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Channel 5 Sale Falters as Discovery Withdraws From Bidding: Report

17 April 2014 12:48 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

London — An attempt by the owner of U.K. broadcaster Channel 5, Northern & Shell, to sell the network appears to have faltered as reports circulated Thursday that one of the leading contenders to acquire the TV group, Discovery Communications, had withdrawn from the bidding process.

Discovery was reported to have tabled a joint bid with Rupert Murdoch-controlled satcaster BSkyB worth £350 million ($587 million). Under the deal, Discovery would have taken a 70% stake and BSkyB would have nabbed the remaining 30%. BSkyB would have added Channel 5’s advertising inventory to its own sales operation.

According to the Financial Times on Thursday, Northern & Shell had held out for a higher price, but Discovery and BSkyB refused to up their offer. It now looks like Northern & Shell’s stance has prompted Discovery to walk away from the table.

A spokesperson at Northern & Shell declined to comment on the latest reports, but referred to a statement earlier this week, »

- Leo Barraclough

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Interview: Marlon Wayans Brings the Funny to ‘A Haunted House 2’

16 April 2014 2:54 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Marlon Wayans will do practically anything for a laugh, and that is to the audience’s advantage in the sequel to last year’s smash comedy, “A Haunted House 2.” Joining him for the second go around is hot comic Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias and the reliable Affion Crockett, who is reprising his role as Cousin Ray Ray.

A Haunted House 2’ was given the green light after the success of last year’s “A Haunted House.” Marlon Wayans – with his writing partner Rick Alvarez – has formulated another spoof regarding the latest horror films, in this case mostly from last year’s “The Conjuring.” Wayans, who is also part of the Wayans Brothers comedy family, leaves no hilarious stone unturned as he sends up all of the weird elements of that film, and his on-screen supporting cast brings great improvisation and comic timing to the mix.

Gabriel Iglesias and Marlon Wayans »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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DiCaprio to Join Gonzalez Iñárritu's 'The Revenant' for New Regency

15 April 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

New Regency CEO Brad Weston is feeling his oats. Remember, New Regency took the risk of actually financing "12 Years a Slave," which was produced by Brad Pitt's Plan B and released by Fox Searchlight. This upset Paramount, which then lost Plan B to New Regency, which is housed at Twentieth Century Fox. New Regency is going forward with David Michôd's "The Operators" as a Pitt starring vehicle, and now they've got Leonardo DiCaprio starring in Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu's next, "The Revenant."  Both projects are being co-financed by Brett Ratner's company RatPac; "The Revenant" comes from Steve Golin's Anonymous Content will be co-financed as well by World Entertainment.  Adapted by Mark L. Smith and Gonzalez Iñárritu from Michael Punke's novel "The Revenant: A Novel of Revenge," the film is set to start production this September with a fall 2015 release planned through New Regency’s distribution deal with Fox. »

- Anne Thompson

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‘Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield Joins Ava DuVernay's Mlk Movie ‘Selma’ (Exclusive)

15 April 2014 10:06 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Fresh off an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his breakout performance in “Short Term 12,” Keith Stanfield has joined the cast of Ava DuVernay's Mlk movie “Selma,” TheWrap has learned. Paramount had no comment. Oprah Winfrey is producing with Brad Pitt and his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, as well as Christian Coulson and Pathe's Cameron McCracken. Also read: ‘Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield on His Breakthrough Role and Song: ‘There's Been a Snowball Effect’ The drama follows Mlk's landmark 1965 voting rights campaign, which is regarded as the peak of the civil rights movement. »

- Jeff Sneider

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Brad Pitt to play General McChrystal in 'The Operators'

15 April 2014 3:34 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Los Angeles, April 15: Actor Brad Pitt is set to star as General Stanley McChrystal, former commanding general of international and Us forces in Afghanistan, in "The Operators".

To be co-produced by Pitt's Plan B along with New Regency and Brett Ratner's RatPac Entertainment, the film is a real life story based on journalist Michael Hasting's 2012 book "The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan", which he wrote after researching and following the general for his award-winning Rolling Stone article "The Runaway General", reports contactmusic.com.

Australian filmmaker David Michod. »

- Shiva Prakash

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Brad Pitt and David Michod to tell Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Afghan Story

15 April 2014 1:37 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

Washington, April 15: Brad Pitt and David Michod will come together to craft the Gen. Stanley McChrystal's Afghan Story 'The Operators', it has been revealed.

While 41-year-old Michod will be writing and directing the film, Pitt, 50, will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner, Deadline.com reported.

The film is based on the Michael Hastings book and centers on Gen. Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, portraying the backrooms and politics behind the war that shook the country.

The project is also backed by New Regency and RatPac. »

- Arun Pandit

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Pitt, Michod To Seek "The Operators"

14 April 2014 8:44 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Brad Pitt is attached to star in "The Operators" which "Animal Kingdom" director David Michod is set to write and direct for Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.

