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Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’

Join Us: Special panel with composers of ‘First Man,’ ‘Incredibles 2,’ ‘If Beale Street Could Talk,’ ‘On the Basis of Sex,’ ‘Vice’
Four of the top composers in the world are joining Gold Derby for a special Q&A panel on November 27. Join us at the Landmark Theater on Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles for the event at 7:00 p.m. Pt. It’s free to anyone who wants to attend, but top priority in getting one of the limited seats is to be a guild member or Oscar voter.

Click the following link to register: https://meettheexpertscomposers.splashthat.com

Our senior editor Joyce Eng will moderate the Q&A with the following contenders for 2019 awards consideration:

Nicholas Britell represents Annapurna for “If Beale Street Could Talk” and “Vice”

Britell was nominated at the Oscars at the 2017 ceremony for “Moonlight.” Other films have included “The Big Short,” “Free State of Jones” and “Battle of the Sexes.”

Mychael Danna represents Focus for “On the Basis of Sex

Danna is an Oscar winner from
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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]

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‘SNL’ promo: Pete Davidson pokes fun at breakup with Ariana Grande by proposing to Maggie Rogers [Watch]
After making headlines for their summertime romance, “Saturday Night Live” star Pete Davidson and pop sensation Ariana Grande called off their engagement last month. The ex-couple has mostly kept quiet about the details, but Davidson is proving that he has no tears left to cry by poking fun at his breakup in the latest “SNL” promo (watch above). In the preview trailer, Davidson is standing next to host Jonah Hill and musical guest Maggie Rogers when he proclaims, “Hey Maggie, I’m Pete. You want to get married?” When she says no, he stares directly into the camera and sighs, “Oh for three.”

SEESeth Meyers’ ‘Saturday Night Live’ monologue just changed everything we know about the Kanye West/Taylor Swift feud [Watch]

Davidson and Grande first met in March 2016 when she hosted “SNL,” but at the time he was dating Cazzie David and she was with Mac Miller. More than two years later,
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Obamas Option Book For Potential Netflix Series About Trump Administration

Obamas Option Book For Potential Netflix Series About Trump Administration
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama have optioned Michael Lewis’ recent nonfiction book, The Fifth Risk, to potentially develop into a series for Netflix, Deadline reports.

While it is being reported that the Obamas are exploring possible projects for their Netflix production deal, none of the projects are confirmed to have received the greenlight.

Released on October 2nd, New York Times bestseller The Fifth Risk exposes the chaos that followed during the transition between the Obama administration to the Trump administration in the Departments of Energy,
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Michael Lewis’ Latest Book ‘The Fifth Risk’ Acquired By The Obamas Under Their Netflix Production Deal

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Michael Lewis’ Latest Book ‘The Fifth Risk’ Acquired By The Obamas Under Their Netflix Production Deal
Deadline has learned that Michael Lewis’ latest book The Fifth Risk has been acquired by Barack and Michelle Obama under their Netflix production deal for a possible series aimed to help people better understand the inner workings of the government.

We understand that the Obamas are exploring projects but nothing specifically has yet gotten a greenlight. Lewis will reveal the news about the Obamas optioning The Fifth Risk on Katie Couric’s Thursday podcast.

The Fifth Risk, which hit shelves on Oct. 2 from W.W. Norton, follows the chaos and mismanagement that ensued in the departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce in the handoff from President Barack Obama to President Donald Trump. Lewis spoke with a number of federal workers from the Obama administration who worked in the Departments of Energy, Agriculture and Commerce. The previous administration created briefing books for the next staff, but those who showed up on
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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)

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20 Highest-Grossing Baseball Movies, From ‘League of Their Own’ to ‘Mr. 3000’ (Photos)
Let’s get into the spirit of the World Series excitement with some of the biggest baseball movies that all hit a commercial home run. These are the highest grossing baseball movies of all time, ranked from lowest to highest.

