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CAA Promotes Quartet Of Trainees

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CAA said that it has promoted Darren Gee has been promoted to agent in CAA Sports' Basketball group, one of four trainees elevated today. Gee will be based in the New Jersey office. Also on the sports side, Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee were promoted to executives at CAA Sports Consulting, which advises and manages sponsorship rights deals. Both are based in New York. Tori Wechsler, meanwhile, was promoted to agent in the Digital Talent and Packaging group. Based in Los… »


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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone & Steve Carell Are Matchless And Top Of Their Game

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A firestorm ignited in 1973 when retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs, a hustler and gambler looking for new prey, challenged reigning tennis queen Billie Jean King to a match to prove that a female champ was far inferior to anyone on the men’s tour — even an old-timer in his mid-50s. She turned it down at first, but after he defeated one of her chief rivals, King took on what became a virtual circus of immense proportions covered on ABC and around the world. Now that era and… »


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Zack Snyder Films ‘Snow Steam Iron’ On iPhone

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Batman v Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder has just released Snow Steam Iron, a short film he directed. He released it on the Vero website. It is the first we've heard from Snyder since he stepped back from finishing Justice League to deal with a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film for him. The logline of the short: Snow gently falls on the blood-stained streets of a seedy, out-of-time New York City. Steam envelops the nightmare… »


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‘Glee’ Alum Harry Shum Jr. Joins Sylvester Stallone In ‘Escape Plan 3’

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Exclusive: Harry Shum Jr., who currently stars in the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, is joining the Escape Plan franchise. The former Glee star is set to appear in Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, along with Tyler Jon Olson and Sergio RizzutoSylvester Stallone returning as the star with John Herzfeld is on board to direct from a script by Miles Chapman, who wrote the previously two pics. In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong… »


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Beau Willimon Elected President Of WGA East

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The WGA East has a new president, and ideally things will go more smoothly for him than the president he created for House of Cards. Beau Willimon has been elected to the top job at the NYC-based guild. He ran unopposed as Michael Winship chose not to seek re-election after serving as Wgae president since 2007. Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider also faced no competition and were returned to office. In the council races, Bonnie… »


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Kathrine Narducci Cast In Martin Scorsese’s Crime Drama ‘The Irishman’

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Exclusive: The Sopranos actress Kathrine Narducci is set to appear in the Netflix, Martin Scorsese-directed crime drama The Irishman. Based on the Charles Brandt’s novel I Heard You Paint Houses, the project, which has long been embroiled in controversy, also Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci, and Jack Huston. The drama centers on Frank "The Irishman" Sheeran (De Niro), a reputed hitman suspected of involvement in the disappearance and murder of Teamsters leader Jimmy… »


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‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks

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Exclusive:  Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is  a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has… »


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‘Cook Off!’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Comedy Reheated Ten Years Later

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Before Melissa McCarthy picked up an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids and became a box office star — and way before she won an Emmy for going full Spicey — she was in the cast of the ensemble comedy Cook Off, which bowed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. Since then, Lionsgate Premiere picked it up, and now has launched a trailer ahead of a November 17 limited theatrical release (10-2o markets) and a VOD/iTunes bow. McCarthy stars with future fellow Bridesmaid Wendi… »


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Michael Wright Exiting As Amblin Partners CEO; Steven Spielberg Takes Reins

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Michael Wright is stepping down as CEO of Amblin Partners to become an executive producer on two films at the company. Amblin chairman Steven Spielberg will take on the chief exec title. This news just broke. Jeff Small remains president and co-ceo, and with Spielberg will oversee operations. President of production Holly Bario, and Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, all continue in their current roles, the company says. Wright, the onetime head of… »


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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Add Actor’s Friends & Family To Expenses Suit

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The bitter multi-million dollar legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former business managers at The Management Group over the Pirates Of The Caribbean star's finances has just gotten a lot bigger and personal – literally. "In his attempt to avoid paying his debts to Tmg, Depp is knowingly throwing his closest family, friends and employees under the bus by falsely alleging that they took millions of dollars in unauthorized payments from him," a blunt amended complaint… »


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Jon Gonda Moves To Paramount From Warner Bros

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Exclusive: Paramount continues to remake its production executive ranks. The studio has just hired Jon Gonda, a Warner Bros executive who’ll move over to Paramount as vice president of production under prexy Liz Raposo. At Warner Bros, he worked on Lego Batman, The Accountant, War Dogs and upcoming Crazy Rich Asians. Gonda also co-spearheaded with Julia Spiro the development of the Warner Bros. Emerging Film Directors Workshop, a studio initiative to promote diversity… »


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Scott Rudin Productions Lands Alice McDermott Novel ‘The Ninth Hour’

