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Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy and Bill Hader in talks for It: Chapter Two

On the heels of the news that It: Chapter Two will begin production in Toronto in July, we have some more news regarding the film’s adult cast. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, director Andy Muschietti is close to finalizing Jessica Chastain (Molly’s Game), James McAvoy (X-Men: Dark Phoenix) and Bill Hader (Barry) for the anticipated sequel.

Long rumoured to be considered for the film, Variety has reported Jessica Chastain is officially in talks to star in It: Chapter Two. She would be playing the adult Beverly Marsh, previously played by Sophia Lillis in It. As an adult, Bev is a fashion designer trapped in an abusive marriage. Chastain has also worked with Muschietti and his wife, producer Barbara Muschietti, on the 2011 film Mama, which was also Muschietti’s directorial debut.

Meanwhile, THR has revealed James McAvoy and Bill Hader have also begun talks to star in the film.
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It 2 Targets Bill Hader and James McAvoy for Adult Losers Club

It 2 Targets Bill Hader and James McAvoy for Adult Losers Club
It looks like the adult version of The Losers Club in It 2 is starting to take shape. Both Bill Hader and James McAvoy are in talks for roles in the movie. If the deals close, they will join Oscar-nominee Jessica Chastain, who has now been confirmed to play the adult version of Beverly Marsh in the sequel, the lone female member of The Losers Club. Hader and McAvoy are currently just in talks, but it's clear that the studio is going for established names this time around.

Starting with James McAvoy, he is being eyed to play the adult version of Bill Denbrough, played by Jaeden Lieberher in the first installment of It. He is the unofficial leader of The Losers Club and grows up to become a successful author. McAvoy recently had a very successful go in the horror genre in M. Night Shyamalan's Split, which is getting
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James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Join ‘It: Chapter Two’

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James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Join ‘It: Chapter Two’
James McAvoy and Bill Hader are currently in talks to star alongside Jessica Chastain in next year’s “It: Chapter Two,” according to an individual with knowledge of the talks.

If he signs on, McAvoy will play Bill Denbrough, the leader of the band of social outcasts who vanquished Pennywise the Clown in last year’s “It.” Taking place over a quarter-century later, the adult Bill is now a successful author who must face his past when he discovers that Pennywise has returned to Derry, Maine. Jaeden Lieberher played Bill in the first film.

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Hader is in talks to play Richie Tozier, the class clown played by Finn Wolfhard. Now a successful DJ as an adult, he too learns about Pennywise’s return and goes back to Derry to fulfill the promise that he and his friends made to each other at the end of the first film.

Chastain has already signed on to play Beverly Marsh, the lone girl of the group and Bill’s childhood sweetheart. Bill and Beverly kiss at the end of “It,” but in the time that has gone by, Beverly has moved away and married to an abusive husband.

“It: Chapter Two” will see the first film’s director Andy Muschietti and screenwriter Gary Dauberman return, along with the kids from the original film who will reappear in flashbacks.

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Barbara Muschietti, Dan Lin and Roy Lee are producing with Seth Grahame-Smith and David Katzenberg as executive producers. The film will start production this July with release scheduled for Sept. 6, 2019.

McAvoy appeared last year in the spy action film “Atomic Blonde” and M. Night Shyamalan’s “Split,” the latter of which is getting a sequel, “Glass” that will see McAvoy reprise his role as the possessed Kevin Crumb. McAvoy will also return for his fourth performance as Dr. Charles Xavier in “X-Men: Dark Phoenix,” which was pushed back to a Valentine’s Day 2019 release for reshoots.

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Hader appeared last year as the robot Alpha 5 in “Power Rangers” and stars in the HBO series “Barry.” Both he and McAvoy are repped by UTA.

“It” was the biggest surprise of the box office last year, opening to $123.4 million last year and grossing $700 million worldwide. That made it the highest grossing horror film of all-time, unadjusted for inflation.

Read original story James McAvoy, Bill Hader in Talks to Join ‘It: Chapter Two’ At TheWrap
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Tiffany Haddish to Star in ‘The Lego Movie’ Sequel

Tiffany Haddish to Star in ‘The Lego Movie’ Sequel
Tiffany Haddish is on board to voice one of the stars in Warner Bros. Animations’ “The Lego Movie 2,” sources tell Variety.

