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'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube

'Empire' Co-Creator Danny Strong to Pen 'Oliver Twist' Movie for Disney, Ice Cube
Danny Strong, co-creator of Fox's Empire, has been tapped to pen Disney’s modern and musical take on Charles DickensOliver Twist, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Thomas Kail, the Tony-winning director of Hamilton, is attached to helm the project, which has Ice Cube on board to star and produce.

Also producing are Marc Platt, the veteran movie producer who was behind Broadway’s hit musical Wicked, and Jeff Kwatinetz of The Firm.

Oliver Twist is one of Dickens’ most famous works and tells of an orphan boy who moves from a life as an exploited child laborer to being under the wings of Fagin, a leader of...
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'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer

'Toy Story 4' Finds Its Writer
Toy Story 4 has found its writer. 

Stephany Folsom, who recently had a feud with Marvel after being denied a "Story by" credit on Thor: Ragnarok, has been tapped to write the script for the upcoming fourth installment of the long-running Pixar franchise, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. 

Rashida Jones was initially attached as writer for the film, along with her writing partner Will McCormack, but she left the project last year. It was initially reported that Jones decided to step away from the project because of unwanted advances from Pixar head John Lasseter, who took a leave...
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Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser

Netflix Acquires ‘Sierra Burgess Is a Loser’ Starring ‘Stranger Things’ Actress Shannon Purser
Netflix has acquired “Sierra Burgess Is A Loser,” a feature film from Black Label Media.

Ian Samuels directed the pic with Lindsey Beer penning the script. The movie stars “Stranger Things” actress Shannon Purser, Rj Cyler, Kristine Froseth, Noah Centineo, Chrissy Metz, Alan Ruck, and Lea Thompson.

The film is a modern rom-com retelling of the story of Cyrano de Bergerac, set in high school. It centers on Sierra (Purser), an intelligent teen who does not fall into the shallow definition of high school pretty but, in a case of mistaken identity that results in unexpected romance, must team with the popular girl (Froseth) in order to win her crush.

The film is produced and fully financed by Black Label Media, with Molly Smith, Rachel Smith, Trent Luckinbill, and Thad Luckinbill serving as producers. Wme brokered the deal.

Best known as Barb in Season 1 of Netflix’s “Stranger Things,” Purser can be seen next in NBC’s drama
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Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1

Competition Will be Stiff for New Releases With 'Jumanji' Set to Remain #1
This weekend sees Warner Bros.'s 12 Strong and STX's R-rated heist thriller Den of Thieves hitting theaters, both of which are targeting male audiences, which means they'll also have to contend with the NFL conference championship games this Sunday. Additionally, a couple of notable expansions are taking place this weekend along with Roadside's moderate release of Forever My Girl. That being said, all appear as if they'll be settling in behind last weekend's #1 and #2 films, as Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and The Post are expected to hold on to those top two spots. Jumanji topped last weekend's box office after dropping just 24.5%, and this weekend it should continue to hold on rather well. While we're currently anticipating a drop around 32% and a fifth weekend around $19 million, don't be surprised if it hangs on a little better than that. The film should top $315 million domestically by end of day Sunday,
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Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform

Party of Five Reboot Is Happening at Freeform
Another day, another reboot! Party of Five is the latest series staged to make a TV comeback, as Freeform is set to reboot the the beloved '90s drama, E! News has confirmed. The network has handed a pilot order to the original series creators Chris Keyser and Amy Lippman, who will be modernizing the drama by tackling immigration. Similar to the original series, the reboot will follow five siblings, the Buendias, who struggle to keep their family together after their parents are deported back to Mexico.  The original Party of Five, which ran from 1994-2000, starred Scott Wolf, Matthew Fox, Neve Campbell, and Lacey Chabert (and various actors who played the youngest, Owen) as siblings...
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‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order

‘Bad Boys’-Inspired Series Starring Gabrielle Union Scores NBC Pilot Order
The untitled drama series based on Gabrielle Union’s “Bad Boys” character has been ordered to pilot at NBC.

