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New DGA Contract, HBO Moves Up Carrie Fisher Doc, Lindsay Lohan Wants ‘Mean Girls 2,’ Best Movie Trailers


DGA Board Approves Contract Boosting Streaming Residuals

Leaders of the Directors Guild of America have approved unanimously a tentative three-year successor deal on the master contract for directors with what’s touted as a major gain in streaming residuals. (VAR)

HBO Moves Up Carrie Fisher-Debbie Reynolds Doc Air Date Following Deaths

Bright Lights, directed by Alexis Bloom and Fisher Stevens, had been set to air in March. (THR)

Lindsay Lohan Has Written A ‘Mean Girls 2′ Treatment, Is Awaiting A Response

Discussing her desire to get back into comedy on a CNN Facebook Live chat, Lohan revealed just how committed she is to overseeing Cady Heron’s return. (VUL)

The 20 Best Movie Trailers Of 2016

For many, trailers are the first introduction between a potential audience member and a film. While it’s the finished film that matters in the end, there’s a certain art to crafting a great trailer that can go unnoticed. (COLL)

How ‘Bee Movie’ Won 2016

The movie has been a meme for years, but now it’s buzzier than ever. (VF)

5 Comic Creators To Watch For In 2017

You might be wondering what creators are primed for success over the next twelve months. Wonder no more; here are five people to pay close attention to next year. (THR)

‘Coco’ First Look: Pixar’s Pivotal, Musical Moment

At the center of Pixar’s next original film, Coco, is a 12-year-old boy who’s breaking all the rules — or at least his family’s. (EW)

Behind The Script: How Pedro Almodóvar Turned Alice Munro Short Stories Into ‘Julieta’

The director’s latest movie tells the story of a woman who can’t get over being abandoned by her only child. (FCC)

New Years Box Office, J.J. Abrams ACE Honors, ‘Same Kind of Different as Me’ Off Paramount Slate, Hitler Series Avail


‘Rogue One’ Tops The New Year’s Box Office

The Star Wars spinoff currently ranks as the year’s second highest-grossing domestic release, with $425 million. (TM)

J.J. Abrams Named Filmmaker Of The Year By American Cinema Editors

The Star Wars: The Force Awakens director has been selected by the American Cinema Editors as the Golden Eddie Filmmaker of the Year. Abrams will receive the honor at the 67th Annual ACE Eddie Awards, set for Jan. 27 in Los Angeles. (EW)

‘Same Kind Of Different As Me’ Exits Paramount Slate

Same Kind of Different as Me, the film that is an adaptation of a book and stars Greg Kinnear, Renee Zellweger, Jon Voight, Djimon Hounsou and Olivia Holt has been moved off the Paramount Pictures 2017 slate and picked up by Pure Flix for distribution. (DH)

German Network RTL Exits High-Profile Hitler Series

Amazon or Netflix could now board the 10-part limited series on the life of Adolf Hitler. (THR)

A ‘Mean Girls’ Musical Aims For Fall Run

The creative team includes Tina Fey, producer Lorne Michaels and the director Casey Nicholaw. The show is scheduled to premiere in the fall at the National Theater in Washington. (NYT)

Michael Keaton, Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone Win Capri Festival Awards

Michael Keaton, Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone won the acting awards at this year’s Capri Hollywood International Film Festival. (VAR)

‘My Life As A Zucchini’ Exclusive Featurette

Claude Barras’ stop-motion animated film My Life as a Zucchini premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival in the Directors’ Fortnight section. It is currently nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Animated Film and was acquired by GKIDS for U.S. distribution in August. (IW)

Screenwriters: ’20th Century Women’

Undated, unspecified draft script by Mike Mills. The story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s. (SS)


Domestic Box Office Record, Hans Solo Movie Rumors, Capri Hollywood Fest Awards, Bryan Cranston in James Franco Movie


North American Box Office Hits Record $11.4 Billion

The North American box office closed out the year with $11.4 billion in ticket sales. That marks a new record for the industry, bypassing the previous high-water mark of $11.1 billion that was established in 2015. (VAR)

The Han Solo Movie May Be Happening Later Than We Thought

Despite the fact that initial reports had indicated that the Han Solo spin-off movie would hit theaters on May 25, 2018, new rumors suggest the distinct possibility that the film could actually hit theaters in winter. (CB)

‘La La Land’ Wins Best Film At Capri Hollywood Fest

Lionsgate’s La La Land has won the Best Movie of the Year award at the Capri, Hollywood International Film Festival in Italy. The musical drama directed by Damien Chazelle took six total awards during the fest. (DH)

Bryan Cranston To Appear In James Franco’s ‘The Masterpiece’

Franco revealed that Bryan Cranston is set to appear in The Masterpiece, playing himself. The Masterpiece is a comedic look behind-the-scenes of Tommy Wiseau’s disastrous 2003 drama, The Room. (SR)

Golden Globes 2017: The Complete Party Guide

A roundup of the biggest events scheduled for this week to toast the 2017 Golden Globe Awards, held Jan. 8 at the Beverly Hilton. (THR)

Hollywood’s Winners and Losers 2016: Why Movie Stars Flailed Next To Strong Women, African Americans, And Animated Heroes

Hollywood took steps forward and back in 2016, but this was a better year to be a singing hedgehog than to be Brad Pitt. (IW)

Jeremy Irons Has A Dark Horse For Your Oscar Pool

A freewheeling conversation with a refreshingly honest industry vet, who wishes more people were talking about The Man Who Knew Infinity. (VF)

58 Movies We’re Excited About In 2017

2017 brings new films from directors like Paul Thomas Anderson, Bong Joon-ho, and Sofia Coppola; a host of exciting indies from Greta Gerwig, Alex Ross Perry, and Yorgos Lanthimos; and new installments in the Guardians of the Galaxy, John Wick, and Fast & the Furious franchises. (VUL)

‘Man in the High Castle’ Renewed, ‘Twin Peaks’ Premiere at Sundance, ‘Song to Song’ First Look, ‘Expendables 4′ Coming


‘The Man In The High Castle’ Renewed For Season 3, Names New Showrunner

Amazon announced that it has renewed The Man in the High Castle for a third season. For Season 3 Bosch executive producer Eric Overmyer will assume the showrunner position. (TVL)

Will ‘Twin Peaks’ Get Sundance Sneak Before Showtime Debut?

