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Kate McKinnon Will Graduate From Scene-Stealer to Leading Lady with Action Comedy “The Spy Who Dumped Me”

Kate McKinnon Mila KunisMila Kunis is in talks to co-star in the Lionsgate movie, which Susanna Fogel will direct from a script she’s co-writing with David Iserson.

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Dan Trachtenberg to Direct Hot Spec “Space Race” for Universal Following Success of “10 Cloverfield Lane”

Dan Trachtenberg Space RacePlot details of Daniel Kunka’s script are being kept in a black hole on the Universal lot, but it’s expected to be a high-concept tentpole in the vein of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar. Universal already has a relationship with Trachtenberg and Kunka, who are developing Crime of the Century for the studio and producer Chris Morgan.

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“Logan” Director James Mangold Plans Return to His “Copland” Roots With Don Winslow’s “The Force”

James Mangold The ForceThe story follows a corrupt NYPD cop who is forced to choose between his family, his brothers in blue, and his own life, which finds itself threatened by an assortment of unsavory types ranging from Harlem drug dealers and the mob to the mayor’s office and relentless federal investigators.

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“Aquaman,” “Venom” Get New Release Dates as Sony, Warner Bros. Go at It

Venom AquamanSony’s Animated Spider-Man movie will do box office battle with WB’s Aquaman in December 2018 — for now.

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Tom Hardy to Play Navy SEAL in “War Party” as Netflix Wins Bidding War

Tom Hardy War Party NetflixRidley Scott will produce under his Scott Free banner. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it’s said to be based on a true story about real Navy SEALs, since life rights were rumored to be part of the deal.

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Justin Lin Says Nope to Dopey Tentpoles, Will Direct Gritty Drama “The Stand Off” for Netflix

Justin Lin The Stand OffSet in December 1969, the film follows a newly-formed police unit known as the “SWAT team” as they embark on their first major operation — raiding the Los Angeles headquarters of the Black Panther party.

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Oprah Winfrey Trusts Rose Byrne to Tell Her Family’s Story in Trailer for HBO’s “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” (Video)

The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks HBO Oprah WinfreyWritten and directed by George C. Wolfe, the telepic boasts an impressive supporting cast that includes Courtney B. Vance, Reg E. Cathey, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Melvin Van Peebles.

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Jennifer Aniston to Star in Music-Driven Comedy “Dumplin’,” Which Is No Longer at Disney

Jennifer Aniston DumplinAnne Fletcher will direct the film, which follows a plus-sized teen who decides to enter a local beauty pageant as a form of protest, but winds up inspiring a rag-tag group of contestants to join her.

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John Krasinski, Emily Blunt to Star in “A Quiet Place,” Which He’ll Also Direct for Paramount

John Krasinski Emily Blunt A Quiet PlaceMichael Bay, Andrew Form and Brad Fuller of Platinum Dunes will produce the film, which comes on the heels of Krasinski’s starring turn in Bay’s Paramount pic 13 Hours.

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Marvel’s “Legion,” Judd Apatow’s “Crashing” Renewed by FX, HBO

Legion Crashing Renewal FX HBODan Stevens has been making a name for himself with his turn as superhero David Haller on Legion, while Pete Holmes has been hilarious on Crashing.

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“The Matrix” Rebooted: Give Us the Blue Pill to Cure This Déjà Vu

The Matrix RebootedIt’s unclear whether Warner Bros. is hiring Zak Penn to write a treatment or opening a writers room, but the studio wants Michael B. Jordan to star. Sorry, Keanu!

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A24 Mounting Feature Adaptation of Pippa Bianco’s Award-Winning Short Film “Share” (Exclusive)

Share Pippa BiancoThe 2015 short film starred Taissa Farmiga as a girl who returns to school after an explicit video of her is uploaded and shared on the internet without her consent.

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“Sleight” Director J.D. Dillard to Remake “The Fly” for 20th Century Fox

The FlyDillard is a former Bad Robot staffer whose directorial debut Sleight was acquired by Blumhouse and WWE Studios out of the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. The film will hit theaters on April 28.

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John Carroll Lynch Joins Paul Giamatti in Netflix Drama “Private Life” (Exclusive)

John Carroll Lynch Private LifeThe veteran character actor is coming off a banner year, and just saw his directorial debut Lucky premiere at SXSW to strong reviews.

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Netflix and Producer Scott Stuber Officially Tie the Knot, Signaling Big Things to Come

Scott Stuber NetflixThe streaming service has a busy year ahead as it prepares to release Brad Pitt’s War Machine, Will Smith’s Bright and Jake Gyllenhaal’s Okja.

