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John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)

John Cena to Star in ‘Playing With Fire’ for Paramount Players (Exclusive)
John Cena is in final negotiations to star in the Paramount Players movie “Playing With Fire,” sources tell Variety.

The family comedy revolves around a group of rugged wildfire fighters who meet their match when they rescue a trio of rambunctious children.

Todd Garner and Sean Robins of Broken Road Productions are on board to produce “Playing With Fire.” Paramount Players bought the spec script from Dan Ewen this past February and hired Matt Lieberman to pen a rewrite. Paramount executive VP Matt Dines is overseeing for the studio.

Paramount Pictures launched Paramount Players in June, with veteran producer and executive Brian Robbins at the helm. Robbins is working with Viacom’s Nickelodeon, MTV, Comedy Central, and Bet to generate projects, while the new division focuses on contemporary properties.

Cena’s latest big-screen role was alongside Leslie Mann and Ike Barinholtz in the Universal comedy “Blockers,” which ended its theatrical run with $94 million worldwide.
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‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)

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‘Tom and Jerry,’ ‘Scooby-Doo’ Movies Land Top Talent at Warner Animation Group (Exclusive)
Warner Bros. has big ambitions for its animation division, and the studio has zeroed in on the talent to help steer the ship on two popular properties.

Sources tell Variety that Warners and Warner Animation Group are in negotiations with “Shaft” helmer Tim Story to direct the new “Tom and Jerry” hybrid live-action pic. The studio has also brought on Chris Columbus as creative producer on the new “Scooby-Doo” animated movie.

Warners has been strengthening its animation slate going back to production on the “The Lego Movie,” which coincided with the formation of Warner Animation Group (Wag). Allison Abbate was tapped to oversee the division and executives including Jesse Ehrman and president of production Courtenay Valenti have made a big push to get classic titles like the Hanna-Barbera properties off the ground.

The studio understands how much of its history is rooted in these iconic characters, and wants to give
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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works

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Amy Winehouse Biopic in the Works
Amy Winehouse’s family has signed a deal to executive produce a biopic about the late singer, who died in 2011, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Monumental PicturesAlison Owen and Debra Hayward will produce the film, while “Kinky Boots” writer Geoff Deane will write the screenplay and executive produce. Production is set to start in 2019.

Proceeds from the film will benefit the Amy Winehouse Foundation, which works to prevent the effects of alcohol and drug misuse. Representatives for Winehouse’s family have not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.

Amy’s father Mitch Winehouse said in a statement that the family had been repeatedly approached about the rights but never felt the “time was right.”

“We now feel able to celebrate Amy’s extraordinary life and talent,” he said. “And we know through
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A Star Is Born outshines Venom and Johnny English at UK box office

The acclaimed romance starring Lady Gaga takes a late leap to the top spot as Neil Armstrong biopic First Man steps in at No 4

For its opening weekend at the UK box office, Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born found itself in third place, beaten by Venom and Johnny English Strikes Again. But for the second session it’s a totally different story: A Star Is Born rises to the top, knocking Venom into second position.
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Ben Stiller unveils new drama 'Escape At Dannemora' at Mipcom

The jailbreak drama inspired by real-life events is produced by Showtime and handled internationally by CBS Studios.

Us actor and director Ben Stiller touched down at Mipcom on Monday evening (Oct 15) to unveil the first episode of his upcoming drama series Escape At Dannemora on the big screen in Cannes Palais des Festivals.

“This is sort of a dream for me to see that on a big screen because we always thought of it pretty cinematically so it’s exciting to see it that size,” said Stiller, who takes executive producer and director credits on the series, produced by Showtime
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UK out in force at Mipcom as ITV, BBC talk future strategy

ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall promises new streaming service by 2019 while BBC Studio CEO Tim Davie talks power of partnerships.

The UK was out in force at the Mipcom content market in Cannes on Monday as its two biggest broadcaster entities - ITV and the BBC - talked about their strategies in the increasingly globalised, multi-platform distribution world.

Opening the conference programme, ITV chief executive Carolyn McCall presented the direct-to-consumer-focused “More Than TV” strategy she has launched since joining the broadcaster last July and also gave a sneak peek of upcoming big-budget adaptation of The War Of The Worlds.

It
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Stockholm line-up revealed, Anna Odell's 'X&Y' to open festival

Stockholm line-up revealed, Anna Odell's 'X&Y' to open festival
Honorees to include Asghar Farhadi, Mary Harron and Gunnell Lindblom.

The Stockholm International Film Festival has revealed its 2018 programme, with the festival kicking off Nov 7 with the anticipated world premiere of Anna Odell’s X&Y, in competition.

Odell, the Swedish artist and filmmaker who last directed 2013’s award-winning The Reunion, returns starring as a fictionalized version of herself, collaborating with the celebrated actor Mikael Persbrandt to deconstruct themselves. The cast also features Trine Dyrholm, Sofie Gråbøl, Vera Vitali, Shanti Roney, Jens Albinus and Thure Lindhardt. New Europe handles sales.