There isn’t a premiere date yet for Showtime’s new Twin Peaks series but the David Lynch directed project may be making an appearance at the Sundance Film Festival. (DH)

‘Song to Song’ First Look: Terrence Malick’s Austin-Set Romantic Drama Lands New Title And Official Premise

Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender and Rooney Mara star in the film, previously referred to as Weightless. (IW)

Sylvester Stallone Confirms ‘Expendables 4′ Is Moving Forward

Stallone and crew have soldiered on with plans to produce a fourth film. It’s been in the works for quite some time, but was most recently confirmed by Stallone in a Facebook video. (SR)

‘Center Of My World’ Closes Sales Deals Ahead Of Palm Springs Debut

Directed by Austrian-born Jakob M. Erwa, the coming-of-age movie sees it U.S. premiere at the Palm Springs Festival next week. (VAR)

Hollywood’s Next Big Thing: Cameron Dallas Steps Up From Web Celeb To Netflix Star

The streaming giant’s new docuseries Chasing Cameron tests if 243 million YouTube views translate to TV fame. (THR)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Fifty Shades Darker’

The extended trailer premiered last night during The Bachelor.  The film opens on February 10th. (EO)

Screenwriters: ‘Kubo And The Two Strings’

The January 5, 2016 unspecified draft script by Marc Haimes & Chris Butler (Story by Shannon Tindle & Marc Haimes). Hosted by Focus Features. (SS)

Top Brand Moments 2016, Most Engaging Content 2016, Brand Insights, Polaroid’s Content Creators


Branded Entertainment News

Top Brand Moments In 2016: 5 CMOs Share Their Biggest Milestones Of The Year

From new brand identities to major ad campaigns, CMOs from StubHub, Peloton and more share their top moments during the last 12 months. (ML)

The Most Engaging Brand Content Of 2016, Month By Month

Brands in 2016 increased their use of user-generated content, pointing to Audi’s Instagram post and JetBlue’s Mother’s Day post as examples. (AW)

The Best Behind The Brand Insights Of The Past Year

Talking strategy with marketing and creative leaders from Apple, Gatorade, Beats By Dre, Lego, GE, WWE, National Geographic, and more. (FCC)

How Brands Can Ethically Employ User-Generated And Viral Video In 2017

While it may seem difficult to verify user videos and wildly popular clips, the onus is on brands to make sure they’re using this content appropriately and ethically. (FOR)

Top Deals

How Polaroid Is Using Affordable Content Creators To Boost Sales

The first Polaroid effort via Social Native in July 2015 organically reached 2.5 million Instagram users within three weeks, and the company has routinely been using the platform ever since. (AW)

Google Links Brands With YouTube Creators: Are Agencies And Influencer Networks Threatened?

Google is linking YouTube video production talent with brands and their agencies to produce video ads for the site. (AD)

Hot Projects

Untitled Avengers Project

The two-part follow up to the Avengers franchise based on Stan Lee and Jack Kirby’s The Avengers comic book series,  starring Tom Hiddleston, Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Chris Evans, Chadwick A Boseman, and Evangeline Lilly. (SE)

There’s Johnny!

Seeso gave a series order to this period showbiz comedy from writers Paul Riser and David Steven Simon, who will executive produce alongside Brian Volk-Weiss, Matt Ochacher, and Michael Pelmont of New Wave Entertainment, Jeff Sotzing of Carson Entertainment Group and David Gordon Green of Rough House Pictures. (SE)

ACE Eddie Award Noms, Woody Harrelson in Hans Solo Film, Meg Ryan’s New Series, Paramount Nab Sci-Fi Pitch


ACE Eddie Awards 2017: Full List Of Nominations Includes Oscar Frontrunner ‘La La Land’

Nominations for the 67th annual edition of the Golden Eddie Awards bestowed by the American Cinema Editors were announced on Tuesday. These kudos will be handed out on Jan. 27. (GD)

Woody Harrelson In Talks To Play Han Solo’s Mentor In Star Wars Prequel

The actor is being eyed to join Alden Ehrenreich in the spin-off movie set before Star Wars, from Lego Movie directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord. (GUAR)

Meg Ryan To Lead EPIX Comedy Series ‘Picture Paris’, Based On 2011 Short Film

Brad Hall, who wrote and directed the original Picture Paris, is also on board. Though EPIX is not commenting on the status of Picture Paris, it’s reportedly in development and on the fast track for a straight-to-series order. (TVL)

‘Pirates’ Pair Joachim Rønning & Jerry Bruckheimer Reunite On Paramount Sci-Fi Pitch ‘Origin’

Paramount Pictures has made a preemptive deal for Origin, a pitch by Pirates Of The Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales director Joachim Rønning. Rønning will write the script with his brother, Andreas Rønning, and he will direct it. (DH)

Akiva Goldsman And ‘Deadpool’ Creator Rob Liefeld Developing Movies Based On ‘Extreme Universe’ Comics

Producer Graham King and Fundamental Films have partnered up and locked up the rights to the writer’s Extreme Universe. King is teaming up with screenwriter and producer Akiva Goldsman to attempt to turn the Extreme Universe into a franchise. (SF)

