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Nicolas Cage Reteaming with ‘Mandy’ Producers for H.P. Lovecraft Adapatation

Nicolas Cage Reteaming with ‘Mandy’ Producers for H.P. Lovecraft Adapatation
There is never enough cosmic horror in film, but we're about to get one very exciting new addition to the subgenre. Nicolas Cage is set to star in an adaptation of H.P. Lovecraft's celebrated horror story Color Out of Space, with Hardware and Dust Devil helmer Richard Stanley directing -- his first feature in twenty year. Good lord, that's a mad and brilliant project, who could be behind such a thing? Why, the folks behind the mind-melting phantasmagoria that was Mandy, of course. Color out of Space comes from Ace Pictures and SpectreVision, the latter of …
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Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’

Sandra Bullock Re-Teams With Netflix to Produce Sci-Fi Movie ‘Reborn’
Sandra Bullock is re-teaming with Netflix to produce the science-fiction movie “Reborn” for the streaming service.

Chris McKay has been signed to direct the comic book adaptation. “It” producer Vertigo Entertainment is also on board to produce. Bullock starred in the Netflix movie “Bird Box,” which has been viewed in more than 80 million households, according to the streaming giant.

“Reborn,” written by Mark Millar and Greg Capullo, centers on an elderly woman who dies in a Manhattan hospital only to find herself reborn in the afterlife world of Adystria, where good and evil are waging an eternal war amid dragons. She then sets off on a quest to find her late husband.

“Reborn” has not yet been cast. Bullock will produce with Roy Lee and Miri Yoon for Vertigo Entertainment. Millar and Capullo will be executive producers. Co-producer will be Samantha Nisenboim.

McKay directed “The Lego Batman Movie” and is
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"Suits" Creator Aaron Korsh Shares Final Season Plans, Who May Return & More

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Aaron Korsh was an entry-level TV writer with a couple of credits when he created Suits. The legal drama went on to become a flagship series for USA Network and spawned a spinoff, the upcoming Pearson starring Gina Torres. Now the veteran drama, which returns for the back 6 episodes of its eighth season tonight, has been renewed for a 10-episode ninth and final season.

In an interview with Deadline, Korsh explains how the decision to end Suits was made and gives a glimpse at the plans for the final 10 episodes: would original stars Patrick J. Adams and Meghan Markle return, who else may come back, will there be a time jump, would the final season set up another Suits spinoff, will Harvey and Donna end up together, could Suits cast members migrate to Pearson, does Korsh have an ending in mind for the series and will it be a happy one.
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"Fosse/Verdon": FX Sets Premiere Date for Michelle Williams, Sam Rockwell-Led Limited Series

FX has set the premiere date for "Fosse/Verdon," its upcoming limited series about the creative and romantic partnership between Bob Fosse and Gwen Verdon.

The eight-episode show will premiere Tuesday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on FX, it was announced today by Chuck Saftler, President, Program Strategy and COO, FX Networks.

The series hails from award-winning producers Thomas Kail, Steven Levenson, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Joel Fields. Production on the series is currently underway in New York City.

More to come…
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"The Walking Dead" & "Stranger Things" Named Most In-Demand Series In the World

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During the NATPE Miami international content market and conference on Jan. 22 it was revealed that The Walking Dead and Stranger Things were the most in-demand series in the world for 2018, according to Parrot Analytics

The global TV analytics firm announced the news during the inaugural Global TV Demand Awards. AMC’s undead drama The Walking Dead was the most in-demand TV series in the world while the nostalgic Netflix sci-fi series Stranger Things was the Most In-Demand Digital Original Series in the World.

The Walking Dead cast members Josh McDermitt and Pollyanna McIntosh and producer Denise Huth were on hand to accept the award.

The AMC series recently aired its season 9 midseason finale in November. The third season of Stranger Things is set to debut on Netflix July 4.

