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David Fincher Planning to Direct ‘Living On Video’ Pilot for HBO (Exclusive)

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Oscar-nominated filmmaker David Fincher plans to direct the pilot episode of “Living on Video,” which is the working title of his half-hour HBO project about music videos in the 1980s, TheWrap has learned.

Fincher will executive produce “Living on Video” with Cean Chaffin and Joshua Donen.

HBO declined to comment, while attempts to reach Donen proved unsuccessful.

Not many details are known about “Living on Video” other than the fact that it focuses on the crew members who worked in the early days of music videos, though casting is currently under way.

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Box Office: 'The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies' storms to $24.5 million first day

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Moviegoers won't be able to see "The Interview" this holiday season, but they will have lots of Middle Earth on their hands.  Peter Jackson's "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" opened on Wednesday and is expected to dominate the box office for the rest of the year. The last installment of the "Hobbit" trilogy brought in $24.5 million on over 3,800 screens on its first day. That's down from the $31.1 million the previous chapter, "The Desolation of Smaug," earned last year and the $37.1 million "An Unexpected Journey" found in 2012. That being said, both those films opened on a Friday.  Comparatively, the "Hobbit's" total actually makes it the third best December Wednesday debut ever behind "The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King" and "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."  "Battle of the Five Armies" will face competition on Friday when Sony Pictures' "Annie" and 20th »


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Cary Fukunaga, Winona Ryder, Edgar Wright Named Sundance Jury Members

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Cinematographer Lance Acord, film editor Sarah Flack, “True Detective” director Cary Fukunaga, actress Winona Ryder and “The World’s End” director Edgar Wright have been named as the dramatic feature jury members for next month’s Sundance Film Festival.

The Sundance Institute announced Thursday the members of the six juries. Tig Notaro will host the festival’s feature film awards ceremony on Jan. 31 in Park City.

Notaro exec produced the documentary “Tig,” about her life, which will have its world premiere in the Documentary Premieres section.

The U.S. documentary jury includes Eugene Hernandez, deputy director of the Film Society of Lincoln Center; cinematographer and director Kirsten Johnson; NPR host Michele Norris; producer Gordon Quinn; and Roger Ross Williams, director of “God Loves Uganda.”

The world cinema documentary jury includes Elena Fortes Acosta, Mark Cousins and Ingrid Kopp, director of interactive at the Tribeca Film Institute.

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Sarah Silverman to Star in HBO Comedy Pilot

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Sarah Silverman is returning to HBO. A year after the premium cable network passed on People in New Jersey, HBO has picked up an untitled comedy starring the comedian-actress, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. The untitled comedy is described as a comedic look at a pathologically honest woman (Silverman) having a modern midlife crisis.  Silverman will star and executive produce the comedy. Secret Diary of a Call Girl's Lucy Prebble will pen the script and exec produce alongside Silverman, Ash Atalla (Trollied, Cuckoo) Silverman's manager Amy Zvi and Dan Hine (Cuckoo). See more 40 Years of HBO The

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John McCain Rips Sony ‘Interview’ Cancellation As ‘Troubling Precedent’

21 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Arizona Sen. John McCain ripped Sony Pictures Entertainment on Thursday for creating a “troubling precedent” in cancelling the release of  “The Interview.”

“Recently reported intelligence findings that North Korea directed cyber-attacks at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Sony Pictures’ decision to cancel the release of an upcoming movie in reaction to those cyber-attacks, are profoundly troubling,” said McCain in a statement.

“By effectively yielding to aggressive acts of cyber-terrorism by North Korea, that decision sets a troubling precedent that will only empower and embolden bad actors to use cyber as an offensive weapon even more aggressively in the future.” he added. »


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U.S. Considers "Proportional Response" to Sony Hack, But Will The Interview Eventually Hit Theaters?

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White House officials said Thursday that the Sony hacking is a "serious national security matter," but they stopped short of publicly pointing a finger at North Korea. Although a senior U.S. official told NBC News Wednesday that Kim Jong-un's nation was responsible for the hacking, White House press secretary Josh Earnest was a bit more tight-lipped the following Per NBC News, Earnest said the U.S. is consindering a "proportional response" to the hacking once investigators determine precisely who is responsible. He also suggested that the response would not be made public. The Interview, Seth Rogen and James Franco's fictional comedy about killing North Korea's dictator, is reportedly the »


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Kevin Hart, Jennifer Aniston, and Michael Keaton honored at the first People Magazine Awards