EuropaCorp To Lay Off Bulk Of Theatrical Distribution Staff, Reveals What’s Next For ‘Valerian’

EuropaCorp announced that it was bringing in STX Entertainment to oversee the marketing and distribution of Valerian. The two companies have signed a multi-year pact that will find EuropaCorp outsourcing its theatrical distribution team. (VAR)

Adam Driver To Lead Sylvester Stallone’s Inspirational War Vet Drama ‘Tough As They Come’

Sylvester Stallone wants to adapt the bestselling memoir Tough as They Come. Star Wars breakout Adam Driver will take on the role of the soldier alongside Stallone, who will play Mill’s father-in-law, Craig Buck. (COLL)

Nick Kroll, John Mulaney Set To Host Spirit Awards

Nick Kroll and John Mulaney have been set to co-host the Spirit Awards on Feb. 25, the day before the Academy Awards. (VAR)

Feinberg Forecast: One Last Check-In Before The Start Of Oscar Nomination Voting

The break is definitely over — the Palm Springs Film Fest gala has happened, ACE Eddie noms are out, the New York Film Critics Circle, National Board of Review and Golden Globes are about to party and Oscar nom voting begins Jan. 5. (THR)



WGA Noms, Revolution Sells Again, Netflix Acquires ‘How It Ends,’ James Van Der Beek in Viceland Show, ‘Django’ Opening Berlin Film Fest


WGA Nominations Go To ‘Moonlight’, ‘La La Land’, ‘Arrival’… and ‘Deadpool’?

Deadpool has managed to snag a Best Adapted Screenplay nom at the WGAs, beating out more expected contenders like SilenceSully, and Hacksaw Ridge. Find the full list of 2017 WGA nominations here. (SF)

‘XXX’ Producer Revolution Studios Sells To Content Partners

Content Partners has acquired Revolution from Fortress Investment Group. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but people familiar with the matter said the purchase price was close to $400 million.  (LAT)

Netflix Lands Rights To ‘How It Ends,’ Black List Pic From Sierra/Affinity

Netflix and Sierra/Affinity have inked a worldwide rights deal for How It Ends, an action-thriller based on Brooks McLaren’s 2010 Black List script. David M. Rosenthal is set to direct. (DH)

James Van Der Beek To Play Diplo In Viceland TV Show

The Dawson’s Creek star will play a fictional version of the famous DJ in the channel’s first scripted series. (GUAR)

2017 Berlin Film Festival To Open With Etienne Comar’s ‘Django’

The Berlin Film Festival has announced that it will kick off its 67th edition with the world premiere of Etienne Comar’s directorial debut Django. (IW)

JonBenet Ramsey Documentary Acquired By Netflix

Netflix has acquired worldwide rights to Kitty Green’s groundbreaking documentary Casting JonBenet, which will have its world premiere in the US Documentary Competition at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival. (CS)

Josh Whitehouse To Star In MGM’s ‘Valley Girl’ Musical

Josh Whitehouse, star of the BBC series Poldark, will star in MGM’s musical remake of Valley Girl opposite Jessica Rothe with shooting planned for Los Angeles later this year. (VAR)

‘Slenderman’ Movie To Be Directed By Helmer Sylvain White

The Creepypasta icon who’s haunted your dreams for a few years now is getting both an HBO documentary and a feature film. Screen Gems has a thriller planned that Sylvain White will take the helm of. (COLL)

The Influence of Chinese Money in Hollywood (Part One)

No matter how you look at the recent influx of Chinese money into the entertainment industry, there’s no escaping it. Individual films, production companies, studios, theater chains, media outlets, the tendrils extend to just about every facet of the business and have people alternately concerned and reveling in the situation. (TB)

ADG Award Noms, ‘Star Wars 9’s’ Future, ‘Girl Meets World’ Cancelled, China & Hollywood


2016 Art Directors Guild Awards Nominations: ‘Arrival,’ ‘La La Land’ Keep Oscar Momentum Alive

The Art Directors Guild has announced the nominees for this year’s ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards, with Jackie, La La Land and more among the contenders. (IW)

Star Wars 9′ Director Meeting With Lucasfilm To Discuss Leia’s Future

Star Wars 9 director Colin Trevorrow is due in Los Angeles the week of January 10 to go over the options and find a suitable solution with Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy. (SR)

‘Girl Meets World’ Cancelled: Read Rowan Blanchard’s Letter To Fans

Girl Meets World will not return for a fourth season on Disney Channel, the show tweeted. (TVL)

China & Hollywood: What Lies Beneath & Ahead In 2017

With a very vocal Donald Trump ready to become President of the United States, Republicans and Democrats alike are questioning China’s moves in the U.S. and the political climate between China and the U.S is tense. (DH)

BAFTAS 2017: Tom Holland, Ruth Negga, And Anya Taylor-Joy Amongst Nominees For Rising Star Award

Ahead of the 2017 ceremony, this year’s nominees have been announced, with Spider-Man: Homecoming actor Tom Holland leading the pack. Also nominated is Ruth Negga, The Witch’s Anya Taylor-Joy, Spanish actress Laia Costa, and Manchester by the Sea’s Lucas Hedges. (IP)

Studios’ 2017 Forecast: Big Bets, Franchise Fears And Executive Intrigue

A Sony shake-up? It could happen this year as Warners braces for AT&T’s $85 billion Time Warner takeover, Universal hopes Tom Cruise’s The Mummy hits and Disney downplays outsized expectations. (THR)

Netflix Sets ‘Love Alarm’ As Its First Original Korean Drama

Global streaming giant Netflix has commissioned contemporary drama, Love Alarm. The show will be its first original drama series from South Korean, one of Asia’s creative hotspots. (VAR)