The Global TV Demand Award winners were determined using Parrot Analytics’ global audience demand measurement system, which measures how much a TV series
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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List

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César Nominations: Jacques Audiard’s ‘Sisters Brothers’ Rustles Up Nine – List
France’s Académie des Arts et Techniques du Cinéma unveiled its nominations for the César Awards this morning in Paris. The races for the country’s Oscar equivalent are led by Xavier Legrand’s feature debut Jusqu’à La Garde (Custody) and Gilles Lellouche’s Le Grand Bain (Sink Or Swim) with 10 mentions each. They are followed by Jacques Audiard’s English-language western, The Sisters Brothers, and Pierre Salvadori’s En Liberté! (The Trouble With You) with nine a piece. All four are in the Best Picture and Director categories.

There’s a noticeably lighter edge to the nominations this year with Le Grand Bain a sort of Full Monty à la française that sees a group of middle-aged men form a synchronized swimming team. The movie debuted out of competition in Cannes and became the 3rd highest grossing local title of 2018 with over 5M tickets sold.

Also out of Cannes,
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"Sopranos" Prequel Film Finds Young Tony: Michael Gandolfini Is Chip Off Old Block

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Exclusive: The Sopranos creator David Chase has found his Tony Soprano. Michael Gandolfini has been set to play the future New Jersey organized crime family boss in The Many Saints of Newark, the feature prequel to Chase’s groundbreaking TV series The Sopranos that Alan Taylor is directing for New Line.

He is the son of James Gandolfini, who originated the iconic role of Tony Soprano and won multiple Emmys, SAG Awards and a Golden Globe in an anti-hero role that made possible later bad guy turns like Bryan Cranston’s in Breaking Bad and future HBO series including Deadwood, Westworld and Game of Thrones. He died in 2013.

The late actor’s son has been gaining experience and had a breakout turn on the HBO drama series The Deuce. His resemblance to Tony Soprano is uncanny. The filmmakers engaged in an extensive audition process to find the young Tony before Gandolfini won the role.
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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93

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Russell Baker Dies: Pulitzer Prize-Winning Writer, Columnist & PBS Host Was 93
Celebrated author, humorist and The New York Times columnist Russell Baker died Jan. 21 in his home in Leesburg, Va. He was 93.

In addition to his celebrated and much-lauded newspaper columns, Baker hosted PBS’ Masterpiece Theatre beginning in 1993, succeeding Alistair Cooke, and stayed in the spot until 2004, becoming one of public television’s most familiar presences.

According to the New York Times, his son Allen Baker said that he died of complications from fall. Baker was born August 14, 1925 in Morrisonville, Va. He graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1947. From there, he went on to become a prominent writer. He is best known for his irreverent Times column titled “Observer” which leaned into politics as well as other facets of culture. The column also ran in hundreds of newspapers for 36 years. He received his first Pulitzer Prize for his column in 1979 and then received a second for his best-selling autobiography Growing Up
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Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere

Sundance Poised for Dreamers-ice Showdown at Doc Premiere
Is Sundance poised for ICE to crash its Park City party?

When the documentary/narrative hybrid The Infiltrators makes its world premiere Jan. 25 at the Library Center Theatre, at least two self-described Dreamers who are featured in the film plan to be on hand and are taunting Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to meet them there.

“I welcome any retaliation by the Trump Administration,” says Mohammad Abdollahi, an undocumented immigrant from Iran. “We've come to understand that the more out there in the open we are, the safer we are. If I were to get detained by immigration,...
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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates

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‘Green Book’, ‘How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World’ Find China Release Dates
Best Picture Oscar nominee Green Book has secured a China release of March 1, a handful of days after the Academy Awards are handed out in Hollywood. Alibaba Pictures, which owns a stake in Amblin Partners, is a financier on the film and will be expected to lean on its popular ticketing platform Tao Piao Piao to support the movie.