Trolls” director Mike Mitchell has been tapped to direct the pic. Producers are “Lego Movie” directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller, along with Dan Lin and Roy Lee. Jill Wilfert from Lego Group, Chris McKay, and Jinko Gotoh are executive producing.

Lord and Miller wrote the first draft of the script for the sequel with Raphael Bob-Waksberg coming on board for a re-write. Matt Fogel has written the latest draft.

The plot and details of Haddish’s character are being kept under wraps.

Allison Abbate and Chris Leahy overseeing for Warner Animation Group.

“The Lego Movie 2” is set to bow on Feb. 8, 2019. “The Lego Movie” grossed nearly $470 million worldwide in 2014 amid strong support from critics and fans.

Haddish’s star has been on the rise since her breakout role
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Tiffany Haddish to Voice Star in 'Lego Movie 2'

Tiffany Haddish to Voice Star in 'Lego Movie 2'
Everything is awesome for Tiffany Haddish.

The actress is joining the voice cast of The Lego Movie 2 as a key new character for the film.

Mike Mitchell is directing the movie that see original voice stars Chris Pratt and Elizabeth Banks returning as regular guy-turned-Master Builder Emmet Brickowoski and Wyldsyde, respectively. Will Arnett is returning to voice Batman while Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will return as Superman and Green Lantern, respectively.

Plot details are being kept in the box.

Dan Lin is producing along with Phil Lord and Chris Miller, who directed The Lego Movie, the 2014 hit that earned $469.1...
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Guillermo del Toro on His Oscar Wins and How to Push for Inclusion in Hollywood

Guillermo del Toro on His Oscar Wins and How to Push for Inclusion in Hollywood
Following in the footsteps of Alfonso Cuarón and Alejandro González Iñárritu, Guillermo del Toro’s Oscar victory as best director for his fairy-tale romance “The Shape of Water” marked the fourth time in five years that the movie Academy’s top prize for cinema craftsmanship has gone to a Mexican filmmaker. It also came in a year that featured both an African-American (Jordan Peele) and a woman (Greta Gerwig) in the directing category, embossing the notion that representation on the big screen begins behind the camera.

Despite the recognition earned March 4 by del Toro, who also won the best picture honor, as well as Disney-Pixar’s Mexico-themed “Coco” as best animated feature and Chile’s transgender tale “A Fantastic Woman” for best foreign language film, these achievements belie a glaring paucity of Latino representation on Hollywood’s top films and in its executive suites. That inequity was underscored
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Ahead of Oscars, Hispanic Media Coalition Protests Lack of Latino Studio Executives

The number of women and people of color nominated for Academy Awards this year may have quieted the #OscarsSoWhite furor, but one group is nonetheless calling attention to the lack of Latino diversity in the movie business ahead of the Oscars ceremony.

The glaring absence of Latino nominees in any of the acting categories this year is a reflection of an industry that has failed to offer more meaningful roles for Latinos, some say, a striking fact given that Los Angeles is almost nearly half Latino. According to one in-depth study, Latinos represented just 3% of speaking roles in the top 100 films of 2016, USC researchers found.

But Latino activists are focusing their energy on diversifying the ranks of executives at the major studios, arguing that in a hierarchical industry like Hollywood, the biggest opportunity for change will come from the top.

The major studios largely declined to provide figures for the
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Michael Chiklis Joins Teyonah Parris in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

Michael Chiklis Joins Teyonah Parris in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’
Michael Chiklis is returning to the cop genre.

Chiklis has been cast in one of the lead roles opposite Teyonah Parris in the CBS drama pilot “Murder,” Variety has confirmed.

The series explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Chiklis will play Detective Mason “Mace” Garrity, described as a veteran NYPD detective with deep empathy and sharp instincts, which have been the foundation of an exemplary career. But now, his usual style is disrupted by his new partner, outspoken rookie Detective Ayana Lake (Parris), who will challenge all his assumptions.

Chiklis is best known for his role as Vic Mackey on the critically-acclaimed FX cop drama “The Shield,” for which he
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Anthony Hemingway To Direct CBS Drama Pilot ‘Murder’

Prolific helmer Anthony Hemingway is set to direct and executive produce CBS’ drama pilot Murder, from producer Dan Lin. Written by Amanda Green based on the BBC miniseries, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing…
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Lego Batman’s Chris MacKay in talks to direct Dungeons and Dragons

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Author: Zehra Phelan

The Lego Batman Movie helmer, Chris MacKay is currently in negotiations with Paramount Pictures to direct Dungeons and Dragons.