‘Cars 3′ First Look: Meet Pixar’s New Millennials

It’s mobile millennials vs. mid-size cars with midlife crises in Disney-Pixar’s next movie, Cars 3, the second sequel in the billion-dollar franchise, skidding into theaters this June. (EW)

500 Scripted Shows?! How Netflix, Amazon Are Sending Originals To All-Time Highs

Thank the streamers for another record year (455 original series aired in 2016) as Netflix leads the growth amid broadcast and cable cutbacks. (THR)

PGA TV Noms, Williem Dafoe Joins ‘Murder on the Orient Express’, Jackie Collins Novels to Universal, Sterling K. Brown Joins ‘Black Panther’


Producers Guild TV Awards: ‘Westworld,’ ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta’ Grab Nominations

HBO’s Westworld, Netflix’s Stranger Things and FX’s Atlanta are among the new series grabbing nominations for the 28th annual Producers Guild Awards. (VAR)

Willem Dafoe Joins ‘Murder On The Orient Express’

Kenneth Branagh is directing the adaptation of the Agatha Christie classic. (THR)

Jackie Collins’ ‘Lucky Santangelo’ Novels Land At Universal, Monumental, Working Title

Universal Pictures has acquired Jackie Collins’ 10-novel series based based around mob daughter Lucky Santangelo.  The film will be produced by Monumental Pictures and Working Title. (DH)

Sterling K. Brown Has Joined The Incredibly Stacked Cast Of Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’

Sterling K. Brown has joined the Ryan Coogler–helmed superhero movie, which already boasts a stellar cast that includes Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Angela Bassett and Forest Whitaker. (VUL)

‘Charmed’ Reboot From ‘Jane the Virgin’ EP Moves Forward At The CW

The CW is ordering a one-hour pilot script that is being billed as a prequel-ish reimagining of the beloved WB original. The project is being shepherded by Jane the Virgin EP Jennie Snyder Urman. (TVL)

Alexis Bledel Joins Hulu’s’ The Handmaid’s Tale’ In “Subversive” Role

Hulu’s high-profile adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has a late-in-the-game addition to its cast; Gilmore Girls star Alexis Bledel who will take up residence in Atwood’s harsh Republic of Gilead. (VF)

Moonlight’s’ Trevante Rhodes Cast In New ‘Predator’ Movie

Trevante Rhodes of Moonlight has joined the cast of the upcoming Predator film from director Shane Black. Rhodes will play a former Marine alongside Boyd Holbrook. Olivia Munn is also set to star. (CS)

Martin Sheen To Play Oral Roberts In Netflix Film ‘Come Sunday’

Robert Redford was at one time in talks to play the evangelical minister. (THR)

Screenwriters: Top 10 Writing Resolutions For 2017

Don’t let another year go by without getting the words on the page. Lisa Kothari gives tips for 10 writing resolutions that’ll make you more productive! (SM)

Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy Eye J.C. Chandor Movie, David Dobkin to Direct ‘Overnight,’ Bill Graham Biopic Gets Writer, Arthur Ashe Biopic Coming


Tom Hardy And Channing Tatum Eyeing J.C. Chandor’s Crime Thriller ‘Triple Frontier’

Channing Tatum and Tom Hardy are in early negotiations to star in the thriller, though no deals have been made and scheduling is a problem on both ends. J.C. Chandor is on board to direct with Charles Roven and Alex Gartner producing for Atlas Entertainment. (COLL)

‘Wedding Crashers’ Director Tackling Family Adventure ‘Overnight’ For Disney

David Dobkin is in negotiations to helm Overnight, a family adventure project from Disney. Neal H. Moritz and Ori Marmur are producing via their Original Film company. (THR)

Bill Graham Biopic Moving Ahead At Fox With Zach Dean Writing

Fox has tapped Zach Dean to adapt its biopic about iconic concert promoter Bill Graham, a year after buying movie rights to the autobiography Bill Graham: My Life Inside Rock and Out. (VAR)

Arthur Ashe Biopic Being Served Up To Filmmakers

The story of legendary tennis champ Arthur Ashe is looking to hit the big screen. Scribe Krystin Ver Linden has just finished a script, which is being produced by David Goyer, Russell Hollander, John Schoenfelder and Russell Ackerman. (DH)

Cher To Star In Film About Water Crisis In Flint, Michigan

The Oscar winner will reportedly play a woman whose family is affected by the contamination of the city’s drinking water. (GUAR)

Hulu Teams With BBC For Neil Cross Crime Series ‘Hard Sun’, Jim Sturgess & Agyness Deyn To Star

Hulu has boarded Hard Sun, a pre–apocalyptic crime drama from Luther creator Neil Cross, which has cast Jim Sturgess and Agyness Deyn as the leads. (DH)

Golden Globes TV Predictions 2017: Bold Picks In Every Category

It might be a good night for Atlanta, The Crown, and The People v. O.J. Simpson at the 74th Annual Golden Globe Awards. (IW)

Animated Fare Like ‘Zootopia’ And ‘Red Turtle’ Toon Into Heavy Issues

There’s been an Oscar category for animated feature for just 15 years; and toon screenplay nominations are relatively recent. (VAR)

‘Go North’ Exclusive VR Short Film: Two Teens Try To Find A Safe Haven In An Adult-Free Post-Apocalyptic World

Executive produced by Morgan Spurlock, Matthew Ogens’ new film Go North examines a world ruled by teenagers and children after a global catastrophe wiped out every single adult. (IW)



Weekend Box Office Tie, Golden Globe Winners, Film Critics Awards, ‘Wind River’ Needs Distribution


