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Daniela Taplin Lundberg, Stay Gold Features Buy Cameron Alexander Spec Script “The Heart of the Beast” (Exclusive)

lundbergalexanderTNThe producer of “Kids Are All Right,” “Beasts of No Nation” and “Hello, My Name is Doris” won the dramatic thriller in a competitive bid.

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WB TV Teams With Gulfstream to Land Hot Property ENCYCLOPEDIA DAD in Preemptive Deal (Exclusive)

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Being pitched as a high concept drama in the vein of This is Us, the short story marks the first big Hollywood sale for the writer and first to originate from digital platform Medium.com.

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Paradigm and Gotham Group Hit Town with Oz – Wonderland Spec DOROTHY AND ALICE (Exclusive)

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Now into producers, this hot new spec from the writer of Rose Red promises two powerful female leads and a dark twist on the worlds we thought we knew.

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“Baby Driver” Star Ansel Elgort Offered Lead Role in Donna Tartt’s “The Goldfinch” (Exclusive)

Ansel Elgort The Goldfinch John Crowley (Brooklyn) is directing the film, which is being co-financed by Warner Bros., Amazon Studios and RatPac.

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“Blade Runner 2049’s” Mackenzie Davis to Star in Amblin’s Ghost Story “The Turning” (Exclusive)

Mackenzie Davis The TurningDavis is one of Hollywood’s hottest up-and-coming stars thanks to Halt and Catch Fire, The Martian and the “San Junipero” episode of Black Mirror.

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Michelle Williams in Talks for Female Lead Opposite Tom Hardy in Sony’s “Venom”

Michelle Williams VenomIt’s been remarkable to see Williams’ career blossom since her Dawson’s Creek days, as she’s racked up four Oscar nominations for her work in Brokeback Mountain, Blue Valentine, My Week With Marilyn and Manchester by the Sea.

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Teyonah Parris in Talks to Join Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” Follow-Up “If Beale Street Could Talk” (Exclusive)

Teyonah Parris Beale StreetThe star of Chi-Raq and Dear White People is making a deal to join newcomer Kiki Layne and Stephan James (Shots Fired) in a new film based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name.

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Young Oprah Winfrey Script Is the Hottest Read in Hollywood This Weekend (Exclusive)

Young OprahBefore she was Oprah, she was a nascent reporter in 1970’s Baltimore, struggling through personal and professional failures that threatened to derail her career unless she could find the true, inner voice that would change media forever.

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Joe Cornish Eyes Patrick Stewart, Rebecca Ferguson for “The Kid Who Would Be King” (Exclusive)

The Kid Who Would Be King20th Century Fox’s family-friendly fantasy film will be Cornish’s first since his acclaimed 2011 debut Attack the Block, which launched John Boyega as a major star.

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“The Purge” Prequel Sets Two Leads, Including “Insecure” Star Y’lan Noel (Exclusive)

The Purge 4Lex Scott Davis, who starred in the Lifetime movie Toni Braxton: Unbreak My Heart, will co-star in the genre film from Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes.

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YOUR EXCLUSIVE FIRST LOOK AT THE UPCOMING LAUNCH PAD NOVEL “KILL CREEK” HITTING BOOKSHELVES IN OCTOBER (VIDEO)

kill creek excerptIn partnership with Ridley Scott’s Scott Free, the first book to hit the market from the 2016 Launch Pad Manuscript Competition and publisher Inkshares is ready to remind you of what fear truly is.

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Gavin O’Connor in Final Negotiations to Direct “Suicide Squad 2” for Warner Bros.

Gavin O'Connor Suicide Squad 2O’Connor will pen a new draft of the script with his writing partner Anthony Tambakis, and if Warners brass is pleased, he’ll likely go on to direct Suicide Squad 2, which has flirted with a handful of directors including Mel Gibson and Jaume Collet-Serra.

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Radio Silence to Direct Genre Film “Family Ritual” for Fox Searchlight (Exclusive)

Radio Silence Family RitualPlot details remain under wraps, but sources say the script was written by Guy Busick and Ryan Murphy, and describe it as being in the vein of Jordan Peele’s hit Get Out.

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Colin Trevorrow Exits “Star Wars: Episode IX” as Vision Clashes With Lucasfilm

Colin TrevorrowOne intriguing potential replacement would be Patty Jenkins, who still hasn’t closed her deal to direct Wonder Woman 2. It sure would be interesting if she handed that superhero sequel off to someone else to make Star Wars history as the franchise’s first female filmmaker.

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“The Big Sick” Director Michael Showalter Takes on “The Last Ride of Cowboy Bob” for Fox Searchlight

showalterTNThe former member of The State comedy group previously co-wrote and starred in Wet Hot American Summer and directed Sally Field in Hello, My Name is Doris.