An adaptation of Michael Hastings' 2011 best-seller, the story follows the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, who served as the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

McChrystal left in disgrace after his staff was revealed to be bashing the Obama administration and partying on the battlefield.

Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner will produce.

Source: Variety »

- Garth Franklin

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Brad Pitt and 'Animal Kingdom' director David Michod join forces on 'The Operators'

14 April 2014 8:20 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I'm still getting used to the fact that Brad Pitt is now an Oscar-winning producer -- one wonders whether, like Michael Douglas before him, the acting award will come later, Either way, the man's no slouch in the off-screen department: aside from "12 Years a Slave," the man's production credits range from "The Departed" to "Kick-Ass" to "The Tree of Life" to the (likely Cannes-bound) HBO feature "The Normal Heart." And now "The Operators," to which Pitt is also attached to star as Us military general Stanley McChrystal. As is often the case on his producing projects, Pitt's taste in collaborators is pretty forward-thinking: David Michod, the Australian director of the bristling, Oscar-nominated crime drama "Animal Kingdom," will write and direct the project. Michod's second feature "The Rover," a post-apocalyptic thriller starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, is due for release this summer, and tipped to appear in the Cannes Film Festival lineup later this week. »

- Guy Lodge

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Brad Pitt to Star as General McChrystal in 'The Operators' Movie

14 April 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Brad Pitt will star and produce the film adaptation of journalist Michael Hastings' 2012 book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan, which gave a behind-the-scenes account of the recalcitrant General Stanley McChrystal from when Hastings was researching his award-winning Rolling Stone article "The Runaway General." Director David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, Hesher) will helm the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

Read an Excerpt From 'The Operators'

Hastings traveled around Europe and Afghanistan with General McChrystal for a month in 2010 for his Rolling Stone article. »

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Michod, Pitt to team on Us war movie

14 April 2014 1:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Fresh from helming The Rover, David Michôd is writing and will direct The Operators, which will star Brad Pitt as the four-star general who led Us and Nato forces in the war against Afghanistan.

Pitt will play General Stanley McChrystal, who was stripped of his post by President Obama after he criticised the White House.s handling of the war in a Rolling Stone article.

The film will be produced by Pitt.s Plan B, New Regency and Brett Ratner and James Packer.s RatPac Entertainment, according to Deadline.com.

The screenplay is based on the book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America's War in Afghanistan by Michael Hastings, the reporter who wrote the Rolling Stone piece.

New York Magazine.s Frank Rich hailed the book as .an impressive feat of journalism by a Washington outsider who seemed to know more about what was going »

- Don Groves

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Brad Pitt Takes on War Drama 'The Operators'

14 April 2014 1:23 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Brad Pitt has signed on to star in and produce the Afghanistan war drama The Operators, with David Mich&#244d (Animal Kingdom) coming aboard to write the screenplay, produce and direct.

The project is adapted from Michael Hastings' best-selling book that charts the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding officer of U.S. forces in Afghanistan.

Michael Hastings was a journalist for Rolling Stone, who was invited to accompany Stanley McChrystal on a trip across Europe to get additional support for the U.S. war effort, where the General and his staff let off steam by bashing President Barack Obama's administration for lack of leadership.

After the article was published months later, it set off a political firestorm, leading to Stanley McChrystal's dismissal. The book picks up after the Rolling Stone controversy was ignited, offering a behind-the-scenes glimpse at U.S. military commanders and patrol missions in Afghanistan. »

- MovieWeb

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David Michôd boards Operators

14 April 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The in-demand Australian filmmaker, whose The Rover is tipped for a Cannes berth, will write and direct the Brad Pitt starring vehicle for Plan B and RatPac Entertainment.

Pitt will produce The Operators along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The Operators is based on Michael Hastings’ bestseller of the same name about the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and Us forces in Afghanistan who resigned after indiscreet remarks in a Rolling Stone interview.

New Regency and Plan B recently partnered on 12 Years A Slave and signed a multi-year producing partnership late last year under which New Regency and RatPac Entertainment co-finance films for Plan B. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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David Michôd boards The Operators

14 April 2014 12:13 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The in-demand Australian filmmaker, whose The Rover is tipped for a Cannes berth, will write and direct the Brad Pitt starring vehicle for Plan B and RatPac Entertainment.

Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner.

The Operators is based on Michael Hastings’ bestseller of the same name about the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and Us forces in Afghanistan who resigned after indiscreet remarks in a Rolling Stone interview.

New Regency and Plan B recently partnered on 12 Years A Slave and signed a multi-year producing partnership late last year under which New Regency and RatPac Entertainment co-finance films for Plan B. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Brad Pitt Joins David Michôd’s The Operators

14 April 2014 9:58 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Deadline is reporting today that Brad Pitt is set to star in David Michôd’s The Operators, which will be backed by the actor’s Plan B production company, along with New Regency and RatPac Entertainment.

