published by Little, Brown & Co., centers on the relationship between two high school seniors in a rough town ruled by the Irish mob. One takes care of his disabled grandfather and finds escape on the basketball court; the other is a former basketball phenom whose life has been turned upside down by tragedy.

No director or actors have been attached yet to “Boy21.”

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- Dave McNary

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David O. Russell In Talks To Produce ‘Boy21’ At Lionsgate, Screenwriter Hired

18 July 2017 3:37 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: David O. Russell, who brought author Matthew Quick’s Silver Linings Playbook to the big screen back in 2012, is in talks to produce a new feature film based on yet another Quick book. Russell is developing the feature film adapation of author’s 2012 novel Boy21 with screenwriter John Whittington (Lego Batman, Green Eggs and Ham) screenwriting. Boy21 was published by Little, Brown & Co. the same year that Silver Linings Playbook was released. It’s about a boy… »

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