Weekend Box Office: ‘Rogue One’ And ‘Hidden Figures’ Too Close To Call In Tight Race For #1

The weekend box office numbers are in, and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may have lost its #1 spot to the historical drama Hidden Figures—but we won’t know for sure until final numbers are in on Monday. (COLL)

Golden Globe Award Winners 2017: The Complete List

A list of the winners in each category at last nights 74th annual Golden Globe Awards. (NYT)

The Highs And Lows (and Whoas) Of The 2017 Golden Globe Awards

If the Golden Globes are any indication, 2017 promises to keep you on your toes. (VUL)

‘Moonlight’ Named Best Picture By National Society Of Film Critics

In the acting categories, Manchester by the Sea star Casey Affleck took the award for best actor, while Isabelle Huppert won the actress prize. Michelle Williams scored the prize for supporting actress, and Mahershala Ali nabbed the award for supporting actor. (VAR)

Sundance: Weinstein Company To No Longer Distribute Jeremy Renner’s ‘Wind River’

TWC bought the Taylor Sheridan-helmed drama at Cannes, but now it’s back on the market in time for its world premiere in Park City. (THR)

Constantine’ To Return As CW Seed Series, Voiced By Matt Ryan

The CW announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour that the DC Comics character, previously brought to life via a one-and-done NBC drama, will return in an animated CW Seed series. (TVL)

The CW Renews DC Comics Shows And Three More

The series being ordered for the 2017-2018 season include Arrow, Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Jane the Virgin, Supergirl, and Supernatural. (CS)

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Song Inspires First Animated Film From Jeremy Renner & Don Handfield’s The Combine

Jeremy Renner and Don Handfield are producing the first animated film through their banner the Combine. I.F. is inspired by the song “Imaginary Friend” by two-time Grammy-nominated kid-hop artist Secret Agent 23 Skidoo. (DH)

Kirsten Dunst To Star In AMC Dark Comedy Series From George Clooney and Yorgos Lanthimos

Kirsten Dunst is set to star and executive produce AMC’s On Becoming a God in Central Florida, a 1990s dark comedy series to be directed by The Lobster helmer Yorgos Lanthimos. (IW)


Final Weekend Box Office, Gavin O’Connor on ‘Father Daughter Time’, Nicole Kidman Joins ‘Intouchables,’ The Onions Inks Lionsgate Deal


Box Office: ‘Hidden Figures’ Beats ‘Rogue One’ In Final Weekend Numbers

Fox’s Hidden Figures has topped Disney-Lucasfilm’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story by about $700,000 for the No. 1 spot at the North American box office, with $22.8 million at 2,471 sites, final figures showed. (VAR)

Gavin O’Connor New Beneficiary Of Matt Damon’s Busy Sked: Will Helm ‘Father Daughter Time’

Yet another filmmaker is benefiting from Matt Damon’s relentless schedule. Gavin O’Connor has been set to replace Damon behind the camera, directing Father Daughter Time: A Tale Of Armed Robbery And Eskimo Kisses. (DH)

Nicole Kidman And Amara Karan In Talks To Join Weinstein Company’s ‘Intouchables’ Remake

The Weinstein Company is in early talks to secure Kidman and actress Amara Karan to join Bryan Cranston and Kevin Hart in the remake of Intouchables(IW)

The Onion Inks Three-Film Development Deal With Lionsgate

The satirical media brand is partnering with the studio and production company Serious Business to develop multiple projects. (THR)

Kirsten Dunst And George Clooney Are Teaming Up For A Dark Comedy

Kirsten Dunst has signed on to star in an hourlong dark comedy produced by George Clooney and frequent Clooney producer Grant Heslov. The series, which is still in the early stages of development at AMC, is currently titled On Becoming a God in Central Florid. (TVG)

John Krasinski’s Amazon ‘Jack Ryan’ Series Lands ‘Passengers’ Director

The Oscar-nominated Tyldum will direct the premiere installment of the new Tom Clancy adaptation, with The Americans vet Dan Sackheim producing and directing episodes thereafter. (SC)

‘Kevin Can Wait’, ‘Man With A Plan’, ‘Great Indoors’ Get More Episodes At CBS

CBS has ordered additional episodes of their freshman sitcoms Kevin Can Wait, Man With a Plan, and The Great Indoors. Kevin Can Wait, the season’s top new comedy by viewership, will get two more episodes, bringing its total to 24. (EW)

‘Star Wars: Episode VIII’: Rian Johnson Provides New Details On Luke-Rey Relationship

USA Today’s big 2017 preview piece where they spoke to writer-director Rian Johnson about what’s in the works for Episode VIII. (COLL)

Look Out For 2017, There’s Plenty Of Bad Stuff Ahead

At what point do all the various pieces about how excited we are about all the great stuff coming our way this year become oversaturated? You can’t go to a single website these days without being assaulted by someone telling you all the things you need to see in the months ahead, and how wasted your life will be if you don’t catch it all. (TB)




BAFTA Noms, CAS Noms, ABC Midseason Premieres, More to Berlin Film Fest Slate, Reba McEntire and Marc Cherry Pilot to ABC


BAFTAS 2017: Full List Of Nominations

The full list of films nominated for this year’s leading British film awards. La La Land dances on but Arrival and Nocturnal Animals are hot on their heels. (GUAR)

Cinema Audio Society Nominations Range From ‘La La Land’ To ‘Rogue One’

Doctor Strange, Hacksaw Ridge, La La Land, Rogue One and Sully have been nominated for sound mixing by the Cinema Audio Society, which announced its 2016 nominations this morning. (WRAP)