The film has been a long time in development but with this move, it shows the project is now starting to gain traction. Michael Gillio is on board to pen the script with Hasbro’s Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis producing.

The project has now fallen into the hands of the newly launched AllSpark Pictures after it changed hands Warner Bros. to Paramount and eventually to AllSpark after announcing the new studio. AllSpark is said to want to transform itself into an industry player to rival Marvel Studios.

Dungeons And Dragons is a fantasy adventure centring on a warrior and his band of mystical creatures as they embark on a dangerous journey to find a mythical treasure. As of 2004, Dungeons & Dragons remained the best-known and best-selling role-playing game,
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Changes at Ava DuVernay’s Array: Maori Holmes Named Exec Director, Tilane Jones Promoted

Maori Holmes is joining Array: Delta/YouTube

Ava DuVernay is weeks away from debuting her first blockbuster, but the “Wrinkle in Time” helmer hasn’t left her independent roots behind. In 2010 the “13th” director founded Affrm, which later became Array, an indie film distribution and resource collective that’s released titles including DuVernay’s own “I Will Follow” and “Middle of Nowhere.” Now, just weeks before “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters, word comes that the company is shaking up its executive team. Deadline broke the news.

Maori Holmes is the new Executive Director of non-profit Array Alliance. She formerly served as Producing Artistic Director of the BlackStar Film Festival and Director of Public Engagement at Philadelphia’s Institute of Contemporary Art. Array’s Executive Director, Tilane Jones, has been promoted to Vice-President of Array Releasing, the film distribution unit of the collective.

“It is a gift to have Maori
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Ava DuVernay Launches Diversity Initiative

On the heels of directing Jay-z’s latest music video and just in time for the release of her latest film, “A Wrinkle in Time,” director Ava DuVernay has created a diversity initiative in Hollywood for hopefuls attempting to break into the industry. The Evolve Entertainment Fund, founded by Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti, producer Dan Lin, and DuVernay, was recently launched “to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood.” Funding has already been secured for 150 internships for “women, people of color, and those from low-income households.” By the end of 2018, that number is expected to grow to 250, with hopes that 500 positions will be made available by 2020. The Eef has partnered with some of the biggest entertainment and digital media organizations at the moment, including DreamWorks Animation, Ryan Murphy Television (which just signed a massive deal with Netflix), Film Independent, CAA, Wme, Anonymous Content,
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Ava DuVernay, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and Producer Dan Lin Launch Inclusion Fund

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Selma”director Ava DuVernay, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and “The Lego Movie” producer Dan Lin have teamed up with the shared goal of giving Hollywood a much-needed makeover. Variety reports that the trio have launched the Evolve Entertainment Fund (Eef) to promote inclusion and, as Garcetti explains, “give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood — whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class.”

A collaboration between the City of Los Angeles, industry leaders in the media, non-profit orgs, and educational institutions, Eef is already making great strides, securing 150 paid summer internships for students participating in the Hire La’s Youth program. Internships will take place at companies including DreamWorks Animation, Ryan Murphy Television, and Film Independent. And there’s
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Ava DuVernay, Dan Lin, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Launch Inclusion Fund

Ava DuVernay, Dan Lin, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti Launch Inclusion Fund
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, filmmaker Ava DuVernay, and producer Dan Lin have launched the Evolve Entertainment Fund to promote inclusion.

“When ‘Oscars So White’ and ‘Time’s Up’ put a spotlight on inequality in Hollywood, they captured the frustrations of people shut out of opportunity in what the world knows as L.A.’s signature industry,” said Garcetti. “We created the Evolve Entertainment Fund to give people in underserved communities a new opportunity to chase their dreams in Hollywood — whether they want to be the next award-winning director or screenwriter, or are looking to secure a future in below-the-line jobs that are the bedrock of this city’s middle class.”

The fund is a public-private partnership aimed at including communities that have been historically excluded from the entertainment industry. It was unveiled Monday at a news conference at Rideback Ranch — Lin’s rebranded production company — in the Filipinotown District west of downtown Los Angeles.

