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Power Rangers Bootleg Fan Film Returns To YouTube, Vimeo

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Exclusive: The Power Rangers fan film dispute has been settled. Following an agreement late Friday, the fan video is back on YouTube and Vimeo after a legal chest bumping between lawyers for franchise copyright holder Haim Saban and film fan producer Adi Shankar. Both hosting sites had pulled the video due to copyright concerns. Vimeo came down first on its own, and then Saban’s lawyers notified YouTube that director Joseph Kahn’s bloody take on the children’s show was in… »


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Paramount In Talks To Acquire Rights To Sci-Fi Classic ‘The Stars My Destination’

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Exclusive: Paramount Pictures is talks to acquire the feature film rights for the classic sci-fi novel The Stars My Destination for producer Mary Parent. Written by Alfred Bester, the story (which often is referred to as Tiger! Tiger!) follows a man who is shipwrecked in space for years when one day a rescue crew passes him by. Angered, he channels his energies into seeking revenge and begins scheming. The key art of the book is enough to get anyone intrigued. The Stars My… »


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Julianne Moore Leads ‘Maps To The Stars’ Into Theaters: Special B.O. Preview

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In the wake of awards season, the specialty arena is revving up with a diverse and numerous slate. Focus World’s Maps To The Stars by David Cronenberg features its own bevy of named talent. Oscar winner Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in the Hollywood-set drama. The film will screen in a surprisingly large number of theaters for a day-and-date release. Pantelion/Lionsgate is heading out with romantic-comedy A La Mala, which will… »


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Josh Duhamel, Ernie Hudson Suit Up For ‘The Wrong Stuff’

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Exclusive: Josh Duhamel and Ernie Hudson, who last worked together opposite Hilary Swank and Loretta Devine in the ensemble drama You’re Not You from eOne, are coming together again in the baseball drama The Wrong Stuff, based on the bestselling memoir by ex-pitcher Bill “Spaceman” Lee and Richard Lally. The film is being directed by Brett Rapkin and produced by Stephen Nemeth, co-produced by Betsy Stahl and executive produced by Ron Shelton (White Men Can’t Jump) and… »


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Kristen Stewart Joins Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project

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Exclusive: Kristen Stewart has joined Michelle Williams and Laura Dern in the hot indie drama known as the Untitled Kelly Reichardt Project. Written and directed by Reichardt, the film is a series of vignettes that revolve around the lives of people in small-town Montana. Stewart will play a young lawyer from Boise who takes a teaching job several hours from her house. Despite her nerves about teaching, she's determined to prove to herself that she can do it. Soon after… »


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Cartoon Network’s ‘Adventure Time’ Heads To Big Screen At Warner Bros.

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Exclusive: Adventure Time, one of the most popular shows on Cartoon Network, is being developed at Warner Bros. for the big screen as an animated feature. Created by Pendleton Ward at Cartoon Networks Studios, Adventure Time follows the escapades of 12-year-old boy Finn and best friend dog Jake who fight fiercely in a quest to protect their beloved Land of Ooo, usually from the Ice King who is searching high and low for his Princess Bubblegum. The project will be produced… »


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Lily Bedrossian Is New DGA Spokeswoman

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Exclusive: The Directors Guild of America has a new spokeswoman. Lily Bedrossian, who spent nearly nine years in the corporate and interactive media relations divisions at the Walt Disney Company, has been named the DGA's Director of Media Relations. She will report to Morgan Rumpf, the guild's Associate Executive Director of Communications. Bedrossian replaces Sahar Moridani as the guild's spokesperson. Moridani, who is well known for promptly returning reporters' phone… »

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Robert Townsend Re-counting ‘Brewster’s Millions’

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The last time we checked on Brewster’s Millions, Richard Pryor and John Candy were rolling in it. That was 1985. Now Robert Townsend has signed on to direct a remake scripted by Michael William Schmidt and produced by Joseph and Jack Nasser. The story, based George Barr McCutcheon’s 1902 novel, centers on Monty Brewster, who is set to inherit $1 billion, with one key caveat: He must spend $100 million in one week or end up right back where he started – with nothing more… »


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New Regency Acquires Film For ’71’s Yann Demange To Direct, Plan B To Produce

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Exclusive: New Regency has acquired an untitled dramatic thriller that will be helmed by BAFTA-nominated ’71 director Yann Demange. Producing are the Plan B trio of Dede Gardner, Brad Pitt and Jeremy Kleiner along with Angus Lamont and Molly Smith. The fast-tracked project is scripted by ’71 scribe Gregory Burke. Demange is in high demand after his feature debut ’71, a drama about a British soldier (Jack O’Connell) accidentally left behind after a riot in Belfast. The… »


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Bruce Lee Family Plans New Film Biopic

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Exclusive: Bruce Lee, who became pound for pound the best action hero Hollywood has ever produced even though he died at age 32 when he was just getting started, is such an iconic figure that when his daughter Shannon held meetings with prospective Chinese production partners on a biopic, she was told that when it came to revered Chinese cultural heroes, her father was right up there with Confucius. Given Hollywood’s hot pursuit of projects that can draw a vast audience… »


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Peacock Productions Jumps With Brian Banks Into ‘Serial’-esque Real-Time True Crime Series Derby