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Sony Fires Up “The Crow Reborn” as Tom Rothman Lands Another Potential Comic Book Franchise (Exclusive)

The Crow RebornWhile it’s a bit unclear whether Jason Momoa and Corin Hardy remain attached to respectively star in and direct the film, insiders suggest both men are still part of the studio’s plan, as both are on the rise.

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Jon Bernthal to Cap Off Impressive Summer By Joining Damien Chazelle’s “First Man” (Exclusive)

Jon Bernthal First ManBernthal is in negotiations to play Dave Scott, who walked on the moon in July 1971 as part of Apollo 15, making him one of only a dozen men to have set foot on its surface. He was also a member of NASA’s 1969 Apollo 9 mission.

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“Maleficent 2” Moves Forward as Disney Taps “Spectre” Scribe Jez Butterworth to Rewrite Sequel (Exclusive)

Jez Butterworth Maleficent 2Joe Roth is producing the sequel, which will see Angelina Jolie reprise her role as the iconic Sleeping Beauty villain. Plot details remain unknown at this time, and any potential release date would depend on Jolie’s schedule.

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Ben Affleck in Talks to Direct Afghanistan War Movie “Red Platoon” for Sony (Exclusive)

ben affleck excerptAffleck’s brother, reigning Oscar winner Casey Affleck, is being eyed for the lead role, according to insiders. Ben previously directed Casey in his first film, Gone Baby Gone, though the two haven’t worked together since.

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Josh L. Gordon Sells Untitled Sci-Fi Thriller Spec to Warner Bros.

joshlgordonTN The former assistant at Pulse Films left a screenplay on the desk of literary manager Brian Levy, who helped get it read by producer Zev Foreman of Voltage Pictures, which led to the competitive sale to Warner Bros. for an undisclosed amount.

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Tony Gilroy Returning to Warner Bros. to Rework Thriller Formerly Called “Methuselah”

tonygilroyTN The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was closely involved with the Jason Bourne movies at Universal, directing 2012’s The Bourne Legacy, but he received acclaim in 2007, directing George Clooney in the Best Picture-nominated Michael Clayton.

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Orlando Bloom Will Lead Amazon’s “Carnival Row” Fantasy Drama Series

orlandobloomTNBased on Travis Beacham’s Black List feature script, which Guillermo del Toro tried to get made, the eight-episode fantasy series will be directed by Paul McGuigan (Victor Frankenstein) and produced by Legendary Television, along with Bloom.

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David Oyelowo Joins Tom Holland, Daisy Ridley in Doug Liman’s Sci-Fi Movie “Chaos Walking”

david_oyelowoTNThe acclaimed star of Ava Duvernay’s Selma will play one of the film’s antagonists along with Mads Mikkelsen. Lionsgate is planning to release the film on March 1, 2019.

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Todd Phillips, Martin Scorsese Developing a “Joker” Movie That Won’t Star Jared Leto

Joker Todd Phillips Martin ScorseseWarner Bros. is creating a new label that will expand the canon of DC properties to give the studio a bit more freedom in terms of storytelling, casting and last but not least, budget.

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Pedro Pascal from “Narcos” In Talks to Play Villain in Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer 2”

pedroexcerpt Pascal first got attention appearing on HBO’s Game of Thrones, but his starring role on Netflix’s drug cartel series has gotten him more roles, such as a role in Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming Kingsman: The Golden Circle.

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Paul Greengrass Joins the Exodus to Netflix with Norway-Set Political Thriller

paulgreengrassnetflixexcerptThe real-life thriller will tell the story of terrorist Anders Behring Breivik, a right-wing Christian extremist who killed 77 people with his 2011 terrorist acts. It will be filmed in Norway with a $20 million budget under the eye of producer Scott Rudin, who nabbed the rights to release the film through his Netflix features division.

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Jessie T. Usher, Samuel L. Jackson To Unite for New Line’s “Son of Shaft” Sequel

usherjacksonexcerptWith plans to start production in the fall, the Tim Story-directed action film brings together the stars of the two previous Shaft movies, including the 1971 action classic, starring Richard Roundtree.

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“Star Wars” Universe: Obi-Wan Kenobi Movie In the Works With Stephen Daldry Eyed to Direct

Obi-Wan KenobiNow just because Obi-Wan is getting his own movie doesn’t mean it’ll happen anytime soon. There’s no script yet, nor has it been decided whether Ewan McGregor will return to reprise his role from Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace.

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“American Sniper” Writer Jason Hall Will Direct George Washington Biopic “The Virginian”

jasonhallexcerptThe Oscar-nominated screenwriter, whose directorial debut Thank You For Your Service comes out in October, will rewrite and direct the movie that is meant to show a rougher origin story for the country’s first President as he tries to survive on the American frontier.

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Launch Pad Alum T.A. Snyder Signs With Echo Lake Entertainment

LPFC Detail Page Excerpt Headers 200x133He’ll work with managers Adam Riback and David Brown as Endgame Entertainment and Romark Entertainment develop his pilot script Dead Men.

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