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MGM Names Cassidy Lange & Adam Rosenberg Co-Presidents Of Production

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MGM Motion Picture Group president Jonathan Glickman has promoted Cassidy Lange and Adam Rosenberg to be Co-Presidents of Production. They will report to Glickman, and will be charged with continuing to grow film franchises from re-imagined IP from the studio’s library, and ramping up original productions.

“Cassidy and Adam are the perfect pair to seamlessly lead MGM’s production team into the future,” Glickman said in a statement. “They have worked collaboratively for seven years, supervising a diverse slate of films ranging from revitalizing a franchise like Creed to the international breakout romance Me Before You and everything in between. As I’ve seen firsthand, they balance their strong business sense with extraordinary creative passion and we couldn’t have a more complementary and formidable team overseeing theatrical production.”

After a recent shakeup that saw the exit of Gary Barber, MGM has been empowered to create content for theatrical.
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Cinthya Carmona Joins ‘The Tax Collector’; Cathy Shim Cast In ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’; Jake Allyn In ‘Kill Me Twice’

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Cinthya Carmona Joins ‘The Tax Collector’; Cathy Shim Cast In ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’; Jake Allyn In ‘Kill Me Twice’
Actress Cinthya Carmona (Hulu’s East Los High) has been cast in David Ayer’s crime thriller The Tax Collector, joining Shia Labeouf, Bobby Soto and Chelsea Rendon. Not much is known about the plot other then it harkens to Ayer’s earlier gritty crime thrillers Training Day and End of Watch. Production is set to being this summer in La. Cross Creek Pictures is financing the project and co-producing with Ayer and Chris Long’s Cedar Park Entertainment. Carmona is repped by Innovative Artists, Bodhi Entertainment and Klevan Longarzo.

Cathy Shim (Reno 911) is set to appear in MGM and Warner BrosThe Sun Is Also A Star film starring Grown-ish‘s Yara Shahidi and Riverdale‘s Charles Melton. Based on Nicola Yoon’s Ya bestselling novel, the story follows Natasha (Shahidi), a girl in New York City whose pragmatism is challenged when she falls in love with Daniel (Melton
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‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ Adds Miriam A. Hyman; Nicole Amber Maines Toplines Lgbtq Indie ‘Bit’

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‘The Sun Is Also A Star’ Adds Miriam A. Hyman; Nicole Amber Maines Toplines Lgbtq Indie ‘Bit’
Actress Miriam A. Hyman has been cast in MGM and Warner Bros’ film, The Sun Is Also A Star, which is being toplined by Grown-ish star Yara Shahidi. Ry Russo-Young is directing the pic from a script by Tracy Oliver based on Nicola Yoon’s Ya bestselling novel. Shahidi stars as Natasha, a girl in New York City whose pragmatism is challenged when she falls in love right before her family is set to be deported back to Jamaica. Hyman will play Natasha’s mother Mrs. Kingsley, a hard-working native Jamaican waitress who is resigned to her family’s imminent deportation. Les Morgenstern and Elysa Koplovitz Dutton of Alloy Entertainment are producing the project while Oliver will also serve as exec producer. The Sun Is Also a Star will be released May 17. Hyman, whose credits include CBSBlue Bloods, Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Bravo’s Odd Man Out,
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Loren Dean Joins ‘The Mule’; Camrus Johnson Boards ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’

Loren Dean Joins ‘The Mule’; Camrus Johnson Boards ‘The Sun Is Also A Star’
Loren Dean is joining Clint Eastwood’s next film The Mule as a DEA agent in the film which Eastwood will be producing, directing, and starring in. The Warner Bros.’ movie is based on a 2014 New York Times Magazine piece by Sam Dolnick and follows Earl Stone (Eastwood), a man in his 80s who is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business when he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive—easy enough but, unbeknownst to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug courier and just hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates (Bradley Cooper). Dean will be playing DEA agent Brown, alongside fellow agent Cooper in their hunt for Stone. Eastwood will produce via his Malpaso banner, along with Imperative’s Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas.

