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Harvey Weinstein Resigns From TWC Board As Termination Ratified In Meeting

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Exclusive: Harvey Weinstein has resigned from the board of the Weinstein Company today as his brother Bob Weinstein and other board members voted Tuesday to ratify the October 8 termination of the company co-founder. Deadline has learned also that appears that talks are continuing in finding a resolution to the now ex-co-chair’s standing with the company he owns 23% of. This comes four days after Bob Weinstein said the company wasn’t for sale and it’s business as usual… »


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‘Almost Friends’ Acquired By Gravitas Ventures; Grasshopper Picks Up Iranian Drama ‘Ava’

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There were a couple of acquisitions announced this Am. Gravitas Ventures has partnered to acquire U.S. and Canadian rights to Almost Friends, a romantic comedy from writer-director Jake Goldberger (Life of a King). And Grasshopper Film acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Ava, the drama from debut Iranian filmmaker Sadaf Foroughi Freddie Highmore (The Good Doctor) leads the cast of Almost Friends, which will have a day-and-date release of Nov. 17 theatrically and on… »


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‘Upgraded’: Ale Damiani To Helm Fox International Productions’ Latino Comedy

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Fox International Productions has set Ale Damiani to direct Latino comedy Upgraded, a wish-fulfillment story written by Eduardo Cisneros and Jason Shuman. Damiani made the sci-fi short-film M.A.M.O.N., a satirical critique of the U.S. president’s immigration policies that gained an international following after it was released last year (see the video below, featuring a robot Donald Trump). Upgraded revolves around two uncool high school boys from Mexico who, while… »


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Msm Nabs ‘The Needle And The Damage Done’ About Nation’s Opiod Epidemic

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Exclusive: Peter Guber and Mike Tollin's Msm has optioned the rights to journalist Paul Solotaroff's in-depth account of the fentanyl epidemic which is currently devastating the suburban communities of New England. The article delves into a local DEA bureau chief's relentless pursuit to fight the war on drugs. Published yesterday in Men’s Journal, the 8,000-word piece is titled “The Needle and the Damage Done.” It will be developed as a one-hour drama designed for cable… »


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Brad Pankosky, Allison Schwartz Promoted to Agents At Paradigm

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Brad Pankosky and Allison Schwartz have been promoted to agents at Paradigm. Pankosky who was both Talent Coordinator and an assistant in Paradigm Beverly Hills to Chairman and CEO Sam Gores, has been named upped to an agent in the talent department. Schwartz, who was assistant to Theatrical Literary Department Head Jack Tantleff in Paradigm's New York office, now becomes a literary agent. Pankosky, in collaboration with client Stephanie Koenig's team, most recently… »


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America Ferrera, Gabrielle Union & Others Share Stories Of Sexual Abuse & Harassment

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Since the Harvey Weinstein scandal broke and the #metoo campaign took off over the weekend, more celebrities — and countless others — have shared their stories of sexual abuse and harassment on social media. Among them is Superstore star America Ferrera, who revealed the “shame and guilt” of having been assaulted by a grown man when she was 9 years old. #MeToo pi… »


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Mary Elizabeth Winstead & Common To Star In ‘All About Nina’ From Eva Vives

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Exclusive: Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Oscar-winner Common are set to star in the semi-autobiographical dark comedy, All About Nina, the directorial debut film from screenwriter Eva Vives (Raising Victor Vargas). The story follows Nina Geld (Winstead), a bracingly funny and blisteringly provocative stand-up comedian whose career is taking off, but whose personal life is a near-complete disaster. To escape a difficult ex and to prepare for a prospectively life-changing… »


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One To Watch: The Incredible Underdog Story Of Beulah Koale, Star Of ‘Thank You For Your Service’ & ‘Hawaii Five-o’

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This will start an occasional look at emerging artists, their struggle for the big break, and how they make the most of the opportunity. In the coming weeks you will see the work of Beulah Koale, a young actor of Samoan descent who was born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand. He just became a regular cast member in Hawaii Five-o, and stars with Miles Teller in Thank You For Your Service, the Jason Hall-directed fact-based war drama about a group of U.S. soldiers who… »


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The Scaramucci Post Pulls “How Many Jews” Holocaust Poll After Twitter Torching

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The shortest-tenured White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is back in headlines again, and not in a good way – again. This time it’s over a poll put up on his The Scaramucci Post, launched after Scaramucci’s 10-day tenure as President Donald Trump’s chief media massage-er. The poll asked how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust, with multiple-choice options ranging from “Less than 1 million” to “More than 5 million.” It was pulled as it was closing in… »


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Reese Witherspoon Says She Was Sexually Assaulted By Director At Age 16

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Reese Witherspoon revealed during a speech to introduce honoree Laura Dern at Elle’s Women In Hollywood event last night that she has experiences multiple instances of harassment and sexual assault during her career in Hollywood — including an assault by a male director when she was 16 years old. The admission come as women in Hollywood and elsewhere are coming forward with their experiences in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal. Witherspoon, with her daughter Ava… »


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‘No Greater Love,’ First Doc Directed By Active Duty Soldier In Combat, Picked Up By Atlas

