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Patty Jenkins In Final Negotiations On Historic Deal To Helm ‘Wonder Woman 2’

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Exclusive: It’s been over two months since Wonder Woman opened to a staggering $103.2M and went on to gross close to $800M worldwide for Warner Bros. (with Japan yet to bow). The movie, directed by Patty Jenkins, not only re-invigorated DC movies and the studio itself, but became a symbol of strength for women across the country. Now Jenkins is returning to the director’s chair to helm the second film in the franchise that she was so instrumental in starting. Last month… »


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Ryan Kavanaugh Sued For Fraud By Relativity Investor

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Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh was sued today by one of his investors over monies that the plaintiff put into the struggling company, saying he was “fraudulently induced” into providing financial investment. Carey Metz, a hedge fund investor, alleges in the complaint that “Kavanaugh desperately needed money to save Relativity from bankruptcy and to save his reputation and lifestyle, so [Kavanaugh] said whatever he thought would be persuasive, regardless of the truth, to… »


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Eric Zumbrunnen Dies: Spike Jonze’s Go-To Film Editor Was 52

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Eric Zumbrunnen, an Ace Award-winning film editor who worked on several Spike Jonze films including Being John Malkovich and Best Picture Oscar nominee Her, has died. He was 52. His publicist Jason Kasperski told Deadline that Zumbrunnen died August 1 of cancer. Zumbrunnen began his career editing music videos and documentaries, including Iron Maiden: Donington Live 1992 and The Jim Rose Circus Sideshow. In the mid-1990s, he edited the videos for such modern rock hit… »


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Michael B. Jordan, Jennifer Yuh Nelson Plot ‘A Bittersweet Life’ For Fox & 21 Laps

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Exclusive: Fox is taking a fresh start on A Bittersweet Life, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and Jennifer Yuh Nelson to direct the action-thriller remake of the cult classic 2005 Korean film. Jordan will play a mobster whose longtime loyalties to his crime family are challenged when his boss orders him to kill a mistress he’s recently grown close to. The filmmakers see this as a high-concept, character-driven genre film with franchise potential. 21 Laps’ Shawn Lev… »


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UTA Signs DeWanda Wise, Star Of Spike Lee Series ‘She’s Gotta Have It’

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DeWanda Wise, who plays the central character in Spike Lee’s upcoming Netflix comedy series She’s Gotta Have It, has signed with UTA. The actress plays Brooklyn-based artist Nola Darling in the contemporary rendition to Lee’s 1986 film, which will be available to stream on Thanksgiving Day. Lee directed all 10 episodes, which he created and executive produces with his producer wife Tonya Lewis Lee. The show follows Nola as she struggles to define herself and divide her… »


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Olivia Colman, Alice Englert, Thomas Mann Set For ‘Them That Follow’

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Exclusive: Olivia Colman (The Lobster), Alice Englert (Ginger and Rosa) and Thomas Mann (Me, Earl and the Dying Girl) have been set to star in Them That Follow, which Brittany Poulton and Daniel Savage will direct from their original screenplay. Bradley Gallo and Michael Helfant will produce for Amasia Entertainment, along with Gerard Butler, Alan Siegel and Danielle Robinson for G-base. Amasia is financing an October shoot in Ohio. Them That Follow is a dramatic thriller… »


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Is Bob Iger Fed Up With One Of Disney’s Most Vigorous Wall Street Critics?

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After his many years in the spotlight, Disney CEO Bob Iger seems to have a thick hide when it comes to dealing with critics. Well, most of them. Btig analyst Rich Greenfield appears to have gotten under the CEO’s skin following a series of posts accusing the Disney chief for being, as he put it on August 9, “short-sighted in opting to boost near-term profits (by monetizing to Netflix, Hulu and others) versus investing to build their own direct-to-consumer business.” Iger… »


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The Orchard Lands ‘Outside In’ & Magnolia Acquires ‘The Gospel According To André’; Both Pics Toronto-Bound

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The Orchard has picked up the worldwide distribution rights to the Lynn Shelton-helmed drama Outside In, ahead of its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival next month. The screenplay is by Shelton and Jay Duplass, who also stars in the film alongside Edie Falco. The company is eyeing a theatrical and digital rollout in early 2018, followed by a Netflix release. The pic follows high school teacher Carol (Falco) and her ex-student Chris (Duplass) as they explore a… »


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Bart & Fleming: How Bad Was Movie Summer 2017?

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Peter Bart and Mike Fleming Jr. worked together for two decades at Daily Variety. In this occasional column, two old friends get together and grind their axes, mostly on the movie business. Bart: Summer forecasts are risky. In the year-end stories of 2016, studio mavens predicted that summer 2017 would embrace a parade of hits. Whoops: box office last weekend was down 32% from a year earlier, and summer overall was down 14%, the worst summer in 25 years by some… »


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‘Deadpool 2’ Star Zazie Beetz: “Heart Has Been Breaking” Over Stuntwoman Death

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Zazie Beetz, the Deadpool 2 actress whose stunt double Joi “Sj” Harris died Monday in a motorcycle accident on the Vancouver set, has made her first comment since the tragedy. “My heart has been breaking the past two days and I have been searching what to say or do,” Beetz, who plays Domino in the film, has posted on Instagram, adding that the cast and crew “send peace, healing and their deepest condolences.” (Read Beetz’s entire message below.) Harris had only recently… »


