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L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS

L.A. Confidential: Walton Goggins to Star in Reboot Pilot for CBS
Walton Goggins is headed to CBS. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the Justified star has joined the network's L.A. Confidential reboot pilot. Based on the novel by James Ellroy, the drama follows three homicide detectives, a reporter, and an actress whose lives "intersect while the detectives pursue a sadistic serial killer among the secrets and lies of glamorous and gritty 1950s Los Angeles." In 1997, the book was adapted as a film starring Kevin Spacey, Russell Crowe, Guy Pearce, and Kim Basinger.
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‘Call Of Duty’ Director Puts His Sights On Tom Hardy & Chris Pine

‘Call Of Duty’ Director Puts His Sights On Tom Hardy & Chris Pine
For years, “Call of Duty” has been one of the most successful video game franchises in the world. Taking place in a variety of time periods, “Call of Duty” is war game that puts the players in the middle of large battles, killing dozens of bad guys, including Nazis, terrorists, and even the occasional zombie. It was only a matter of time before Hollywood decided to take a stab at the game for a potential movie franchise.
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Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir

Lupita Nyong’o To Star In ‘Born A Crime’ Based On Trevor Noah’s Memoir
Exclusive: Oscar winner Lupita Nyong'o, currently starring as Nakia in Disney/Marvel’s record-smashing, watershed hit Black Panther, has signed on to star in Born a Crime, the film adaptation of The Daily Show host Trevor Noah's bestselling debut autobiography Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood. Nyong'o will play Noah’s mom, Patricia, who served as an important figure to her son in his formative years. She was shot in the head by his stepfather while…
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'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date

'Jurassic World 3' In the Works, Sets 2021 Release Date
Almost four months before Universal Pictures unleashes Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, the studio is making plans for a third installment of the rebooted dinosaur adventure movie series.

Jurassic World 3 will be written franchise newcomer Emily Carmichael along with Colin Trevorrow, the director of the 2015 reboot and co-writer of Fallen Kingdom.

And the studio has set a June 11, 2021 release date for the movie.

Trevorrow is returning to exec produce the new chapter along with Steven Spielberg, the filmmaker behind the original movies in the 1990s.

Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley are returning as producers.

Plot details are...
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Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series

Amazon Developing ‘Consider Phlebas’ as Fantasy Drama Series
Amazon Studios is developing a fantasy drama series based on the novels about an interstellar utopian society by Scottish author Iain M. Banks.

The digital giant has acquired worldwide rights to “Consider Phlebas,” the first novel in the series about a world known as “the Culture.” Dennis Kelly (“Matilda”) is on board to adapt the book for Amazon Studios and Plan B Entertainment.

“The story of the Culture is so rich and captivating that for years Hollywood has been trying to bring this utopian society to life on the screen,” said Sharon Tal Yguado, head of scripted series at Amazon Studios. “We are honored that we have been chosen, along with Dennis Kelly and Plan B Entertainment, to make ‘Consider Phlebas’ into a television series we think will be loved by fans for years to come.”

Published in 1987, “Consider Phlebas” revolves around a war that erupts between the Culture, a highly advanced and progressive society, and the Idirans
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Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99

Christian Evangelist Billy Graham Dies at 99
Christian evangelist and ordained minister Billy Graham, who is widely regarded as the most influential preacher of the 20th century, died, Wednesday, at his mountaintop home in Montreat, North Carolina. He was 99.

Graham’s spokesman Mark DeMoss confirmed the news on his public relations firm’s website, writing that “Graham died today at 7:46 a.m. Et.”

He had been treated in recent years for cancer, pneumonia and other ailments.

Graham spent six decades preaching on television and radio — principally on the Billy Graham Crusades, which he began in 1947. He has said to have reached more than 200 million people throughout
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‘Project Runway All Stars’ predictions: Will Merline Labissiere be out, or out of this world in episode 7?

Merline Labissiere has had a number of close calls this season on “Project Runway All Stars” already. She actually won the very first challenge of the season, impressing the judges with her autumn design in the opening team challenge. Then she got a high score in week two, “Damsels in Distress.” But she spent three of the next four weeks in the bottom three, and two of those times she was in the bottom two and just barely avoided elimination. Will she dodge yet another bullet?

Every week we poll “Project Runway” fans for their expert predictions, and this week they still say Stanley Hudson will be on the chopping block, as they did when we checked in on our predictions this time last week. He gets leading odds of 27/10 based on those combined predictions, which translates to a 27.21% chance of being sent home. Of course, that means there’s
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Watch Billionaire Bill Gates’ Epic Fail Guessing Grocery Store Prices (Video)

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Watch Billionaire Bill Gates’ Epic Fail Guessing Grocery Store Prices (Video)
Bill Gates is worth $91.7 billion dollars — so yeah, he doesn’t due his own grocery shopping. On “Ellen,” the Microsoft founder was put to the ultimate Wealthy Guy Test: Can you accurately guess the supermarket prices of these everyday items? Spoiler alert: Gates could not. For example, he thought a tub of Tide Pods costs $4. More like $20, dude. When he learned Rice-a-Roni was just about $1 per box, Gates declared, “I’ll take five!” Also Read: Here Is the $10 Billion Reason Why Disney May Lose Its Fox Deal Anyone willing to pay $22 for a bag of Totino’s Pizza Rolls?...
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A First Look at Guadalajara Film Festival’s Ibero-American Fiction Competition Selection

Each year the Guadalajara Film Festival features a carefully curated selection of fiction and documentary films, recent and brand-new, from Mexico, and throughout Ibero-America, to the Jalisco capital. This year’s competition runs from March 9-16, and boasts 17 Ibero-American fiction features, 19 documentaries and more shorts than you can shake a churro at.

