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Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’

Producers Guild Documentary Nominees Include ‘Jane,’ ‘City of Ghosts,’ ‘Cries From Syria’
Jane,” “Chasing Coral,” “City of Ghosts” and “Cries From Syria” have been nominated as the best nonfiction film of 2017 by the Producers Guild of America, the PGA announced on Monday.

Earth: One Amazing Day,” “Joshua: Teenager vs. Superpower” and “The Newspaperman: The Life and Times of Ben Bradlee” were also nominated in the Outstanding Producer of Documentary Theatrical Motion Pictures category.

For the first time, the category was expanded from five to seven nominees.

The winner will be revealed at the Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 20, 2018 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.
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Female-Driven WWII Spy Thriller in the Works From 'Equity,' 'Queen of Katwe' Producers (Exclusive)

Female-Driven WWII Spy Thriller in the Works From 'Equity,' 'Queen of Katwe' Producers (Exclusive)
The story of Vera Atkins is headed to the screen.

The spy recruiter is at the heart of a new female-driven World War II spy thriller, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively. Sarah Megan Thomas — who created, produced and starred in the story of last year's Wall Street thriller Equity — wrote the project's script and will produce the real-life drama with Lydia Dean Pilcher, who will direct. Casting is currently underway, and principal photography is set to begin in the spring.

Based on true events, the as-yet untitled pic tells the story of Atkins, known for recruiting, training...
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Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot

Alexandra Shipp in Talks to Join Samuel L. Jackson in 'Shaft' Reboot
Alexandra Shipp, perhaps best known for playing Storm in the X-Men prequel movies, is in talks to join Samuel L. Jackson in Shaft.

Tim Story is directing the movie, which is seen as a continuation of the story of the private detective that first appeared in the 1970s blaxploitation action movie that became a pop culture phenomenon.

Jackson is reprising the role he first played in the 2000 update directed by John Singleton, while Jessie T. Usher has been cast to play Shaft's son, who, after long being estranged from his father, finds himself teamed up with him. The son is...
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'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)

'Murder on the Orient Express' Sequel in the Works (Exclusive)
After first taking the train, Twentieth Century Fox is now readying to hop on a riverboat cruise.

On the heels of Murder on the Orient Express, Fox is staying in the Agatha Christie business by putting into development Death on the Nile, its next Hercule Poirot mystery.

Michael Green, who adapted the screenplay for Orient Express, is penning the script, and while there is no deal currently in place, five-time Oscar nominee Kenneth Branagh is expected to return as director and reprise his role as Poirot.

Death on the Nile, first published in 1937, saw the detective on a vacation...
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Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)

Lizzy Caplan Joining Channing Tatum in ‘Gambit’ (Exclusive)
Lizzy Caplan is in talks to join the cast of “Gambit,” Variety has learned. The “Masters of Sex” star will play the female lead in the superhero movie. Details of her part are being kept under wraps.

The X-Men spinoff stars Channing Tatum as Gambit, a ragin’ Cajun whose ability to control kinetic energy enables him to weaponize playing cards and other projectiles. He’s also pretty handy with a bō staff. In the comics, Gambit was a member of the Thieves Guild before joining the X-Men. “Pirates of the Caribbean” director Gore Verbinski will slide behind the camera on the film. It’s eyeing a Feb. 14, 2019 debut. Fox is releasing the film as part of its continued expansion of the cinematic mutant universe.

