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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC
“Grey’s Anatomy” has been renewed for a fifteenth season at ABC, making it the longest-running primetime drama in the history of the network.

“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said Channing Dungey, president of ABC Entertainment. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

“Grey’s Anatomy” remains one of ABC’s top-rated series, with this season
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Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie

Universal Wins Rights for Stephen King’s ‘Tommyknockers’ Movie
Universal Pictures has won an auction for Stephen King’s “The Tommyknockers,” which is being developed as a movie by producers James Wan and Roy Lee.

The deal closed Friday afternoon. Netflix and Sony were also bidding. Wan, who’s directing “Aquaman” and produces “The Conjuring” franchise, will produce through his Atomic Monster company. Lee, whose credits include “It,” the Lego movies, and “The Departed,” will produce through Vertigo Entertainment.

The duo has teamed up with Larry Sanitsky, who executive produced the 1993 ABC miniseries adaptation of “The Tommyknockers,” starring Jimmy Smits and Marg Helgenberger.

The producers began shopping the package to studios through Paradigm earlier this month. “It is an allegorical tale of addiction (Stephen was struggling with his own at the time), the threat of nuclear power, the danger of mass hysteria, and the absurdity of technical evolution run amuck,” Sanitsky said. “All are as relevant today as the day the novel was written.
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‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller

‘Deadpool 2’ on Track to Become Fandango’s Top R-Rated Pre-Seller
Online ticket-seller Fandango is reporting “Deadpool 2” has become the third-largest pre-seller of 2018 at the same point in the sales cycle behind “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Black Panther.”

After only one day of sales, “Deadpool 2” tickets are on pace to become the top R-rated preseller in Fandango’s 18-year history, eclipsing 2015’s “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

“Thanks in part to ‘Deadpool’ creator Rob Liefeld’s exclusive FanShop poster offer with tickets, fans flocked to Fandango to reserve their seats as soon as tickets were available,” said Fandango managing editor Erik Davis.

Fox released the final trailer for the Ryan Reynolds sequel on Thursday with Deadpool coming together with Zazie Beetz’s Domino and T.J. Miller’s Weasel to defeat the powerful Cable, played by Josh Brolin. The superhero sequel also stars Brianna Hildebrand, Morena Baccarin, Leslie Uggams, and Stefan Kapicic as Deadpool’s team of mutants protect a young boy (Julian Dennison) from Cable.
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‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women

‘Smallville’ Star Allison Mack Accused of Recruiting for NXIVM, Group Accused of Sex Trafficking and Branding Women
Actress Allison Mack, known for her work on the superhero TV series “Smallville,” was arrested Friday and accused of recruiting women into a purported self-help organization, NXIVM, in which they were required to work and have sex with the group’s leader, Keith Raniere, prosecutors said.

U.S. attorney Richard P. Donoghue said in a statement Friday that Mack recruited women for Raniere, and that the women were “exploited, both sexually and for their labor.” He said Mack, who was arrested in Brooklyn, New York, is accused of “directly or implicitly” requiring women “to engage in sexual activity with Raniere. In exchange for this, Mack received financial and other benefits from Raniere.”

Raniere was arrested in Mexico in March. He traveled there after The New York Times published a report in October about the group branding women. Mack’s involvement with the group has long been a subject of speculation: She can be seen in a series of conversations posted to YouTube last year, smilingly interviewing Raniere about his teachings.

His charges in March involve sex trafficking and conspiring to force labor. According to Donoghue, Raniere, known within the group as “The Vanguard,” created “a secret society of women whom he had sex with and branded with his initials, coercing them with the threat of releasing their highly personal information and taking their assets.”
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New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis

New ‘Nancy Drew’ Movie Coming Starring ‘It’ Actress Sophia Lillis
16-year-old actress Sophia Lillis broke out last year with her starring role as Beverly Marsh in the mega-hit film adaptation of Stephen King’s It, and now she’ll be playing an even more high profile literary character. A new report says that Lillis has been cast as the title role in a new Nancy Drew movie […]

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John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film

John Carpenter Returns To ‘Halloween’ Franchise To Provide Score For New Film
It feels like it wasn’t that long ago that Blumhouse Productions announced that they were making, yet another, entry in the “Halloween” franchise. Now, we are almost exactly 6 months from the film’s release, and the buzz around the sequel/reboot/remake is starting to build. And the excitement will increase even more now that it has been confirmed that filmmaker/composer John Carpenter is back lending his talents to the new film.
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Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date

Melissa McCarthy's Action Comedy 'Super-Intelligence' Gets 2019 Release Date
Super-Intelligence, the new Melissa McCarthy comedy from New Line, will open on Christmas Day, 2019, Warner Bros. announced today.