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“Godzilla Vs. Kong” Probably Doesn’t Need a Writers Room, But Now It Has One Anyway

Godzilla vs. Kong 200Terry Rossio (Pirates of the Caribbean) will lead the team, which includes Patrick McKay, J.D. Payne, Lindsey Beer, T.S. Nowlin, J. Michael Straczynski and Cat Vasko.

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Jaime King Lands Female Lead in Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan 2” (Exclusive)

Jaime King Escape Plan 2Steven C. Miller (Marauders) will direct the action-packed sequel, which will co-star Dave Bautista of Guardians of the Galaxy fame.

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James Cameron’s “Avatar 2” Delayed Again, Proving Release Dates Can’t Be Trusted

Avatar 2 DelayedJames Cameron is prepared to spend the next eight years of his life making four Avatar sequels, but what is the point in announcing release dates that filmmakers can’t make?

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Ryan Murphy’s Master Plan

Ryan Murphy ExcerptDoes it seem like Ryan Murphy is coming out with a new show all the time? Well he is and Neil Turitz thinks that his interest in creating an increased number of shorter series is the brilliance behind his success.

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Launch Pad Alum Danny Newell Signs With Energy Entertainment (Exclusive)

Danny Newell Described as The Hunger Games meets The Purge, Newell’s manuscript tells the story of what happens when all the parents of a remote island community begin to murder their children for no apparent reason, and the 17-year old girl who must fight to save her younger brothers from the people who are supposed to love and protect them.

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Sony Pictures Will Be the Studio “Hunting El Chapo,” Based on Upcoming Book

Hunting El Chapo Sony3 Arts Entertainment will produce the adaptation of the nonfiction book, which will chronicle the pursuit of the elusive Mexican drug cartel leader known as El Chapo.

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Steven Spielberg, J.J. Abrams Team for Syrian Refugee’s Survival Story “A Hope More Powerful Than the Sea”

JJ Abrams, Steven Spielberg, A Hope More Powerful Than the SeaThe film follows Doaa Al Zamel, a 19-year-old Syrian woman who fled Egypt for a better life in Sweden, only to find herself stranded at sea with two small children.

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THE PAYBACK (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMIt’s 2022. Billionaire ideologue Jefferson Davis Killgore is serving his second term as POTUS, and “The Payback” is the the biggest show on TV — where Killgore and his friends hunt criminals like big game. Win “The Payback,” win your freedom; lose, and be executed in front of an audience of millions. No one’s ever won… yet.

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Kerry Washington to Produce “The Mothers” for Warner Bros.

The Mothers Kerry WashingtonWarner Bros. has optioned Brit Bennett’s debut novel The Mothers for Kerry Washington to produce under her Simpson Street banner along with Natalie Krinsky, the studio announced Thursday.

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SAINTS (SPEC)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMWhen an award-winning coach discovers members of his new football team have sexually abused some of their teammates, he cuts them loose, but when he does, the town rebels against him.

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Tribeca Film Festival Adds Special Screenings of “The Godfather,” “Reservoir Dogs,” “Aladdin”

The Godfather Tribeca Film Festival Keep your eye out for documentaries about fashion superstar Zac Posen, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten, as well as the world premiere of James Ponsoldt’s The Circle, starring Tom Hanks and Emma Watson.

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“Mustang” Director Deniz Gamze Ergüven Joins Anne Hathaway on “The Lifeboat” at Focus (Exclusive)

Deniz Gamze Erguven The LifeboatCharlotte Rogan’s book follows Grace Winter (Hathaway), a young woman who recounts the tale of how she survived a shipwreck at sea while on trial for murder in 1914. The film explores the moral crisis that presents itself when she discovers there are too many people on board her lifeboat and if some don’t abandon ship, they’ll all perish.

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Scarlett Johansson Gets Raunchy in First Trailer for Sony’s Killer Comedy “Rough Night” (Video)

Rough NightSony has released a red-band trailer that hints at a more commercial, gender-swapped take on Peter Berg’s Very Bad Things, but with Miami filling in for Las Vegas.

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Drew Goddard to Direct “Bad Times At The El Royale” for 20th Century Fox

Drew Goddard Bad Times At The El RoyalePlot details are being kept under wraps, though sources say it’s a contained thriller with genre elements. Only top studio execs were given the opportunity to read the script, hence the vague nature of the titular “bad times.”

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Tired of Messing Around, Paramount Looks to Hire Jim Gianopulos and Michael De Luca

Jim Gianopulos, Michael De Luca, ParamountThe decision should come as music to Hollywood’s ears, as Paramount had not been making as many movies as usual under outgoing CEO Brad Grey. By hiring the tag-team of Gianopulos and De Luca, it’s a signal that Paramount is ready to start making movies again.

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