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Exclusive: Scott Rudin Productions has acquired The Ninth Hour, the novel by National Book Award-winning author Alice McDermott. The book was published today by Farrar, Straus and Giroux and has received spectacular reviews. Rudin and Eli Bush will produce the film. The deal was made by Geoffrey Sanford of The Sanford Ehrlich Company and Sarah Burnes of The Gernert Company. The novel is a multi-generational story steeped in the Irish Catholic faith and set in the early… »


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Adam Bartley Joins Adam McKay’s Dick Cheney Film; Elaine Hendrix Cast In ‘Burying Yasmeen’ Indie

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Longmire actor Adam Bartley is set to play Republican political commentator Frank Lutz in the Adam McKay-written and -directed Dick Cheney biopic about his rise to becoming the most powerful Vice President in history. From Annapurna, Plan B and Gary Sanchez Productions, the film stars Christian Bale, Steve Carell, Amy Adams and Bill Pullman. Brad Pitt and Dede Garner are producing alongside McKay, Will Ferrell and Kevin Messick. Bartley currently co-stars in the Netflix… »


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Israeli Drama ‘Foxtrot’ Acquired By Sony Pictures Classics As Pic Wins 8 Ophir Awards

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Exclusive: Foxtrot, the Samuel Maoz-directed Israeli film that won Grand Jury Prize at the Venice Film Festival and was one of the most buzzed about films in Toronto, has been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics. Spc bought North American rights, just before the film today won eight Ophir Awards including Best Picture and Best Director for Maoz. That launches the film as Israel’s Oscar submission for Best Foreign Language Feature. The film by the Lebanon director covers… »


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Killer Of Fox Executive Gavin Smith Gets Max Sentence

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John Lenzie Creech, the man convicted of killing 20th Century Fox film distribution executive Gavin Smith, was sentenced today the maximum of 11 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. It brings to a close the saga of Smith, who was killed in May 2012, with his body found 2 1/2 years later in the Angeles National Forest. Creech was convicted in July after the L.A. District attorney sought first- or second-degree murder charges. Prosecutors said he killed Smith in the… »


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Adg Awards: Art Directors To Induct Ken Adam & Tyrus Wong Into Hall Of Fame

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The Art Directors Guild Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 is set. Sir Ken Adam, the Oscar-winning production designer behind Dr. Strangelove and the James Bond franchise, and Bambi illustrator and longtime Warner Bros veteran Tyrus Wong will be inducted during the 22nd annual Adg Awards on January 27 at the Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood and Highland. Â"There are few exceptionally gifted artists who are capable of inspiring all of us through their command of imagination,… »


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Bron Studios Secures Revolving $50M Credit Line From Comerica Bank

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Bron Studios, the Vancouver-based production company headed by Aaron L. Gilbert, has just announced it has secured a $50 million revolving credit line with Comerica Bank. The credit line, Bron said, will go to help it manage its burgeoning slate of productions. This is the company that was behind Jason Reitman's Tully (Focus), Miguel Arteta's Beatriz at Dinner (Roadside), Denzel Washington's Oscar-nominated Fences (Paramount) and Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation (Fox… »


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Will Paramount Replace Chinese Slate Partner With U.S. $$$? Dallas-Based Investors Circling

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Updated, 10:25 Am: We hear the guy behind these talks is Dallas-based billionaire Tom Dundon, who made all his money in the subprime market. He was considered to be a possible back-pocket fix at Sony. One of the LStar funds was part of the Dundon funds and was run by Sam Loughlin, who did not get along with the Chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group Tom Rothman. Once Loughlin was out of the mix (he stepped out of Lone Star Funds in July), it was… »


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‘Fall In Love’: Will This Virtual Reality Program Make You Fall In Love?

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Tool of North America, Mark Zuckerberg-owned Oculus and director Kevin Cornish today are launching an experiential virtual reality effort, Fall in Love Vr, which was inspired by The New York Times‘ article “The 36 Questions That Lead to Love” and Arthur Aron’s study entitled "The Experimental Generation of Interpersonal Closeness.” Fall in Love Vr was shortlisted for a Cannes Innovation Lion at this year's festival. So what’s it all about? Fall in Love uses Vr in a way to… »


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Oscars: France Enters Robin Campillo’s ‘Bpm’ In Foreign Language Race

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France has selected Robin Campillo's Bpm (120 Battements Par Minute) as its submission for the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar race. The selection committee had whittled the final shortlist down to three titles and today announced that the AIDS-activist drama would be the entry. The "ambitious, engaged" film won the Grand Prize in Cannes. Morocco-born French filmmaker Campillo scored that win with his first appearance in the Cannes competition as director. He wrote and… »


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