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Kristen Wiig’s Bizarre Comedy ‘Welcome to Me’ Releases First Trailer (Video)

30 January 2015 3:27 PM, PST

Alchemy has released the first trailer for its bizarre Kristen Wiig comedy “Welcome to Me,” which the company acquired at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival when it was known as Millennium Entertainment.

Wiig stars as a lottery winner with Borderline Personality Disorder and an Oprah obsesssion who uses her winnings to finance her own talk show.

Also Read: Kristen Wiig’s ‘Welcome to Me’ – Comedy, Tragedy, Nudity

Shira Piven directed the movie, which co-stars James Marsden, Linda Cardellini, Wes Bentley, Joan Cusack and Tim Robbins.

Will Ferrell, Adam McKay and Jessica Elbaum produced “Welcome to Me” under their Gary Sanchez banner, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan to Star in Indie Drama ‘Two Lovers and a Bear’ (Exclusive)

30 January 2015 2:58 PM, PST

Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) are attached to star in the indie drama “Two Lovers and a Bear,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie, which is a Canadian co-production that features the involvement of Montreal-based company Max Films. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-March as soon as Maslany wraps “Orphan Black.”

Also Read: ‘Orphan Black’ Cast, Co-Creator Tease New Characters for Season 3 – Including a Scorpion

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘Game of Thrones’ Experiment Pushes Envelope for IMAX, Industry

30 January 2015 2:48 PM, PST

Movie, TV and media experts are convinced that the “Game of Thrones” run that starts this weekend in IMAX theaters has the potential to break ground and expand the TV-to-big screen pipeline wider than ever.

“This is an opportunity for us,” IMAX Entertainment President Greg Foster told TheWrap this week, hours before the HBO TV hit rolled out on 205 giant screen theaters nationwide. “It’s an experiment. If it works, certainly it could lead to other opportunities for us.”

That goes for movie theater chains and independents, the TV industry, alternative content specialists and consumers, as well.

Also Read: Inside »

- Todd Cunningham

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‘Outlander’s’ Sam Heughan, Dr. Oz’s Daughter Arabella Oz to Star in ‘When the Starlight Ends’ (Exclusive)

30 January 2015 2:46 PM, PST

Sam Heughan (“Outlander”) is set to star opposite newcomer Arabella Oz in the indie movie “When the Starlight Ends,” which hails from first-time writer-director Adam Sigal, TheWrap has learned.

Patrick Hughes, Bryan O’Connell, Mike Gillespie and Eric Skinner are producing for Intellectual Films (a Primary Wave Company) alongside Christopher Lemole and Armory Films. Production starts next month in Los Angeles.

Also Read: 10 Sundance Breakout Stars Led by Melissa Rauch, Julia Garner and the ‘Knock Knock’ Girls

“Starlight” is a surreal dark comedy that follows a struggling writer who, in a deep depression after losing the love of his life, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Viacom Layoffs Likely Coming This Quarter

30 January 2015 2:27 PM, PST

Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman hinted at looming layoffs at his company during a Thursday morning investors call. On Friday, the company president’s  comments were confirmed to TheWrap as a warning for job-cutting in the near-to-intermediate future.

Viacom will “pull all the levers” for this cost-saving measure, including but not limited to employee layoffs, a person with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

On Thursday Dauman told investors to expect “substantial net cost savings throughout our organization” as the company goes through “organizational realignment.”

Also Read: 21 Super Bowl Xlix Ads: Watch This Year’s Buzziest Commercials (Video)

Layoffs are not »

- Tony Maglio

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USA Network’s ‘Dig’ Debuts Intense Super Bowl Spot (Video)

30 January 2015 2:25 PM, PST

The mystery behind USA Network’s upcoming drama “Dig” keeps getting deeper and more intense.

Ahead of Super Bowl Sunday, the network released its 15-second spot for the series with a screaming child and a group of religious figures huddled in a dark tunnel.

“You have seen things you are not supposed to see,” a weary voice warns in the video.

Also read: USA Sets Premiere Date for Event Series ‘Dig’ From ‘Homeland,’ ‘Heroes’ Producers

The teaser cuts quickly to star Jason Isaacs making his way through a dark corridor and an overview of a crowded street in Jerusalem.

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- Alicia Banks

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‘Game of Thrones’ Source Drain: New ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ Novel Not Currently on 2015 Slate (Report)

30 January 2015 2:22 PM, PST

Bad news for fans of the book series HBO hit series “Game of Thrones” is based on: U.K. publisher HarperCollins reportedly does not currently have a plan to release the sixth installment in George R.R. Martin‘s epic series in 2015.

The news, reported by The Guardian on Friday, is troubling for fans of the TV series, as Season 5 of “Game of Thrones” will have caught up with all the books published thus far. Martin has been working on the latest book, called “The Winds of Winter,” since the release of “A Dance With Dragons” in 2011.

