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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Denmark’s Oscar Entry ‘The Guilty’ (Exclusive)
Bold Films, and Jake Gyllenhaal and Riva Marker’s Nine Stories Productions have acquired the rights to remake the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” with Gyllenhaal attached to star.

The pic, which premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, won the world cinema audience award and was also named one of the top five foreign language films of 2018 by the National Board of Review. The movie, Denmark’s foreign language film Oscar entry, is also nominated for best screenwriter and best actor at the 2018 European Film Awards.

The movie follows a police officer under investigation, who’s demoted to desk-work at an emergency call center. When he receives a terrified phone call from a kidnapped woman, he must battle his internal demons in order to save her.

Gyllenhaal and Marker will produce for Nine Stories, alongside Bold Films’ Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak, and Svetlana Metkina. Bold Films will finance the pic.
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"Sharp Objects" Alum Jean-Marc Vallee to Direct HBO’s ''Gorilla and the Bird" Adaptation

Big Little Lies” and “Sharp Objects” alum Jean-Marc Vallée has re-teamed with HBO for yet another limited series.

The director has signed on to direct and executive produce the network’s upcoming adaptation of “Gorilla and the Bird,” HBO announced on Monday.

An adaptation of the memoir by former attorney Zack McDermott, the series is described as “an inspirational tale of a mother’s unconditional love for her bipolar son.” Bryan Sipe, who previously collaborated with Vallée on the 2015 Jake Gyllenhaal-led film “Demolition,” is executive producer and showrunner on the limited series.
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Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix

Gina Rodriguez-Led ‘Carmen Sandiego’ Animated Series Gets Premiere Date at Netflix
Where in the world is Carmen Sandiego? On Netflix in January, that’s where.

The streamer revealed Monday that its Gina Rodriguez-led “Carmen Sandiego” animated series will launch Jan. 18.

The 20-episode season will drop before the premiere of Netflix’s live-action “Carmen Sandiego” movie, which also stars Rodriguez in the titular role.
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'The Favourite' leads awards race with 14 Critics' Choice nominations

'The Favourite' leads awards race with 14 Critics' Choice nominations
Yorgos Lanthimos comedy edges Vice and A Star Is Born, while Escape at Dannemora and The Assassination of Gianni Versace did well in the TV section

Period comedy The Favourite has solidified its position as an early leader in the awards race after securing 14 nominations in the Critics’ Choice awards. Directed by Yorgos Lanthimos and starring Olivia Colman as Queen Anne, The Favourite is up for best picture, best comedy, best director and best original screenplay, as well as receiving comprehensive nods for its cast: best actress and best comedy actress for Colman, best supporting actress for Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, and best ensemble.

The Critics’ Choice awards, given by the Broadcast Film Critics Association, are considered an accurate barometer of Oscar tastes: The Shape of Water took four awards here last year, when 17 out of 19 common categories had the same winner. It comes after last week’s somewhat
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"Power" Shuts Down Production After Crew Member Killed

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The Starz series “Power” has shut down production after an on-set accident led to the death of a production assistant early Monday morning.

Pedro Jimenez was setting up traffic cones for a shoot in Brooklyn at approximately 4:30 Am ET when he was struck by an SUV. He was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of one of the members of our ‘Power’ family,” a Starz spokesperson said in a statement. “Our thoughts are with Mr. Jimenez’ family as we work to fully understand what has happened.”

It is unknown at this time precisely how long the production shut down will last. “Power” is currently in production on its sixth season.

More to come…
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‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry

‘Woman At War’: Jodie Foster To Direct & Star In English Version Of Iceland’s Oscar Entry
Exclusive: Two-time Oscar winner Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of Woman at War, the spirited and eccentric eco-thriller that Iceland has officially submitted for the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

Foster will reinterpret the role of Halla (played in the original film by Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir), a genial middle-aged music teacher hiding a secret life as an outlaw environmental activist with a grudge against the local aluminum industry that is despoiling the pristine Highlands of Iceland. Halla is escalating her one-woman campaign of sabotage when an unexpected letter arrives with news: her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine.

It’s nature vs. nurture, so to speak, as the unlikely eco-avenger finds herself questioning her political convictions and destiny even as government agents hunt for her and an orphaned child awaits to fulfill Halla’s dream of motherhood.
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‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems

‘Crazy Rich Asians’ Breakout Constance Wu in Talks for Rom-Com at Screen Gems
Constance Wu, the star of “Fresh Off the Boat” and “Crazy Rich Asians,” will be looking for love in yet another romantic comedy.

Wu is in talks to star in an untitled romantic comedy from Screen Gems, an individual with knowledge of the project told TheWrap.