Here are the films selected to compete in the Ibero-American Fiction Feature Film competition. A comprehensive list can be found below.

A flagship of the new-and-improved Basque cinema, Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño’s “Giant” world premiered at San Sebastian, winning two awards, before storming the Goya’s where it racked up ten, the third highest total in that ceremony’s history. It remains to be seen if it’s reception in Guadalajara will be adversely effected by fellow competition player and contrarily named “Giant’s Don’t Exist,” from Chema Rodríguez. Laura Mora Ortega’s debut feature “Killing Jesus” is a Pablo-free Colombian tale of
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Amazon Sets Spanish-Language Content Pact With Televisa (Exclusive)

Amazon Prime Video habla español. The streaming giant is making its first foray into original production in Latin America by inking a multi-series pact with Televisa and its new premium content unit, Televisa Alternative Originals.

In its bid to catch up with market leader Netflix, which has produced several original series in Latin America led by global hit “Narcos,” Amazon will be licensing a number of Spanish-language scripted series from Tao, each averaging 8 to 10 episodes. Televisa and Univision will have the second windows on broadcast and pay TV in Mexico and the U.S., respectively.

Tao will develop, produce and distribute the programming with a focus on multicultural characters and storytelling. Televisa chief content officer Isaac Lee hinted on the deal during Televisa’s fourth quarter earnings call on Wednesday. “With the different window opportunities that we have and considering that the IP is very important to us, you can expect Televisa to partner with international players
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Does #MeToo Matter in the Teamsters? Trucker Sisters Take on "Boys Club"

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If #MeToo is supposed to be a broad, all-inclusive movement, it seems no one told the truckers. So far, the spotlight on sexual harassment and discrimination in Hollywood, often subtle and insidious, has shined most glaringly on white-collar realms — executive offices, writers suites and dressing rooms. But inappropriate behavior can be far more blatant and pervasive in the industry's blue-collar domains, where it's also crushingly accepted — even as calls for change begin to sound in more glamorous corridors.

Exhibit A is the tight-knit, male-dominated Teamster community, where twin drivers Brita McCollough and Brenda Ryan, longtime would-be whistleblowers,...
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‘Slaughterhouse,’ ‘About the Clouds,’ ‘Candela,’ ‘Deeper’ Ready For 1st Málaga Festival Fund & Co-production Meet

Berlin — “Slaughterhouse,” “About the Clouds,” “Candela” and “Deeper” are four of the twenty projects chosen to participate at the upcoming 1st Málaga Festival Fund & Co-production (Maff) event as announced at the Berlin Film Festival at an Ibero-American event which also included a round table.

The event, traditionally held at Berlinale, was backed by the Instituto Cervantes, the Ibero-Amerikanisches Institut Berlin, the Conference of Ibero-American Cinematographic Authorities (Caci) and the Ibermedia Program.

The Maff and works-in-progress sections are two of the new industry events to be hosted by the Festival Industry Zone (Mafiz) at the Málaga Film Festival, a leading showcase for Spanish cinema. Mafiz run April 13-22.

The 21st Málaga Film Festival runs April 13-22. With an aim of strengthening bridges within the Ibero-America, in addition to these inaugural industry activities, Brazil will be Malaga’s guest country at both the festival and industry forum.

An Argentine production from Magaya Films, dramatic thriller
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Florida Shooting Survivor Says CNN Gave Him ‘Scripted’ Questions at Town Hall Event

A survivor of the massacre as Parkland, Florida’s Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School is accusing CNN of giving him scripted questions during Wednesday night’s town hall on gun violence. Colton Haab told Miami’s local Wplg-tv that the network refused to allow him to raise his idea that schools consider employing U.S. military veterans as armed security guards and instead offered him canned questions. “CNN had originally asked me to write a speech and questions and it ended up being all scripted,” Haab said, adding that he decided not to attend the event as a result. “I expected to be able to ask my...
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Hollywood's Movie Dilemma: Gamble at Box Office or Sell to Netflix?

The Cloverfield Paradox (Paramount) and Extinction (Universal), the answer was "sell."

The streamer paid more than $50 million for Paradox, even if the gamble didn't make major waves initially. Paradox drew 2.8 million viewers in its first three days after a stealthy plan to drop it following the Super Bowl on Feb. 4.

