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Warner Bros. Moves ‘Ready Player One’ Out Of 2017 & Away From Next ‘Star Wars’

Warner Bros. has planted a flag in March 2018 for one unnamed “event” picture and moved a handful of others, including the Steven Spielberg directed Ready Player One from Dec. 15, 2017 to March 30, 2018, thereby keeping it out of the way of the next Star Wars: Episode VII which will be released on the same date in Dec. Show More Summary

Crown Media Holdings Takes Over ‘Hallmark Hall of Fame’ Franchise

Hallmark Cards, which has owned, produced, and managed the long-running Hallmark Hall of Fame franchise since the early 1950s, today announced that Crown Media Holdings Inc.’s Hallmark Channel will take over production and management of the franchise. Show More Summary

‘The Circle’ Scores Domestic Rights Deal With EuropaCorp; Spotlight Finds ‘Courage’ For Sales – Berlin

EuropaCorp has confirmed that it has acquired U.S. and Canadian distribution rights to The Circle, the pic written and directed by James Ponsoldt based on Dave Eggers’ 2013 novel. Tom Hanks, Emma Watson, John Boyega, Karen Gillan and...Show More Summary

SXSW 2016 Announces Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts & Special Events

Filmmakers Mike Flanagan, Thomas Dekker, Sean Brosnan and stand-up comedian Robert Klein are just some of the names making their world premieres at the 23rd South by South Southwest Film Festival in their Midnighters, Festival Favorites, Shorts Programs and Special Events linup. Show More Summary

Black List Topper Isaac Adamson To Write Alcon’s ‘The Ice Twins’

Isaac Adamson, the novelist who wrote the No 1 script Bubbles on 2015's Black List, has been set to adapt Alcon Entertainment’s psychological thriller The Ice Twins. Based on S.K. Tremayne’s book, the story centers on the relocation of a couple whose life is struck by tragedy when one of their twin daughters is killed in an accident. Show More Summary

DreamWorks Animation strikes carriage deal with France's Lagardère Active

Lagardère Active, one of France's biggest media groups, has entered a carriage deal with DreamWorks Animation. The pact gives Lagardère free-to-air and basic pay-tv rights for its family and kids channels to broadcast DreamWorks Animation’s television series, including "Dragons: Race to the Edge,"...

John Ridley’s ABC Pilot ‘Presence’ Casts Rick Gonzalez

Rick Gonzalez (USA’s Rush) is set as a male lead opposite Stephanie Sigman in Presence, John Ridley's drama pilot for ABC and ABC Studios. Described as a stylish update of the classic detective genre, Presence follows Presence Foster...Show More Summary

Film4 Gets Record Funding Increase; Inks Deal With Fox Searchlight To Co-Fi Martin McDonagh’s ‘Three Billboards’

Film4 is enjoying the moment. The film division of the UK’s Channel 4 on Tuesday announced a record increase in its funding to £25 million ($36 million) for 2016 as well as a deal with Fox Searchlight to co-finance Martin McDonagh’s new film Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri. Show More Summary

Yorgos Lanthimos, Element Pictures & Film4 Re-Team On ‘The Killing Of A Sacred Deer’

EXCLUSIVE: Yorgos Lanthimos is re-teaming with The Lobster co-writer Efthimis Fillipou and producers Element Pictures and Film4 on The Killing Of A Sacred Deer. As with The Lobster, Lanthimos will co-write and also direct. The storyShow More Summary

Keira Knightley In Talks For ‘Collateral Beauty’

New Line/Village Roadshow’s Collateral Beauty is starting to pick up steam after a wild ride that has including recasting its lead (Will Smith, replacing Hugh Jackman), its director (David Frankel, replacing Alfonso Gomez-Rejon) and now a key female role. Show More Summary

Production Designer Jack Fisk On Creating The World Of ‘The Revenant’: Make It As Real As Mother Nature

For The Revenant production designer Jack Fisk, mother nature’s war against the production could have been worse. Sure, there were below zero temperatures and a complete extinction of snow in Canada, but for the native Virginian, there’s nothing like the outdoors. Show More Summary

Donald Trump Finally Puts Price Tag On “Great Wall” Of Mexico, Cable News Networks Give Thanks

Donald Trump bailed out TV news operations struggling to flood-the-zone with today’s New Hampshire primary voting – only so much you can do to make parka-d lines at polling places look sexy and only so many different ways to say voter turnout is expected to be a record – when he finally announced his estimated cost of  that wall between the U.S. Show More Summary

Fox Options Boom! Graphic Novel ‘The Empty Man’, Gets David Prior To Fill It

EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has optioned The Empty Man, the Boom! graphic novel written by Eisner Award-winner Cullen Bunn and illustrated by Vanesa R. Del Rey that was published in 2014. The studio has set emerging dircetor David Prior...Show More Summary

Jeremy Sisto To Star In ABC Pilot ‘The Jury’

Jeremy Sisto is set to co-star opposite Archie Panjabi in ABC's murder trial drama pilot The Jury, from Sony TV and ABC Studios. Written by VJ Boyd and Mark Bianculli and executive produced by Carol Mendelsohn, The Jury examines "the...Show More Summary

Sundance Title ‘The Innocents’ Picked Up By Music Box Films

Music Box Films, the Chicago-based distributor of Golden Globe nominee The Club, has just acquired the drama The Innocents from French filmmaker Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel) which had its world premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film...Show More Summary

Bill Cosby's Ex-Attorney Marty Singer Escapes Janice Dickinson Lawsuit

Dickinson in May sued the embattled actor, alleging he falsely accused her of fabricating a story in a 2014 television interview in which she said he drugged and raped her in 1982. read more

Sumner Redstone's Ex-Companion Was Set to Inherit $50 Million and His House

The disclosure came in the latest procedural skirmish as Manuela Herzer fights to prove her claim that the mogul was not competent to drop her as his health-care proxy last November. read more

Viacom Shares Plunge On Weak Ad Sales, CEO Defends Leadership

The entertainment conglomerate's stock hits a 52-week low as it acknowledges a "challenging" year, but chairman and CEO Philippe Dauman pledges to "protect and build value" read more

Parkes + MacDonald Option ‘If All Roads Were Blind’ Novel By ‘Gotham’ & ‘Mentalist’ Producer Jordan Harper

EXCLUSIVE: With several upcoming releases on the 2016 calendar, the husband/wife producing duo of Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald have just brought in another project to their production shingle. They just optioned the first novel of Jordan Harper, who is the producer of Gotham and The Mentalist. Show More Summary

NBCUni Consolidates USA & Syfy In New Network Group Led By Chris McCumber, Syfy’s Dave Howe Segues To New Post, Bill McGoldrick To Head All Scripted

After bringing Bravo, E!, Esquire Network and Oxygen together in the Lifestyle Networks group led by Frances Berwick, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment chairman Bonnie Hammer is making a similar move with the rest of her portfolio. USA,...Show More Summary

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