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Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’

Richard Gere Confirmed For First Major TV Role In BBC Drama ‘MotherFatherSon’
Richard Gere is confirmed to star alongside Helen McCrory (Peaky Blinders) and Billy Howle (On Chesil Beach) in , Tom Rob Smith’s (The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story) eight-part drama MotherFatherSon for BBC Two. As we reported last month, Gere will play Max, a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. Helen McCrory will play Kathryn, a British heiress who has been estranged from Max…
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Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff

Liam Neeson Joins Chris Hemsworth in 'Men in Black' Spinoff
Liam Neeson is in negotiations to join Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson in in Sony's Men in Black reboot.

Fate of the Furious filmmaker F. Gary Gray is directing the movie, written by Iron Man screenwriters Matt Holloway and Art Marcum. The studio has the film dated for June 14, 2019.

Hemsworth and Thompson are not playing the same alien-fighting and world-saving characters portrayed by Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones in the initial trilogy. The new movie is set in the same on-screen world, however.

Plot details and what characters Hemsworth and Thompson are playing are being kept ...
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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon

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Michelle Williams Film About Underground Abortion Clinic Lands at Amazon
Michelle Williams is set to star in and produce “This is Jane” for Amazon Studios, sources familiar with the project told TheWrap on Tuesday.

The film, based on the Laura Kaplan’s book “The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service,” will tell the true story of a Chicago woman who founded and ran Jane, an underground abortion service.

Kimberly Peirce (“Boys Don’t Cry”) will direct and John Lesher (“Birdman”) will co-produce the film.

Jane was a group in the late ’60s and early ’70s run by women who taught themselves how to perform abortions before Roe v. Wade made it legal. They helped more than 11,000 women get access to services denied by the medical community. Williams will play the role of Jenny, who founded Jane.

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'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)

'John Wick' Director, 'Colony' Creator Tackle Comic Book 'Analog' for Lionsgate (Exclusive)
John Wick director Chad Stahelski and Ryan Condal, the creator of USA’s alien invasion show Colony, are teaming up to adapt sci-fi comic Analog.

Lionsgate has won a bidding war to pick up the title, an Image Comic from writer Gerry Duggan and artist David O’Sullivan. Condal will write the script while Stahelski will direct. 87eleven, the production banner run by Stahelski and fellow action maestro David Leitch, will produce.

The package hit studios over the weekend, generating multiple offers. In the end, Lionsgate, which is behind the Wick movies, flexed its might, wanting to keep Stahelski in is ...
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‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season

‘UnReal’ Set to Move to Hulu for Fourth, Final Season
Drama series “UnReal” is set to move from Lifetime to Hulu for its fourth and what will likely be its final season.

The streaming service and A+E Studios are close to a deal, sources tell Variety, that would see the fourth season, which has already been shot, air in its initial window on Hulu. The agreement would see Hulu pay an additional fee on top of it was already set to pay for subscription video on-demand rights for the season.

Hulu is, through a previous agreement with producer A+E Studios, the exclusive Svod home for the series, with seasons
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Netflix, Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds & Skydance Set Action Franchise ‘Six Underground’

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Netflix, Michael Bay, Ryan Reynolds & Skydance Set Action Franchise ‘Six Underground’
Exclusive: In what would amount to its biggest budget feature project yet, Netflix is partnering with Skydance Media on Six Underground, an action thriller that Michael Bay will direct with Deadpool‘s Ryan Reynolds starring. Sources said the commitment here is in the $150M range, and Bay will start production this summer for 2019 release.

The project was developed by Skydance from a script by Deadpool screenwriters Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese. Bay and Skydance announced in March their intentions to make the film together, with Skydance’s David Ellison, Dana Goldberg, and Don Granger will produce Six Underground along with Bay.

Wme reps Bay and Reynolds, the latter of whom comes off a $300 million global opening for Deadpool 2.

As for Netflix, this is the latest big project to come along even as some media and the Cannes Film Festival put out a vibe to try and marginalize its movie initiatives.
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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90

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'Cheyenne' Star Clint Walker Dead at 90
11:15 Am Pt -- Clint's daughter, Valerie, tells us Walker died from congestive heart failure.Clint Walker -- best known for playing a TV cowboy on the hit western series "Cheyenne" -- has died ... TMZ has learned. Clint died suddenly Monday in the company of his wife and daughter ... according to a source close to the family. It's still unclear what caused his death, but a family member says they believed it was a heart issue.
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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)

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Sony Announces Lord and Miller Animated Comedy ‘The Mitchells Vs the Machines’ (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Animation has unveiled the title and first details for its previously untitled Phil Lord and Chris Miller-produced Sony Pictures Animation Movie.

The Mitchells Vs. The Machines” will be an animated comedy from producers Lord and Miller, set for release on January 10, 2020.

The Mitchells are a dysfunctional, loving family whose road trip gets interrupted by a tech uprising. All around the world, devices we love like phones and self-driving cars turn on humanity, and the Mitchells have to work past their problems to save the world.

Mike Rianda is directing the film. He also wrote the screenplay with co-director Jeff Rowe. Lord and Miller produce alongside Kurt Albrecht.