Caplan is an Emmy nominee for “Masters of Sex,” the acclaimed Showtime drama about sex researchers that aired from 2013 to 2016. Her film credits include “Cloverfield,” “127 Hours,” “Now You See Me 2,” and “Allied
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June Diane Raphael & Ravi Patel Cast In Lionsgate’s Comedy ‘Flarsky’

June Diane Raphael & Ravi Patel Cast In Lionsgate’s Comedy ‘Flarsky’
Exclusive: Grace and Frankie‘s June Diane Raphael and Ravi Patel, who recurs on CBS' upcoming series By The Book, have joined the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron comedy Flarsky, which will be released on Lionsgate's Summit Entertainment label on February 8, 2019. Snatched helmer Jonathan Levine is directing from a script by Dan Sterling. The pic follows Fred Flarsky (Rogen), an unemployed journalist battered by his own misfortune, endeavors to pursue his childhood crush and…
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‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees

‘Get Out,’ ‘Detroit,’ Issa Rae, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige Among Top NAACP Image Award Nominees
Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Detroit” and “Mudbound” are among the top film nominees for the 49th annual NAACP Image Awards.

On the TV side, Netflix and OWN dominate the race with multiple noms for “Dear White People,” “Orange Is the New Black,” “Queen Sugar” and “Greenleaf.”

In music, Mary J. Blige and Jay-Z grabbed five nominations apiece. Filmmaker Ava DuVernay landed a nomination in the entertainer of the year category alongside Bruno Mars, Chadwick Boseman, Chance the Rapper, Issa Rae, and Jay-Z.

The motion picture nominations went to “Detroit,” “Get Out,” “Girls Trip,” “Marshall,” and “Roman J. Israel, Esq.” “Detroit” also landed a slot in the indie film category alongside “Last Flag Flying,” “Mudbound,” “Professor Marston and the Wonder Women,” and “Wind River.”

Greenleaf” and “Queen Sugar” are nommed for drama series, vying with Starz’s “Power,” NBC’s “This Is Us,” and WGN’s now-canceled “Underground.” The bids for best comedy series went to HBO’s “Ballers,” ABC’s “Black-ish,” “Dear White People,” HBO’s “Insecure,” and Starz’s “Survivor’s Remorse.”

“Black-ish” star Anthony Anderson is set to host the Jan. 15 ceremony, to air live on TV One.
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Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights

Oscars: Steven Spielberg’s ‘The Post’ Arrives With the Zeitgeist in Its Sights
When producer Amy Pascal first acquired Liz Hannah’s spec script “The Post” she thought, “Hillary Clinton is going to win [the presidency], so this will be perfect,” the former Sony Pictures head said at the film’s first west coast screening on Sunday night. “It was the story of a woman finding her voice, and an entire country finding its voice.”

Last year’s election, of course, went in another direction, but it was still an important theme to explore, perhaps more important than ever.

Alongside members of the film’s cast and crew, Pascal was speaking to an audience of Academy, guild, and press members who filled Fox’s Darryl F. Zanuck Theater for a look at director Steven Spielberg’s latest effort, one of the awards season’s most anticipated releases. It also screened in New York on Sunday, with Spielberg and key players Tom Hanks and Meryl Streep among those in attendance.

The film, which
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German Director Fatih Akin Looks to Hometown Serial Killer for Next Film

German Director Fatih Akin Looks to Hometown Serial Killer for Next Film
Director Fatih Akin, whose terrorist-attack film “In the Fade,” starring Diane Kruger, was selected as Germany’s Oscar submission, will turn next to a drama inspired by a serial killer from his hometown.

Akin is adapting Heinz Strunk’s bestselling 2016 novel “Der goldene Handschuh” (“The Golden Glove”), which chronicles the true story of Fritz Honka, a physically and psychologically scarred serial killer who murdered four women in Hamburg’s red light district between 1970 and 1975. Honka picked up his victims at the notorious bar Zum Goldenen Handschuh, where he was a regular.

The project holds particular interest for Akin, who was born in Hamburg in 1973. “The film is based on a novel from my hometown,” he said. “It takes place in my neighborhood in the ’70s. The serial killer just lived, like, two streets away from me.

