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‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees

‘La La Land,’ ‘Stranger Things’ Among 2017 World Soundtrack Award Nominees
The World Soundtrack Academy has announced the first wave of 2017 World Soundtrack Award nominees.

Among the contenders: Academy Award winner Justin Hurwitz (“La La Land”), and Academy Award nominees Mica Levi, Nicholas Britell, Dustin O’Halloran and Jóhann Jóhannsson. As previously announced, the lifetime achievement award will be presented to composer David Shire (“The Conversation,” “All the President’s Men”) as part of the #WSAwards celebration of jazz.
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Dawson lands in DW's 'Eagle Eye'

Dawson lands in DW's 'Eagle Eye'
Rosario Dawson has signed on for DreamWorks' thriller Eagle Eye.

Shia LaBeouf and Michelle Monaghan already have boarded the project, which will be directed by Disturbia helmer DJ Caruso. Eagle Eye revolves around a young man and a single mother who are framed as terrorists and forced together in becoming members of a cell with plans to carry out a political assassination. Dawson will play a government agent.

Hillary Seitz wrote the most recent draft. Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, who are overseeing the script, are producing though their DreamWorks-based shingle alongside Pat Crowley and Ed McDonnell.

Dawson, whose credits include Sin City, Rent, Alexander and 25th Hour, most recently appeared in Quentin Tarantino's Death Proof of the double feature Grindhouse. She currently appears onscreen in Descent, which is the first film produced under her production banner, Trybe Films.

Dawson is repped by ICM, Untitled Entertainment and attorney Carlos Goodman.

Peet Pregnant With First Child

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Something's Gotta Give actress Amanda Peet and her screenwriter fiance David Benioff are expecting their first baby. The Whole Nine Yards star had been trying to keep the news of her pregnancy a secret while filming new TV series Studio 60 On The Sunset Strip opposite Matthew Perry and Bradley Whitford. But sources tell American publication Us Weekly, "She's almost 12 weeks along. She's thrilled." The couple plans to tie the knot in New York City later this month. Peet has most recently appeared onscreen in Syriana and A Lot Like Love, while Benioff has scripted both Troy and 25th Hour.

Tartan Films ready for 'Driving Lessons'

LONDON -- U.K. indie distributor Tartan Films said Monday it plans to take Jeremy Brock's directorial debut Driving Lessons for a spin in the U.K. and Ireland. Tartan collected the keys for all U.K. and Ireland rights to the picture, which stars a brace of Oscar nominated actors Julie Walters (Calendar Girls) and Laura Linney (You Can Count on Me) alongside Rupert Grint (Harry Potter and The Goblet of Fire). Produced by Julia Chasman (25th Hour) through her production company RubberTreePlant, the movie is based on an original screenplay by Brock and was co-produced by Alexandra Ferguson with executive producer credits going to Edward R. Pressman and Alessandro Camon.

Washington, Lee team for 'Inside' job

Denzel Washington is set to star in Inside Man, which Spike Lee is directing for Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment. Clive Owen is in negotiations to join the movie, which Brian Grazer is producing. Inside takes place during a tense hostage situation in which a tough cop matches wits with a clever bank robber, who sets out to pull off the perfect robbery. Russell Gewirtz and Menno Meyjes wrote the screenplay. Daniel Rosenberg will executive produce. Scott Stuber, vice chairman of worldwide production, and Donna Langley, executive vp production, will oversee the project for Universal. Karen Kehela-Sherwood and Kim Roth will oversee the project for Imagine. Inside would be the fourth Washington-Lee pairing. The two teamed up on 1990's Mo' Better Blues, 1992's Malcolm X and 1998's He Got Game. Washington, repped by ICM and attorney Walter Teller, stars on Broadway as Brutus in Julius Caesar. Last year, the actor starred in Man on Fire and The Manchurian Candidate. Owen, repped by CAA, was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar for his performance in Closer. He appears in Sin City and next stars in Derailed. WMA-repped Lee's recent credits include 25th Hour, She Hate Me and the upcoming Showtime limited series Sucker Free City.

USN inks deal with BVI for series, films

USN inks deal with BVI for series, films
BERLIN -- Universal Studios Networks Deutschland, the German television arm of NBC Universal, has signed its first package deals with the Walt Disney Co.'s Buena Vista International, giving Universal's German pay channels Sci Fi and 13th Street rights to three BVI series, including Alias, and six feature films -- among them Spike Lee's 25th Hour and James Brolin's Brothers in Arms, USN Deutschland program head Corinna Scholz said Wednesday. "After signing agreements with MGM and Columbia, we are very happy to have, with Disney, another Hollywood major as a supplier," Scholz said in an interview. BVI declined comment.

Spike Lee Downsizes Film Company

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Director Spike Lee has closed down the Los Angeles branch of his 40 Acres And A Mule Filmworks and cut back on the development of its New York headquarters in an effort to downsize. The operation's longtime Los Angeles-based co-principal, Sam Kitt, is stepping down and pursuing outside projects while continuing to work with Lee. 40 Acres development head Steve Lee is also pursuing outside projects. Kitt calls the reshuffle a "tactical retrenchment", due to the expiration of an exclusive first-look deal at Disney. The studio released three of Lee's last five feature projects, including 25th Hour. Kitt says, "Deals come and go, but Spike continues to make his movies. We're going to continue to push ahead with these projects, and I'm sure there will continue to be more stuff in the future." The camp's latest effort, She Hate Me, made only $57,049 from 11 theatres in its first weekend of release in America.

