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Michael Ovitz & Ron Meyer Discuss Bill Haber, Malibu And Their CAA Split

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"The bottom line is the Malibu thing is completely his fault," joked Michael Ovitz, to a capacity crowd at the DGA Theatre tonight. Appearing for the first time in more than 20 years alongside his one-time partner in the founding of CAA, Ron Meyer, Ovitz was setting the record straight on the beachside property he attempted to snatch from Meyer following what Ovitz hoped would be a reconciliation lunch in the years after their acrimonious split. "One of the reasons I made… »


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Viacom Hits Debt Market With $1.3B Offering

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Viacom has announced it will sell $1.3 billion in debt – $400 million in aggregate principal amount of 2.250% senior notes due in 2022 at a price equal to 99.692% of the principle amount, and $900 million in aggregate principal amount of 3.450% senior notes due in 2026 at a price equal to 99.481%. Subject to customary closing conditions, the sale of these Senior Notes is expected to close October 4. Viacom entered the debt market a week after receiving Moody’s lowest inves… »

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Peter Bart: ‘French Connection’ Anniversary Reminds Industry Of ’70s Devil-May-Care Filmmaking Approach

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"In retrospect, I was wrong to shoot it that way, but there was no other way to get it done." That's how director Billy Friedkin last week summed up his famously hair-raising chase scene in the Oscar-winning 1971 film The French Connection. Friedkin was speaking before a rapt audience at the Directors Guild that had gathered for the 45th anniversary of his storied thriller, and he was candid about the challenge of shooting action scenes in the pre-cgi era. Given budget… »


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Elisabeth Shue Joins Eli Roth’s ‘Death Wish’

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Exclusive: Elisabeth Shue has been cast opposite Bruce Willis in Death Wish, the Eli Roth-directed remake of the 1974 Charles Bronson film for Paramount and MGM. She joins Mike EppsDean Norris and Vincent D'Onofrio in the film, which is shooting in Chicago and Montreal. Shue will play the wife of Paul Kersey (Willis), whose life is destroyed by a violent crime against his wife and daughter. Frustrated that the bad guys were not brought to justice for the nefarious act… »


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NYC Film Office Launches Effort To Boost Women Filmmakers

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The New York City film office has launched what it's calling a "groundbreaking series of initiatives targeting the under-representation of women in film and television." The film office said that this is the "first time ever" that a municipal agency has launched such a program. Part of the program, however, asks women writers to work for free. The five-part program includes a $5 million fund that will provide grants to support film and theatre projects by and about women… »

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Jill Kelley & The Scandal That Toppled CIA Chief David Petraeus In TV Series Talks

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Exclusive: Producers Ron Senkowski and Michael De Luca have acquired Collateral Damage: Petraeus, Power, Politics and the Abuse of Privacy, a memoir written by Jill Kelley. They will package a limited TV series that will detail the circumstances behind the downfall of CIA director David Petraeus, the 4-star general who led the war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan before taking the top CIA post and who was considered one of the great military minds of his era. Kelley, the… »


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Nicholl Fellowship Screenwriter Winners Unveiled

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Four solo scribes and one writing team have been named winners of the 2016 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition. The fellows will receive $35,000 prizes each to be bestowed November 3 at a ceremony and live-read at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The five winning scripts where whittled down from 6,915 screenplays submitted this year and then 12 that made the shortlist. Here are this year’s winners: Michele Atkins, "Talking About the Sky"… »


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China’s Fundamental Films Takes 28% Stake In EuropaCorp

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Chinese production and distribution outfit Fundamental Films has acquired a 27.9% stake in Luc Besson's EuropaCorp for $67 million (€60M), the company said Thursday. This makes the Shanghai-based Fundamental the second-biggest shareholder of the French mini-major, with Besson's holding company Front Line remaining the majority shareholder with a 31.58% stake, down from 43.8%. The deal, which is aimed at boosting EuropaCorp's global footprint, builds upon the output deal… »


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Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult Vehicle ‘Collide’ Back On Track For Winter 2017

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The Felicity Jones-Nicholas Hoult action auto movie Collide, which was extricated from Relativity Media during its bankruptcy crisis and rescued by Open Road Films, will now begin its journey as a theatrical wide release on February 3. The Im Global pic was originally scheduled to open August 19, but was then moved to an unset date. Formerly known as AutobahnCollide is from British helmer Eran Creevy and follows an American couple, Casey (Hoult) and Juliette (Jones)… »


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CBS’ ‘60 Minutes’Plays Up No Apology By ‘Birth Of A Nation’ Director Nate Parker

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Nate Parker, the embattled star-director-writer-producer of the Nat Turner slave-uprising drama The Birth of a Nation, appears on 60 Minutes in his first major network interview after Deadline revealed that a 17-year-old gang rape allegation would become a major issue for a film that seemed a prohibitive favorite for a Best Picture nomination going into the fall. Just as when Deadline first interviewed Parker in person, there was awkwardness in the idea that he had to… »


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‘Nerdland’ Acquired By Samuel Goldwyn Films For December Bow