Also Read: Inside ‘Game of Thrones »

- Joe Otterson

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Sundance: Emile Hirsch Movie ‘Ten Thousand Saints’ Acquired by Screen Media Films

30 January 2015 2:21 PM, PST

Screen Media Films has acquired U.S. rights to Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini’s “Ten Thousand Saints,” which stars Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Emily Mortimer, Julianne Nicholson, Emile Hirsch and Ethan Hawke.

Ten Thousand Saints” recently premiered at Sundance and Screen Media Films will release the movie in late summer 2015 with a 25-market theatrical and day-and-date VOD release.

After certain events lead Jude (Butterfield) to withdraw from school and his family, his mother sends him to live with his estranged pot-dealing father (Hawke) in New York City. There, in the crime-riddled East Village of the late 1980’s, Jude »

- Jeff Sneider

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Elijah Wood Joins Nicolas Cage as Crooked Cop in ‘The Truth’

30 January 2015 2:14 PM, PST

Elijah Wood is set to star opposite Nicolas Cage in Benjamin and Alex Brewer’s “The Trust,” which Benjamin Brewer co-wrote with Adam Hirsch.

Story follows two crooked cops, David Waters (Wood) and Jim Stone (Cage), who discover a hidden safe while working in the evidence unit of the police department. The duo’s desire for the possessions of the safe throws them into a deadly well of corruption leaving them fighting for their lives and questioning their every move.

Braxton Pope and Molly Hassell are producing the film, which is currently shooting in Las Vegas.

Wood recently wrapped production »

- Jeff Sneider

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Dan Jinks Medical Drama Pilot ‘Lfe’ Ordered by CBS

30 January 2015 1:45 PM, PST

CBS is spending a lot of time at the hospital this pilot season.

The network has ordered a pilot for the medical procedural “Lfe” from “Pushing Daisies” and “Emily Owens M.D.” veteran Dan Jinks.

See photos: The Faces of Pilot Season 2014

The project will center on second-year residents at New York City’s top hospital as they attempt to balance their god complexes with their humanity.

Jinks (pictured) is executive producing the pilot, which is being produced by CBS Television Studios, with Paul Downs Colaizzo writing and co-executive producing.

See photos: Jeffrey Dean Morgan Joins CBS’s ‘Extant’ as Series »

- Tim Kenneally

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CNN’s NY Times Ad Mocking MSNBC’s Ratings Sparked by TheWrap Interview

30 January 2015 1:45 PM, PST

Apparently, TheWrap is helping set CNN’s advertising strategy.

A CNN executive who declined to be identified revealed in an interview with Mediaite the catalyst for the network’s full-page New York Times advertisement Thursday bragging about its ratings winning streak over MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Also Read: CNN’s ‘New Day’ Taunts MSNBC’s ‘Morning Joe’ in Full-Page New York Times Ad

When asked about “Morning Joe” executive producer Alex Korson’s comments during a recent interview with TheWrap—in which he said, “I love the fact that we’ve hired this year and CNN has had a lot »

- Jordan Chariton

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HBO Greenlights Casey Affleck-Matthias Schoenaerts Miniseries ‘Lewis and Clark’

30 January 2015 1:38 PM, PST

HBO has given a greenlight to six-hour miniseries “Lewis and Clark” and added Matthias Schoenaerts to star with Casey Affleck, the premium cable network announced Friday.

Production will begin in the summer with Affleck in the role of Meriwether Lewis and Schoenaerts as William Clark, telling the story of America’s first contact with the land and native tribes of the country west of the Mississippi River.

Also Read: 10 ‘True Detective’ Acting Teams We Want to See Next (Photos)

The miniseries is executive produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman, Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Tim Kelly and Adam Leipzig. »

- Linda Ge

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Suge Knight Hit-and-Run Victims Identified (Video)

30 January 2015 1:34 PM, PST

The man killed in the fatal hit-and-run involving Marion “Suge” Knight was identified as Terry Carter.

Knight’s attorney, James Blatt, confirmed the victim’s name to TheWrap Friday. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department didn’t identify Carter, but said the deceased victim was 55 years old.

Media reports identified the second person injured as Cle “Bone” Sloan, an activist and actor who appeared in Antoine Fuqua‘s Oscar-winning film “Training Day.”

Also read: Suge Knight’s Bail Set at $2 Million After Murder Charge

In the film, Sloan portrayed “Bone.” He was one of the residents of a South »

- Alicia Banks

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Why ‘American Sniper’ Is Still Taking Fire: Awards, Box Office and the Real Chris Kyle

30 January 2015 1:02 PM, PST

A month into its release, Clint Eastwood’s “American Sniper” is breaking box office records and sparking a national debate over America’s role in Iraq and the legacy of a sniper whom some say is a liar and a killer.

The movie is poised to make $35 million this weekend, its third in release, and at $217 million has now overtaken “Saving Private Ryan” as the top-grossing war movie of all time.