By comparison, the Will Smith starrer Bright, which cost Netflix $90 million...
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‘Dragonkeeper,’ ‘Chandasma,’ ‘Another Day of Life’ Set for Cartoon Movie

Barcelona — “Dragonkeeper,” “Chandasma,” and “Another Day of Life” are among 60 projects from 22 countries that will be pitched at this year’s Cartoon Movie, Europe’s leading animated movie co-production event.

Event will host a Spotlight on Spain offering eight projects from this country.

A CGI family film based on the first of a six-book series by Carole Wilkinson, “Dragonkeeper” is a pioneering production between Spain (Dragoia Media, Movistar +, Atresmedia Cine), and the China Film Group. Feature is co-directed by Annecy Jury Award winner Ignacio Ferreras (“Wrinkles”) and Jian-Ping Li and follows a slave girl yearning for freedom but fearing the unknown world.

Set up at Colombia’s Timbo Studio and co-produced with France’s Ikki Films, “Chandasma” turns on the adventures of Renata and a stray dog named Chandasma who search for the girl’s father and the dog’s lost memories. David Restrepo is its director-creator.

An animation-documentary hybrid feature sold by Indie Sales, “Another
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Europe’s Unified Digital Market: Final Judgement Set in Motion

Berlin — They’re into the final straights. After nearly three years of often bitter confrontation between Europe’s industry and the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, regarding the E.C.’s push for a unified digital market in Europe, the final countdown has formerly begun.

Europe’s film and TV industry – and Hollywood’s, which backs its European counterparts – is, moreover, still not certain of final victory.

The cause of contention remains the Commission’s proposal, made in September 2016, to amplify the so-called country of origin principle to online content. This would allow E.U. broadcasters to buy rights to movies and TV shows for pan-Europe transmission on their online catch-up and simulcast services, if these TV networks have cleared the rights in the country they broadcast in.

For the Commission, this would allow citizens in one E.U. country to access more movies and TV shows from another.

Allowing consumers
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Europe’s Unified Digital Market: Final Judgement Set in Motion

Berlin — They’re into the final straights. After nearly three years of often bitter confrontation between Europe’s industry and the European Commission, the E.U.’s executive arm, regarding the E.C.’s push for a unified digital market in Europe, the final countdown has formerly begun.

Europe’s film and TV industry – and Hollywood’s, which backs its European counterparts – is, moreover, still not certain of final victory.

The cause of contention remains the Commission’s proposal, made in September 2016, to amplify the so-called country of origin principle to online content. This would allow E.U. broadcasters to buy rights to movies and TV shows for pan-Europe transmission on their online catch-up and simulcast services, if these TV networks have cleared the rights in the country they broadcast in.

For the Commission, this would allow citizens in one E.U. country to access more movies and TV shows from another.

Allowing consumers
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Telefonica Monetizes Movistar + Original Series Investment

Berlin — Telefonica, one of Europe’s biggest telecom companies, added a net 80,700 pay TV subscribers in the last quarter of 2017, Telefonica announced Thursday in a full-year results statement.

The figure marks the first financials published by the telecom after Telefonica pay TV unit, Movistar +, began to unleash its original series on the Spanish market: Fashion store series “Velvet Collection” on Sept. 22; “The Zone,” a post nuclear reactor meltdown murder mystery, on Oct. 27; and “Spanish Shame,” an excruciating Spanish couple comedy, on Nov. 3, “Spanish Shame” was also the first Movistar + series made available at its launch for binge viewing.

A full pay TV sub reaction to Movistar + series will not be fully known, even for its first shows, until results take in the Jan. 12 bow of “The Plague,” Movistar Plus’ biggest premium series bet to date, a serial murder mystery-thriller set in 1580 Seville, at the height of its imperial splendor and corruption, which cost about
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Women Had Lead Role in Less Than a Quarter of Top 2017 Movies, Down From Year Before

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Women Had Lead Role in Less Than a Quarter of Top 2017 Movies, Down From Year Before
Turns out “Wonder Woman” was an exception, not the new rule in Hollywood last year. A new study has found that the 100 top grossing films of 2017 saw even fewer female protagonists than the year before, making up just 24 percent, compared to 29 percent in 2016. According to this year’s “It’s a Man’s (Celluloid) World” report by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, this low figure may come as a shock to many, as women characters gained high visibility in films like “Beauty and the Beast,” “Star Wars:...
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Hollywood Sexism Rules: Number of Female Protagonists Falls in 2017

Rey, Diana Priest, and Belle may have anchored some of the biggest box office hits of 2017, but they were the exception to the rule. Hollywood’s glass ceiling remained firmly in place as studios failed to back female-dominated movies last year, according to a new study by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University.

In 2017, just 24% of protagonists in the 100 highest grossing films were women. That was a drop of five percentage points from 29% in 2016. The decline comes as a surprise given that the three most popular films last year, “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Beauty and the Beast,” and “Wonder Woman,” all had female lead characters. “Wonder Woman” also happened to be the first major studio comic book movie about a female superhero and boasted a female director in Patty Jenkins. Other hit movies such as “Girls Trip,” “Fifty Shades Darker,” and “[link
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