20. “Mr. 3000” – $21.8 million

Bernie Mac plays a former baseball great who returns to the league at age 47 after learning he was just a few hits shy of 3000.

19. “Major League II” – $30.6 million

Charlie Sheen, Corbin Bernsen and Tom Berenger all came back for the sequel to “Major League,” but Wesley Snipes had become a bigger star, and his role of Willie Mays Hayes was taken over by Omar Epps.

18. “The Sandlot” – $32.4 million

The Sandlot” performed modestly at the box office in 1993, but it found a second life as a cult film on VHS and on DVD a decade after its release.

17. “Bad News Bears” (2005) – $32.8 million

Billy Bob Thornton starred in Richard Linklater
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Sacha Baron Cohen to star in Aaron Sorkin helmed Trial of the Chicago 7

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At long last, Aaron Sorkin is set to direct the The Trial Of The Chicago 7 film. Having written the screenplay himself years ago, Sorkin, the man who made a name for himself penning projects like Moneyball, The Social Network and The West Wing is seemingly the perfect fit for the upcoming political drama. Having made a strong directorial debut with Molly's Game earlier this…
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Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’

Jonah Hill May Have Abandoned Comedy, But ‘Mid90s’ Wouldn’t Exist Without ‘Superbad’
In promoting his directorial debut, “Mid90s,” a sweet, perceptive look at teen skateboarders in the titular era, Jonah Hill has spent a lot of time explaining himself. He’s touched on the 20 drafts he wrote over four years to craft a passion project that draws from the nostalgia of his youth, and why his skateboarding movie is “the anti-‘Kids,'” but more than that, a lot of people keep asking him about his comedy roots.

He’s endured this several times before, with each of his Oscar-nominated performances (in “The Wolf of Wall Street” and “Moneyball”), and it kicked off again this fall. A dramatic New York magazine cover story presented Hill in a grave black-and-white portrait, with the actor casting a provocative gaze at the camera under the dramatic headline: “Jonah Hill, filmmaker.”

Indeed. That transition comes out of careful brand management that, to date, yielded mixed results.
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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS

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Gail Berman’s Jackal Group Sells Comedies ‘The Folks’ & ‘To Whom It May Concern’ To CBS
Gail Berman’s The Jackal Group has sold two comedies to CBS – multi-cam The Folks with former Scandal star Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street producing, and hybrid To Whom It May Concern. CBS Television Studios is the studio for both projects.

Written by Frank Pines, The Folks centers on what happens when a momma’s boy marries a daddy’s girl, and their respective parents can’t let go.

Pines executive produces with Jackal Group’s Berman and Joe Earley. Washington and Pilar Savone executive produce for Simpson Street.

The project re-teams Pines, Jackal Group and Simpson Street, who worked together on Man Of the House, a multi-camera hybrid family comedy created by Pines which sold last development season to ABC as part of Simpson Street’s deal with ABC Studios.

Written by Mike Metz, To Whom It May Concern centers on Evan, who sets out with his group of
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Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake

Jonah Hill In ‘The Social Network’? Actor Says David Fincher Turned Him Down for Justin Timberlake
Bennett Miller’s 2011 baseball drama “Moneyball” was a defining moment in Jonah Hill’s acting career. After become one of the most popular comedy actors in Hollywood thanks to his roles in “Superbad” and other Judd Apatow-produced films, Hill successfully transitioned to adult-oriented drama with his role as Peter Brand in “Moneyball,” which earned him his first Oscar nomination. However, Hill originally intended to make the genre jump a year earlier with “The Social Network,” a film he says he would have landed had David Fincher been a fan of his.

“Low-key, David Fincher, or high-key, David Fincher didn’t want me in ‘Social Network,’” Hill recently revealed on “The Bill Simmons Podcast.” “It was between me and Justin Timberlake for that part. … Obviously [Fincher’s] the man, but he was not having me. The studio wanted me, I think, and then Justin Timberlake was amazing in it.”