Union will star as Syd Burnett, her character from “Bad Boys 2.” In the show, she has left the DEA and now has a fresh start in her new job as an LAPD detective. She’s partnered with Nancy McKenna, a working mom who can’t help but look at Syd’s freedom with some grass-is-greener envy. These two have totally different lifestyles and approaches, but they both are at the top of their fields. Union will also executive produce in addition to starring.

The project had received a pilot production commitment at the network in October.
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
There is now a movie about to be released on the Lifetime channel about Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. I’m not sure whether to move on to the next article or simply say congratulations and leave it at that. On one hand it’s a blessed event that should be given a great deal of respect as people all over the globe that care about the union are overjoyed and giving their well wishes to the happy couple. But on a very different note it sounds more like a chance to glorify a couple that have already been made famous and

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle TV Movie Set At Lifetime
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Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90

Veteran British Actor Peter Wyngarde Dies at 90
Veteran actor Peter Wyngarde, who starred as flamboyant investigator Jason King in the iconic 1970s British police series “Department S,” has died. He was 90.

Wyngarde died in a West London hospital, his agent Thomas Bowington told Variety.

“Peter Wyngarde passed away peacefully in his sleep early evening Monday at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital,” Bowington said, adding that Wyngarde was “one of the most original and truly great actors I’ve ever seen and by far the most exceptional man I have ever met.”

Wyngarde had a long career on stage and screen but is best known as handlebar-mustachioed investigator King. He also appeared in classic series including “The Avengers,” “The Saint,” and “The Prisoner.”

The King character was an author and investigator in “Department S,” and in 1971 was given his own series, “Jason King.” The show was canceled in 1972, but Wyngarde continued to appear on stage and screen in Britain and internationally.

His movie appearances
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Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign

Box Office Preview: '12 Strong' To Challenge 'Jumanji's' Reign
As the family-friendly fantasy film Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle attempts to hang on to the top spot at the domestic box office for the third weekend in a row, it is facing off against a challenge from 12 Strong, which follows a Special Forces team into battle in Afghanistan in the wake of 9/11. Both films could take in about $15 million or more before the dust settles.

So far, Sony’s Jumanji has proven to be unexpectedly resilient. In both its third and fourth weekends it fell by just 25 percent during each frame. The fall-off is expected to...
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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow

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Read Woody Allen’s Response to Dylan Farrow
Woody Allen has released a statement following his adopted daughter Dylan Farrow’s interview with Gayle King on Thursday’s “CBS This Morning.” Farrow spoke out in graphic detail about a sexual assault she said she suffered at the hands of Allen when she was 7 years old. “Dylan’s older brother Moses has said that he witnessed their mother … relentlessly coaching Dylan, trying to drum into her that her father was a dangerous sexual predator,” Allen said in a statement provided to TheWrap. “It seems to have worked — and, sadly, I’m sure Dylan truly believes what she says.” “Even though the Farrow...
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Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview

Dylan Farrow Details Sexual Assault Allegation Against Woody Allen in Emotional Interview
Dylan Farrow detailed her allegations of sexual assault at the hands of her father, Woody Allen, in a lengthy interview with Gayle King that aired on Thursday’s edition of “CBS This Morning.”

Farrow, 32, recounted her story of being touched by Allen, her adoptive father, in August 1992. She also said she experienced other incidents of inappropriate behavior with her father, including him asking her to come into bed with him when he was wearing only underwear. Allen has once again strongly denied the allegations.

Farrow said she decided to give her first TV interview on the alleged assault that occurred when she was 7 because of the groundswell of public support for victims of sexual harassment and abuse. She has called on actors to shun Allen and his films.

“It was very momentous for me to see this conversation finally carried into a public setting,” Farrow said of the Time’s Up and #MeToo movements. “Because I have
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EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)

EuropaCorp Being Circled By Potential Buyers, Investors (Exclusive)
Luc Besson’s EuropaCorp is being circled by potential buyers and investors as it struggles to climb out from under a mountain of debt. Among the suitors, sources say, is business tycoon Tarak Ben Ammar, a shareholder in The Weinstein Co. and a board member of Vivendi.

