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George Clooney’s Smokehouse Pictures Signs First-Look Deal With MGM

  • Variety
MGM has signed a two-year, first-look deal with George Clooney and Grant Heslov’s Smokehouse Pictures.

Jonathan Glickman, president of MGM’s Motion Picture Group, announced the deal on Tuesday.

The first film under the new deal will center on motoring engineer and designer John DeLorean, with Clooney set to direct the movie with the possibility of playing DeLorean. The pic will be written by Keith Bunin, based on veteran journalist Alex PappademasEpic magazine article “Saint John.”

“We are thrilled to bring George, Grant, and their spectacular team into the MGM family,” Glickman said. “Smokehouse has an undeniable pedigree, representing the high quality and entertaining slate of talent we look to work with as we expand the MGM slate.”

“We’re thrilled to be working with Jon and all the folks over at MGM and look forward to a long successful partnership,” Clooney and Heslov said.

Smokehouse’s upcoming projects include Hulu’s “Catch-22,
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Crystal City Entertainment Lands Rights To ‘The Heavenly Table’ Novel By Donald Ray Pollock

  • Deadline
Exclusive: Crystal City Entertainment, the production and finance company with credits such as The Ides of March and Lee Daniel’s The Butler, has secured the film and TV rights to Donald Ray Pollock’s second book, The Heavenly Table.

Set in 1917, the story follows three young, dirt-poor sharecroppers who, after their father dies, hatch a plan to rob a bank and cast off their miserable existence. Things go terribly sideways and the brothers, armed only with a cache of blunt farming tools and a 12-gauge shotgun, ride north on a bloody crime spree.

Crystal City is currently in search of a screenwriter to attach to the project.

Pollock, a recipient of the 2009 Pen/Bingham Fellowship, made his literary debut in 2008 with the critically acclaimed story collection, Knockemstiff. Published in 2016, The Heavenly Table followed Pollock’s 2011 novel, The Devil All The Time, which is being adapted into a Netflix feature
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'Treehouse' Trailer: Hulu's Into the Dark Anthology Traps Jimmi Simpson in Haunted Vacation Home From Hell

'Treehouse' Trailer: Hulu's Into the Dark Anthology Traps Jimmi Simpson in Haunted Vacation Home From Hell
James Roday‘s career as an auteur is about to take a dark — one might even say psychotic — turn.

The Psych vet-turned-Million Little Things star co-wrote (with Gravy collaborator Todd Harthan) and directed the sixth chapter of Into the Dark, Hulu’s monthly-unspooling 12-part horror anthology series — and we have your exclusive first look at the bone-chilling first trailer.

Titled “Treehouse,” the installment — which is set to bow on March 1 — stars Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson as a celebrity chef who temporarily flees his scandal-plagued, big-city life for a weekend at his family’s isolated vacation (and apparently super-haunted) home. The
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2019 Producers Guild Awards: Which of the 10 nominees will make the cut for Best Picture at the Oscars?

The PGA Awards has a stellar success rate at previewing the Best Picture line-up at the Oscars. When the academy expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the Academy Awards shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders (though it had 11 last year due to a tie). That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster.

Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years. So how many of this year’s 10 PGA nominees — “Black Panther,” “BlacKkKlansman,” “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Favourite,” “Green Book,” “A Quiet Place,” “Roma,” “A Star is Born” and “Vice” — will make the cut with the academy?

Let’s look back at each year’s PGA Awards nominees in this new era of voting for Best Picture to see
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2019 Producers Guild Awards nominations preview: Oscar Best Picture line-up?

What can we expect when the Producers Guild of America announces its nominees for Best Picture on Friday (Jan. 4)? How closely will the guild’s top 10 preview the Academy Awards line-up that will be revealed on Jan. 22?

When the Oscars expanded to 10 nominees in 2010, the Producers Guild of America followed suit. But while the academy shifted to a sliding scale in 2012, the PGA has stuck with 10 contenders. That leeway has helped it maintain a staggering success rate at previewing the eventual Oscars roster. Indeed, the guild has predicted 70 of the 81 of the Best Picture nominees over the past nine years.

Last year, the guild went seven for nine: “Call Me by Your Name,” “Dunkirk,” “Get Out,” “Lady Bird,” “The Post,” “The Shape of Water” and “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri.” The other three guild nominees were “I, Tonya,” “Molly’s Game” and “Wonder Woman” while the Oscars rounded out their
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The 32 Most Anticipated New TV Shows of 2019

  • Indiewire
There are plenty of questions to be asked about what’s in store for television in the year 2019. Will Netflix be able to keep up with the scale of production they’ve established recently? Is there a physical limit to how many series Ryan Murphy can make at one time? What exactly is Apple’s plan for their original series, really?

One thing that’s known for sure: There’s going to be some really exciting stuff to watch (however you might end up watching it). From limited series we’ll cherish for their brief time on screen to shows we hope last for decades, 2019 looks like a repository for bold ideas and innovative storytelling, with major creative forces like Damon Lindelof, Jordan Peele, Ava DuVernay, Alex Garland, Patty Jenkins, Mimi Leder, and Jemaine Clement poised to bring their unique visions to the screen.