Dean can next be seen in the upcoming New Regency feature Ad Astra, written and
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Female Director Scorecard: Paramount Pictures Gears Up; ‘Nightlife’ Coming From Neal Moritz

Exclusive: Paramount Pictures, which has been gearing up production under new studio chairman and CEO Jim Gianopulos after being left with pretty much a barren cupboard from the previous regime of the late Brad Grey and Rob Moore, has several projects in development with female directors. They have only one in production, but the town understands this is an inherited situation that new management is now working to turn around.

We’re told one of the mandates from Gianopulos is to hire more female directors onto projects, evidenced by its development slate both at Paramount and in its Paramount Players division. One of those new projects is the high-profile Nightlife, which Neal Moritz is producing with two strong female roles (see below).

Here is what’s on the studio slate to date:

Paramount

In Production

The Rhythm Section, starring Blake Lively and Jude Law, is currently in production with director
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“Hidden Figures” Series in Development, “First Wives Club” Gets Pilot Order

“Hidden Figures”: 20th Century Fox

We might be getting more Katherine G. Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson, Elise Elliot Atchison, Brenda Morelli Cushman, and Annie MacDuggan Paradis. That’s right: TV adaptations of “Hidden Figures” and “First Wives Club” are in the works at National Geographic and Paramount Network, respectively.

Variety confirms that Nat Geo’s “Hidden Figures” series is currently in the early stages of development. The film’s producers Peter Chernin and Jenno Topping are executive producing. Nat Geo will produce.

Based on Margot Lee Shetterly’s book, 2016’s “Hidden Figures” presents the true story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer), and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe), brilliant mathematicians who played an essential part in the early days of the United States’ space program. They were also black women, and therefore largely ignored by history.

The film earned over $235 million worldwide on a $25 million budget,
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Ry Russo-Young to Direct Yara Shahidi-Starrer “The Sun Is Also a Star”

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Ry Russo-Young is set to adapt another Ya novel. The Hollywood Reporter confirms that she’ll follow up “Before I Fall,” released last year, with “The Sun Is Also A Star,” a star-crossed romance with an immigration angle. “Grown-ish” actress Yara Shahidi is signed on to star in the MGM and Warner Bros. pic.

Based on Nicola Yoon’s 2016 best-seller, “The Sun Is Also A Star” sees Shahidi playing Natasha, an NYC-based teen trying to keep her family from being deported back to Jamaica when she falls in love. “Girls Trip” co-writer Tracy Oliver penned the script.

The film is set to hit theaters May 17, 2019.

Russo-Young most recently directed eps of Netflix high school dramedy “Everything Sucks!” An adaptation of Lauren Oliver’s book of the same name, 2017’s “Before I Fall” stars Zoey Deutch (“Why Him?”) as a teen forced to relive the last day of
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The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017

The Year of the Woman: 5 Ways Female Filmmakers, Actresses, and Advocates Forever Changed Hollywood in 2017
Girl Talk is a weekly look at women in film — past, present, and future. This week, we look back on a monumental year, for better or worse.

Ask enough women in Hollywood about being a woman in Hollywood, and eventually a theme emerges: conversation is great, and the acknowledgement of the skewed numbers and lack of equality is essential. It’s a discussion that needs to happen, but won’t it be great when we can stop just talking and put words into action?

It’s a two-pronged dream — that conversation will move past chatter and produce real results, and that those results will create a world where inequality becomes a thing of the past.