Hit by the disappointing performance of last year’s “Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets,” EuropaCorp has directed its primary lender, JP Morgan, to find someone who can inject equity capital into the company, as well restructure and pay a portion of its debt. Several well-informed sources tell Variety that the company urgently needs to find a solid partner by March 30, which marks the end of its financial year. The company’s market capitalization fell to €57.4 million ($70.2 million) as of Thursday, while losses reached €119.9 million ($146.8 million) and its net debt skyrocketed to €230 million ($281.6 million) as of September.

JP Morgan currently holds EuropaCorp’s assets, including its valuable
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NBC News Backs ‘Megyn Kelly Today’ Producers After Employee Alleges Behavior Concerns

NBC News said it would stand by two senior producers of its “Megyn Kelly Today” after a writer on the program made allegations about the way they treated staffers on the program.

An email from Kevin Bleyer, said to be a temporary staffer on the NBC morning program, surfaced late Thursday detailing various ways he saw Jackie Levin and Christine Cataldi, the two top producers at “Megyn Kelly Today,” treat other employees assigned to the show. Among the claims are details of some tough language used to describe particular staffers.

But NBC News dismissed the complaint. “Jackie and Christine are being attacked unfairly. They are both excellent and experienced producers, and have the full support of everyone here,” NBC News said in a prepared statement. “They, and the team, are fully focused on continuing the show’s momentum as it continues to climb in the ratings.” “Megyn Kelly Today” has in recent weeks notched an average of 2.9 million
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Sebastian Hofmann’s Sundance World Cinema Contender ‘Time Share’ Unveils Clip (Exclusive)

Paris — Caribbean holidays may never be quite the same for after watching “Time Share,” the second movie from Sebastian Hofmann, one of the most admired young talents working in Mexico, which is world premiering in World Competition at Sundance.

Paradigm is selling world rights. Variety has had exclusive access to a clip from early in the film.

Hofmann impressed with his debut “Halley,” which also played Sundance. Now he is back with a much better-known cast, including Luis Gerardo Méndez, star of Netflix’s “Club of Crows,” and R.J. Mitte, best known for “Breaking Bad” – and a dramedy, as Mexican comedies now represent many of the highest-grossing foreign language movies in the U.S.

Co-written and produced by Julio Chavezmontes at Mexico City’s Piano, the edgy production shingle he owns with Hofmann, “Time Share” turns on two men at a tropical resort who slowly become obsessed by the idea that the resort is trying to take
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Berlin's CoPro Series Event to Include Pitches From 'Tomb Raider' Director, 'False Flag' Creators

Berlin's CoPro Series Event to Include Pitches From 'Tomb Raider' Director, 'False Flag' Creators
A Norwegian detective show directed by Tomb Raider helmer Roar Uthaug, a Dutch drama from the creator of award-winning series Black Widow and the new show from the Israeli team behind espionage thriller False Flag are among the hot projects picked for this year's Berlin's CoPro Pitches session.

The event, held during the Berlin International Film Festival, will see creators pitch eight new drama series to producers, commissioning editors and potential financiers.

Uthaug, whose reboot of the Tomb Raider franchise, starring Alicia Vikander, hits theaters in March, is attached to direct Norwegian series Fury from showrunner Gjermund S. Eriksen, whose...
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UniFrance’s Serge Toubiana, Isabelle Giordano, on the 2018 Rendez-Vous Highlights and French Cinema’s Challenges

Paris — 2018’s Paris UniFrance Rendez-Vous with French Cinema celebrates two anniversaries: It is the 20th anniversary of an event which, founded by Daniel Toscan du Plantier, then UniFrance head, has inspired other national cinema showcases around Europe. Second, in 2008, many distributors caught Dany Boon’s “Welcome to the Sticks” at the Rendez-Voys as a guilty pleasure. It went on to gross millions not only inside but outside France. Since then, the Rendez-Vous has become a platform for the best in French comedy, though it still boasts a strong line in first features, period dramas and rare but often arresting genre. Variety spike to Serge Toubiana, heading into his first Paris Rendez-Vous as UniFrance president, and Isabelle Giordano, UniFrance executive director, about the highlights and challenges for the Rendez-vous and French cinema at large.