Below are just a few of
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Watch Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie In New Trailer For Mary Queen Of Scots

In select theaters on December 7, 2018 is Focus Features Mary Queen Of Scots.

The film explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence. Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.

Watch Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie in the new trailer.

Queen Mary was executed on
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Ryan Gosling movies: 12 greatest films, ranked worst to best, include ‘La La Land,’ ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘Half Nelson’

  • Gold Derby
Full disclosure. Many years ago, I worked at the Disney Channel at the time producers were casting a revival of the kids show “The Mickey Mouse Club.” I don’t know who did the selection of the cast members, but among the then-unknown pre-teens they chose were Britney Spears, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, Keri Russell and a gawky 13 year-old Canadian kid named Ryan Gosling. What a cast! All have gone on to great success as adults, but Gosling especially chose his own path to become one of the most respected film actors working today.

In the course of such films as “Half Nelson,” “Blue Valentine, ” and “The Big Short,” Gosling has been nominated for two Academy Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He has also been nominated for five Golden Globe Awards, which includes a win for his performance in the Damien Chazelle musical “La La Land.”

Two years later,
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Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Takes Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie to War

Mary Queen of Scots Trailer Takes Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie to War
The first trailer for Mary Queen of Scots has arrived. It's getting to that point in the year where we're going to start getting wind of more and more movies that are going to be awards season hopefuls. A period piece historical drama with two majorly talented actresses who have become increasingly big favorites with The Academy has awards season written all over it. Such is the case with Mary Queen of Scots and the first trailer definitely feels like the kind of thing that could generate a lot of buzz later this year.

Saoirse Ronan stars as the titular Mary, with Margot Robbie playing her sister in arms turned foe, Elizabeth I. The movie is based on the book Queen of Scots: The True Life of Mary Stuart by author John Guy. This trailer heavily focuses on their relationship that's going to anchor the drama in this movie. Though,
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First Mary Queen Of Scots Trailer, Starring Saoirse Ronan And Margot Robbie, Packs A Powerful Punch

Check out the first trailer for Mary Queen Of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. The film is directed by Josie Rourke (artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse).

Mary Queen Of Scots explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart (Ronan). Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I (Robbie). Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to play the game of marriage versus independence.

Determined to rule as much more than a figurehead, Mary asserts her claim to the English throne, threatening Elizabeth’s sovereignty. Betrayal, rebellion, and conspiracies within each court imperil both thrones – and change the course of history.
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‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Are Royal Rivals in Star-Studded Period Drama

‘Mary, Queen of Scots’ Trailer: Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie Are Royal Rivals in Star-Studded Period Drama
Prepare yourself for a literally royal rumble. In “Mary, Queen of Scots,” last year’s big Oscar contenders Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie face off as two of history’s most compelling queens in a tale of intrigue and desire that hasn’t lost its shine, even nearly five centuries after the events it follows first unspooled.

The period drama explores the turbulent life of Ronan’s Mary Stuart, who became Queen of France at age 16 and widowed at 18. Robbie plays Mary’s biggest rival, her cousin Elizabeth I. Each young Queen is fearful and fascinated by the other, but their loyalty to their countries is threatened when Mary asserts her claim to the English throne.

Even independent of her run-ins with Elizabeth, Mary’s life was a wild one, marked by bad marriages, literal explosions, and a tangled family tree that all but guaranteed that she’d spend her
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Two Posters For Mary Queen Of Scots Arrive Ahead Of First Trailer On Thursday

Focus Features has released two striking new posters for Mary Queen Of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie. The portrait posters are actually quite stunning.

The first trailer will be released on Thursday.

Focus Features will release Working Title’s Mary Queen Of Scots on Friday, December 7, 2018 – limited in North America. Count on this film being in the awards season, Oscar mix.

From director Josie Rourke (artistic director of The Donmar Warehouse), the film explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart. Queen of France at 16 and widowed at 18, Mary defies pressure to remarry. Instead, she returns to her native Scotland to reclaim her rightful throne. But Scotland and England fall under the rule of the compelling Elizabeth I. Each young Queen beholds her “sister” in fear and fascination. Rivals in power and in love, and female regents in a masculine world, the two must decide how to
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George Clooney in talks to direct sci-fi thriller Echo

20th Century Fox has begun early talks with George Clooney to helm there next sci-fi thriller, Echo.

It may be early days, but Fox are confident that negotiations with Clooney are just a formality. The Conspiracy’s Christopher MacBride has penned the script. It is said to be an original thriller with a sci-fi edge in which a drone specialist has a psychological crisis: is he paranoid in suspecting his lover is not who she appears to be, and could she possibly have been replaced?

The film is to be produced by 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine and Dan Cohen. Whether Clooney is set to star in the thriller is anybody’s guess at this point, but watch this space.