But talking has a way of being one-sided and, as it turns out, there needed to be one more step in between the chatter and actually moving things forward. That finally happened in 2017, the year people stopped talking,
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Review. "Lady Bird"—Greta Gerwig's Rite of Passage

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Christine McPherson (entrancingly played by Saoirse Ronan) is a strong-minded, rebellious yet vulnerable seventeen-year-old—otherwise known as “Lady Bird”—who thinks that life in Sacramento is dull and holding her back, preventing her from being herself. She dreams of attending East Coast colleges and romanticizes life as a writer in New York City or in rural Connecticut. This is at odds with her mother Marion (an intimidating Laurie Metcalf) who is both equally a caring and unyielding mother. This familiar yet nuanced mother-daughter relationship is at the very core of Lady Bird. But the film also beautifully explores the title character’s coming to terms with life beyond her home; Lady Bird is as much about fleeing home as it is about one’s unconditional love for it. Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut takes the all too familiar coming-of-age teen drama and makes it uniquely wonderful and fresh. The film
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director

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Becoming ‘Lady Bird’: Greta Gerwig Reflects on 8 Life-Changing Moments That Made Her a Director
Greta Gerwig has a story about the moment she knew she would become a director. Shortly after she starred in and co-wrote “Frances Ha” with Noah Baumbach, she met “Orlando” director Sally Potter at a party. Gerwig cornered Potter, to pick her brain.

“I do that with people I admire,” Gerwig said. “I was writing a lot. I was asking her about how she does what she does. Does she do it first thing in the morning in longhand, or many computer drafts? I was being nerdy and needy, and she was answering and being very kind.

“Then she grabbed me by the arm and looked me in the eyes and asked me, ‘What do you really want to ask me about?’ My blood ran cold. ‘You really want to ask me about directing.’

How do you know that?’

‘I’m part gypsy and it’s written all over you!
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‘Hannah Takes the Stairs’ and the Coalescence of Mumblecore

Looking back on this still-young century makes clear that 2007 was a major time for cinematic happenings — and, on the basis of this retrospective, one we’re not quite through with ten years on. One’s mind might quickly flash to a few big titles that will be represented, but it is the plurality of both festival and theatrical premieres that truly surprises: late works from old masters, debuts from filmmakers who’ve since become some of our most-respected artists, and mid-career turning points that didn’t necessarily announce themselves as such at the time. Join us as an assembled team, many of whom were coming of age that year, takes on their favorites.

Declaring 2007 to be the year mumblecore came of age would be equally as fair as labeling it the year mumblecore collapsed. The signs of ascendance and coalescence—group coverage in high-profile publications, series programmed at art houses,
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5 reasons to watch Before I Fall

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5 reasons to watch Before I Fall5 reasons to watch Before I FallAdriana Floridia7/27/2017 4:02:00 Pm

Have you seen Before I Fall yet?

The film follows Samantha Kingston, a senior in high school who dies in a car crash after going out to a party with her best friends. However, she mysteriously finds herself re-living her last day over and over again, revealing truths about her relationships and herself that could only come to fruition because of this supernatural occurrence.

We saw the film and found it to be one of the most compelling teen dramas we've seen in a while, and so we're giving you five reasons why you should watch Before I Fall now that it's available to stream in the Cineplex Store!

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch is quickly rising to stardom, and her leading performance in Before I Fall will help secure that. You may recognize her
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The 17 Best Indie Movies of 2017 (So Far)

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The 17 Best Indie Movies of 2017 (So Far)
Yes, we know: It’s a little premature to assemble a list of the best movies of the year when there’s so much left of it. We have yet to see a lot of exciting new work from major auteurs like Christopher Nolan (“Dunkirk”), Alexander Payne (“Downsizing”), and Guillermo del Toro (“The Shape of Water”), not to mention heavy-hitting studio-produced spectacles like “Blade Runner 2049” and “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.” But those last two wouldn’t even qualify for this list of the best independent films of the year, anyway, and they’ll have plenty of time to hog the spotlight.