The UniFrance Rendez-Vous turns 20 this year. Will there be any special events to celebrate its 20th edition?

Giordano: A party on Jan.
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Alpha Violet Takes ‘La Camarista,’ Berlin Competition Player ‘Dovlatov’(Exclusive)

Paris — Paris-based sales company Alpha Violet has acquired world sales rights to “La Camarista,” a standout at Mexico’s Los Cabos Festival and Argentina’s Ventana Sur, and first feature of of Mexico’s Lila Aviles, a standout among a rapidly emerging and exciting new generation of women film-tv directors and screenwriters.

Also the subject of a pioneering Mexico U.S.-co-production deal closed on the eve of Ventana Sur, “La Camarista” joins an Alpha Violet sales slate which also includes Berlin Competition contender “Dovlatov,” from Russia’s Alexey German Jr.

Launched by Virginie Devesa and Keiko Funato, Alpha Violet acquired last year “Hunting Season,” a sometimes shockingly violent father-son relationship drama resolved via hunting excursions in the wild snowy forests of Patagonia which won 2017’s Venice Intl. Critics’ Week. Alpha Violet now has a second debut movie from a young Latin American filmmaker in Aviles’ “La Camarista,” which won a Labo Award at Los Cabos and the
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BBC Studios Sets Leadership Team, BBC Worldwide Content Chief Exiting

BBC Studios, the BBC’s soon-to-be-formed production and distribution business, has set out its full leadership team, with various regional and genre bosses.

The BBC announced last Nov. that it will merge its commercial arm, BBC Worldwide, with its production arm, BBC Studios, into a single operation under the name BBC Studios.

It starts operation in April, and a key executive who will not join the new business for the long-term is Helen Jackson, the long-serving content chief at Worldwide. After 30 years at the BBC she will leave at the end of the year, a move that sources said was her decision.

There are four programming bosses and three regional chiefs under the BBC Studios executive structure announced Friday. Hannah Wyatt will be MD for factual entertainment and events, Lisa Opie for factual, Nick Betts for scripted, and Suzy Lamb for entertainment and music. Wyatt, who is joining from FremantleMedia label Boundless, and Lamb, who
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'Paddington 2' Release Pushed Back in Russia as Ministry Uses New Power for First Time

Russia's culture ministry has postponed the release of Paddington 2 by two weeks to give local releases a better shot at competing with foreign releases.

The film had originally been scheduled to open in Russia on Thursday. The delay marks the first time the ministry used its power to move foreign releases, which it had gotten in 2016, by assigning dates different from distributors' original schedules. Previously, distributors voluntarily pushed their releases to avoid collisions with major homemade movies.

Similarly, it was the first time a postponement was announced just a day before the planned released date, forcing theaters to hastily...
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Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’

Sundance Film Review: ‘Private Life’
Rachel (Kathryn Hahn) and Richard (Paul Giamatti), the beleaguered bohemian-geek couple at the center of “Private Life,” have been trying, through fertility treatments, to get pregnant for years. The movie, written and directed by Tamara Jenkins, is a comedy of fragile hopes and frayed nerves: the story of how these two attempt to have a child by any means necessary — a goal that should bring them together, but instead, after too much failure, it’s tearing them apart. Jenkins isn’t shy about milking the situation for laughs. The film opens with Richard injecting hormones into Rachel’s haunch, a painful procedure that provokes the first of many droll arguments. The two then watch their lives transformed into a hapless experiment that never ends (and never seems to work).

It’s a set-up that provokes a comic array of intrusive humiliations, though each one hangs on the slim possibility of transcendence. The jaunty
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