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20th Century Fox Finds ‘Scavengers’ For Its ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Director Thor Freudenthal
By Mike Fleming Jr March 9, 2011 EXCLUSIVE: 20th Century Fox has acquired Scavengers, script by Chris Baldi that Thor Freudenthal will direct. Freudenthal helmed...
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EXCLUSIVE: 'Firelight' Finds Writer to Adapt Dragon-Themed Tale
By Borys Kit January 24, 2011 Nick Pustay has been tapped to adapt Firelight, Mandalay’s adaptation of the Sophie Jordan young-adult fantasy novel. The book...
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‘Scenesters’ to hit screens via Monterey Media
By Dave McNary January 11, 2011 Indie pic was award winner at Slamdance. Monterey Media has acquired domestic rights to “The Scenesters” from Midwinter Studios...
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OSCAR: Overview of Best Screenplay Race
By Pete Hammond December 29, 2010 It’s amazing that any good script ever gets made anymore. If there is one common thread running through most of the contenders...
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20th Century Fox Finds ‘Scavengers’ For Its ‘Diary Of A Wimpy Kid’ Director Thor Freudenthal
By Pete Hammond December 29, 2010 It’s amazing that any good script evergets made anymore. If there is one common thread running through most of the contenders...
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Review: “Stomp the Yard: Homecoming”
By Joe Leydon September 28, 2010 A diverting made-for-homevid sequel that will likely please most of its predecessor’s fans. It’s not quite as fleet-footed...
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‘Tron:Legacy’ Helmer Joseph Kosinski Pitching ‘Oblivion’ As Directing Vehicle
By Mike Fleming Jr July 26, 2010 EXCLUSIVE: Back from vamping Tron: Legacy for the third straight year at Comic-Con, director Joseph Kosinski this week is making...
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Zanuck refines ‘Low’ mojo
By Dave McNary May 29, 2010 In these tough times for independent film, producers have to use every tool in their box to get films made. Rounding up investors...
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Universal warms up ‘WanderLust’
By Tatiana Siegel May 11, 2010 Jennifer Aniston, Paul Rudd are attached to star. Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston are coupling up for the Judd Apatow-produced...
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Review: “Diary of a Wimpy Kid”
By Lael Loewenstein March 17, 2010 An appealing, if glossy, adaptation of Jeff Kinney’s hugely popular cartoon-illustrated novel. An appealing, if glossy,...
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Producers develop ‘Pictures’
By Dave McNary December 6, 2009 Permut teams with Gross, Shapiro on teen comedy. David Permut (“Youth in Revolt”) is teaming with Dave Gross and Jesse Shapira...
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Murphy joins 'Fluffy' fold
By Steven Zeitchik November 19, 2009 NEW YORK- Eddie Murphy is attached to produce and potentially star in “The Misadventures of Fluffy,” a buddy...
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'Fluffy' friend
By Steven Zeitchik November 19, 2009 “Get Low” coasts along on Southern folkloric whimsy and sly humor for a good while but can’t escape the...
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Fox spies CIA thriller
By Michael Schneider November 3, 2009 Show comes from Chernin’s prod’n co. Fox is developing a CIA-themed project from scribe Harris Wilkinson and...
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Review: “Pandorum”
By Rob Nelson September 25, 2009 “Pandorum” more strongly evokes the condition of deja vu. Named for a mix of paranoia and delirium, “Pandorum”...
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Review: 'Get Low'
By Kirk Honeycutt September 14, 2009 TORONTO — “Get Low” coasts along on Southern folkloric whimsy and sly humor for a good while but can’t escape the fact...
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Script is 'Bourne' again
By Borys Kit August 21-23, 2009 Josh Zetumer has signed to pen the fourth installment in Universal’s “Bourne” movie series, writing was being described as a...
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'Kumar' duo tackle marriage
By Jay A. Fernandez August 11, 2009 Hurwitz, Schlossberg will direct Friedlander’s comedy fantasy ‘Stan’. Josh Friedlander has sold his original...
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Labine and Tudyk are 'Evil'-doers
By Borys Kit & AP July 8, 2009 Tyler Labine and Alan Tudyk are starring in “Tucker and Dale vs. Evil,” a genre-bending indie horror comedy being...
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‘Recount’ scribe will pen ‘Butler’
By Borys Kit  April 30, 2009 “Recount” scribe Danny Strong has been tapped to write “The Butler,” Columbia’s story of Eugene Allen, a black man who served as...
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MGM rescue effort for 'Missing in Action' redo
By Steven Zeitchik, AP March 6, 2009 “Missing in Action” is being discovered again. The Chuck Norris Vietnam pic is being developed as a co-production...
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Review: 'Splinter'
By John Anderson October 24, 2008 Clearly out to evoke ’70s horror, “Splinter” kicks off with a twist on the twisted familiar: Seth (Paulo Costanzo) and Polly...
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Cage, Sena go 'Witch' way for Relativity, Atlas
By Gregg Goldstein September 22, 2008 NEW YORK – Nicolas Cage will reteam with “Gone in Sixty Seconds” director Dominic Sena for the supernatural thriller...