Green Book scored five Oscar nominations on Tuesday and should it convert some of those to wins, could see a nice bump in the Middle Kingdom — although it is slotting in during a competitive period and is understood to be the subject of a flat sale rather than going in as a quota title. Recent pics with awards halos that have done well in China include The Revenant, La La Land, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri and The Shape Of Water. Moonlight did not release in the Middle Kingdom, but that
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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update

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What Netflix’s Official MPAA Membership Means – Update
Updated with Netflix officially joining: It’s official, Netflix is a member of the MPAA. The Washington, DC-based organization just dropped the following release:

The Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has added Netflix as a new member of the global trade association that advocates on behalf of the film and television industry.

“On behalf of the MPAA and its member companies, I am delighted to welcome Netflix as a partner,” said MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin. “All of our members are committed to pushing the film and television industry forward, in both how we tell stories and how we reach audiences. Adding Netflix will allow us to even more effectively advocate for the global community of creative storytellers, and I look forward to seeing what we can all achieve together.”

Netflix joins other leading producers of film and television content that make up the MPAA, including Disney, Paramount,
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Kevin Barnett, Comedian and ‘Rel’ Co-Creator, Dies at 32

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Kevin Barnett, a stand-up comedian and co-creator of Fox sitcom “Rel” has died. According to the New York Post, Barnett was 32.

“It it with a heavy heart we inform you of the passing of Kevin Barnett,” Last Podcast Network, which hosts Barnett’s “The Roundtable of Gentleman” show, wrote in a statement posted on its website Tuesday. “The joy he brought to our lives is the greatest gift we have ever received. Remind your friends you love them because you never know when you’ll see them again. We love you KB.”

The cause of death is not known at this time. Representatives for Barnett did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
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Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time

Bryan Singer Accused Of Sexual Misconduct By 4 More Men Who Were Underage At The Time
Back in October, filmmaker Bryan Singer posted a message on social media claiming that there was going to be a new article published about allegations of sexual misconduct that were false. He claimed the article would be coming from Esquire and that the piece is “reckless” and “irresponsible.” Well, the article just dropped but it didn’t come from Esquire. The Atlantic posted a new report detailing new allegations from 4 more men that claim that Singer abused them when they were underage.

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Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96

Jonas Mekas, Influential Experimental Filmmaker, Dies at 96
Jonas Mekas, the Lithuania-born filmmaker who started Film Culture magazine and the organization that became New York’s Anthology Film Archives, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Anthology Film Archives wrote on Instagram, “He will be greatly missed but his light shines on.”

He made works such as 1962’s “Guns of the Trees” and 1964’s “The Brig,” which won the Venice Film Festival’s Grand Prix. As a cinematographer, he shot avant-garde films including Andy Warhol’s “Empire.”

Mekas was a pioneer of trying new approaches to film as art, and in 2007 released one short film each day of the year on the internet. His other films include “Scene from the Life of Andy Warhol,” “Letter from Greenpoint” and “Out-takes From the Life of a Happy Man.” As late as 2013, the 90-year old was making films like “Reminiszenzen aus Deutschland.”

He worked with artists such as John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Allen Ginsberg,
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Annapurna Pictures Promotes Sue Naegle to Chief Content Officer

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Annapurna Pictures announced on Wednesday that it has promoted executive Sue Naegle to chief content officer for the studio. Annapurna CEO Megan Ellison made the announcement.

Naegle currently serves as president of Annapurna TV, and will now expand her role to oversee the development and production of Annapurna’s film slate, as well as the company’s theater division. In her new role Naegle will also manage the cross-platform pollination of Annapurna Interactive’s IP.

Naegle will report to and work closely with Ellison, focusing on Annapurna’s commitment to filmmakers and artists. The studio plans to produce and acquire between three to five films a year for theatrical distribution and streaming platforms.