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For those who thought the Hollywood Film Awards were a bit too virtuous, People Magazine decided 2014 was the year to throw a hat into the awards ring, conjuring its own set of accolades to hand out during a star-studded gala event. Thursday night, the winners of the first annual The People Magazine Awards were announced during a two-hour NBC special hosted by Nick Cannon. Completely comprised of talent-based honors, Jennifer Aniston took home the show’s Movie Performance of the Year — Actress award for her work in "Cake," while Michael Keaton earned the Male equivalent for his turn in "Birdman." Hey, People is following the awards circuit! After squeezing her way into the SAG and Golden Globes, the People award marks Anison’s win for "Cake," and the first award she has won for feature film work. Which is nice in an Al-Pacino-wins-for-"Scent of a Woman"-plus-every-other-contribution-to-the-medium kind of way. »


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'The Empire Strikes Back' Live Read Surprises With Mark Hamill, Ellen Page

3 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

"Welcome to the first live screening of The Interview." Jason Reitman riffed on current events before transporting the audience for the latest in his Live Read series to a long, long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. The series, which Reitman and Lacma's Film Independent have put on since 2011, returned Thursday with The Empire Strikes Back — “the best Star Wars movie ever made,” Film Independent curator Elvis Mitchell said in his introduction. And with Star Wars fever reaching 10-year highs, this installment was relocated from the usual Lacma Bing Theater to the more

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- Austin Siegemund-Broka

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Newest Sony Leak Reveals Fifty Scripts From Michael Lynton’s Inbox

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Over 50 screenplays for Sony films have leaked online just three days after studio chief Michael Lynton‘s email inbox was uploaded to file sharing sites, according to media reports.

The titles account for past and future projects, from Kevin Hart‘s “Wedding Ringer” to a Scott Rudin-produced “Little House on the Prairie” update.

Also Read: Sony Hack: Hollywood Studios Rebuff MPAA Request to Publicly Support Sony

Reps for Sony have not yet returned TheWrap’s request for comment.

Read the full list of leaked scripts:

Unreleased movies:

“Hotel Transylvania 2″ [Third draft]

“Smurfs 3″

“Catfight”

“5th Wave”

“Annie”

“The Black Phantom

“Inferno”

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eOne Grabs U.K. Rights to Paul Gascoigne Film (Exclusive)

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London — Entertainment One has taken the U.K. rights to Salon Pictures’ feature documentary about the maverick soccer player Paul Gascoigne, known both for his sublime soccer skills on the pitch and his self-destructive behavior off the field.

“Gascoigne,” which is directed by Jane Preston (“Graffiti Wars”), and produced by Salon’s Nick Taussig and Paul Van Carter, is built around an extensive interview with Gascoigne, and accompanied by archive material showing career highlights, and interviews with those who knew him, and those he played with or against.

Gascoigne rose from poverty-stricken beginnings in North-East England to forge a stellar career with a ferocious free kick and the ability to dribble past entire teams.

Pic is not only a sports biographical documentary, but also a “compelling narrative-driven character study and cinematic portrayal of infamy,” Salon said.

Preston is filming now, with her company One Films co-producing. eOne will release the »


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Ennio Morricone Regrets Not Writing Music For Clint Eastwood

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Celebrated Italian film composer Ennio Morricone has revealed that he regrets turning down the chance of writing music for Clint Eastwood. Speaking to the BBC, Morricone said he said no to Eastwood "out of respect" for Sergio Leone, whose trilogy of 1960s spaghetti Westerns – which helped Eastwood rise to fame – he had famously scored. Read more Clint Eastwood: "I Was Against Going Into the War in Iraq" "I missed a great opportunity and I am really sorry," he said. "When Clint called me, I said no out of respect to Sergio Leone, not because I did not

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Jason Reitman’s Live Read of ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ Gets a Surprise Guest: Mark Hamill

4 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Jason Reitman unveiled a surprise at his live reading of “The Empire Strikes Back” on Thursday night, and the crowd that packed the Ace Theater in downtown Los Angeles couldn’t have been more excited if he’d shown footage from the new “Star Wars” movie that’s due to open a year from now.

Reitman’s surprise, though, looked back rather than forward. After he’d introduced the cast that would be doing one of the celebrated live reads that Reitman regularly stages for Film Independent – a cast that included Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader, »


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Elton John to Officially Marry Partner David Furnish

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Nine years after entering into a civil partnership, Elton John and David Furnish are now set to officially marry in a private ceremony this weekend, a rep for the singer has confirmed. Same-sex marriages were legalized in the U.K. in March, but the law allowing gay couples to convert their civil partnerships — which offer the same legal protections and rights as heterosexual marriages but without the 'marriage' label — only came into effect last week. Speaking to the Las Vegas Review-Journal in March, Furnish said that while the couple didn't "feel the need" to take the

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David Fincher Is Trying to Make a Comedy About the Music Industry for HBO

5 hours ago | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Deadline reports that David Fincher is hammering out the details of a comedy about the music industry for HBO. Rich Wilkes and Bob Stevenson have written the script, currently titled Living On Video, and Fincher is expected to direct. Although the project has not been given a greenlight yet, it would follow a college drop-out, Bobby, who moves to Hollywood in 1983 with dreams of becoming a big-time director (but first, music videos). Through Bobby's eyes, we'll get an Entourage-esque look at the music industry's major players — and their retro decadence — as he tries to forge his way. One can only hope for a solid '80s version of Turtle. »


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Sony Making Live-Action ‘Fire and Ice’ with Robert Rodriguez Directing

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Sony Pictures has set up a live-action version of Ralph Bakshi’s  animated  “Fire And Ice” with Robert Rodriguez directing.