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New Regency snags 'Smash' spec
By Tatiana Sigel April 9, 2008 New Regency has snapped up Aaron Philson Brown’s action spec “Smash” for low six figures. Barry Josephson (“Enchanted”) is set...
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Spyro pic fires up with Animation
By Carolyn Giardina October 26, 2007 The Animation Picture Co. has optioned the feature rights to Sierra Entertainment’s Spyro the Dragon franchise, with plans...
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Toby Wilkins to direct 'Grudge 3'
By Marc Graser October 22, 2007 Toby Wilkins has been tapped to direct “The Grudge 3′′ for Ghost House Pictures, with production expected to start sometime...
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Review: 'Feel the Noise'
By Frank Scheck October 8, 2007 NEW YORK — The genres may change, but the cliches of the inspirational music film remain the same as demonstrated by this first...
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Spacey to star in HBO’s ‘Recount’
By Michael Fleming September 24, 2007 Kevin Spacey, Laura Dern, Denis Leary, John Hurt, Tom Wilkinson, Ed Begley Jr. and Bob Balaban will star in HBO Films’...
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Sony patrol finds 'Linewatch'
By Gregg Goldstein August 27, 2007 Sony Pictures Entertainment has acquired all worldwide rights to Kevin Bray’s gang action thriller “Linewatch” starring Cuba...
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'Push' has come to Teitelman
By Borys Kit August 22, 2007 Mark “T-Man” Teitelman has been hired to direct “The Push,” a film for Gold Circle being produced by the company’s Paul Brooks...
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10 Screenwriters to Watch – Joshua Zetumer
By Matthew Ross June 21, 2007 When you grow up in a household with “two shrink parents,” investigating the unpleasant recesses of the human mind is as natural...
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Freudenthal master of DW's 'Dogs'
By Tatiana Siegel June 21, 2007 DreamWorks has tapped visual effects maven Thor Freudenthal to direct “Hotel for Dogs.” Based on Lois Duncan’s novel, the story...
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Lionsgate raising 'Kane'
By Marc Graser, Pamela McClintock May 20, 2007 Jieho Lee is in negotiations to direct Lionsgate’s “Kane and Lynch,” an actioner based on the upcoming videogame...
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Par Vantage is spilling 'Ink' for horror film spec
By Tatiana Siegel April 20, 2007 Paramount Vantage is venturing into the world of horror. The specialty division of Paramount Pictures has acquired Harris Wilkinson’s...
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Review: 'Blades of Glory'
By Michael Rechtshaffen March 29, 2007 The blissfully silly “Blades of Glory” is one of those rare comedies that puts a goofy smile on your face with the premise...
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Fox makes a deal with 'Devil'
By Tatiana Siegel March 2, 2007 20th Century Fox has acquired Steve Bencich and Ron Friedman’s pitch “The Devil You Know” for mid-six figures against just under...
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Nick picks up 'Unicorn' spec
By Dave McNary February 26, 2007 Nick Movies has decided to believe in “Unicorn,” buying Joe Aucoin’s comedy fantasy spec and setting it up with producer John...
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'Burn,' 'Engvall' pilots picked
By Kimberly Nordy, Nellie Andreeva February 13, 2007 USA Network has picked up the drama pilot “Burn Notice” to series. Meanwhile, TBS has handed out a series...
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MTV Films likes look of 'Handsome'
By Tatiana Siegel February 12, 2007 MTV Films has acquired Jacob Forman’s spec thriller “Handsome Devil” for Kevin Misher to produce. The screenplay, which...
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MTV puts fork in 'Devil'
By Dave McNary, Pamela McClintock February 11, 2007 MTV Films has purchased Jacob Forman spec script “Handsome Devil” for mid-six figures following a bidding...
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'Crossing' over to Screen Gems
By Tatiana Siegel January 29, 2007 Screen Gems has acquired the drug-trafficking thriller “The Crossing,” penned by writing team Byron Willinger...
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Nix plays 'Game' with Par, Nick
By Sheigh Crabtree October 6, 2006 Paramount Pictures and Nickelodeon Movies are set to co-produce “The Game of Sunken Places,” based on a pitch...
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Fox Atomic offers support for 'Incurable'
By Tatiana Siegel May 3, 2006 Fox Atomic has acquired the screenplay “Incurable” by Will Strouse. Vertigo’s Roy Lee and Doug Davison are producing...
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Friesen walks beat for NL pic
By Borys Kit and Tatiana Siegel March 2, 2006 Collin Friesen is suiting up for writing duties on “Man in Uniform,” a New Line Cinema comedy that...
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Sony Moves Up ‘Escape Room 2’ To Summer, Lands On Same Date As Studio’s ‘Cinderella’
By Anthony D’Alessandro April 26, 2021 UPDATED: Escape Room 2 will now open on July 16 instead of next year, where it had been scheduled for the first...
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‘Wings of Fire’ Animated Series Ordered at Netflix From Executive Producer Ava DuVernay
By Joe Otterson April 20, 2021 The “Wings of Fire” books by Tui T. Sutherland are being adapted into an animated series at Netflix with Ava DuVernay set to...