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‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ Director Simon West To Helm ‘Tsunami La’

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Exclusive: Simon West has signed on to direct Tsunami La, an action indie film written by Scott Windhauser. It takes place in Los Angeles where the largest tsunami ever recorded hits the city and causes mass destruction. "In this movie I will show the audience a totally transformed vision of Los Angeles," said West. “I’m going to transform the iconic city into a bizarre submerged version of itself. Imagine a deadly, watery and deserted version of Disneyland.” Richard… »


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‘Star Wars’ Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie In Works With Stephen Daldry In Early Talks To Direct

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Deadline has confirmed that Disney is in early talks with three-time Oscar nominated director Stephen Daldry on a Star Wars standalone Obi-Wan Kenobi movie. No word on casting and at this time there is no deal and no script. In the early millennium prequels from George Lucas, Ewan McGregor played the younger notable Jedi mentor to Luke Skywalker made famous by Alec Guinness’ turn in the original Star Wars trilogy of the 1970s and 1980s. A Ben Kenobi movie has been in the… »


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Brendan Coyle Joins ‘Mary Queen Of Scots’; Michael Harney Cast In ‘Widows’

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Former Downton Abbey regular Brendan Coyle has rounded out the cast of Mary, Queen Of Scots, the Working Title and Focus Features movie starring Saoirse Ronan. Ronan was attached back in 2012, so it’s been a long road to the period drama, which is currently filming in England and Scotland. Margot Robbie also stars as Elizabeth I in the film from first-time feature director Josie Rourke. The pic explores the turbulent life of the charismatic Mary Stuart, Queen of France at… »


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Esai Morales Threatens Election Fraud Complaint If “Petty Politics” Continue At SAG-aftra

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Esai Morales is on a mission. He's running for president of SAG-aftra, but more importantly, he says, he's on a crusade to change the union's culture. The union's current leaders, he says, have put their own "petty partisan politics over the needs of the members, and that needs to change." And now he's threatening to file an election complaint against his main opponent – SAG-aftra president Gabrielle Carteris – if those "petty politics" continue. Carteris' Unite For… »


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‘American Sniper’ Scribe Jason Hall To Direct George Washington Pic ‘The Virginian’

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Exclusive: Jason Hall has been set by New Line to rewrite and direct The Virginian, the origin story of George Washington. Hall,  Oscar nominated for his American Sniper script, makes his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, a drama on returning vets and Ptsd that stars Haley Bennett, Miles Teller and newcomer Beulah Koale, with Universal opening the film October 27. Hall adapted the David Finkel book. On The Virginian, Hall will rewrite a script by Michael Gun… »


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Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales To Helm ‘Ambulance’

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Exclusive: Navot Papushado & Aharon Keshales have been set to direct Ambulance, the Good Universe/Mythology Entertainment remake of the 2005 Danish film Ambulancen. The filmmakers, who come from Israel and made their mark with the thrillers Big Bad Wolves and Rabies, will direct a script by Chuck co-creator Chris Fedak. The film is an action-thriller whose ambition is to combine the elevated character elements of Dog Day Afternoon with the adrenaline of Speed and the… »


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Lionsgate Taps WB Exec To Streamline Biz After Starz Buy

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Lionsgate has hired longtime Warner Bros executive Leon Pilosof for the newly created role of Svp and Head Of Procurement. The 30-year industry veteran will be tasked with spearheading cost-savings initiatives after Lionsgate’s recent acquisition of Starz, identifying opportunities to pool resources, eliminate duplicative vendor relationships, and implement cost synergies. Lionsgate in December closed its $4.4 billion cash and stock deal to acquire Starz, the No. 2… »

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Gkids Acquires Japanese Sci-Fi Fantasy ‘Napping Princess’ For Fall Release

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Gkids, the distributor with nine Animated Feature Oscar nominations to its credit since 2010, has acquired North American rights to Napping Princess, the Kenji Kamiyama-helmed film that played the Annecy International Animation Film Festival this year and won the animated feature award at the Fantasia Film Festival. Gkids plans a September 8 platform bow in New York at Los Angeles, followed by a national rollout. The pic, previously known as Ancien and the Magic Tablet… »


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Paramount Players Lands First Project: ‘Vacation Guide To The Solar System’

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Paramount Players has acquired its first project. In competitive bidding, the division hatched by Brian Robbins acquired the book Vacation Guide To The Solar System, which will be adapted by Spider-Man: Homecoming scribes Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley. It’s based on the book by Olivia Koski, head of operations for Guerilla Science, and Jana Grcevich, an astronomer who has presented at the Hayden Planetarium. It was inspired by Koski and Grcevich’s work with… »


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Toronto Film Festival Sets Industry Conference Programs; Glenn Close, Armie Hammer, Larry Wilmore Among Speakers

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The Toronto Film Festival rolled out its 2017 Industry Conference program today, with this year's lineup exploring “the power of storytelling” and themes and challenges that have made a global impact on the film industry. The six-day conference runs September 8-13. "The importance of compelling, original storytelling lies at the heart of our programming, and we are privileged to have some of the most renowned artists and practitioners in the business, onstage at the… »

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