Lin, whose
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Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’

Teyonah Parris to Star in CBS Pilot ‘Murder’
Teyonah Parris has been cast in one of the lead roles in the CBS drama pilot “Murder.”

The series explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves.

Parris will star as Det. Ayana Lake, a rising star in the NYPD whose keen intellect and quick, analytic mind are the keys to her success. But when she’s partnered with instinctive, intuitive Det. Jack Garrity, styles and personalities sometimes clash.

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Parris is known for her roles in films like Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” and Justin Simien’s “Dear White People. She has also appeared in hit TV shows like AMC’s “Mad Men,” Fox’s “[link
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‘Murder’: Teyonah Parris Cast As Female Lead In CBS Drama Pilot

Former Survivor’s Remorse star Teyonah Parris is set as the female lead in CBS drama pilot Murder, based on the BBC miniseries, from producer Dan Lin. Written by Amanda Green, this new take on the investigative drama explores crime through the unique and often-conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true-crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing…
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CBS Orders Pilots From Gloria Calderon Kellett, Amanda Green, Michelle Nader

CBS has ordered three pilots, its first orders for the 2018-19 season. Each of the three pilots — two comedies and one drama — hails from a female creator.

From writer exec producer Gloria Calderon Kellet and her company Glo Nation, “History of Them” is a multicamera hybrid comedy. The show is a multicultural ensemble about how two friends, Luna and Adam, meet and fall in love, using the couple’s social media as a guide. Pamela Fryman will direct and also exec produce alongside Marc Provissiero of Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment. Sony Pictures Television Studio and CBS Television Studios will produce.

Amanda Green’s drama “Murder” explores crime through the unique and often conflicting perspectives of cops and killers, witnesses and victims, friends and family. Shot like a true crime documentary, the series invites the audience inside the emotional journey of an investigation, allowing them to discern the truth and judge the suspects’ guilt or innocence for themselves. “[link
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The Shape of Water and Coco win big at the PGA Awards

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The Shape of Water and Coco win big at the PGA AwardsThe Shape of Water and Coco win big at the PGA AwardsAdriana Floridia1/22/2018 11:50:00 Am

The Producers Guild of America gave out their top film prizes this weekend. The PGA is often indicative of which movie will win Best Picture on Oscar night.

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missourihas been sweeping the awards race so far this year, but it looks like the edge may be given over to The Shape of Water, which won the coveted PGA on Saturday night. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri is the film's biggest competition for a Best Picture Oscar at this rate. To no-one's surprise, Coco won in the animated category and it's a surefire lock for the Animated Feature prize at the Oscars.

Check out the full list of winners below!

Darryl F. Zanuck Award for Outstanding Producer of Theatrical Motion
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2018 PGA Awards: All the nominees in the 3 film and 9 TV categories for Producers Guild of America prizes

The Producers Guild of America hands out its awards on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018. That is the night before the Screen Actors Guild does the same. Unlike, the latter, which will air on TNT and TBS, the PGA ceremony is not televised. However, it is an equally important stop on the road to the Oscars.

The PGA Awards has an enviable track record at presaging the eventual Best Picture winner at the Academy Awards. The guild and the academy have agreed on 19 of the most recent 28 Best Picture champs. Last year, all nine Oscar nominees for Best Picture numbered among the 10 PGA contenders; only “Deadpool” was snubbed by the academy. The PGA prize went to “La La Land” while the Oscar was (eventually) won by “Moonlight.”

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Nominees for the 29th annual edition of the PGA awards in the three film
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Producers Guild and Writers Guild nominations announced

Moments ago, the Producers Guild of America announced their nominees, to go along with yesterday’s nominations by the Art Directors Guild and the Writers Guild of America. Having this troika of guilds is an important moment in the awards season, especially with the flashier Golden Globe ceremony just two days away. With just the Directors Guild of America still to announce, a solid portion of the precursors that matter for the major categories have had their say, nomination wise at least. Academy Award voting is getting underway too, so this information is vital. By next week, many voters will have made their ultimate choices and submitted ballots. This trio of precursors has helped establish some films as potentially sitting pretty with Oscar. The Adg nominations basically just narrowed the field to 15 in Best Production Design, give or take a few. The WGA nominations gave I, Tonya a big boost,
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