Savion Einstein (the upcoming “The Longest Birthday”) wrote the screenplay, and Elizabeth Banks and Max Handelman are producing. Kimmy Gatewood, who stars as a wrestler on the Netflix show “Glow,” is in talks to make her directorial feature debut on the film. She’s previously directed a handful of shorts and several episodes of the 2016 show “Junketeers.”
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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

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Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard
Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney
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Vin Diesel To Produce Cop Drama "Conway" at NBC

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Vin Diesel To Produce Cop Drama
NBC has put in development Conway, a crime drama about a brilliant detective from Vin Diesel, his One Race TV and Universal Television, where Diesel and One Race TV are under a deal.

Written by Jonny Umansky, Conway centers around St. Louis detective Cal Conway, who finds his world turned upside down when he wakes up from a coma with exceptional cognitive abilities. Returning to the force, he sets out to solve the city’s most complex cases but the discovery of a lethal side effect makes Cal wonder whether his new abilities are more of a blessing or a curse.

The series is inspired by a real world condition, affecting just 50 people around the world, who have survived traumatic brain injuries. In these rare instances, the brain responds to trauma in spectacular ways, resulting in individuals suddenly possessing extraordinary new genius-level talents and cognitive abilities.

Umansky executive produces with
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Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings

Jodie Whittaker to Return as ‘Doctor Who’ in 2020 Amid Strong U.S. Ratings
Doctor Who” will be back on global screens in early 2020, with Jodie Whittaker returning in her groundbreaking role as the show’s first regular female timelord. The show was renewed by the BBC amid mixed overnight but strong consolidated numbers in the U.K., and strong ratings in the U.S.

British viewers tuned in in droves to the first episode of the current season. With 11 million viewers (consolidated), it was the second-biggest drama audience of the year and the best launch for “Doctor Who” in a decade in the U.K.

Overnight ratings declined steadily over the course of the series,
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Did ‘Elseworlds’ Just Tease Another Major DC Comics Character?

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Did ‘Elseworlds’ Just Tease Another Major DC Comics Character?
(Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Monday night’s episode of “Arrow”)

Is the Green Lantern headed to The CW’s “Arrowverse?”

A throwaway line at the end of Monday’s “Arrow” alludes to a popular fan theory surrounding John Diggle (David Ramsey), when John Wesley Shipp — playing his 1990s-era version of Barry Allen/The Flash, who travels from an alternate universe — asks Diggle why he’s not wearing a certain special ring.

For fans of “Arrow,” the line was a nod to a popular fan theory that’s been floating around for years, that argues Diggle — a character created specifically for the TV show — will be the “Arrowverse” version of John Stewart’s Green Lantern. Ramsey himself has spoken about it, though CW brass has shot that idea down on numerous occasions. The ring that Shipp’s Allen is referring to is, of course, the same ring that The Green Lantern wears,
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How ‘Elseworlds’ Sets Up Batwoman’s Solo TV Show

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How ‘Elseworlds’ Sets Up Batwoman’s Solo TV Show
(Warning: The following story contains spoilers from Monday night’s episode of “Arrow”)

Viewers finally got to meet Ruby Rose’s Batwoman in Monday night’s “Arrow” episode, which also shows the first look at the “Arrowverse” version of Gotham City.

While the episode mostly sticks to the “Elseworlds” crossover plot, it does lay out some of the groundwork for the upcoming “Batwoman” solo TV show, though the hints of what’s to come are more subtle. “Nothing really that would stand out, but in hindsight, might resonate,” Caroline Dries, who co-wrote the episode and is spearheading the “Batwoman” project, told reporters during a Q&A session at The CW’s Burbank offices. “We created it with a bigger story in mind.”

In the episode, Arrow and The Flash (with Grant Gustin and Stephen Amell playing body-swapped versions of their characters), along with Supergirl, head to Gotham City to try
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‘Elseworlds': DC Vault Opens Wider Than Ever to ‘Arrowverse,’ But Batman Remains Off-Limits

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‘Elseworlds': DC Vault Opens Wider Than Ever to ‘Arrowverse,’ But Batman Remains Off-Limits
(Warning: The following story includes spoilers for Monday night’s “Arrow” episode)

The CW’s “Arrowverse” finally got to pay a visit to the most famous city in the DC Comics universe this side of Metropolis: Gotham City.

This makes Monday’s “Arrow” episode a landmark event in The CW’s “Arrowverse,” because — despite Fox airing “Gotham,” which is set years before Batman shows up — anything to do with the Caped Crusader or his city was always considered a no-fly zone by Warner Bros. and DC brass. Until now.

“DC doesn’t let you say ‘Batman,’ have anything about Gotham City,” Caroline Dries, who co-wrote Monday’s “Arrow” episode and is spearheading the solo “Batwoman” project, told reporters. “Now, all of a sudden, you can do stuff. For a bunch of geeks like us, you’re in heaven.”

Also Read: 'Arrowverse' Crossover: 'Supergirl' Star Melissa Benoist Shares Photo
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‘Elseworlds, Part 2’ Recap: Batwoman’s ‘Arrowverse’ Story Begins

‘Elseworlds, Part 2’ Recap: Batwoman’s ‘Arrowverse’ Story Begins
Spoiler Alert: Do not read if you have not yet watched “Elseworlds, Part 2” the second part of the 2018 “Arrowverse” crossover, which aired Dec. 10.