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Samuel Goldwyn Film has acquired North American rights to Nerdland, the Chris Prynoski-helmed animated movie featuring the voices of Patton Oswalt, Paul Rudd, Hannibal Buress, Reid Scott, Mike Judge, Riki Lindhome, Kate Micucci, Laraine Newman and Paul Scheer. The first feature film from animation house Titmouse bowed this year at Tribeca Film Festival and is next up screening at Beyond Fest. Goldwyn plans a December theatrical release. The pic follows two slacker best… »


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Fox 2000 Buying Hitchcockian Thriller Novel ‘The Woman In The Window’

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Exclusive: Fox 2000 is closing a deal for screen rights to The Woman In The Window, a hot new novel that was written by A.J. Finn (a pseudonym for a book editor at a major publishing house, I hear). The deal happened just as an auction for the book rights is underway. The novel has elements of The Girl On The Train and Hitchcock’s Rear Window and has a strong role for an actress. Anna Fox lives alone in the New York City brownstone that once housed her happy family. She… »


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‘True Memoirs Of An International Assassin’ Trailer: Kevin James Wrote The Book On Faux Killer

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Kevin James has come full circle from mall cop to ruthless mercenary killer. Well, not really. Here’s a trailer for Netflix’s original movie True Memoirs of an International Assassin, in which the Kevin Can Wait plays Samuel Larson, a mild-mannered would-be author who gets mistaken for a killer-for-hire after his fictional novel about an international assassin is published as a true story. When the book becomes a huge success, he digs the attention. But then suddenly our… »


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Johnny Depp To Star in ‘Murder On The Orient Express’ At Fox

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Update: Studio has announced that Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Michael Pena and Judi Dench will join the picture in supporting roles. Studio’s release is included under Deadline’s original scoop on Johnny Depp. Exclusive: Johnny Depp is in talks to star for director Kenneth Branagh in the Murder On The Orient Express remake. This comes after Angelina Jolie stepped out. The pic is moving fast: Depp will star with Branagh, who’ll play detective Hercule Poirot in a… »


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Sundance Israeli Settlers Docu Lands At Bond/360; XLrator & Blue Fox Ink Pre-afm Deal

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Bond/360 has acquired the U.S. rights to The Settlers, Shimon Dotan’s documentary chronicling the lives of Israeli settlers who have been living on the West Bank since the end of the Six-Day War in 1967. The pic bowed this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Bond/360 plans a spring 2017 theatrical release beginning at New York’s Film Forum and then a nationwide expansion. Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon struck the deal with Tel Aviv-based Cinephil’s Philippa Kowarsky ahead… »


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Open Road Hires Paramount Exec Lejo Pet To Head Acquisitions

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Open Road Films CEO Tom Ortenberg has hired Lejo Pet as Svp Acquisitions. He comes from Paramount, where he was VP Acquisitions and handled territory deals for pics including Open Road’s Best Picture Oscar winner Spotlight. At Open Road, Pet will oversee all aspects of the division including its theatrical slate. He will report directly to CEO Tom Ortenberg. "Lejo is a smart, seasoned executive with unique expertise in the independent acquisitions arena," Ortenberg said… »


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‘The Great Wall’ Brings Zhang Yimou & Matt Damon To New York Comic-Con

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Exclusive: The Great Wall is coming to the Theatre at Madison Square Garden for New York Comic-Con. Director Zhang Yimou plus cast members Matt Damon, Jing Tian, Junkai Wang and Pedro Pascal will be appearing onstage at the East Coast confab for a panel presentation on October 8 at 12:30 Pm. Not only will the Academy Award nominee and helmsman of both the opening and closing ceremonies of the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, the Oscar winner and Bourne star be in attendance… »


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Fox Lands ‘Operation Prince Of Freedom’ Spec; Jake Szymanski To Direct

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Exclusive: Fox has landed Operation Prince Of Freedom, a spec script package for a comedy that will be helmed by Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates director Jake Szymanski. Chernin Entertainment will produce with Gary Sanchez. The script is by Michael Kvamme and Jordan Dunn, and Gary Sanchez’s Adam McKay, Will Ferrell, Kevin Messick and Andrew Steele will produce with Chernin. Fox has had success with the hard R comedy in Deadpool and Kingsman: The Secret Service and this… »


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Jennifer Hudson Joins UK’s ‘The Voice’; Doha’s Ajyal Youth Fest Unveils Line-Up — Global Briefs

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Jennifer Hudson and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale have joined the UK version of The Voice. Singer-actress Hudson, a 2004 American Idol finalist whose career has earned her a Grammy and a Oscar for her role as Effie in Dreamgirls, will make her debut with Rossdale on the show as coaches on the singing competition. They join Tom Jones and will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, who previously have served as coaches — Jones for the first four seasons and will.i.am on every season… »


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Michael Shannon Joins Benedict Cumberbatch In TWC’s ‘The Current War’

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Exclusive: Michael Shannon has been cast as George Westinghouse in The Weinstein Company's The Current War, a fact-based story about how he and rival Thomas Edison competed to create a sustainable electricity system and market it to the Us. He joins Benedict Cumberbatch in the project, who will play Edison. It's directed by Me and Earl and the Dying Girl's Alfonso Gomez-Rejon and is financed and distributed by TWC. Michael Mitnick writes the script, which takes place in… »


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