Timberlake ultimately landed the role of Sean Parker,
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Mid90s review – Jonah Hill's directorial debut is stylish but empty

Snappy direction and a heady sense of nostalgia can’t hide a frustratingly flat coming-of-age tale that shows an actor struggling to find anything of interest to say

Actor Jonah Hill, he of raucous comedies from the House of Apatow, but also outstanding, Oscar-nominated supporting roles in films like Moneyball and The Wolf of Wall Street, has cashed in his Hollywood clout chips and directed his first film, based on an original script. It is a frustrating one. There are scenes that snap together nicely with some sharp and nuanced observations. But the film is saddled with uninteresting surface-level characters. There’s a phoniness exuding from the entire project, made all the more discouraging since the plot-light, shaggy dog story is trying to feel so real.

Related: A star is reborn: what we can learn from actor turned director debuts
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‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie

‘Mid90s’ Review: Jonah Hill’s Skaterat Coming-of-Age Movie
Jonah Hill doesn’t appear in a single scene of Mid90s, but you can feel his presence in every scene of this comedy spiked with touching gravity. Making his directing debut with a script he wrote himself, Hill shapes this coming-of-age tale like a European art film (think Francois Truffaut’s 400 Blows), letting atmosphere, character and glimmers of feeling take precedence over narrative thrust. The technique may put off fans expecting a raucous take on Superbad or 21 Jump Street and its sequel, both of which Hill cowrote. But
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Joaquin Phoenix in Don’T Worry, He Won’T Get Far On Foot Arrives on Blu-ray and DVD October 9th

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate.

Experience “one of the best performances of Joaquin Phoenix’s career” (SlashFilm) when the Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh Don’t Worry, He Won’t Get Far on Foot arrives on Digital on October 2 and on Blu-ray (plus Digital) and DVD October 9 from Lionsgate. Directed by two-time Oscar®nominee Gus Van Sant[1] (Best Director, Milk, 2008; Good Will Hunting, 1997), and adapted from the autobiography of Portland’s controversial but praised cartoonist John Callahan, the honest and moving comedy follows the true-life story of Callahan’s road to recovery from his addictions through art after becoming a quadriplegic due to a life-changing accident. Academy Award®nominee Jonah Hill, Academy Award® nominee Rooney Mara,
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There's a George Carlin Biopic in Development with The Writer of Moneyball

Comedian George Carlin is getting his own biopic! I was first introduced to Carlin when I saw him in the film Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure when I was growing up. Then later in life I discovered his stand up comedy and laughed my ass off! I love his comedy style and it’s great to see that his life will be getting the feature film treatment.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Academy Award-nominated writer Stan Chervin (Moneyball) will write the script. Moneyball was a great film with an fantastic script so we know that the George Carlin’s story is in good hands.

Producer Gail Berman and co-producer Joe Earley said in a joint statement:

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to
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Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works

Estate-Approved George Carlin Biopic in the Works
A biopic about the legendary stand-up comic George Carlin is in the works, with the comedian’s estate teaming with a Moneyball screenwriter for the upcoming film.

Variety reports that Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s former manager and the executor of his estate, will serve as producer on the untitled project alongside the Jackal Group’s Gail Berman and Joe Earley and screenwriter Stan Chervin, who was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay Academy Award for Moneyball.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time,
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George Carlin Biopic Will Be Scripted By ‘Moneyball’ Writer

Today it was announced that The Jackal Group has acquired rights to produce the official George Carlin biopic and have attached screenwriter Stan Chervin to write and produce. Hit the jump to learn more about the George Carlin biopic. Stan Chervin is an Ocar-nominated screenwriter credited with the story for Moneyball alongside Aaron Sorkin and Steven […]

The post George Carlin Biopic Will Be Scripted By ‘Moneyball’ Writer appeared first on /Film.
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George Carlin Biopic Is Happening with Moneyball Writer

George Carlin Biopic Is Happening with Moneyball Writer
A George Carlin Biopic is in development with Moneyball screenwriter Stan Chervin set to pen the screenplay. Carlin's former manager and best friend of 35 years, Jerry Hamza, is on board to produce along with The Jackal Group's Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley. The comedian's former agent Bruce Kaufman will also produce the project. It isn't clear if the biopic will be a theatrical release or something for streaming services at this time, but that should be announced shortly.