Stockholm will close Nov 18 with The Favourite by Yorgos Lanthimos, from the Open Zone section.
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Emma Suarez to star in 'Volcano' for Miguel Ángel Jiménez, Heretic (exclusive)

Film will shoot in Greece and Spain.

Two-time Goya-winning actress Emma Suarez, best known internationally for Julieta, has signed to star inVolcano for Spanish writer-director Miguel Ángel Jiménez.

Volcano is producced by Giorgos Karnavas and Konstantinos Kontovrakis’ Athens-based production company Heretic. The project will access the new Greek cash rebate system that was launched in April.

The film is about a woman who receives life-changing news nad takes a trip with her closest friends to the Greek islands. Greek actor Akilas Karazisis and Gaizka Ugarte also star.

It will shoot primarily on the Greek island of Nisyros, as well as on location in Kos,
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A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor-turned-director debuts

As Bradley Cooper and Jonah Hill step behind the camera for A Star is Born and Mid90s, how do their films benefit from their A-list status?

A critic will often watch a director’s first film with one eye on what is and one on what might be. For novice feature film-makers, a debut doubles as a diagnostic, an opportunity to show potential as much as present skill. Because first-timers often have to work within constricting parameters – a finite budget, a caliber of actors commensurate with that budget, limited access to the resources of a studio – viewers will give a little leeway in the understanding that they’re watching the film the director was able to make until he or she gets the green light to make the film they truly want to.

Related: Why Bradley Cooper is the real star of A Star is Born
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Protagonist boards refugee drama 'Limbo' with Film4, BFI, Screen Scotland (exclusive)

Film now shooting in Scotland.

London-based sales outfit Protagonist Pictures has taken world rights to Ben Sharrock’s refugee drama Limbo, that is now shooting in Scotland.

The film is Sharrock’s second feature after Pikadero, which won the Michael Powell Award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival in 2016.

Limbo stars Amir El-Masry, whose credits include Jack Ryan, with Vikash Bhai, Ola Orebiyi, Kwabena Ansah, Sidse Babett Knudsen and Kais Nashif in a story set on a fictional Scottish island where refugees are waiting to be granted asylum. The film also features non-actors, including refugees, in small roles.

The film
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Charlize Theron Condemns President Trump’s Mockery of Ford: ‘It’s Worse Than High School’ (Watch)

Charlize Theron Condemns President Trump’s Mockery of Ford: ‘It’s Worse Than High School’ (Watch)
Charlize Theron may have been in for a night of celebration at Elle’s Women in Hollywood event where she was an honoree, but that didn’t prevent her from speaking about serious subjects on the red carpet.

After posing with Lady Gaga, Theron took a moment to talk #MeToo and how the movement has changed Hollywood.

“I feel like for me the most important thing is that it’s pretty impossible to go anywhere and not have people talk about this,” she told Variety‘s Marc Malkin at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills Monday. “And that conversation — I feel like with any issue, if you can’t keep the conversation going, it’s impossible to sustain any momentum.”

She elaborated on the effect of Time’s Up and #MeToo, explaining that for the first time, inappropriate conduct at the highest levels is starting to have consequences.

“I think we
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Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis lead voice cast on 'A Christmas Carol' (exclusive)

Principal photography on radical retelling of Dickens classic wrapped in UK and Ukraine in August.

Saboteur Media has boarded worldwide rights heading into the Afm on a radical retelling of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol featuring a voice cast led by UK luminaries Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.

Mark Lindsay, president of distribution at the New York-based company, will introduce the project to buyers in Santa Monica later this month after principal photography wrapped in the UK and Ukraine in August.

David Morris adapted the story from the Charles Dickens classic. The film opens on a
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Carey Mulligan, Andy Serkis lead British voice cast on 'A Christmas Carol' as Saboteur boards for Afm (exclusive)

Principal photography on radical retelling of Dickens classic wrapped in UK and Ukraine in August.

Saboteur Media has boarded worldwide rights heading into the Afm on a radical retelling of Charles DickensA Christmas Carol featuring a voice cast led by UK luminaries Carey Mulligan, Daniel Kaluuya, Andy Serkis, and Martin Freeman.

Mark Lindsay, president of distribution at the New York-based company, will introduce the project to buyers in Santa Monica later this month after principal photography wrapped in the UK and Ukraine in August.

David Morris adapted the story from the Charles Dickens classic. The film opens on a
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France’s Cineteve Ramps Up International Drama Production With Top Creatives (Exclusive)

Paris-based independant company Cineteve is on board to produce a flurry of ambitious series, including the political comedy “Parlement,” the border-crime thriller “Nine,” the French revolution western “Cagliostro” and the spy thriller “Gaston.”

All four projects are being spearheaded by Cineteve’s founder Fabienne Servan-Schreiber, and Thomas Saignes who joined the company less than a year ago to develop and produce high-profile international drama.

“Parlement” is a half-hour comedy series about the European Parliament written by Noé Debré, whose credits include Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or winning “Dheepan.”