At the same time, the studio has set release dates for the Michael B. Jordan death row drama, Just Mercy, as well as staked a claim for a release of an untitled film based on The Conjuring horror universe.

Super-Intelligence will be released Dec. 25, 2019. The movie, which is being directed by McCarthy’s husband, Ben Falcone, sees the comedian playing a former corporate executive whose earnest yet unfulfilled life is turned upside down when she is selected for observation by...
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Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'

Leslie Jones, Rachel Bloom, Sterling K. Brown Join Voice Cast of 'Angry Birds 2'
Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are adding a new flock of comedic talent to Angry Birds 2.

Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live, Ghostbusters) will voice the film’s villain character, while Rachel Bloom (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Sterling K. Brown (This is Us, The People vs. O.J. Simpson), Mexico’s breakout Eugenio Derbez (Instructions Not Included, Overboard), Zach Woods (Silicon Valley, The Post), Awkwafina (Ocean's 8, Crazy Rich Asians), Lil Rel Howery (Get Out), Dove Cameron (The Descendants, Agents of Shield), Beck Bennett (Saturday Night Live, Brigsby Bear) and Brooklynn Prince (The Florida Project) have all signed on for roles in The Angry...
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Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message

Ash vs Evil Dead Has Been Cancelled; Bruce Campbell Tweets Emotional Message
It’s looking like lackluster ratings have nailed the final coffin in Starz’ “Ash vs Evil Dead” as the series has been cancelled. Taking to Twitter, Bruce Campbell gave an emotional message that pays respect not just to the series but also to the history of the Evil Dead franchise itself. “Ash Vs Evil Dead has […]
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‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews

‘I Feel Pretty’ Takes In $1M, ‘Super Troopers 2’ Tickets Strong $1.35M In Thursday Previews
Write-thru, 7:44 AM: The preview numbers are beginning to roll in this morning for three new films debuting this weekend: the Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty, Super Troopers 2, and the drama/thriller Traffik about human traffiking.

The Amy Schumer comedy I Feel Pretty from STXfilms danced to a Thursday night preview take of $1M after releasing into roughly 2,600 theaters last night at 7 Pm. For comps, the Schumer starring comedy Snatched grabbed $650K in previews last year and went onto a three-day of $19.5M. The comedy, financed by Voltage Pictures and produced by them with Wonderland Sound and Vision, is still on track to open around $15M this weekend and rolls out to 3,440 locations this weekend.

Grosses came in earlier this AM for the guy-driven comedy SuperTroopers 2, which nabbed a big $1.35M in tickets last night as the sequel to the 2001 comedy cult film enjoyed double features in 925 of its 1,850 theaters.
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‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More

‘Avengers Infinity War’: 3 More Potential Cameos, The Giant Budget Revealed & More
We have reached the point in the Disney/MarvelAvengers: Infinity War” Hype Machine where the actors are doing their press junkets. Based on the sheer size of the cast, secrets and news was bound to slip out of the mouths of these actors. And it looks like Sebastian Stan was one of the first Avengers to fall victim to the dreaded “verbal vomit.”

During an interview with the Independent, Stan let out that there is one scene in particular in ‘Infinity War’ where they have pulled together “everybody.” Now, he prefaces by saying he can’t name names but then proceeds to do just that.
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Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’

Amy Pascal & Neal Moritz Land Liz Moore’s New Book ‘Long Bright River’
Exclusive: The prolific producing pair of Amy Pascal and Neal H. Moritz have teamed to acquire film rights to Long Bright River, the upcoming suspense novel from Liz Moore. The book just sold at auction to Penguin Random House imprint Riverhead Books for seven figures. Moore is also set to adapt the book, which is set in her native Philadelphia and revolves around two sisters — one, an addict who has gone missing and the other a police officer who must find her. The story…
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The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo

The Powerful Final Scene in Scandal's Series Finale Includes a Pretty Sweet Cameo
Attention lovers of liberty: spoilers for the series finale of Scandal lurking below!