George Carlin was a trailblazing stand-up comedian, actor, author, and social critic who influenced generations of other comedians throughout his lengthy career. Carlin is widely considered to be one of the best comedians in history with Rollingstone Magazine listing him as number two, right behind Richard Pryor. Jackal's Gail Berman and Joe Earley had this to say about making the biopic.

"We are honored to tell the
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George Carlin Biopic Coming from Moneyball Writer

Tony Sokol Oct 1, 2018

There are no words you can't say in the movies, so the upcoming George Carlin biopic will include the naughty seven.

Comic legend George Carlin said his job description was foole, on the Occupation Foole album. He said he always wanted to fill out official forms that way, but would add the final "e" to piss people off. Stan Chervin, the Oscar-nominated screenwriter of the film Moneyball, will explore Carlin's day, and night job, in an upcoming official biopic, according to Variety. There is no word on whether the as-yet-untitled project will be released in theatrical, streaming or TV format. The film will be produced by The Jackal Group.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and
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George Carlin Biopic Is in Works at The Jackal Group

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George Carlin Biopic Is in Works at The Jackal Group
A biopic on the life and career of stand-up legend George Carlin is in the works, as The Jackal Group announced on Monday that it has acquired the film rights from Carlin’s estate.

The film will be produced by The Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley. Stan Chervin, who earned an Oscar nomination for his screenplay for “Moneyball,” is also attached as writer and producer. Other producers are former agent Bruce Kaufman under his new banner Wood Hollow Pictures, and Jerry Hamza, Carlin’s longtime manager and executor of his estate.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” said Berman and Earley in a statement. “In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades, and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s
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George Carlin Biopic in Development With ‘Moneyball’ Screenwriter Stan Chervin

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George Carlin Biopic in Development With ‘Moneyball’ Screenwriter Stan Chervin
A feature-length project about the life and career of legendary comic George Carlin is in the works with the Oscar-nominated “Moneyball” screenwriter Stan Chervin.

Gail Berman and Joe Earley’s the Jackal Group have secured the comic’s life rights, and tapped Chervin as both writer and producer. Bruce Kaufman and his banner Wood Hollow Pictures and Jerry Hamza, the executor of Carlin’s estate and his former manager, will also produce.

The untitled project does not yet have a distribution home, but Jackal is mulling several options, including traditional theatrical, streaming, or a possible TV release for the long-form project.

“We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best,” Berman and Earley said. “In addition to shaping comedy and culture for decades, and entertaining generations of audiences, Carlin’s
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George Carlin Biopic In The Works From Jackal Group; ‘Moneyball’ Scribe To Write

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The Jackal Group has snapped up the rights to produce the official biopic about legendary stand-up comedian George Carlin.

Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated screenwriter Stan Chervin is attached to write the project which will either be for theatrical, streaming or TV format.

The Jackal Group’s Chairman and CEO Gail Berman and President Joe Earley will produce along with Jerry Hamza, who is Carlin’s former manager, Ep of 11 of the stand-up’s comedy specials, best friend of 35 years and the executor to the comedian’s estate. Carlin’s former agent Bruce Kaufman will also produce the project under his new banner Wood Hollow Pictures. Chervin is repped by ICM.

In a joint statement, Berman and Earley said, “We are honored to tell the story of one of the most important and influential comedians of all time, and to do so alongside those who knew him best. In addition to
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