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‘Star Wars’: Ron Howard Shares “Dangerous And Desperate” Photos From Han Solo Movie Set

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Ron Howard continues to leave a trail of Twitter/Instagram breadcrumbs that will eventually lead the highly anticipated Star Wars standalone Han Solo movie. He posted two photos, with similar captions about shooting a scene about “desperate and dangerous times.” One dusty and hazy photo features what might be wreckage from a spaceship and silhouettes of unknown characters while the other seems to be on the same planet with explosions going off in what seems to be a… »

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Fran Drescher & Peter Bogdanovich Join ‘The Creatress’; Tilda Del Toro Boards ‘Night School’; Jaden Piner Cast In ‘Boo!’

22 September 2017 3:36 PM, PDT

Fran Drescher and legendary director/actor Peter Bogdanovich will co-star in The Creatress, a drama co-produced by Café Oscuro Films and Digital Cuvee. Written and directed by Jason Cook, the film centers on best-selling author Eryn Bellow who concludes her bookstore tour with her agent selling film rights and closing a six figure advance for her follow-up. Headwinds arise as critics get offended by the claims that Eryn is being declared a living literary legend. The… »

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Greta Gerwig’s ‘Lady Bird’ Going A Week Earlier In November

22 September 2017 3:11 PM, PDT

After logging a 100% Rotten Tomatoes score coming out of Telluride and Toronto, Greta Gerwig’s semi-autobiographical film Lady Bird will open Nov. 3 in limited theaters instead of Nov. 10. The A24 title will also break wide over Thanksgiving. Lady Bird follows a fiercely independent high school senior (Saoirse Ronan) who yearns to go to college in New York so that she can get out of her humdrum Sacramento home town and away from her tormenting mom (Laurie Metcalf). Lady Bi… »

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Rob Morrow Joins War Drama ‘The Kill Team’

22 September 2017 2:43 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Rob Morrow is set to join Nat Wolff and Alexander Skarsgård in The Kill Team, the Afghanistan War drama from writer-director Dan Krauss based on his 2013 documentary. Marty Bowen and Wyck Godfrey are producing. Based on the true story told in the docu, The Kill Team centers on Adam (Wolff), an eager American soldier who doesn’t fit in with his rowdy, trigger-happy squad and is coerced by his new sergeant (Skarsgård) into killing civilians against his will — or… »

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‘Bohemian Rhapsody’: Aaron McCusker Cast As Freddie Mercury Boyfriend Jim Hutton

22 September 2017 2:20 PM, PDT

Exclusive: Aaron McCusker has been cast as Freddie Mercury’s lover Jim Hutton in 20th Century Fox's Bohemian Rhapsody, which is being directed by Bryan Singer. Hutton was a key figure in Mercury's life — a hairdresser and boyfriend who was with Mercury for the last six years of Queen frontman’s life. Hutton nursed him when he was ill and was by his side when he died in 1991. Mercury died wearing a wedding ring that Hutton had given him. After they developed a relationship… »

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Elaine Brown’s ‘A Taste Of Power’ About Only Woman To Lead Black Panther Party Acquired By The Firm, Robbie Brenner

22 September 2017 1:59 PM, PDT

Exclusive: The Firm has acquired the rights to Elaine Brown's 1992 memoir, A Taste of Power: A Black Woman’s Story about the first (and only) woman to lead the Black Panther Party. Brown led the party from 1974 to 1977 while co-founder Huey Newton was in exile in Cuba. Newton founded the party with Bobby Seale in 1966 and Brown joined as a member just two years later. The Firm is currently in negotiations with a writer to adapt Brown’s book, which will then be produced by… »

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‘Jane’ First Look: Doc On Jane Goodall’s Early Work With Chimps Culled From 100 Hours Of Unseen Footage

22 September 2017 1:53 PM, PDT

Exclusive:  One of the highlights of the recent Toronto Film Festival (and sure to be at the upcoming New York Film Festival) was the premiere of the extraordinary National Geographic documentary Jane which is based on 100 hours of recently discovered 16Mm film footage of Jane Goodall’s first foray into the world of chimpanzees in 1962. Long thought lost, the footage shows a brave young woman at the beginning of what would become a remarkable lifelong journey with these… »

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Murders of Two Location Scouts Mourned By Location Managers Guild

22 September 2017 1:32 PM, PDT

Carlos Munoz Portal, 37, was murdered as he scouted locations in Mexico for the Netflix series Narcos. Ed French, 71, was scouting a commercial shoot at Twin Peaks in San Francisco when he was robbed and murdered in July. The Location Managers Guild International put out a statement about both of these colleagues: “The Location Managers Guild International is deeply saddened by the recent loss of our professional colleagues Carlos Munoz Portal and Ed French. Both men were… »

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Liam McIntyre, ‘Glow’s Sydelle Noel To Star In ‘The Clearing’; John D. Hickman Joins ‘The Escape of Prisoner 614’

22 September 2017 12:52 PM, PDT

Spartacus: War of the Damned alum Liam McIntyre, Sydelle Noel (Netflix series Glow, Disney’s Black Panther) Steven Swadling (Kickboxer franchise), and newcomer Aundrea Smith are set to co-star in The Clearing, the feature directorial debut from Dave Matalon, who also wrote the screenplay. The pic, set at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse, follows Tom (McIntyre) who, amid tensions with his wife (Noel) over the time he spends with his young daughter Mira (Smith), takes Mira… »

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‘It’ & ‘Stranger Things’ Star Finn Wolfhard Cast In ‘Dog Days’