Miller and Lord’s credits include “The Lego Movie” and “21 Jump Street.” They also have an executive producing credit on the upcoming “Solo: A Star Wars Story
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Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film

Charlize Theron is Megyn Kelly for the Untitled Jay Roach Film
This casting is a stroke of genius. The crosshairs are set. After a decade of spearheading various broad comedies, Jay Roach found a new life targeting hypocritical politicians and the financial system that fuels their power. In 2008, he went after the absurd behind-the-scenes turmoil of […]

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not "life-threatening" after health scare

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Jet Li's manager says illness is not
Jet Li fans were given a bit of a scare recently when a photo of the actor began circulating around the internet of him looking thin and “unrecognizable.” The photo led people to begin speculating about Li’s condition, with many saying they were “praying” for his health. However, the movie star’s manager, Steven Chasman, has come out to say the actor is... Read More...
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ESPN Gobbles Up 15 More Ufc Fights – Huge TV Rights Deal Now Totals $1.5 Billion

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ESPN will soon be the sole TV home to the Ufc — minus those dozen or so yearly pay-per-views, that is.

The self-proclaimed “Worldwide Leader in Sports” just added 15 more fights to its upcoming rights package, which begins in 2019 and now totals a whopping $1.5 billion — or $300 million over 5 years, a person with knowledge of the deal tells TheWrap.

That annual amount dwarfs what Fox Sports had previously been paying, which averaged out to $116 million per year.

Also Read: WWE 'SmackDown' Sweepstakes: Fox Scores Pro Wrestling Show, Will Shift It to Fridays (Exclusive)

ESPN now holds 30 Ultimate Fighting Championship events per year, which will be spread across linear and new streaming platform ESPN+.

The Ufc and ESPN could not immediately be reached for comment.

More to come…

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Comcast Is Prepping ‘Superior’ All-Cash Offer for Fox Assets

Looks like we may have a bidding war on our hands. Comcast on Wednesday confirmed it is “in advanced stages” to prepare a superior “all-cash” offer for most of the assets of 21st Century Fox — in a move to block Disney’s $52.4 billion offer.

Comcast, which already owns NBCUniversal, noted that no final decision had been made about submitting a bid but released the statement in light of recent SEC filings by Disney and Fox seeking shareholder approval for their deal.

Like Disney, Comcast wants to acquire key assets like the Fox film business, TV studio and foreign pay-tv operations, including a stake in Sky — the Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, Fox Broadcasting Company and other assets would remain with so-called “New Fox.”

Also Read: UK Government Doesn't Plan to Block Proposed Comcast-Sky Deal

“Any offer for Fox would be all-cash and at a premium to the value of
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Is 'The Tale' HBO's Most Controversial Movie Ever?

Is 'The Tale' HBO's Most Controversial Movie Ever?
Innocence is a slippery concept: We're never conscious of possessing it, only of having lost it. That's the conceit behind writer-director Jennifer Fox's extraordinary cinematic memoir The Tale (which begins airing May 26th on HBO) – a raw, personal chronicle of the sexual abuse she sustained as a child in the 1970s. More radically, however, is how this tough-to-watch, formally daring look back (starring Laura Dern as the filmmaker's screen avatar) simultaneously details the process through which she came to recognize her experience as abuse – an epiphany arrived at gradually,
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Incaa Commits $2.6m Annually to International TV and Digital Platform Co-Production

At last week’s L.A. Screenings Incaa, Argentina’s National Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Arts, announced a new $2.6 million annual initiative intended to foster growth in international TV and digital platform co-productions.

According to an Incaa release, the initiative is aimed at luring producers, broadcasters and platforms to work along with Argentine co-producers on projects either totally or partially produced within the country’s borders.

Selected projects will be eligible to receive funding up to 50% of their production spend in Argentina, with a cap of $248,000. To qualify, a project must spend a minimum of $260,000 in Argentina.

The ceiling is quite low for international production rebates, the 50% rebate rate very high. Additionally, any qualifying project must dedicate a minimum of 30% of its total Argentina budget to salaries or social charges which go to technical and artistic crew members who live in the country. As far as conditions go, that
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Paramount Pictures Commits to First Local Movie in Argentina: ‘Re Loca’ (Exclusive)

In a historic move, Paramount Pictures has acquired all Latin American distribution rights to Argentine women’s empowerment comedy “Re Loca,” marking the Hollywood studio’s first local movie in Argentina.

Re Loca” also represents the first project partnering Paramount and Argentina’s Telefe, both units of Viacom since Viacom bought broadcast network Telefe in November 2016, adding it to Viacom International Media Networks Americas.

Like Vimn America’s acquisition of a controlling stake in Brazil’s Porta Dos Fundos, one of the country’s hippest comedy creators with a huge online following, Viacom’s purchase of Telefe was designed to drive up its Spanish-language content ownership. “Re Loca” is one movie example of how that strategy can now play out, leveraging and twinning Viacom assets.