Did you really think Shonda Rhimes was going to let Scandal's final episode end without one last squeeze of your tear ducts? The epic series finale, "Over a Cliff," is an emotional rollercoaster from start to finish. There's the crushing death of a beloved character, the conclusion of Olivia and Fitz's will-they-or-won't-they relationship, and even a jailhouse wedding. But the best moment of all comes in the episode's last few minutes.

Shortly after we see Olivia strutting through the National Mall in her trademark white trench coat one final time,
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‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC

ABC has officially picked up “Grey’s Anatomy” for another season, bringing the Shondaland medical drama to an impressive 15-year run.

“‘Grey’s Anatomy’ has a special place in my heart and millions of viewers feel the same way,” said ABC Entertainment boss Channing Dungey. “Thanks to fiercely loyal fans who have been on this journey since the beginning, and new generations of viewers who continue to discover the joy and drama of Grey Sloan Memorial, the show is as strong as ever.”

The announcement comes one day after the network’s other landmark Shonda Rhimes drama “Scandal” bowed after seven years.

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Thursday also marked the final day of filming for “Grey’s” stars Sarah Drew, who had been with the show since its fifth season, and Jessica Capshaw, who had been on since Season 6. Creator and executive producer Rhimes celebrated the two actresses in an Instagram post on Thursday, hailing them as “beautifully talented women.”

“A social media post won’t cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will,” she wrote. “I have more to say. I will do so. For now I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters.”

Today, in the midst of scheduled mania of #scandal series finale, two beautifully talented women filmed their last scenes at #greysanatomy. Having these things happen at the same time is almost impossible to process. I need to devote a whole day just to celebrate Jessica and just to celebrate Sarah. To tell you stories about their talent and to tell what I know about what their roles have meant. A social media post won't cut it and I will not minimize their magic by pretending it will. I have more to say. I will do so. For now I will just say how lucky we were to witness their talents and the magic they brought to their characters. @jessicacapshaw @thesarahdrew

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Also Read: Ellen Pompeo: It's 'Absolutely Not True' That 'Grey's Anatomy' Salary Hike Led to Co-Stars' Exits (Video)

“Grey’s Anatomy” stars Ellen Pompeo as Dr. Meredith Grey. Justin Chambers, Chandra Wilson, James Pickens Jr., Kevin McKidd, Jesse Williams, Caterina Scorsone, Camilla Luddington, Kelly McCreary and Giacomo Gianniotti also star.

In addition to Rhimes, Betsy Beers, Mark Gordon, Krista Vernoff, William Harper, Zoanne Clack, Debbie Allen and Fred Einesman executive produce.

Back in January, Pompeo revealed that she had signed a new two-year deal to remain on the series for $20 million per year, making her the highest-paid actress on a TV drama. The new deal provided Pompeo $575,000 per episode, a seven-figure bonus, back end points on the Shondaland show, a producing credit and an executive producing credit on spinoff “Station 19,” which premiered last month.

Read original story ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Renewed for Season 15 at ABC At TheWrap
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Writer’s Guild Proposes New Deal That Would End Agency Packaging Deals

The Writer’s Guild of America (WGA) is proposing a new deal to curb conflicts of interest by putting an end to talent agency packaging deals and ventures into TV and film production.

The guild’s proposal, which TheWrap obtained, states: “No Agency shall have an ownership or other financial interest in, or shall be owned by or affiliated with, any entity or individual engaged in the production or distribution of motion pictures.”

It also proposes that “no Agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a client.”

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By packaging deals, agencies receive upfront and back-end fees from companies when they bring together financial elements for a project and various creative, including on-air talent.

Under the guild’s proposal, agencies would revert back to collecting 10 percent commission on writers they represent.

The Association of Talent Agents (Ata) is not likely to agree to the WGA’s proposal without a fight.

