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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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Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Chris Stapleton to Perform at Cmt Music Awards

Fresh from the announcement that Little Big Town will host the 2018 Cmt Music Awards, Cmt revealed today that Blake Shelton, Kelly Clarkson, Chris Stapleton, Kelsea Ballerini, Luke Bryan, and Sam Hunt are slated to perform at this year’s show. The awards will air live from Nashville’s Bridgestone Arena on Wednesday, June 6. Additional performers will be announced soon.

In her Cmt Music Awards debut, “The Voice” judge and pop superstar Clarkson will premiere her rendition of “American Woman,” the theme of the upcoming Paramount Network series of the same title debuting the day after the show. Inspired by the
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Schlock Gems Await Transilvania Crowd Among Shockproof Selection

Schlock Gems Await Transilvania Crowd Among Shockproof Selection
Transilvania Film Festival audiences have been savvy about off-beat films from bizarre quarters for many years, thoroughly appreciating the efforts of fest organizers, who scout out and embrace provocative work. This year, Czech Republic’s Shockproof Film Festival has been given carte-blanche by Transilvania to program its own selection of schlock gems.

The lineup surely ranks as highly as any in its embrace of film that is both cheap and offensive – and thoroughly relishing both qualities. Shockproof founder Petr Saroch, who has been screening “all forms of low-brow, bad taste, trash and fun outside of the realm of run-of-the-mill” for 14 years at Prague’s Kino Aero, says Transilvania crowds should expect the best of the worst this year.

He and his team have chosen five B movies, which will screen with varying degrees of audience participation – including for at least one live English over-dubbing that may or may not follow the Czech-language original soundtrack.
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‘Babylon Berlin,’ Mainland Europe’s Most Expensive Show, Set for Third Season (Exclusive)

‘Babylon Berlin,’ Mainland Europe’s Most Expensive Show, Set for Third Season (Exclusive)
A third season of “Babylon Berlin,” the landmark German period drama, is set to enter production later this year, Variety has learned. The new season of Europe’s most expensive non-English-language drama will continue to follow the exploits of police inspector Gereon Rath in decadent, seedy, politically fraught pre-war Berlin.

Work on the scripts is underway, with filming expected to start in October, a production source said. Some funding is in place from German agencies Medienboard Berlin Brandenburg and Film und Medienstiftung Nrw.

The production, broadcast and distribution partners – X Filme Creative Pool, Ard Degeto, Sky and Beta Film – are
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ESPN Becomes Sole TV Home to Ufc in $1.5 Billion Mega-Deal

ESPN will soon be the sole TV home to 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 for all this Ufc programming, which had 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 its linear channel(s) and new streaming platform, ESPN+.

Those PPV events, which will not be exclusive to ESPN platforms, are booked about once a month.

The Ufc and ESPN could not immediately be reached for comment on this story.
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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. On Wednesday, Comcast 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 SkyFox 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 the current all-share offer from Disney,
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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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LeBron James to Team With Channing Tatum's Free Association on New Line Comedy 'Public Enemy'

LeBron James to Team With Channing Tatum's Free Association on New Line Comedy 'Public Enemy'
LeBron James and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment are teaming with Channing Tatum's Free Association on the New Line comedy Public Enemy.

James and Carter will produce the film, which was sold off a pitch and is described as a subversive action comedy that looks at the speed of media in the current landscape. Up-and-coming writer Lucas Carter is penning the screenplay.

The project comes on the heels of Warner Bros.-based James' move to produce a House Party reboot for New Line, with Atlanta writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori penning the screenplay.

James and Carter are producing Public Enemy, while SpringHill's ...
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