Based on Michael Hastings’ novel of the same name, the film will tell the story of the rise and fall of Gen. Stanley McChrystal, “the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan.” It will also take a look at the “backrooms and politics behind the war, and the high-stake maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the country.”

While I’m only somewhat familiar with McChrystal and his story, I’m definitely looking forward to The Operators. Based on what I’ve heard about the novel, it sounds like pretty compelling material that would make for an excellent film. Not only that, but Michôd’s directorial debut, Animal Kingdom, was a taut, »

- Matt Joseph

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Brad Pitt to Star in David Michôd's 'The Operators'

14 April 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Plan B and New Regency teamed up on Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and now are developing Afghanistan military expose "The Operators" as a starring vehicle for Plan B's Brad Pitt.  Australian writer-director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) will follow upcoming "The Rover" (A24 summer trailer below), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, with "The Operators" for Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment, the film finance and production partnership of Brett Ratner ("Hercules") and Australian hotel billionaire James Packer, chairman of Crown Limited. Pitt will produce along with his Plan B partners Dede Gardner and Jeremy Kleiner. Based on the late Michael Hastings' bestselling expose, "The Operators" chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan. It's a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of U.S. military commanders.  New Regency (Darren »

- Anne Thompson

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'Animal Kingdom' Helmer David Michôd To Direct Military Drama 'The Operators,' Brad Pitt Producing, Eyeing To Star

14 April 2014 9:42 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With "The Rover" largely expected to hit Cannes next month, David Michôd is getting a pre-festival boost of confidence from none other than Brad Pitt. Michôd has signed up to write and direct "The Operators," based on the best-selling book by Michael Hastings, for Pitt's Plan B (he's also eyeing a starring role), New Regency and RatPac. The film will tell the true story of the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, in a shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the United States. Indeed, it's a tale of power and hubris, and the Amazon synopsis of the book provides an even better sense of what to expect:  A shocking behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stake maneuvers, and the politcal firestorm that shook the United States.    In the shadow »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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'Animal Kingdom' Filmmaker Boards Brad Pitt's Adaptation of Michael Hastings' 'The Operator'

14 April 2014 8:43 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Animal Kingdom helmer David Michod has signed on to write and direct the film The Operators for Brad Pitt's Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. Based on the late Michael Hastings' incendiary best-seller, The Operators chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and offers a behind-the-scenes portrait of our military commanders, their high-stakes maneuvers and the political firestorm that shook the United States. Pitt already signed on to star as Gen. McChrystal. Photos: Exclusive Portraits of '12 Years a Slave' Star-Producer Brad Pitt and

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- Tatiana Siegel

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Brad Pitt Eyed for ‘The Operators,’ David Michod Signed to Direct

14 April 2014 8:37 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Brad Pitt is being eyed to star in “The Operators” with “Animal Kingdom” director David Michod signed to direct the adaptation of the late Michael Hastings’ best-seller. The film will chronicle the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal, the commanding general of international and U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and will be backed by Plan B, New Regency and RatPac Entertainment. Hastings covered America's recent military adventures for Rolling Stone and Newsweek and captured McChrystal in moments of shocking candor. In an interview with Hastings, the general and his staff were openly contemptuous of the White House and civilian leaders, »

- Brent Lang

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Season premiere review: 'Mad Men' - 'Time Zones'

13 April 2014 8:03 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

"Mad Men" is back for the start of its seventh season — which is or isn't the final season depending on whether you value contractual language (which says it is) over scheduling (which will give us seven episodes this spring and seven more next year) — and I have a review of the premiere coming up just as soon as I'm seated next to a man in a hairpiece eating a banana... "Why are you making it so hard? Open the door and walk in." -Lou Avery We return to the world of "Mad Men" a scant two months after our last glimpse, late in January of 1969. It's by far the shortest time gap between seasons, but almost as much has changed in those two months than in the 11 months between the heist of Sterling Cooper and our first look at Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce. It seems only appropriate given the period. »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Recap: 'Survivor: Cagayan' - 'Mad Treasure Hunt'

9 April 2014 9:55 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Pre-credit sequence. "That was a cool Tribal Council," Spencer announces to his fellow castaways as they return to Solarrion after Sarah's blindside. "I expect everybody to be mad," Kass says, but Spencer claims he's not mad, just not appreciative of the move on a qualitative level. Somewhat stupidly, Spencer blames Kass' decision on being steered by "her estrogen." "The No.1 rule of "Survivor" isn't 'Cater the person on top,' it's 'Wonder about the person on the bottom,'" Kass explains. She takes shelter with her new alliance, as her old alliance keeps peppering her with frustrated insults. "You talking strategy, just stop please," Spencer tells Kass. "So, I pissed off five people, but I gained five friends," Kass says, calling herself a free agent. I'm really not sure Kass understands "Survivor" at all. Or maybe Kass understands "Survivor" flawlessly and it's friendship she doesn't get? Dunno. She's Lump, »

- Daniel Fienberg

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