But surprisingly to many, “American Sniper” has turned out to be a very polarizing film. Voices on the right celebrate Eastwood’s protagonist Chris Kyle as a hero, while »

- Matt Donnelly and Linda Ge

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Roseanne Barr on Bill Cosby Scandal: ‘I Have Hopes for This Great Comic’ (Video)

30 January 2015 12:43 PM, PST

Roseanne Barr has once again chimed in on the sexual assault scandal surrounding comedian Bill Cosby, saying that, while Cosby’s reputation has been damaged by the scandal, he still has an opportunity to make things right.

“I have hopes for this great comic,” Barr told Access Hollywood‘s Shaun Robinson. “I do. I have hopes that he would just make it clean, and make it, you know, make it right, and I do think he could do that.”

Also Read: Bill Cosby’s NBC Sitcom Is Dead: 10 Other TV Dads Who Adopted a New Family (Photos)

Asked by Robinson how Cosby, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Peter Berg Replacing J.C. Chandor on Mark Wahlberg’s ‘Deepwater Horizon’

30 January 2015 12:17 PM, PST

Peter Berg is in final negotiations to replace J.C. Chandor as the director of “Deepwater Horizon,” which will star Mark Wahlberg, TheWrap has learned.

While there are no deals in place, Berg’s “Battleship” star Liam Neeson and Oscar frontrunner Michael Keaton are being sought to co-star in the picture, which Chandor left due to creative differences.

Also Read: Taylor Kitsch Battles Futuristic War in ‘Call of Duty’ Trailer Directed by Peter Berg (Video)

Lionsgate and Participant Media are teaming with Lorenzo di Bonaventura on the project, which is scheduled for for release on Sept. 30, 2016.

Deepwater Horizon” chronicles the 2010 Bp oil spill. »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘American Idol’ Crew Den of Thieves to Produce Radio Disney Music Awards

30 January 2015 12:12 PM, PST

The Radio Disney Music Awards will be  run by a Den of Thieves this year.

Jesse Ignjatovic and Evan Prager of Den of Thieves, the production team behind “American Idol” Season 13, will executive produce this year’s Radio Disney Music Awards, which will take place April 25 at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theatre.

Also Read: 16 of Anne Sweeney’s Disney-abc Hits and Misses (Photos)

In addition to “Idol,” Den of Thieves has produced a number of live shows including the MTV Video Music Awards, The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the MTV Movie Awards.

“We are thrilled to produce the 2015 Radio Disney Music Awards, »

- Tim Kenneally

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Sundance: Joe Swanberg’s ‘Digging for Fire’ Starring Jake Johnson Sells to The Orchard (Exclusive)

30 January 2015 11:49 AM, PST

[Exclusive Update 12:45 p.m.: Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions has bought international rights to “Digging for Fire,” which means the film will be distributed worldwide.]

Earlier Exclusive

The Orchard is acquiring North American rights to Joe Swanberg’s “Digging for Fire,” which Swanberg co-wrote with star Jake Johnson. The duo also produced the movie with Alicia Van Couvering.

An individual with knowledge of the negotiations told TheWrap that the deal is worth around $2 million.

The film, which made its world premiere earlier this week at Sundance, co-stars Rosemarie DeWitt, Orlando Bloom, Brie Larson, Sam Rockwell, Anna Kendrick and Mike Birbiglia. The supporting cast includes Sam ElliottJudith Light, Ron Livingston, Melanie Lynskey  Jenny Slate, Timothy Simons and Jane Adams.

Digging for Fire” follows the discovery »

- Jeff Sneider

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‘The Loft’ Review: James Marsden and Wentworth Miller Thriller as Exciting as an Escrow Hearing

30 January 2015 11:45 AM, PST

If you were to unleash a naughty, baroque prankster like Brian De Palma onto the grimly joyless adulterous goings-on of “The Loft,” you might wind up with the kind of delicious trash this thriller so wants to be. Filmed in blue-steel noir-in-color and featuring performances in which everyone’s either mumbling or screaming, however, this silly chamber piece about sex and murder elicits only yawns, interrupted by the occasional unintentional giggle.

A remake of a 2008 Belgian film, this movie does occasionally have that awkward feel of something that’s been translated from one language into Esperanto and then finally into English. »

- Alonso Duralde

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Snapchat Launching First Mobile Series Produced by Steven Spielberg’s and John Goldwyn’s Daughters

30 January 2015 11:33 AM, PST

Writers Sasha Spielberg and Emily Goldwyn, the daughters of powerhouse producers Steven Spielberg and John Goldwyn, have inked a deal to produce a series for mobile social platform Snapchat, an individual with knowledge of the situation told TheWrap.

The series, called “Literally Can’t Even,” is loosely based on the girl’s own real-life experiences in Los Angeles.

The duo will mine their relationship misadventures for content. Spielberg is recently single after a long relationship, and Goldwyn goes on a six-month cleanse.

Also Read: Snapchat Launches First Scripted Series ‘SnapperHero’

The Snapchat show premieres Saturday, Jan. 31, on the mobile app’s new Discover channel, »

- Itay Hod

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