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Add NBC NewsPeacock Productions to the growing list of unscripted-tv producers trying to do their own iteration of the wildly successful Serial podcast. Peacock Prods’ hook?  Its series will be developed with Brian Banks, whose life as a wrongly convicted man is being turned into a movie directed by Lee Daniels. Last August, Daniels announced he’d signed to The Brian Banks Story for Amy Baer's Gidden Media.  Profiled in a 60 Minutes piece, Banks was a high school… »


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Leonard Nimoy’s Death: Reactions From Friends, Co-Stars & The Industry

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Friends, co-stars and the industry are weighing in about Leonard Nimoy, who died today at 83. Here is a sampling; we’ll add more throughout the day: "I loved him like a brother. We will all miss his humor, his talent, and his capacity to love." -William Shatner http://t.co/U8ZN98tVYp — William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) February 27, 2015 Star Trek actor George Takei, to CNN: “Leonard was a very dear friend. One extraordinary thing about him I remember: When Star Trek… »


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Leonard Nimoy’s Poignant Final Tweet: “Life Is Like A Garden”

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The legendary Leonard Nimoy posted a poignant, and what turned out to be his final, tweet just five days ago. The 83-year-old actor, best known as Mr. Spock, first officer of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, died today at his Los Angeles home. The cause, according to his wife, was end-stage end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. He was hospitalized earlier this month. A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in… »


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Leonard Nimoy Dies: ‘Star Trek’s Spock Was 83

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Leonard Nimoy, the iconic Spock of the Starship Enterprise in Star Trek, has died. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death to the New York Times, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Nimoy’s decades-long career began in his early 20s, with film and TV appearances through the 1950s, including the title role in Kid Monk Baroni. A harbinger of things to come, he played Narab, one of three Martian invaders in 1952’s Zombies Of… »


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Olga Kurylenko Joins Jeremy Irons For Giuseppe Tornatore’s ‘The Correspondence’

27 February 2015 3:27 AM, PST

Exclusive- Olga Kurylenko (Quantum Of Solace) has joined the previously announced Jeremy Irons in Italian director Giuseppe Tornatore’s romantic drama The Correspondence. The film, set to shoot this spring in the UK and Italy, follows the love affair between a professor and a younger woman working in the same field. The project re-teams the Academy Award-winning Tornatore (Cinema Paradiso) with production company Paco Cinematografica, distributor-producer Warner Bros'… »


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‘Midnight Rider’ Pre-Trial Hearing Video Of Hillary Schwartz Getting Separate Trial

26 February 2015 6:19 PM, PST

Exclusive: In a pretrial hearing this morning in a Georgia courtroom, Midnight Rider first assistant director Hillary Schwartz’s attorney successfully pried Schwartz out of next month’s trial of three other defendants. All are facing charges of criminal trespassing and manslaughter in the death of 27 year-old crew member Sarah Jones when a train plowed through the film’s set. Above, Deadline has exclusive video of the short hearing, part of decisions handed down today by… »


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‘Blade Runner’ Sequel: Harrison Ford Confirmed; Denis Villeneuve In Talks To Direct

26 February 2015 6:11 PM, PST

Denis Villeneuve is in negotiations to direct the sequel to Blade Runner, with Harrison Ford previously asked but now confirmed to be reprising his role as Rick Deckard. Ridley Scott, who directed the iconic 1982 sci-fi pic for Warner Bros, is aboard to executive produce for Alcon Entertainment. The film is scheduled to start principal photography in summer 2016. Hampton Fancher — who co-wrote the original with David Peoples — and Michael Green have written the original… »


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A Third Robin Hood Script Enters The Fray; This By King Arthur Scribe Joby Harold

26 February 2015 5:02 PM, PST

Sherwood Forest is getting crowded. Joby Harold, the scribe who architected the multiple installments of the King Arthur franchise with Knights Of The Roundtable with Guy Ritchie directing Sons Of Anarchy‘s Charlie Hunnam, is now out with Robin Hood: Origins, a gritty version of the rogue do-gooder Robin Hood.  Appian Way is producing. Now, there are competing projects at two other studios: Disney acquired the Brandon Barker spec Nottingham & Hood, a revisionist take on… »


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Gravitas Ventures Has ‘Apartment Troubles’

26 February 2015 4:55 PM, PST

Exclusive: Gravitas Ventures has acquired North American rights to StarStream Entertainment's femme road comedy Apartment Troubles, which it will release in 10 markets and VOD on March 27. The film marks the feature directorial and screenwriting debut of Jess Weixler and Jennifer Prediger. Apartment Troubles follows co-dependent roommates Olivia and Nicole, who are evicted from their shoebox Manhattan apartment and head to L.A. As one door slams shut, another opens: A… »


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Rob Letterman Doffs ‘Captain Underpants'; ‘Turbo’s David Soren Being Fitted For Dwa Pic

26 February 2015 4:53 PM, PST

Exclusive: Rob Letterman is out as director of the DreamWorks Animation film Captain Underpants. Despite being dealt a potential atomic wedgie, Dwa is in talks to replace him with David Soren, who helmed Turbo for Dwa and is being fitted for Captain Underpants right now. Dwa could not confirm. In the Nicholas Stoller-scripted adaptation of the Dav Pilkey book, two mischievous kids hypnotize their mean high school principal and turn him into their comic book creation: the… »


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