Also Read: Slate Employees Vote to Unionize With Writers Guild of America, East

Read the WGA’s proposal points below:

Conflict Of Interest

a. No Agency shall have an ownership or other financial interest in, or shall be owned by or affiliated with, any entity or individual engaged in the production or distribution of motion pictures.

b. No Agency shall have an ownership or other financial interest in, or shall be owned by or affiliated with, any business venture that would create an actual or apparent conflict of interest with Agency’s representation of a Client.

c. No Agency shall derive any revenue or other benefit from a Client’s involvement in or employment on a motion picture project, other than a percentage commission based on the Client’s compensation.

d. No Agency shall accept any money or thing of value from the employer of a Client.

e. Agency shall disclose to Client any fact or relationship creating an actual or apparent conflict of interest.

Agency-client Relationship

a. Agency shall at all times act as a fiduciary of Client, and shall comply with all fiduciary duties imposed by statute or common law.

b. Agency’s representation of a Client shall not be influenced by its representation of any other client.

c. Agency shall promptly disclose to Client all inquiries, offers and expressions of interest regarding employment or sale or option of literary material, and shall keep Client apprised of the status of all negotiations.

d. Agency shall maintain confidentiality with respect to Client’s employment and financial affairs.

e. Agency shall not submit Client for employment where the employer or producer has not yet secured underlying rights necessary for the assignment.

f. Agency shall be responsive and professional in communicating with client.

Also Read: Vox Media Votes to Unionize With WGA East

Agency Compensation

a. Agency’s commission shall be limited to 10% of Client’s gross compensation, including Client’s profit participation.

b. Agency’s commission shall not reduce Client’s compensation below Mba scale compensation.

c. Agency shall not circumvent limits on commissions by charging fees for other services.

d. Agency shall provide quarterly to Client and to the Guild an itemized statement showing in standardized electronic format (i) all compensation received by or on behalf of Client; and (ii) all commissions and other revenue received by Agency related to its representation of Client. Client and Guild shall have the right to audit such statements.

Notification To Guild

a. Agency shall provide the Guild with a copy of the agreement or essential deal terms of any engagement or other transaction involving a Client no later than 10 days after the earlier of (i) the existence of a binding contractual commitment; or (ii) the commencement of Client’s writing services.

b. Agency shall provide the Guild with immediate notice of Client’s commencement of services or delivery of literary material, or other material fact triggering compensation, and a copy of any invoice or other documentation relating to the payment obligation.

c. Agency shall provide the Guild with copies of all representation agreements with Client.

Enforcement Of Mba And Clients’ Individual Writing Agreements

a. Agency shall not encourage Client to violate any provision of the Mba.

b. Agency shall zealously advocate for Client’s best interests in all aspects of the employment relationship, including but not limited to the following: i. Advocating against Client’s performance of uncompensated or speculative writing services; ii. Advocating in favor of multiple steps in theatrical deals; and iii. Protecting Client from abusive hiring practices such as sweepstakes pitching.

c. Agency shall be aware of and monitor the contractual deadline for the payment of all compensation to the Client, and shall immediately notify the Guild in the event a payment is late.

d. Agency shall cooperate fully with the Guild in any investigation or contract enforcement action undertaken on behalf of a Client.

e. Agency shall not encourage Client to violate any Guild rule.

Non-discrimination And Diversity

a. Agency shall comply with all state and federal anti-discrimination laws in its selection and representation of Clients.

b. Agency shall not, without prior disclosure to Client, procure any employment where there is a reasonable basis to believe that the Client will be subjected to a hostile work environment or other forms of workplace harassment.

c. Agency shall take steps to ensure the referral of qualified diverse writers for any open writing assignment.

d. Agency shall consult with their Clients regarding diversity as a factor in their procurement of employment.

e. Agency shall provide the Guild with an annual report summarizing Agency’s diversity efforts and reflecting, through anonymized data, the employment history of writers represented by the Agency, broken down by membership in statutorily protected classes.

Enforcement Of Amba Streamline arbitration process in the Amba to provide for enforcement of its provisions through expedited arbitration through a sole neutral arbitrator. Enhance penalties for breach of Amba, including loss of franchise for serious violations. Revise list of approved arbitrators.