Also in the news – Will Ferrell to team up with Netflix for Eurovision inspired movie

The sci-fi production could a complete change of route for Clooney, who had made a
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George Clooney in Negotiations to Direct Science-Fiction Thriller ‘Echo’

  • Variety
George Clooney in Negotiations to Direct Science-Fiction Thriller ‘Echo’
George Clooney is in early talks with 20th Century Fox to direct Christopher MacBride’s science-fiction thriller “Echo.”

The movie is set up with 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy, Dan Levine, and Dan Cohen. The production company has previously produced the science-fiction pic “Arrival,” which grossed more than $200 million worldwide for Paramount, along with the upcoming “Darkest Minds” for Fox and “Kin” for Lionsgate. 21 Laps is also an executive producer on the Netflix sci-fi series “Stranger Things.”

“Echo” centers on a drone specialist who has a psychological crisis after suspecting that his lover is not who she appears to be and wondering whether she has been replaced.

Clooney has directed six movies, starting with 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” followed by “Good Night, and Good Luck,” “Leatherheads,” “The Ides of March,” “The Monuments Men,” and last year’s “Suburbicon.” He received an Oscar nomination for directing “Good Night, and Good Luck.
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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor

George Clooney AFI Tribute: Cate Blanchett, Laura Dern, and More Celebrate (and Tease) the Prankster Actor
Last year’s AFI Life Achievement Award winner Diane Keaton cooed over George Clooney’s 18-year relationship with a pig. Laura Dern recalled being stranded in Budapest on their first movie, the never-released “Grizzly II: The Predator,” waiting for plane tickets home. Julianna Margulies thanked Clooney, who just turned 57, for tipping her that her “E.R.” character tested well enough to possibly come back to life, something she did not hear from her own agent.

“You’re the real deal,” she said, choking up, reminding the black-tie crowd that “E.R” arrived after 13 failed pilots. “The most important lessons I learned in this town I learned from George.” Richard Kind described George’s foundation as “the boys,” a motley crew that has hung together for three decades and were led by Clooney — before “E.R.” hit — to spend three days cleaning up East L.A. after the riots.

Yes, George
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George Clooney Says 'Batman & Robin' Was a Career Wake-Up Call

George Clooney Says 'Batman & Robin' Was a Career Wake-Up Call
George Clooney has done more by the age of 57 than others could in three lifetimes. After his breakout role as the charming Dr. Ross on the medical drama ER, he’s starred in popcorn fare like the Ocean’s Eleven trilogy; cerebral dramas (Michael Clayton, Up in the Air) and quirky comedies (O Brother, Where Art Thou?); earned seven Oscar nominations (winning for supporting actor for Syriana and as a producer for best picture Argo); and built a notable career as a director (Good Night, and Good Luck, The Ides of March).

Along the way, he’s also earned a reputation as ...
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Julia Roberts to Present George Clooney With AFI Life Achievement Award

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Julia Roberts to Present George Clooney With AFI Life Achievement Award
The American Film Institute has selected Julia Roberts to present the AFI Life Achievement Award to her longtime friend and colleague George Clooney.

The presentation will take place at the 46th AFI Life Achievement Award Gala Tribute on June 7 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood, Calif.

TNT will premiere the hour-and-a-half special on June 21. Sister network Turner Classic Movies will also air the special in September during a night of programming dedicated to Clooney’s work.

Roberts has frequently collaborated with Clooney, starring with him in 2001’s “Ocean’s Eleven,” 2004’s “Ocean’s Twelve,” and 2016’s “Money Monster.” She also starred in his directorial debut, 2002’s “Confessions of a Dangerous Mind,” and in 2013’s “August: Osage County,” which Clooney produced.

Clooney has earned eight Academy Award nominations and two wins for best supporting actor in “Syriana” and for best picture with “Argo.” He received best actor nominations for “Michael Clayton,
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We're Obsessed With Nick in The Handmaid's Tale and We're Not Even Sorry

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The highly anticipated second season of The Handmaid's Tale launched last week with Hulu releasing the first two episodes. We were happy to see Nick, played by the low-key sexy Max Minghella, in both episodes. You'll remember Nick as Commander Waterford's driver who soon becomes June's secret lover. You can safely say that men are not high up on the chain of who we're rooting for in this show, as most men in Gilead spend their time on screen torturing, degrading, and punishing women. Nick is different, we hope.

You will no doubt recognize Minghella from prominent roles in films like The Social Network (below), The Ides of March, and The Internship. Before his role on The Handmaid's Tale, he cut his TV teeth with a recurring role on The Mindy Project (also a Hulu property). He is not a superstar, yet, but The Handmaid's Tale is certainly upping his TV cred.
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Wife of Clooney's Producing Partner Goes to Cops Over Death Threats

  • TMZ
George Clooney's producing partner, Grant Heslov, had a family cyber scare last week that ended with his wife going to cops over threats made to her life ... TMZ has learned. Law enforcement sources tell us Lysa Heslov filed a police report after social media trolls made threatening comments to her over her politics. It's unclear what exactly they were discussing, but one guy commented on her Fb page ... "She needs punched in the mouth ... *a bullet to the head.
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