“It’s a slasher film,” Fatih said, but also “a portrayal of the generation that witnessed the Second World War, that
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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards

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Kenneth Branagh, Anna Friel Take Home International Emmy Awards
The International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences announced the winners of the 2017 International Emmy Awards on Monday, awarding “Wallander” star Kenneth Branagh and “Marcella’s” Anna Friel in the top acting categories. The awards ceremony was held at the New York Hilton on Monday night and was hosted by comedian Maz Jobrani. Among the 12 awards handed out on Monday was the International Emmy Directorate Award, which went to Grupo Televisa President, CEO and Chairman Emilio Azcárraga Jean. Other winners included the Steve Coogan’s “Alan Partridge’s Scissored Isle,” the Norwegian crime drama “Mammon II” and the documentary “Exodus: Our Journey to Europe.
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Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017

Variety Announces 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017
The Whistler Film Festival in Whistler, British Columbia, Canada will host Variety‘s 10 Screenwriters to Watch for the sixth year in a row.

The 10 Screenwriters to Watch of 2017, announced Monday, are:

Liz Hannah, “The Post

Taylor Allen and Andrew Logan, “Chappaquiddick

Hallie Meyers-Shyer, “Home Again

Maggie Betts, “Novitiate

Tracy Oliver, “Girls Trip
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Assemble Media Acquires ‘Meat’ Script From Newcomer Logan Martin

Assemble Media Acquires ‘Meat’ Script From Newcomer Logan Martin
Exclusive: Jack Heller’s Assemble Media has picked up film genre script Meat, by newcomer Logan Martin. The script, which landed at number one on the 2017 Bloodlist, follows a misanthropic man who notices bizarre changes in himself, his wife, and the animals inhabiting the territory around their homestead as they attempt to survive self-imposed isolation. This is the first script from Martin, who, currently working at a movie theater in Flordia, was discovered by Jake…
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New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’

New Regency Acquires YA Debut Novel ‘Devils Unto Dust’
Emma Berquist's debut novel Devils Unto Dust, which HarperCollins will publish under its Greenwillow imprint in April 2018, has been pre-emptively acquired by New Regency to make into a feature. Big Talk Pictures' Nira Park will produce along with New Regency's Arnon Milchan. Big Talk's Rachael Prior will executive produce. Described as True Grit meets 28 Days Later, the novel follows 17-year-old Daisy Wilcox's journey through 1870's West Texas during a Reconstruction
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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)

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Melissa Gilbert Says Oliver Stone ‘Humiliated’ Her at Audition for ‘The Doors’ (Audio)
Melissa Gilbert spoke out against director Oliver Stone during an interview on Andy Cohen’s satellite radio show on Monday, saying the director sexually harassed her when she auditioned for a role in his 1991 movie “The Doors.” Gilbert says Stone wanted her to do a scene he said he wrote just for her which involved saying, “Do me, baby,” repeatedly while on her hands and knees. Gilbert refused to do it and left the audition room in tears. Also Read: Jeffrey Tambor: ‘I Don’t See How I Can Return to ‘Transparent” While recounting the incident, Gilbert said she was reluctant to identify.
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Losing the X Factor: is it time for the X-Men universe to stop expanding?

News that James Franco will play Multiple Man in a new film is just the latest attempt to add layers to a cinematic world that’s struggling to take shape

When James Franco entered talks to play superhero Multiple Man in an upcoming movie, we can only imagine the actor, director, screenwriter, musician and poet saw the character as a metaphor for his own creative endeavours. For Marvel mutant James Madrox was named for a useful ability to duplicate himself countless times over, meaning he is capable of living scores of lives all at once.

Related: Marvel, DC, whatever ... why all superhero movies look the same these days

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Mel Gibson: Weinstein scandal is a 'precursor to change'

Star, dogged by claims of racist and misogynistic behaviour, says he welcomes ‘light being thrown where there were shadows’

Mel Gibson has spoken out about the sexual harassment scandal in Hollywood, saying the wave of accusations against Harvey Weinstein have been “painful” but will lead to change in the industry.