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No Greater Love, pegged as the first documentary directed by an active duty soldier in combat, was picked up for U.S. theatrical distribution by Atlas Distribution Company. The doc will be released on Veteran’s Day this year on Nov. 11. No Greater Love depicts the deployment of the "No Slack" Battalion to Afghanistan through the lens of Army Chaplain, Justin Roberts. The combat footage for No Greater Love was shot by the director/producer Army Chaplain while deployed with… »


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TV Azteca, Keshet Team For Super Series; Acorn Looks ‘Straight Forward’ – Mipcom

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TV Azteca and Keshet International are joining forces in a deal to co-develop and produce an original Spanish-language super series to air on TV Azteca. It will be developed under the Ki banner and co-produced with TV Azteca in-house. The plan is to launch the 60-episode series next year. Ki is handling global sales. Joshua Mintz, Deputy President for TV Azteca, and Kelly Wright, VP Distribution and New Business at Ki, will oversee development. TV Azteca is the… »


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Netflix Plans 80 Movies In 2018, Up From Eight In Current Quarter; “People Will Start Seeing The Potential”

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Aiming for a level of output not seen since the two-reeler silent movie days, Netflix plans to put out a new original movie on average every four and a half days in 2018, for an eye-popping total of 80 releases, content chief Ted Sarandos said after today’s release of third-quarter earnings. That level compares with eight in the quarter that ended September 30, Sarandos said. His brief comments came during a 40-minute video conversation between a single analysts and the… »


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Cher Dances Her Way Into ‘Mamma Mia!’ Sequel

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The Abba movie musical sequel Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! has added the legendary Cher to the cast. The Oscar-winning actress has been posting tweets teasing her involvement in the film. Details about her role have been kept under wraps, but the single-named icon took to Twitter to post lyrics to Abba’s “Fernando” and tweeted “Just went through two dance numbers. Everyone’s great” leading us to believe that she was rehearsing for the Ol Parker-directed Universal movie… »


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‘Better Call Saul’s Michael Mando Joins Jesse Eisenberg In ‘The Hummingbird Project’

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Exclusive: Michael Mando, currently part of the main cast for AMC’s Better Call Saul, has been cast in Kim Nguyen’s drama, The Hummingbird Project, along with previously announced Jesse Eisenberg, Salma Hayek, and Alexander Skarsgard. The film follows New York native cousin, Vincent and Anton, who are players in the high-stakes game of High Frequency Trading, with a dream to build a fiber-optic cable straight between Kansas and New Jersey, making them millions. Nguyen… »


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Jordan Peele, Channing Dungey & More Named As Honorees At Aafca’s Special Achievement Ceremony

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The African American Film Critics Association have set Get Out's Jordan PeeleABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, La Film Festival president Claudia Puig, and Alcon Entertainment's Co-ceo's Broderick Johnson and Andrew Kosove as honorees at the organization’s annual Special Achievement Luncheon, which is part its 9th Annual Awards Program. As part of its program, Aafca, which reps the world's largest group of black film critics, has deemed 2017 as the Year of… »


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Netflix Gains 5.3M Global Subs In Q3 As Stock Sets Record; Says Bid For Weinstein Co “Extremely Unlikely”

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Updated with executive comments: The Netflix juggernaut shows few signs of slowing. After the close of trading today, the company reported a 49% year-over-year increase in global subscribers in the third quarter. The global tally now stands at 104 million. In the quarter, Netflix added 850,000 new customers in the U.S., to hit 52.77 million overall, and internationally it signed up 4.45 million for a total of 56.48 million. The news sent company shares through the ceiling… »

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Lionsgate Sets Release Date For Animated Film ‘Condorito: La Pelicula’; Breaking Glass Dates SXSW Pic ‘Inheritance’

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Lionsgate/Pantelion Films’ Spanish-language animated comedy, Condorito: La Pelicula, will get a limited release on January 12, 2018. From directors Alex Orrelle and Eduardo Schuldt, the film features the voices of Omar Chaparro, Jessica Cediel, Cristian de la Fuente, and Coco Legrand. Based on a Latin American comic strip, Condorito: La Pelicula follows the famous character Condorito (Chaparro), who is ready to propose to Yayita (Cediel) and tie the feather- er, knot, but… »


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Imperative Entertainment Makes Jillian Apfelbaum Head Of Film

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Exclusive: Imperative Entertainment has promoted Jillian Apfelbaum to be Head of Film. She had been VP Content. She continues report to partners Dan Friedkin and Bradley Thomas. Apfelbaum will be responsible for acquiring projects for development, with COO John Atwood. She is a producer for film, television and live entertainment and currently is working on recently acquired Faster, Neal Bascomb's upcoming novel about French Jewish race car driver Rene Dreyfus, as well as… »


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Emmy Winner Riz Ahmed In Negotiations With Netflix On ‘Hamlet’

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Exclusive: Fresh from his Emmy win for HBO’s The Night Of, Riz Ahmed is setting up a feature role, and it will be one of Shakespeare’s greatest characters. The actor is sealing a deal with Netflix to star in his contemporary adaptation of Hamlet. The version was developed by the actor with writer Mike Lesslie (Macbeth, Assassins Creed), whom he’d known from college. Set in a modern-day London of economic and political uncertainty, the story follows the intersecting themes… »


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