Fortunately, we’ve found plenty of movies from around the world to celebrate, and while they haven’t all been box office sensations, they provide overwhelming evidence that the art form is thriving well into the second decade of the new millennium, and shows no signs of slowing down.
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Trailer Watch: A Woman Re-Lives Her Murder in “Groundhog Day”-esque “Happy Death Day”

Happy Death Day

Groundhog Day” is serving as major inspiration for a second time this year. Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall” saw its teen protagonist re-living the day she died — and reevaluating how she lived her life — and now “Happy Death Day” is offering a slasher take on the classic 1993 Bill Murray comedy. A trailer has been released for the horror film, which follows a college student on her birthday — which turns out to also be her death day. But her story is far from over.

Tree (Jessica Rothe, “Mary + Jane,” “La La Land”) is murdered on her birthday, but she wakes up and is forced to re-live the day. Things are exactly the same as the day prior — except for the fact that she remembers everything that happened, including her murder. No one else remembers anything. It’s her birthday and death day all over again.

“Look, I know this isn’t going to make any sense. I feel like I’m losing my mind. I’ve already lived through this day,” says Tree in the spot. “Somebody’s going to kill me tonight.”

No matter what Tree does, her birthday concludes the same way: with her being murdered by a masked figure. Then she wakes up, and is forced to re-live the day — and her murder.

“The way I see it, you have [an] unlimited amount of lives,” her friend says. “Unlimited opportunities to solve your own murder.”

So Tree will keep dying until she can figure out who her killer is.

Roth has a number of projects in the works, including Rachel Goldenberg’s “Valley Girl” musical remake and Bethany Ashton Wolf’s “Forever My Girl,” a romance about high school sweethearts, missed opportunities, and the lure of fame.

Happy Death Day” is directed by Christopher Landon (“Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones”) and will hit theaters just in time for Halloween, Friday October 13.

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Trailer Watch: A Woman Re-Lives Her Murder in “Groundhog Day”-esque “Happy Death Day” was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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New to Streaming: ‘Logan,’ ‘Good Morning,’ ‘The Lego Batman Movie,’ ‘The Survivalist,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Before I Fall (Ry Russo-Young)

Harold Ramis certainly didn’t invent it, but his Groundhog Day made the narrative loop device a mainstream mainstay, lovingly aped in everything from Source Code to Edge of Tomorrow to 50 First Dates. In Before I Fall, the loop treatment is utilized rather intelligently by director Ry Russo-Young, from Maria Maggenti screenplay adapted from Lauren Oliver‘s novel. – Dan M. (full review)

Where to Stream: Amazon,
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New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates

“Still Star Crossed”: ABC

Your summer TV watchlist just got longer. Premiere dates have been announced for Shonda Rhimes’ newest show, “Still Star Crossed,” and the second season of Ava DuVernay and Oprah Winfrey’s family drama “Queen Sugar.” “Still Star Crossed” is set to debut May 29 on ABC. “Queen Sugar” will have a two-night premiere June 20 and 21 on Own.

Based on Melinda Taub’s book, “Still Star Crossed” is a continuation of “Romeo and Juliet.” Per Variety, the series will trace the “treachery, palace intrigue, and ill-fated romances of the Montagues and Capulets in the wake of the young lovers’ tragic fate.” Rhimes serves as exec producer alongside Shondaland partner Betsy Beers and Mark Wilding, Michael Goldstein, and Michael Offer. Offer directed the pilot.

“Still Star Crossed” stars Ebonee Noel (“Eye Candy”), Medalion Rahimi (Ry Russo-Young’s “Before I Fall”), Lashana Lynch (“Brotherhood”), Zuleikha Robinson (Mira Nair’s “The Namesake”), Wade Briggs (“Please Like Me”), Torrance Coombs (“Reign”), Sterling Sulieman (“Veep”), and Anthony Head (“Buffy the Vampire Slayer”).

Rhimes’ other upcoming TV projects include a cable comedy series based on Luvvie Ajayi’s first book, “I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual,” and an untitled legal drama for ABC.