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Ava DuVernay Adapting ‘Wings of Fire’ as Animated Series for Netflix
By Lesley Goldberg April 20, 2021 Author Tui T. Sutherland and Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Register are also attached to the 10-episode event series....
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Ava DuVernay’s ‘Wings Of Fire’ Animated Series Ordered At Netflix
By Peter White April 20, 2021 Ava DuVernay’s Wings of Fire, an animated series adaptation of the family fantasy books which had been in development at Netflix since...
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‘The First Lady’: Regina Taylor To Play Michelle Obama’s Mother In Showtime Anthology Series; Saniyya Sidney, 2 More Cast
By Denise Petski April 13, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Emmy nominee Regina Taylor (I’ll Fly Away) is set as a series regular portraying Michelle Obama’s mother, in Showtime’s...
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Universal Lands Family Adventure Spec Script From Alex Ankeles And Morgan Jurgenson
By Justin Kroll April 6, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Universal has picked up an untitled family adventure-comedy spec script from screenwriting duo Alex Ankeles and Morgan...
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Apple in Early Talks for Peter Farrelly’s ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever,’ Zac Efron, Russell Crowe to Join
By Brian Welk March 23, 2021 Apple is in early discussions to pick up and finance the next film from “Green Book” director Peter Farrelly, “The Greatest Beer...
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Russell Crowe, Zac Efron Attached to Star in Peter Farrelly’s Vietnam War Movie for Apple
By Mia Galuppo March 23, 2021 Apple is circling Peter Farrelly’s Green Book follow-up, The Greatest Beer Run Ever, with Zac Efron and Russell Crowe now attached...
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Zac Efron, Russell Crowe Replace Dylan O'Brien, Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly's 'Beer Run' Movie
By Jeff Sneider March 23, 2021 Zac Efron and Oscar winner Russell Crowe are in talks to replace Dylan O’Brien and Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly‘s...
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Nicholas Gonzalez Joins NBC Drama Series ‘La Brea’; Rohan Mirchandaney Also Cast
By Nellie Andreeva March 22, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Coming off a three-season run as Dr. Neil Melendez on ABC’s The Good Doctor, Nicholas Gonzalez has been tapped...
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Showtime Orders Drama Series ‘Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation,’ Antoine Fuqua to Direct and Produce
March 16, 2021 By Joe Otterson Showtime has ordered a drama series about Zulu king Shaka, with Antoine Fuqua onboard to direct and executive produce, Variety...
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‘Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation’ Drama From Antoine Fuqua a Go at Showtime
By Lesley Goldberg March 16, 2021 Showtime is ready to explore the story of a warrior king. The premium cable network has handed out a straight-to-series order...
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‘Shaka: King Of The Zulu Nation’ Drama From Antoine Fuqua Gets Showtime Series Order
By Nellie Andreeva March 16, 2021 Showtime has given a series order to hourlong drama Shaka: King of the Zulu Nation, executive produced and directed by Antoine...
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‘The First Lady’: Aya Cash, Jake Picking, Ben Cook Among 8 Cast In Showtime Anthology Series
By Denise Petski March 10, 2021 EXCLUSIVE: Showtime has rounded out the cast for its upcoming anthology series The First Lady. Aya Cash (The Boys), Jake Picking (Hollywood), Cayden...
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Josh Holloway to star in HBO Max series Duster from J.J. Abrams, LaToya Morgan
By Rachel Yang March 9, 2021 Josh Holloway and J.J. Abrams are teaming up again. The Lost actor will star in the HBO Max series Duster from co-writers Abrams...
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Josh Holloway to Star in HBO Max Series ‘Duster’ From LaToya Morgan, J.J. Abrams
By Joe Otterson March 9, 2021 Josh Holloway is set to star in the HBO Max series “Duster,” which hails from co-writers LaToya Morgan and J.J. Abrams, Variety...
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Josh Holloway To Star In J.J. Abrams’ HBO Max Series ‘Duster’
By Denise Petski March 9, 2021 Former Lost star Josh Holloway is reuniting with series co-creator J.J. Abrams in Duster, Abrams’ new drama series at HBO Max....
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NBC Drama Series ‘La Brea’ Adds Four to Cast, Including ‘Night Shift’ and ‘Chicago PD’ Alums
By Joe Otterson March 4, 2021 The upcoming NBC drama series “La Brea” has added four new castmembers. Eoin Macken, Jack Martin, Jon Seda, and Lily Santiago...
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‘La Brea’: Eoin Macken To Star, Jon Seda To Return As NBC Series Also Casts Jack Martin & Lily Santiago
By Nellie Andreeva March 4, 2021 UPDATED: The Night Shift star Eoin Macken has been tapped as the male lead opposite Natalie Zea in NBC’s drama series La Brea....
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Dakota Fanning to Play Susan Ford in Showtime’s ‘The First Lady’
By Tim Baysinger March 2, 2021 Dakota Fanning has joined Showtime’s upcoming “The First Lady” anthology series, where she’ll play Susan Ford, the daughter of...
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