The series centers around an aimless 20-something man who works at the European Parliament in the midst of a post-Brexit chaos and sets off to take his fate in his own hands. Cineteve is partnering up with Studio Hamburg’s CineCentrum and All3’s 7Stories to produce the series which is now in advanced development. A French commissioning partner will soon be announced.
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Lionsgate in Negotiations for Star-Studded Roger Ailes Movie Dropped by Annapurna

Lionsgate is in negotiations to back the untitled Fox News sexual harassment film starring Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman, sources have told Variety.

Lionsgate had no comment Monday. Annapurna decided on Oct. 9 to back out of the project due to budgetary concerns. Focus Features was considering a move to come on board, but that has not materialized. Bron Studios is expected to co-finance the film.

Despite Annapurna’s withdrawal, the project remains attractive due to its pedigree and an all-star cast that includes Kidman, Theron, John Lithgow, Kate McKinnon, and Margot Robbie. The film is directed by Jay Roach (“Trumbo”) and written by Academy Award winner Charles Randolph (“The Big Short”).

The movie focuses on Ailes’ downfall as seen through the eyes of a group of female employees. Kidman will play Gretchen Carlson, the Fox News anchor who sued Ailes for harassment in 2016, and Theron will portray Megyn Kelly, whose
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‘The Good Doctor’ Loses Its Mind When a Psychotic Hallucination Leads to the Truth

‘The Good Doctor’ Loses Its Mind When a Psychotic Hallucination Leads to the Truth
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “The Good Doctor” Season 2, Episode 4, “Tough Titmouse.”]

The Good Doctor” showrunner David Shore throws everything at Dr. Aaron Glassman (Richard Schiff). He just underwent surgery for a brain tumor, but Monday’s episode deals with another kind of trauma when he starts interacting with a hallucination of his dead daughter Maddie (Holly Taylor).

“We wanted an opportunity to deal with what is the most important event in his life and his own unresolved issues,” Shore said. “This seemed like an opportune time as he is himself facing his own mortality.”

Glassman’s hallucination stems from the a combination of brain surgery and extreme sleep deprivation, with psychosis as the result. “ICU psychosis is fairly common. Psychosis obviously can mean many, many things, but sleep deprivation can cause the onset of it,” said Shore. “You experience all this as if it is completely real. It can be disturbing.”

Conversation between father
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Film Review: ‘Change in the Air’

Though director Dianne Dreyer’s “Change in the Air” opens on a shocking, attention-grabbing scene of a desperate elderly man (played by M. Emmet Walsh) deliberately stepping in front of a moving vehicle, the rest of the film takes its sweet time to ramp up to faux profundity about humanity, spirituality, friendship, and forgiveness. The title is not only an allusion to the mysterious young lady (played by Rachel Brosnahan) who changes lives in a quiet suburban neighborhood, but also applies rather morbidly to the literal change that flies from the hand of that suicidal man.

With religious hymns scattered throughout, along with mentions of miracles, Eastern philosophy, and overt metaphysical powers, it’s clear the filmmakers are aiming for the faith-based market. However, the film has about as much resonance as a “Coexist” bumper sticker. Without a compelling, coherent narrative drive, the film’s own spirit sags.

Wren Miller
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SAG-aftra to Honor Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart

SAG-AFTRA is awarding Marsha Hunt, Norman Lloyd, June Lockhart, and Barbara Perry the Founders Award for their contributions to the union.

The tribute, to be presented Oct. 21 during the SAG-aftra National Board plenary, honors early members of SAG-aftra’s predecessor unions, SAG, and AFTRA. Hunt is 100 years old, and Lloyd is 103. Lockhart is 93 and Perry is 95.

SAG-aftra President Gabrielle Carteris said, “I am so honored to recognize the extraordinary achievements of these courageous actors and leaders. Their pioneering spirit and advocacy for their union and peers in those early years was pivotal and helped to make us who we are today.”

Perry became a Screen Actors Guild member in 1934, one month before her 13th birthday and a year after SAG was founded. When she joined, she was already a professional who began her career at the age of four. During World War II, she was an entertainer on
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Superhero Bits: Finn Jones Reacts to ‘Iron Fist’ Cancellation, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Shoot This Winter & More

Superhero Bits: Finn Jones Reacts to ‘Iron Fist’ Cancellation, ‘Doctor Strange 2’ May Shoot This Winter & More
What did Finn Jones have to say about the cancellation of Iron Fist? What was the last line Chris Evans said as Captain America during Avengers 4 reshoots? How did the cast of Ant-Man and the Wasp find out about The Snappening? Who did Thanos creator Jim Starlin see as the Mad Titan before Josh […]

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‘Arrow’ Ep on That Shocking New Storyline, Keeping the Show Grounded, and More

After keeping the storytelling devices of Season 7 a secret, and with Oliver (Stephen Amell) still in prison with no easy way out and no real way to protect his family, The CW series Arrow has set up quite a few interesting threads that it will unravel. And while Oliver is just trying to survive on a day-to-day basis, Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards), Diggle (David Ramsey), Curtis (Echo Kellum), Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) and Rene (Rick Gonzalez) are left having to redefine what being a hero means to them. Following a screening of the episode at the offices of …
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