ABC Sets Premiere Dates For ‘American Crime,’ ‘Once Upon A Time,’ More

ABC has unveiled its midseason lineup, including premiere dates for the third season of John Ridley’s Emmy-winning limited series American Crime and fan favorite drama Once Upon A Time. (VAR)

Berlinale 2017 Will Premiere ‘Logan,’ ‘Trainspotting: T2,’ And Hong Sangsoo’s Latest

The Berlin International Film Festival announced 13 additions to its 2017 line-up, including the international premiere of Danny Boyle’s hotly anticipated Trainspotting: T2, and the world premiere of James Mangold’s Logan. (IW)

ABC Orders Reba McEntire Southern Cop Drama Pilot From Marc Cherry

The network has given its first pilot order of the 2017–2018 season to Marc Cherry‘s untitled drama about a southern sheriff (McEntire) who teams up with a Middle Eastern FBI agent to fight “horrific” crimes in small-town Kentucky. (TVL)

‘Tower’ Helmer Keith Maitland To Make Michael Brody Jr Docu

Producers Edward R. Pressman and Shep Gordon have partnered with Tower director Keith Maitland for a documentary about Michael Brody Jr., a 21-year-old hippie millionaire who in 1970 promised to give away his $25M inheritance in an effort to usher in a new era of world peace. (DH)

‘Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda’ Adds Logan Miller

Greg Berlanti is directing the adaptation of Becky Albertalli’s 2015 book about a gay teen who has not come out to his classmates. (THR)

Showtime Picks Up More ‘Affair,’ Jay Pharoah-Jamie Foxx ‘White Famous’

The Affair is renewed for Season 4 weeks ahead of its finale and Jamie Foxx and SNL alum Jay Pharoah’s White Famous comedy has been picked up to series. (SC)

Trailer Buzz: ‘Cars 3′

Disney has released a new Cars 3 trailer, which builds upon the recent teaser where Lightning McQueen crashed on the track. (COLL)

PGA Noms, VES Awards, Coen Brothers First TV Project, Dreamworks Ani Hires Chris deFaria


‘La La Land,’ ‘Moonlight,’ ‘Fences’ Nab Producers Guild Nominations

Arrival, Deadpool, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, and Moonlight have been nominated for the Producers Guild of America’s top movie award. (VAR)

VES Awards: ‘Kubo’ Leads Animation Pack With Six Nominations

Kubo and the Two Strings is the top animated film contender with six nominations, followed by four apiece for Moana and Finding Dory. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story received the most feature film nominations with seven. (CB)

Coen Bros Announce First TV Project, Old West Anthology ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’

Veteran filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen team up with Annapurna Television for the miniseries. (WRAP)

DreamWorks Animation Finds New Chief In Warner Bros. Veteran

Chris deFaria, who served as president of animation and technical innovation at Warner Bros. Pictures, has been named president of DreamWorks Feature Animation Group. (THR)

ICM Partners’ TV Lit Agents Lanny Noveck & Brandy Rivers Exit

Lanny Noveck and Brandy Rivers, agents in ICM Partners’ TV lit department, have left the agency.  The duo were let go after the agency brass had completed the annual end-of-year evaluation of the company’s business. (DH)

Sundance 2017: HBO Acquires War Documentary ‘Cries From Syria’

Evgeny Afineevsky’s documentary about the Syrian civil war will premiere at Sundance before playing on HBO in March. (IW)

Universal Lands ‘The Pact’ Starring Leslie Mann, John Cena

The directorial debut of Pitch Perfect scribe Kay Cannon will hit theaters in April 2018. (THR)

Regina King Inks Production Deal With ABC Studios

Emmy-winning American Crime co-star Regina King has signed a two-year deal with the studio behind the acclaimed John Ridley limited series, ABC Studios, for her production company Royal Ties. (DH)

A Major Awards-Season Surprise Emerges

The Producers Guild swings big for a comic-book film, while Denzel Washington and Barry Jenkins are left curiously on the sidelines across the pond. (VF)



Make-Up and Hair Stylists Award Noms, Scripter Award Noms, Lionsgate to Distrib Participant Slate International, ‘Beyond’ Renewed


‘Fantastic Beasts’, ‘La La Land’ Among Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylists Guild Awards Nominees

The Make-Up Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards have been announced in 23 categories covering motion pictures, television, commercials and live theater. Winners will be revealed February 19 at the awards ceremony in downtown Los Angeles. (DH)

Scripter Award Nominations Go To ‘Arrival,’ ‘Fences,’ ‘Hidden Figures,’ ‘Lion’ And ‘Moonlight’

The TV shows Game of Thrones, The Man in the High Castle and The People v. O.J. Simpson are also nominated for award that goes to adapted screenplays and their source material. (WRAP)

Lionsgate To Distribute Participant Movie Slate Internationally

The partnership, unveiled by Participant’s David Linde and Lionsgate’s Patrick Wachsberger, will start at EFM in Berlin. (THR)

‘Beyond’ Renewed For Season 2

Showtime Gives Series Order To Drama ‘The Chi’

Showtime has given a series pickup to the Fox 21 drama The Chi, a coming-of-age story revolving around a group of people living on the South Side of Chicago. Jason Mitchell has joined the cast. (VAR)

Will Denzel Washington Become 2nd Actor To Direct Himself To Victory At SAG Awards?

Roberto Benigni did not receive a Golden Globe nomination for Life is Beautiful, but after claiming the SAG Award for Best Actor, he went on to win the Oscar. Both Benigni and Washington helmed their films. If Washington wins he will be only the second actor to direct himself to victory. (GD)

How Are Oscar Nominees Chosen?