Arrow’s” leg of the “Elseworlds” crossover had a little more to think about than “The Flash’s,” mainly because it served as the first introduction to Ruby Rose’s Batwoman. For that, it accomplished its job. Kate Kane aka Batwoman may not have been as prominent a character in the second part of the three-night, three-episode event as originally assumed, but brought with her a lot of intrigue and proved to be a story well to
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Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller

Film News Roundup: Jodie Foster to Direct, Star in Remake of Icelandic Thriller
In today’s film news roundup, Jodie Foster is remaking Iceland’s “Woman at War,” the Art Directors Guild honors production designers Anthony Masters and Ben Carre, “47 Meters Down: Uncaged” gets cast and Melissa Takal directs “New Year New You” for Hulu.

Project Announcement

Jodie Foster will direct, co-produce and star in an English-language remake of the thriller “Woman at War,” Iceland’s submission to the Foreign Language competition at the upcoming 91st Academy Awards.

The Icelandic movie centers on a music teacher who’s escalating her sabotage against the local aluminum industry when she discovers that her adoption application has been approved and a baby girl is awaiting her in the Ukraine. The script won the best script prize in the Critics’ Week section of the Cannes Film Festival.

Foster plans to relocate the setting to the American West. It will be her fifth directorial gig following “Money Monster,
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On the Charts: Meek Mill Reigns at Number One With ‘Championships’

Meek Mill‘s Championships lived up to its title as the rapper’s first post-prison album debuted at Number One the Billboard 200.

Championships sold 229,000 total copies, including 42,000 traditional album sales, in its first week of release to easily capture the top spot and give the Philadelphia rapper his second Number One LP; 2015’s Dreams Worth More Than Money also ruled the album charts, Billboard reports.

Three more new releases debuted within the Top 10: At Number Two, Lil Baby’s Street Gossip opened with 88,000 total copies, the bulk of which
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Michael Uslan’s U2K Becomes Asia-Hollywood Formats Pipeline (Exclusive)

Michael and David Uslan, the father and son producing team with credits that include “The Dark Knight” and “Sabrina: Secrets of a Teenage Witch” have struck a cluster of deals that makes them a two-way conduit for TV formats between Hollywood and Asia.

U2K, a company that includes the Uslans and Jon Karas, has recently struck deals with top rights owners in China, India and South Korea to bring their content to Western audiences.

And, with the purpose of taking content from West to East, U2K has struck a first-look deal with Renegade 83. The Sherman Oaks-based
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James Corden Isn’t Hosting 2019 Grammys, But CBS Is Eyeing His Producer, Ben Winston (Exclusive)

James Corden Isn’t Hosting 2019 Grammys, But CBS Is Eyeing His Producer, Ben Winston (Exclusive)
James Corden will not be returning as the host of the Grammy Awards this year, Variety has confirmed, although a source close to the situation says that “Late Late Show” show producer Ben Winston is being considered as a successor to longtime executive producer Ken Ehrlich and will work on the 2019 show in an expanded role. Winston has already worked with Ehrlich as a producer on the past two Grammy Awards telecasts, which Corden hosted.

The source emphasized that there is no long-term commitment between the show and Winston. It is unusual for a producer so closely associated with a
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Court TV Brand to Resurface as New Channel From Scripps Co.

Court TV is back in session. The cable TV channel that once carried gavel-to-gavel live coverage of high-profile trials will be revived by a new owner, nearly a dozen years after it was shuttered by Turner Broadcasting.

Katz Networks, a division of E.W. Scripps Co., plans to revive Court TV as a new channel designed to be distributed via local TV stations as a multicast offering as well as by MVPDs and streaming platforms starting in May. Katz has acquired the Court TV moniker and some 100,000 hours of vintage Court TV programming from Turner, now owned by At&T.

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Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Danish Cop Thriller ‘The Guilty’

Jake Gyllenhaal to Star in Remake of Danish Cop Thriller ‘The Guilty’
Jake Gyllenhaal has signed on to star in a remake of the Danish thriller “The Guilty,” which the actor has acquired the rights to through his Nine Stories production banner along with Bold Films.

The original version, which won the world audience award at Sundance this year and is Denmark’s entry for this year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar, follows a cop with a dark past who has been suspended and relegated to a desk job. One night, he receives a call from a terrified woman, and he must conquer his inner demons to save her.

Gyllenhaal will also produce alongside Nine Stories co-founder Riva Marker, with Michel Litvak, Gary Michael Walters, David Litvak and Svetlana Metkina also producing for Bold Films, which is financing.The original film’s co-writer/director Gustav Möller and producer Lina Flint will serve as executive producers.

“We saw The Guilty at Sundance and were blown away.
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