Lee's 40 Acres downsizes as deal is sought

Lee's 40 Acres downsizes as deal is sought
The field is shrinking at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Spike Lee's production company. Lee has quietly downsized his operation in recent months, sources said, by shutting the Los Angeles satellite branch of the company. The indie auteur also has cut back the development department at his Brooklyn headquarters. Meanwhile, Lee remains active, with his latest feature, She Hate Me, which bowed in limited release over the weekend through Sony Pictures Classics, and took in $57,049 from five theaters. News also broke last week that the helmer is expected to take on James Ellroy's original script The Night Watchman as his next feature (HR 7/29). Sam Kitt, the longtime, Los Angeles-based co-principal of 40 Acres, confirmed that the company has gone through what he called a "tactical retrenchment," which he attributed to the expiration of an exclusive first-look deal on theatrical projects with Walt Disney Studios that ran from February 2002-June 2003. Disney has released three of Lee's last five feature projects, including the 2002 Edward Norton vehicle 25th Hour. Kitt is stepping down as 40 Acres president, and he acknowledged last week that he is pursuing outside projects while continuing to work with Lee.

Lee's 40 Acres downsizes as deal is sought

The field is shrinking at 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, Spike Lee's production company. Lee has quietly downsized his operation in recent months, sources said, by shutting the Los Angeles satellite branch of the company. The indie auteur also has cut back the development department at his Brooklyn headquarters. Meanwhile, Lee remains active, with his latest feature, She Hate Me, which bowed in limited release over the weekend through Sony Pictures Classics, and took in $57,049 from five theaters. News also broke last week that the helmer is expected to take on James Ellroy's original script The Night Watchman as his next feature (HR 7/29). Sam Kitt, the longtime, Los Angeles-based co-principal of 40 Acres, confirmed that the company has gone through what he called a "tactical retrenchment," which he attributed to the expiration of an exclusive first-look deal on theatrical projects with Walt Disney Studios that ran from February 2002-June 2003. Disney has released three of Lee's last five feature projects, including the 2002 Edward Norton vehicle 25th Hour. Kitt is stepping down as 40 Acres president, and he acknowledged last week that he is pursuing outside projects while continuing to work with Lee.

Pepper fuels ESPN crew's 'Earnhardt'

Pepper fuels ESPN crew's 'Earnhardt'
Barry Pepper is in the driver's seat for the upcoming ESPN original film 3: The Dale Earnhardt Story, which he will star in and co-executive produce. The network has confirmed that Pepper (The 25th Hour) will portray the biopic's title character, who died in a crash at the 2001 Daytona 500. Production will begin in the summer in Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta. Originally scheduled to air in late summer, Earnhardt has been pushed back to December.

Ed Norton Close To Helena Since Salma Split

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Ed Norton Close To Helena Since Salma Split
Movie hunk Edward Norton is recovering from his split with gorgeous actress Salma Hayek - by cozying up to former supermodel Helena Christensen. The 25th Hour actor was attending the awards ceremony for Britain's Q magazine in London on Tuesday night, and spent the whole night by sexy Helena's side. But as Helena is in a long-term relationship with actor Norman Reedus - with whom she has a three-year-old son - Ed had to make do with winning the International Man Of The Year gong. However, the actor's attention was diverted when his musical heroes The Clash won the Outstanding Achievement award. Ed says, "They are my heroes, their music was a ray of light across the Atlantic when I was a kid."

Norton Urges Love To Seek Help

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Actor Edward Norton is begging his former flame Courtney Love to enter rehab - following months of raucous behavior from the gravel-voiced singer/actress. According to New York gossip site Page Six, the 25th Hour star was reportedly furious when Love claimed Norton would "never marry" sexy Mexican actress Salma Hayek because "he can barely understand what she's saying". Although Love apologized to the now separated couple in June, Norton is still alarmed by Love's frequently erratic behavior. Recent reports claim the widow of Kurt Cobain flew into a rage as she was being fitted with $18,000 hair extensions for Thursday night's MTV Video Music Awards in New York. Love has since backed out of her gig at the glitzy ceremony, but her spokesman insists her decision was not based on the hair incident. He says, "She got a nail stuck in her left foot at a photo shoot for her album, America's Sweetheart. It's infected, so she won't be presenting." Just last week, Love told detectives that Virgin Records Senior Vice President Josh Deutsch slapped her in the face - and then denied the alleged assault ever happened the very next day, saying the cops had misunderstood her. And in February, Love was arrested and held for 12 hours on suspicion of verbally assaulting a Virgin Airlines flight attendant who refused to let her bring her psychiatric nurse into first class.

Spike Lee's Move To Cost Network "Millions"

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Spike Lee's so-far successful bid to keep a network from changing its name to Spike TV will lose parent company Viacom $16.8 million - in its first week. 25th Hour director Lee, who claims the name change is a deliberate attempt to hijack his image and prestige, won a preliminary injunction last week barring Tnn from calling itself Spike TV from Monday. In papers filed at the Appellate Division Viacom says it stopped displaying the Spike TV logo on television screens at 12:01 am on Monday, when the name change was supposed to occur, because of the ruling. Court papers say, "We have already obtained commitments from advertisers for 2003 and 2004 in excess of $100 million - specifically predicated on use of the Spike TV name. Should we not be able to use the name, the commitments would be in severe jeopardy."

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