Oscar nominations will be announced on January 24th, and we’ll be off to the races once more as our finalists will have been chosen. But how, exactly, do Oscar nominations work? Who decides who gets nominated? (COLL)

Trailer Buzz: ‘XX’

The horror anthology film XX will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, and now you can watch the first trailer for it. Vignettes for the all-female effort are brought to you by Annie Clark (St. Vincent); Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin and Jovanka Vuckovic. (VUL)


Will Smith in ‘Dumbo,’ DGA TV Noms, ASC Noms, ‘Megan Leavey’ Movie Nabbed By Bleecker


 Will Smith May Star In Live-Action ‘Dumbo’ Movie; What Does This Mean For ‘Bad Boys 3’?

Smith is circling the Disney live-action adaptation, which has Tim Burton attached to direct from a script by Transformers: Age of Extinction scribe Ehren Kruger. (COLL)

Directors Guild TV Awards: ‘Stranger Things,’ ‘Atlanta,’ ‘Westworld’ Grab Nominations

Netflix’s Stranger Things, FX’s Atlanta and HBO’s Westworld are among the freshman series earning TV nominations for the Directors Guild Awards. (VAR)

ASC Awards: Cinematographers Unveil Film Nominees

The American Society of Cinematographers revealed nominations in its Theatrical Release and Spotlight categories for the 31st annual ASC Awards for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography. (DH)

Kate Mara’s Iraq War Drama ‘Megan Leavey’ Nabbed By Bleecker Street For U.S.

Blackfish helmer Gabriela Cowperthwaite directed the real-life drama centered on the bond between a young marine corporal in a K9 unit (Mara) and her combat dog during the Iraq war. (THR)

Fox Extends ‘Empire’s’ Reign To Season Four, Adds More Episodes Of ‘The Mick’

Fox announced at the Television Critics Association that it has renewed Empire for a fourth season. In addition, the network also picked up four new episodes of freshman comedy The Mick. (VUL)

Taraji P. Henson To Headline Screen Gems’ ‘Proud Mary’

Empire star will follow her Hidden Figures performance by playing a hitwoman with a conscience. (WRAP)

‘Tomb Raider’ Reboot Adds ‘Into the Badlands’ Star Daniel Wu

Wu will play Lu Ren, a ship captain who teams with Alicia Vikander’s Lara Croft on a quest to find her father. (THR)

‘Inner Workings’: How Disney Innovated The Oscar-Contending Hybrid Short

Watch the exclusive clip and discover how Disney’s creatively blended CG and 2D in its latest short. (IW)

The Influence Of Chinese Money In Hollywood (Part Two)

After last week’s introduction, the logical next step would be examining the cases for and against extensive Chinese investment in Hollywood. With that in mind, let’s take this second part of the series and look at why this is a good thing. (TB)


Costume Designer Guild Noms, Peter Dinklage Eyed for ‘Avengers,’ Ryan Kavanaugh Hit with Fraud, ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot


2017 Costume Designers Guild Awards Nominations: Oscar Frontrunner ‘Jackie,’ ‘La La Land,’ ‘Fantastic Beasts’.

Four of our five predicted nominees for Best Costume Design at the Oscars reaped bids for the Costume Design Guild kudos. The CDG has a stellar track record at honoring the eventual Oscar winner. (GD)

Peter Dinklage Eyed For A Key Role In ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

Sources say that Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage is in early talks for a key role in Marvel’s Avengers: Infinity War. (VAR)

Ryan Kavanaugh Hit With Fraud Suit By Ex-Relativity President

As Relativity teeters on the brink of returning to bankruptcy again, the studio’s former president Adam Fields today slapped company founder Ryan Kavanaugh with a potential multi-million dollar fraud lawsuit. (DH)

The ‘L.A. Law’ Reboot Is Getting Closer To Your Television

The L.A. Law reboot, which, after hanging around in development, will be shopped around this season with an eye to ideally premiering next fall. (TVG)

‘In the Heat Of The Night’ TV Series Being Redeveloped With ‘People V. O.J.’ Writer

In The Heat Of The Night is back in development with a new writer. Joe Robert Cole, writer-producer on FX’s People v. O.J. Simpson, is writing the new series adaptation, which is being developed internally at MGM Television. (DH)

‘Grey’s Anatomy’s’ Ellen Pompeo, IDW Developing ‘The Devil’ Limited Series

The drama, based on the novel of the same name, will be produced by comic book publisher IDW Entertainment. (THR)

Anna Kendrick To Play Female Santa Claus In New Disney Movie

Pitch Perfect star Anna Kendrick is stepping into the role of a female Santa Claus for Disney.  The script, currently titled Nicole, comes from scribe Marc Lawrence who is also on board to direct. (COLL)

Sundance 2017: 20 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

From returning favorites to breakout offerings to watch for, Indiewire is serving up 20 films from this year’s festival that they’ve got their eyes on. (IW)

Trailer Buzz: ‘CHiPs’

Dax Shepard and Michael Peña appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live! while dressed as California Highway Patrol motorcycle cops to present the first trailer for the CHiPs movie remake. (EO)

DGA Film Noms, New Mike Judge TV Series, James Corden Joins ‘Oceans 8,’ David Goyer to Write ‘Green Lantern Corps’


DGA Nominations: ‘Lion’ Roars, Parker Returns And, Yes, ‘Deadpool’ Is in The Mix

The Directors Guild of America announced its nominees and the filmmakers behind the trio of the season’s most-acclaimed movies — Damien Chazelle (La La Land), Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) and Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) — were among the five cited. (LAT)

Mike Judge Animated Country Music Series Greenlighted By Cinemax

Mike Judge is returning to his animated roots with Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus, which has been picked up by HBO sister network Cinemax with an eight-episode series order. (DH)