22 September 2017 11:56 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Finn Wolfhard, who is riding with the recent blockbuster horror pic It, has set his next film project. The young actor has come aboard the Ken Marino-directed film Dog Days, from Ld Entertainment. Written by Elissa Matsueda and Erica Oyama, the pic follows a group of interconnected humans brought together by their canine counterparts as each faces hardships in life with their trusty pets at their side. Wolfhard will play Tyler, an altruistic and thoughtful… »

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‘Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them’ Sequel Adds David Sakurai

22 September 2017 11:18 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Danish-Japanese actor David Sakurai is set for Warner Bros’ Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them sequel, the second film in J.K. Rowling's five picture Harry Potter prequel series. David Yates is at the helm once again, along with star Eddie Redmayne as Newt ScamanderJohnny Depp as dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald, and franchise newcomer Jude Law as a young Albus Dumbledore. The film opens in 1927, a few months after magizoologist Scamander helped to unveil… »

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YouTube Red Closes $3.5M Deal For Morgan Spurlock’s Toronto Docu ‘Super Size Me 2’

22 September 2017 10:38 AM, PDT

Updated, 10:38 Am: In its biggest festival film buy, YouTube Red closed the $3.5 million deal for the Morgan Spurlock-directed  Super Size Me 2: Holy Chicken!, as Deadline scooped on September 8. They’ve confirmed the deal this morning, and the press release is below the original break, which came early in the Toronto Film Festival just as the first screening of the docu was getting underway. Earlier Exclusive, September 8, 12:08 Pm: The Morgan Spurlock-directed Super Size… »

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Tyler Labine, ‘Insecure’s Jay Ellis & Nik Dodani Join Sony’s ‘The Maze’

22 September 2017 10:34 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Tyler Labine, Jay Ellis, and Nik Dodani have enlisted in Sony’s The Maze, the psychological thriller about six strangers who find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive. The trio joins previously announced cast Deborah Ann Woll, Logan Miller and Taylor Russell in the film, which Adam Robitel is directing. The project, said to be in the vein of David Fincher’s 1997 film The Game, is being produced by Neal Moritz and… »

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Thomas Mann Signs With UTA

22 September 2017 10:27 AM, PDT

Exclusive: UTA has signed Thomas Mann, the up and coming actor who popped in starring roles in Project X and Me and Earl and The Dying Girl. He has also co-starred in Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Beautiful Creatures and most recently the Jordan Vogt-Roberts-directed Kong: Skull Island. Mann will next be seen starring in the Nicole Holofcener-directed The Land Of Steady Habits. The actor took meetings with the majors and chose UTA. He continues to be managed by… »

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Hollywood Reporter Sued For $5M Over “False” Sony Hack Coverage

22 September 2017 9:59 AM, PDT

Hollywood is closing in on the third anniversary of the massive Sony hack, but The Hollywood Reporter and its former owner have just been hit by a new $5 million defamation lawsuit over its coverage of the attack that could draw fresh blood. "Callously indifferent to the devastation its Article would visit upon Ms. Basile, Prometheus published with negligence and with knowledge of falsity and reckless disregard for truth or falsity in order to reap the benefits of… »

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‘Stronger’, ‘Battle Of The Sexes’, ‘Victoria & Abdul’ Launch Busy Fall – Specialty B.O. Preview

22 September 2017 9:31 AM, PDT

Three big titles, based on true stories and likely factoring in this year's awards race, are opening a very busy weekend of Specialty newcomers. Emma Stone and Steve Carell star in Fox Searchlight's Battle Of the Sexes, following its debut at the Toronto Film Festival. Also out of that festival is David Gordon Green's Stronger with Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany and Miranda Richardson, which had an exclusive bash earlier this week in New York. Roadside Attractions is… »

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Big Lit News: Howie Sanders, Kassie Evashevski Exit UTA For Anonymous Content

22 September 2017 9:07 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Longtime UTA partners and book department co-heads Howie Sanders and Kassie Evashevski are leaving the agency. They are moving to the Anonymous Content, where they will transition to producer/managers and establish a dedicated literary rights division. Agency staff is being told right now. Sanders has been at UTA around two decades, and Evashevski half that long, joining in 2007 after a decade as a manager at Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Before that she… »

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Oscilloscope Scores ‘Sollers Point’ Ahead Of San Sebastian Premiere

22 September 2017 8:00 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Oscilloscope has acquired North American rights to Sollers Point, the new film from Matthew Porterfield that stars McCaul Lombardi, Jim Belushi and Atlanta‘s Zazie Beetz. A 2018 theatrical release is planned, with the deal sealed before the film has its world premiere next week at the San Sebastian Film Festival. The plot centers on Keith (Lombardi, from American Honey), a 24-year-old newly released from prison and living with his father (Belushi) under house… »

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Voltage In Talks For Rod Lurie-Directed ‘Black Eyed Susans’

22 September 2017 7:59 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Voltage Pictures is in advanced negotiations to acquire Black Eyed Susans, a screenplay written by Rod Lurie and his wife, author Kyra Davis. Script is based on the bestselling Ballantine novel by Julia Heaberlin, and Lurie will direct it. Pic will be a co-production between Voltage, and Lurie’s Battleplan Production banner. Marc Frydman, who has produced Lurie’s directing projects, will produce this one with Voltage’s Nic Chartier. Black-Eyed Susans is a… »

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Leonardo DiCaprio Invests In Vr Company MindMaze

22 September 2017 7:00 AM, PDT

Leonardo DiCaprio has become an investor and also advisor in MindMaze, a neuro-computing company that has been building mind-machine interfaces. Yes, it sounds all Arthur C. Clarke, but this company which captures brain activity and has already been used successfully in the healthcare industry to speed up rehab from strokes and brain injuries, is now looking to expand into virtual reality. The Vr industry is getting ready to explode and in the next year we expect a big… »

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