Term Of Amba Term of the new Amba shall be three years, provided that it shall thereafter renew for one-year periods unless either party gives written notice of termination at least 60 days before the expiration date then in effect.

Umberto Gonzalez contributed to this reporting

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'Duck Butter': Film Review | Tribeca 2018

'Duck Butter': Film Review | Tribeca 2018
It is a truth universally acknowledged that good artists sometimes get together and make underwhelming art. Duck Butter, premiering in the U.S. Narrative Competition at the Tribeca Film Festival, is a case in point. Directed by Miguel Arteta (Beatriz at Dinner), starring Alia Shawkat (TBS’ Search Party) and Laia Costa (the 2015 German thriller Victoria), written by Arteta and Shawkat, and executive produced by Jay and Mark Duplass, the movie is stuffed with talent and buffed with hipster-indie polish. It’s also frequently silly, only fitfully involving and often surprisingly banal despite its outré premise: Two women meet and decide to...
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‘Jane the Virgin’ Boss on Season 4 Finale: ‘I Knew It Would Be the Ultimate Surprise’

‘Jane the Virgin’ Boss on Season 4 Finale: ‘I Knew It Would Be the Ultimate Surprise’
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Chapter Eighty-One,” the season 4 finale of “Jane The Virgin.”

The fourth season finale of “Jane The Virgin” was supposed to be a time of celebration: Alba (Ivonne Coll) became an American citizen; Rafael (Justin Baldoni) planned to propose to Jane (Gina Rodriguez); Rogelio’s (Jaime Camil) American telenovela was back on track; Xo (Andrea Navedo) was fighting cancer; and the charges against Petra (Yael Grobglas) were dropped and she was in a happy relationship with J.R. (Rosario Dawson).

But show wouldn’t be living up to its true
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The Weinstein Co. Names Ivona Smith New Board Member

The Weinstein Co., which is currently undergoing Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings, has appointed a new member to its board of directors — Ivona Smith of DriveTrain LLC, which advises distressed businesses.

Smith is described as a finance professional with more than 20 years of experience in restructurings, corporate finance and audits. And, in announcing her appointment, the board said it made the decision to add an additional independent director as part of its ongoing discussions with the Unsecured Creditors Committee in its Chapter II case pending in Delaware.

"We are delighted to welcome Ms. Smith to our board," board chairman...
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Film Review: ‘Anything’

Love, companionship, healing and deliverance often come from unexpected places, but in movies, it’s far too easy for out-of-the-blue twists of fate to feel creakily contrived. That fact is born out by “Anything,” a romance between a recent widower and a transgender woman that, at nearly every turn, operates in schematic fashion. Though the film’s heart is in the right place, writer Timothy McNeil’s directorial debut (an adaptation of his play) hits so many familiar notes that it undercuts its compassionate lead performances, in the process rendering it merely a superficial tale of unlikely amour.

The casting of Matt Bomer as Freda Von Rhenburg, a Hollywood transgender sex worker, was greeted last year with criticism from some online quarters for being insensitive (if not worse). As it turns out, however, the most problematic thing about the character ultimately has far less to do with Bomer’s sincere
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Weinstein Co Names Ivona Smith to Board as Independent Director

The Weinstein Company has added Ivona Smith of DriveTrain to its board of representatives as an independent director to assist in its bankruptcy proceedings.

“We are delighted to welcome Ms. Smith to our Board,” TWC chairman and co-founder Robert Weinstein said in a statement. “Ms. Smith brings not only substantial expertise in the bankruptcy sale process, but also enhanced transparency toward Board’s goal of maximizing value for the benefit of all stakeholders.”

The addition of Smith, who specializes in distressed situations, including restructurings, corporate finance and audits, comes a month after the company filed for bankruptcy.

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The Weinstein Company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in Delaware last month, with Lantern Capital Partners agreeing to buy the company’s assets for $310 million and to keep the studio’s employees on as a “going concern.”

In its bankruptcy filing, the company named Robert del Genioof Fti Consulting as its chief restructuring officer, overseeing the company’s finances and operations during the bankruptcy process.

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