Produced by Telefe, along with Sebastián Aloi’s Buenos Aires production house Aeroplano, “Re Loca” stars Natalia Oreiro as Pilar, a downtrodden copywriter at an
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Lucian Pintilie Inspired Romanian New Wave, Local Filmmakers Say

Lucian Pintilie Inspired Romanian New Wave, Local Filmmakers Say
The influence on today’s generation of Romanian filmmakers of local auteur Lucian Pintilie, who died earlier this month, is so profound it’s difficult to chart. But, Transilvania Film Festival chief and leading Romanian filmmaker Tudor Giurgiu says, his legacy will be felt for many years, and a tribute is planned for the event’s closing ceremony.

“I was his 1st Ad [first assistant director] in 1995 when working on ‘Too Late,’ which was screened in 1996 Cannes main competition,” Giurgiu recalls. “I learned everything from him – it was like attending a second film school.”

Pintilie’s first feature, “Sunday at 6 O’Clock,” a tragedy about two young communist lovers on the run in World War II, won him international attention in 1966.

Because of the director’s extensive background in theater, Giurgiu says, “Pintilie was an absolute master when working with actors. It was mesmerizing to observe how he achieved impressive performances by forcing
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Anna Paquin’s ‘The Parting Glass,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ Make Edinburgh Fest Lineup

Anna Paquin’s ‘The Parting Glass,’ ‘Incredibles 2’ Make Edinburgh Fest Lineup
Films starring Anna Paquin, Steve Coogan, Guy Pearce, Margot Robbie, and British comic actor Rob Brydon are among the 121-title lineup of the Edinburgh International Film Festival.

Paquin and and director Stephen Moyer will be in town with their movie “The Parting Glass,” which will be the People’s Gala film. Continuing the festival’s tradition of having a big international family picture, “Incredibles 2” will screen in Edinburgh, following in the footsteps of “Cars 3” last year and “Finding Dory” in 2016.

Puzzle,” with Kelly Macdonald, and “Swimming with Men,” with Brydon, had already been announced as the opening and closing night movies, respectively, of the 72nd edition of the Eiff.

“From the best of up-and-coming British filmmakers to striking new cinema from around the world, we offer something for everyone: from rare access to filmmakers, live events to experience and the opportunity to see films that may never appear in the country again,
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Barry Levinson to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival

Barry Levinson to Be Feted at Karlovy Vary Film Festival
Writer-director-producer Barry Levinson, who will screen his HBO-produced account of the Penn State sex-abuse scandal “Paterno” at the Karlovy Vary Film Festival, will be honored with the Crystal Globe for outstanding artistic contribution to world cinema, the organization announced Wednesday.

At the fest, which launches its 53rd edition in the Czech Republic’s historic spa town June 29, Levinson will also introduce his Oscar-winning 1988 Dustin Hoffman-starrer “Rain Man” and 1998’s “Wag the Dog.” The impact of Levinson’s screenwriting, including 1970s TV hits and breakout courtroom drama “…And Justice for All,” will be celebrated along with his directorial work, which launched with 1982’s “Diner” and carried on with “The Natural,” “Good Morning, Vietnam,” “Avalon” and “Bugsy.”

Karlovy Vary said that Levinson’s producing work, backing directors from Mike Newell (“Donnie Brasco”) to Neil Labute (“Possession”), has made his influence on cinema comparable with that of William Friedkin, Jerry Schatzberg,
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Movistar + Moves Into Original Film With Alejandro Amenábar’s Next Project (Exclusive)

Movistar +, the high-flying pay-tv division of Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecoms, is powering into original film production with a project by Spanish director Alejandro Amenábar (“The Others”).

The move is aimed at driving up subscriptions at Telefonica’s mobile and fiber-optic services in the Spanish-speaking world. But it also marks a potential milestone in the Spanish-language movie industry as Movistar + takes the lead on productions of big films that few other companies have the money or commercial logic to create.

Movistar +’s original films could prove catnip for Hollywood, which has seen big Spanish-language titles backed by broadcast networks Mediaset España and Atresmedia sometimes outearn Hollywood studio releases in Spain.

Movistar +’s inaugural film is “Mientras dure la guerra” by Amenábar, who directed “The Others” with Nicole Kidman, “Agora” with Rachel Weisz, and Oscar-winning “The Sea Inside” with Javier Bardem. Amenábar’s last movie in Spanish was
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Cannes Film Review: ‘The Pluto Moment’

Tracking an independent film crew on a difficult field research trip in Southwest China, Sixth Generation writer-director Zhang Ming’s “The Pluto Moment” ponders the relationship between life and death, nature and society, art and commercialism. Unlike many films about filmmaking, which lend themselves to a kind of meta self-awareness, this deceptively simple yet quietly revelatory drama features engaging characters and offers wryly ironic comments on the unpredictable nature of film production.

Since debuting with “In Expectation” in 1996, Zhang has made films suffused with enigmas, revolving around disappearances, sudden breakups, and other inexplicable human behavior, often showing fog enveloping Wushan, the landmark of his birthplace, to evoke a sense of mystery. Here, he uses blindness as a metaphor for the unknown, with which his protagonists grapple, while also symbolizing the director’s own struggle as he spent years trying to get this project off the ground.

The film’s mordant
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