The original 1983 film, based on characters created by Bakshi and Frank Frazetta, used rotoscoping with scenes shot in live action and traced on to animation cells. Fox released the film, which grossed less than $1 million.

The story originated in a village destroyed by a surging glacier, the domain for an Ice Lord. The only survivor vows to avenge this act of destruction.

Bold FilmsGary Michael Walters, Matthew Rhodes and Michel Litvak have funded development of drafts with Rodriguez.

The filmmaker’s “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For” generated moderate returns this fall with worldwide grosses of $38 million.

The deal for “Fire and Ice” was made with Sony Pictures Entertainment still reeling from the fall out over the massive hacking of its computers, leading to the studio pulling the »


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Singapore Media Festival Records $256.28 Million in Sales

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The Singapore Media Festival's content market — which was held jointly by the Asia TV Forum & Market (Atf) and Screen Singpaore from Dec. 10 to 12 — attracted record numbers of attendees and exhibitors, resulting in $256.28 million in sales deals, organizers reported. This year's market drew 4,836 attendees and 1,281 exhibiting companies, a 10 percent increase over the participation totals for 2013. “This has been our most successful edition of Atf and ScreenSingapore to date, and aligns with Asia’s growing importance in the global entertainment content landscape," said Yeow Hui Leng, senior project director

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Watch Stephen Colbert End the Report With a Glorious Musical Number

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We've been preemptively mourning this moment for a while but, on Thursday night, it finally arrived: Stephen Colbert gave his last sign off on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. The good news is he didn't have to do it alone. In a farewell to top all farewells, a classy Colbert sang Ross Parker and Hughie Charles's "We'll Meet Again," inviting Jon Stewart, Randy Newman, Bryan Cranston, Patrick Stewart, Michael Stipe, James Franco, Samantha Power, Big Bird, and many, many other famous friends to stand by his side and help. Roll the clip below to catch an seemingly endless number of cameos, and then check back with Vulture tomorrow morning for a full take on Colbert's final Report. »


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‘The Hobbit’ Star Orlando Bloom Wants to Make Porno Elven Spinoff (Video)

6 hours ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Orlando Bloom‘s Legolas brought a whole new level of sexiness to Peter Jackson‘s “Lord of the Rings” films. So it’s no surprise that there was quite a raucous response on “Conan” Thursday night when the “Hobbit” star suggested he wanted to make an elven pornographic spinoff.

The suggestion came after he gave a sincere response to O’Brien’s question about the possibility of a return to J.R.R. Tolkien’s “Middle-earth” in additional movies. Bloom explained that the rights had only been released for “The Lord of the Rings” and “The Hobbit,” and so it was unlikely. »


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People Magazine Awards: 'Cake' Star Jennifer Aniston Wins First Film-Acting Prize of Career

6 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Sure, the inaugural People Magazine Awards, which took place on Thursday evening at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles and was televised nationally on NBC, was a blatant "pseudoevent," in the sense that it only existed as an excuse to generate attention for those associated with it: People, the 40-year-old weekly fan magazine; Entertainment Weekly, its sister publication; and whatever celebrities they could get to show up and accept prizes and/or perform in person. (As was the case with November's Hollywood Film Awards — also put together by Dick Clark Productions, which shares a parent company with

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Some Oscar Surprises Still Puzzle Awards-Watchers

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Carping at surprise best picture contenders is a favorite indoor sport among many Oscar mavens. (Confidently handicapping the field and getting picks wrong is their second favorite.)

Some controversies have legs that lasted decades. 1968 outrage over the muscled-out “2001: A Space Odyssey” may even be greater now that the Kubrick epic’s legendary status is sealed. Jaws still drop to discover “North by Northwest” was edged out by “The Nun’s Story” and “African Queen” was pushed aside for “Quo Vadis.”

“Huh?” moments — as in, “They named ‘Ivanhoe’ instead of ‘Singin’ in the Rain?’ ” — are legion, although that bizarre turn of events in 1952, when Robert Taylor’s medieval muddle knocked out Gene Kelly’s timeless tuner, remains a low-water mark for many veteran Oscar watchers.

For instance, fluff like 1935’s “Naughty Marietta” routinely contended with enduring classics. When “Three Smart Girls” (1936) is given a shot at the top trophy, no »


- Bob Verini

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