Meanwhile, news of “Queen Sugar’s” premiere date was accompanied with information about some of the women directors helming episodes of the new season. According to Deadline, DeMane Davis (“Lift”), Cheryl Dunye (“The Watermelon Woman”), Aurora Guerrero (“Mosquita y Mari”), and Amanda Marsalis (“Echo Park”) have all signed on to direct. Like its inaugural season, the new episodes of “Queen Sugar” will all be directed by women.

The season will reportedly be split into two parts. The first eight eps will air this summer, while the remaining installments will broadcast in the fall. DuVernay is expected to helm the season finale.

Deadline adds that Season 1 of “Queen Sugar” will be released on Hulu April 21. The streaming giant will also be home to future seasons after they’ve been broadcast on Own.

Queen Sugar” stars Rutina Wesley (“True Blood”), Dawn-Lyen Gardner (“Luke Cage”), and Kofi Siriboe (“Awkward.”) as siblings Nova, Charley, and Ralph Angel, respectively. Based on Natalie Baszile’s novel, the series centers on the Bordelon siblings’ struggle to revive their late father’s Louisiana farm. Its first season finale ranked as the number one cable telecast for women when it aired, delivering 2.76 million total viewers.

Queen Sugar” is exec produced by DuVernay, Winfrey, and Monica Macer. Macer will also be the second season’s showrunner.

DuVernay’s most recent project was “13th,” an Academy Award-nominated documentary examining the U.S. prison system and its racist policies. DuVernay’s adaptation of “A Wrinkle in Time” hits theaters April 6, 2018.

You can catch Winfrey next in the HBO movie “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.” The adaptation of Rebecca Skloot’s nonfiction book premieres April 22.

New Shonda Rhimes Show & Season 2 of “Queen Sugar” Get Premiere Dates was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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The Belko Experiment: Greg McLean On Realizing James Gunn’s Office Terror

In 2005, director Greg McLean first got attention with his Aussie thriller Wolf Creek, which led to a sequel and a recent cable mini-series, as he continued to work in the horror realm.

McLean’s latest movie The Belko Experiment is actually based on an original idea by James Gunn, who came up with the idea and wrote the script years ago, but got too busy developing Marvel StudiosGuardians of the Galaxy to make the movie. He called upon McLean to develop the idea of a group of corporate employees who find themselves in a situation where they need to kill in order to survive the exact reverse of a team-building situation.

John Gallagher, Jr. (10 Cloverfield Lane) plays Mike Milch, a popular employee at the Belko Corporation, whose building in Bogota, Colombia is thrown into disarray when a voice comes over the P.A. telling the 80 employees that they need
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5 reasons to see Before I Fall

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5 reasons to see Before I Fall5 reasons to see Before I FallAdriana Floridia3/13/2017 1:47:00 Pm

Have you seen Before I Fall yet?

The film follows Samantha Kingston, a senior in high school who dies in a car crash after going out to a party with her best friends. However, she mysteriously finds herself re-living her last day over and over again, revealing truths about her relationships and herself that could only come to fruition because of this supernatural occurrence.

We saw the film and found it to be one of the most compelling teen dramas we've seen in a while, and so we're giving you five reasons why you must see Before I Fall in theatres.

Zoey Deutch

Zoey Deutch is quickly rising to stardom, and her leading performance in Before I Fall will help secure that. You may recognize her from a couple of films last year: she
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The Sense Of An Ending: Director Ritesh Batra On The British Drama

Granted, it may be fair to say that The Sense of an Ending is probably not the type of movie that most Lrm readers would actively seek out, being a pretty serious British drama based on the prize-winning 2011 novel by Julian Barnes.

It stars Oscar winner Jim Broadbent as photographer Tony Webster, who reflects back on his college days in the ‘60s when someone he knew as a child passes away, leaving him a diary that may explain why their friendship fell apart over a pretty woman who came between them named Veronica (played by Scottish actress Freya Mavor from Skins in the past and Oscar nominee Charlotte Rampling in the present).

Sure, The Sense of an Ending may be more of a movie you go to see with your parents, or even grandparents, but what makes the film interesting to film lovers is that it’s the first English
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