The actor and Oscar-winning director, who has faced repeated damaging allegations of racist and misogynistic behaviour, said: “Things got shaken up a little bit and there is a lot of light being thrown into places where there were shadows and that is kind of healthy. It’s painful, but I think pain is a precursor to change.”

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Ventana Sur: ’Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!

Ventana Sur: ’Escape to India,’ ‘Noah’s Ark,’ ‘Inzomnia’ Among Projects at Animation!
“Escape to India,” produced by Juan José Campanella, “Noah’s Ark,” whose producers include Walter Salles, and Inzomnia Animation’s “Inzomnia” are some of the projects included in the 2nd Animation!, a showcase at Buenos Aires’ Ventana Sur market which is devoted to animated features and TV shows.

Animation! projects total sixteen – eight features and eight TV series. All have been selected in a partnership with Annecy’s Intl. Animation Film Market (Mifa), the world biggest film-tv animation mart. A jury will select four projects among TV shows and features to be presented at Mifa 2018.

Set up at Buenos Aires’ studio Mundo Loco and produced by Academy Award winner Campanella (“The Secret in Their Eyes”) and producer-composer Cris Morena, Latin America’s leading specialist in youth-orientated TV shows (“Rebelde Way”), “Escape to India” follows Azadi, a courageous cow who, destined for the slaughterhouse in Patagonia, escapes and begins an epic journey to India, where her mother
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Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival

Brillante Mendoza to Head Jury at Malaysia Festival
Filipino star director Brillante Mendoza has been named as president of the competition jury at next year’s Malaysia International Film Festival. The second edition of the festival will run Feb. 25 – Mar. 2, 2018.

Earlier this year at the festival’s first edition, Mendoza won the best director award with his film “Ma Rosa.” “Mendoza’s gritty, powerful socially-conscious films are proof that cinema can play a vital role in illuminating and eliminating the social ills that plague our modern societies,” said Joanne Goh, MD of MIFFest.

Other jurors at the second edition will include directors Dain Iskandar Said (Interchange”), Tran Anh Hung (“Scent of the Green Papaya,” “Norwegian Wood”), Patrick Tam (“After This Our Exile”), actor-producer Lee Lieh (“Jump Ashin!,” “Monga”), and actor-writer-director, Suhasini Maniratnam (Bandhana, Suprabhata”).

Award-winning Malaysian actress Angelica Lee Sinje (“The Eye,” “Murmur of the Hearts”) continues her involvement with the festival as MIFFest Ambassador. MIFFest is supported by the National Film Development Corporation Malaysia
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China Box Office Tops $7.5B Milestone; Admissions Up 15% So Far In 2017

In October, China’s state media authority predicted box office growth of as much as 20% or more across the full year, landing at an estimated Rmb 55B ($8.3B) in what would be a record take for the massive market. With a month and a half to go in 2017, Middle Kingdom turnstiles clicked past Rmb 50B ($7.53B) on Monday, the first time the market has ever exceeded that benchmark, according to Sapprft. Local reports say that as of 6:57Pm on Monday night local time, a total of…
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TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One

TV Gains Offsets Film Losses at Entertainment One
TV hits such as “Designated Survivor” and “Peppa Pig” are driving Entertainment One’s business as the company’s film division continues to struggle. Growth at The Mark Gordon Co. and the strong performance of kids’ shows “Peppa Pig” and “Pj Masks” bolstered eOne’s results, but revenue and profit declines in the independent studio’s film business weighed on the half-year numbers.

Overall revenues for the six months to end-September were down 1% year-on-year at £395.7 million ($523.7 million). Ebitda profit was up 36% at £51.4 million across the period. The pre-tax profit was £800,000 compared with a £2.5 million loss in the same six months last year.

The company has combined some of its film and TV sales, and the TV side continues to perform well, with notable deals in the period such as the sale of ABC series “Designated Survivor” to Netflix, which took international rights. It also had its first Emmy nomination, for “L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later.” TV revenues
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