“Annapurna has always been a company with an allegiance to ambitious content and its commitment to artists across all platforms,” Naegle said in a statement. “I find it a privilege to shepherd the diversity of storytelling that
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‘The Dropout’: New Podcast Dives into Elizabeth Holmes’ Alleged Theranos Fraud

Only a few short years ago, Elizabeth Holmes, a Stanford University dropout turned technology startup CEO, was the youngest self-made female billionaire in the world and heralded as “the next Steve Jobs” by Silicon Valley’s elite. Theranos, the biotech company she founded in 2003, at age 19, raked in nearly $1 billion in venture capital funding for the development of affordable single-drop blood tests that Holmes promised would revolutionize the healthcare industry. Now, Holmes is facing 20 years in prison for wire fraud, accused by the federal government of scheming to defraud investors,
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Annapurna Ups Sue Naegle to Chief Content Officer, Names Ivana Lombardi President of Film

Annapurna Ups Sue Naegle to Chief Content Officer, Names Ivana Lombardi President of Film
Sue Naegle has been named chief content officer at Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Pictures.

Naegle joined the company as head of television in 2016, and will now oversee development and production in film, TV, video games, and the company’s fledgling theater division. As part of the reorganization, Ivana Lombardi has been named president of film, a role vacated by former executive Chelsea Barnard last year.

Lombardi hails from Chernin Entertainment, where she oversaw the movies “St. Vincent” and “Hidden Figures.” She will work closely with Jillian Longnecker, who has been named president of physical production. Patrick Chu, who joined Annapurna from Amazon last week as a senior vice president in TV, will continue to report to Naegle.

Naegle’s first order of business is investing heavily in development and production for the backend of 2019, she said, as well as supporting their first-look partners Plan B Entertainment and Pastel (with whom
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Michael B. Jordan Signs First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.

Michael B. Jordan Signs First-Look Deal With Warner Bros.
Black Panther” and “Creed II” star Michael B. Jordan has signed a first-look deal with Warner Bros. for his production company Outlier Society.

The deal was announced Wednesday by Toby Emmerich, chairman of the Warner Bros. Pictures Group. The studio noted that the alliance marks a continuation of their partnership following the unveiling of a joint production diversity policy in September. Warner Bros.’ upcoming “Just Mercy,” a Jordan-starring and producing vehicle, became the first film under the new policy.

“Michael has become a leading voice in a new generation of talent and is creating real change in the industry,” said Emmerich. “His talent is undeniable, and beyond that, his commitment and conviction around representation and inclusion are inspiring — he truly walks the walk. We’re extremely proud to be in business with him and excited about a number of projects on the horizon.”

Jordan broke out as Oscar Grant in
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‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Harryhausen

‘The Kid Who Would Be King’ Review: Harry Potter Meets Harryhausen
Let’s say you’re a kid, growing up in England’s middle-class suburbs circa right now. You’re not popular — in fact, it’s safe to say that most of your fellow students would characterize you as a dork, a geek, possibly a dweeb … and that’s if they’re being polite. But you’re smart, and you’ll stand up to the schoolyard pricks if they pick on your best friend — he’s chubby and equally as unpopular as you — even if that means risking public humiliation and a potential beating.
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‘Prince of War': Imperative to Produce Blackwater Founder Biopic

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Imperative Entertainment has come aboard to produce “Prince of War,” the biopic that will focus on the life of Erik Prince, the ex-Navy Seal and founder of the private military contracting firm, Blackwater, an individual with knowledge of the project tells TheWrap.

Michaël R. Roskam will direct the film.

The script will be based on the book “Civilian Warriors,” written by Prince and a 2009 Vanity Fair piece, “Tycoon, Contractor, Soldier, Spy” by Adam Ciralsky. Stuart Beattie (“Collateral”) wrote the initial draft of the screenplay and is working with Roskam on a new version.

Also Read: Robert Schwentke to Direct 'Snake Eyes' For Paramount and Paramount and Allspark

The story centers on Prince, the ex-Navy Seal and billionaire capitalist who was dogged by a grand-jury investigation, clandestine CIA assassination missions, and the voluntary manslaughter trial of five former employees. This deep dive into the industry of modern warfare
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