James Corden Joins ‘Ocean’s 8’ Cast

James Corden has joined the cast of Ocean’s Eight.  The spinoff, directed by Gary Ross, stars Sandra Bullock, Cate Blanchett, Anne Hathaway, Sarah Paulson, Rihanna, Mindy Kaling, Awkwafina and Helena Bonham Carter. (WRAP)

David Goyer To Write ‘Green Lantern Corps’, John Stewart Confirmed

David Goyer will pen the screenplay alongside Justin Rhodes on Warner Bros. Pictures Green Lantern Corps movie. It has also been confirmed that longtime comic book Lantern character John Stewart will make his feature film debut in the DC Extended Universe. (CS)

‘American Horror Story’ Renewed For Two More Seasons At FX

The pickup takes the Ryan Murphy-Brad Falchuk anthology through season nine, likely to 2019. (THR)

Amblin Acquires Supernatural Pitch ‘Unexplained Phenomenon’

The pitch Unexplained Phenomenon from Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension’s Andrew Deutschman and Jason Pagan has been acquired by Amblin Entertainment in a preemptive deal. Andrew Rona and Alex Heineman of The Picture Company will produce. (TB)

Sundance 2017: 13 Talents Poised To Break Out At This Year’s Festival

The Sundance Film Festival has long been a proving ground for brand new talents and stars-in-the-making looking to catapult their career into the big leagues, and this year’s edition of the lauded fest looks to be no different. (IW)

‘Attack on Titan’ to Warner Bros., Grateful Dead Doc to Amazon, ICG Publicists Noms, WME-IMG CFO Leaves, CBS Pilot Orders


‘Attack On Titan’ Feature Adaptation Eyed By Warner Bros., Harry Potter Producer

Warner Bros. is looking to secure the film rights to the popular anime and manga series Attack on Titan. The potential film adaptation to fall under the leadership of producer David Heyman. (IGN)

ICG Publicists Announce 2017 Nominees

The International Cinematographers Guild has announced the nominees for the 54th Annual ICG Publicists Awards. Winners will be revealed at the awards luncheon on Friday, February 24 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. (AL)

WME-IMG Executive Chris Liddell Leaves Agency To Join Donald Trump Administration

WME-IMG Chief Financial Officer Chris Liddell is exiting the agency to join the Trump administration as the incoming president’s director of strategic initiatives. (WRAP)

CBS Orders Pilots For Mark Feuerstein Comedy, Andy Weir NASA Drama

CBS has placed orders for two pilots — a comedy based on the life of actor Mark Feuerstein and a drama from The Martian author Andy Weir. (VAR)

Harris Dickinson To Star In Fox’s YA Adaptation Of ‘Darkest Minds’

Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson has landed a lead role opposite Amandla Stenberg in Fox’s upcoming adaptation of Alexandra Bracken’s popular young-adult novel series, Darkest Minds. (DH)

Paul Dano Joins Cockpit-Set ‘7500’

Paul Dano has signed on for Augenschein-Filmproduktion’s psychological thriller 7500 which takes place entirely in the cockpit of a plane during a normal commercial flight from Berlin to Paris. (DAR)

‘Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee’ Moving To Netflix

Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee is making the leap from Crackle to Netflix after wrapping Season 9. This deal also includes two new Seinfeld stand-up specials, as well as additional scripted and non-scripted programming developed by the comedian. (TVL)

Slamdance 2017: 13 Must-See Films At This Year’s Festival

From returning favorites to breakout offerings to watch for, Indiewire is serving up 13 films from this year’s festival that they’ve got their eyes on. (IW)

‘Will & Grace’ Returning, Adam McKay Boards ‘Crook County,’ New Marvel Prez, Sony Animation Slate Announced


Will & Grace’ Is Returning To NBC For 10 New Episodes

Will & Grace is set to return to NBC with a ten-episode limited run during the 2017–2018 season, the network announced today. (VUL)

Adam McKay, Emory Cohen Board Corruption Drama ‘Crook County’

The Big Short director/co-writer Adam McKay has become executive producer on Crook County, a Black List script by Aron Gaudet & Gita Pullapilly that they will direct. (DH)

Dan Buckley Named President Of Marvel Entertainment

Dan Buckley, the longtime publisher of Marvel Comics, has been promoted to president of Marvel Entertainment. (THR)

Sony Pictures Animation Teases Upcoming Slate

The Sony Pictures Animation campus was host today to a special look ahead at what the studio has on the horizon. Projects such as The Smurfs: The Lost Village, The Emoji Movie, The Star, Hotel Transylvania 3, the still-untitled animated Spider-Man film and Vivo, an original musical from Lin-Manuel Miranda all got a mention. (CS)

‘This Is Us’ Renewed For Seasons 2 And 3

NBC has renewed This Is Us for a second and third season, NBC announced at the Television Critics Association winter press tour. Each season will consist of 18 episodes. (TVL)

New Line Posts Up ‘Boston College Fix’

New Line Cinema has acquired Boston College Fix. Seth Gordon will direct the film, which Robert Carlock will write. RatPac Entertainment, Exhibit A Entertainment and Steel Titan Productions are producing. (DH)

Lionel Richie To Produce Sammy Davis Jr Biopic

Based on a memoir from 1965, the production will involve all of the late singer’s heirs after years of legal disputes. (GUAR)

Good Deed Entertainment Developing ‘The Beach House’ By Jane Green

Bestselling author Jane Green is seeing one of her works headed to the big screen for the first time as Good Deed Entertainment acquires The Beach House. The adaptation will be penned by Meghan Hughes. (TB)

Sundance Film Festival 2017: The Ultimate Party Guide

In between all of the prizes and premieres, stars and film aficionados endure the cold temperatures with help from the city’s pop-up party scene, featuring swag, drinks and exclusive dinners. (VAR)