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John Hillcoat to Direct Episode of “Black Mirror” for Netflix (Exclusive)

John Hillcoat Black MirrorBirdman actress Andrea Riseborough is being eyed to star in the fourth season episode, which is rumored to be titled “Crocodile.”

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Brad Grey’s Exit at Paramount Is Imminent (Exclusive)

Brad Grey ExcerptFollowing a 12-year run at the studio, the veteran executive is negotiating for a first-look deal at Paramount and to stay on certain projects as a producer.

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“Newsroom” Scribe Matthew Lopez to Rewrite “Chaos Walking” Starring Daisy Ridley, Tom Holland (Exclusive)

Matthew Lopez Chaos WalkingDoug Liman will direct the YA movie, which is based on the first book in Patrick Ness’ best-selling trilogy.

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John Swetnam’s Female Assassin Spec “Ruthless” May Spark Bidding War After “John Wick” (Exclusive)

John Wick Paradigm and Industry Entertainment are out with Relentless, a hot new spec from John Swetnam, the writer of Into the Storm and Step Up All In. The project is being described as being in the vein of John Wick, but with a female protagonist.

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2016 Launch Pad Alum Jay Riedl Signs with APA (EXCLUSIVE)

Jay RiedlJay Riedl, a Launch Pad Alum from our 2016 Launch Pad Pilots Competition, has signed with APA. This follows her pilot Snark landing in the Top 25 of last year’s competition and a first signing with Echo Lake Entertainment.

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Kyle Killen to Write R.L. Stine’s “Fear Street” Movie for Fox, Chernin (Exclusive)

Fear StreetThe big screen adaptation of R.L. Stine’s Fear Street series is just around the corner, as 20th Century Fox and Chernin Entertainment have hired Kyle Killen to write the script.

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Sylvester Stallone’s “Escape Plan 2” Secures Director Steven C. Miller (Exclusive)

Escape Plan After working with Emmett/Furla/Oasis on three films, Steven C. Miller has been hired to direct the company’s Sylvester Stallone-starring sequel Escape Plan 2.

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James Hutchinson’s New Sci-Fi Spec “Haldane” Into Territories (Exclusive)

Haldane by James HutchinsonManager Kailey Marsh is out with a hot new sci-fi spec titled Haldane, written by scribe James Hutchinson and described as a cross between Sherlock Holmes and Under the Skin.

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Carrie Buck’s Sterilization Subject of Melissa Hilfer’s Hot New Spec “Unfit,” Now Into Territories With Producers (Exclusive)

Carrie Buck Emma Buck Unfit34 years after her death, Carrie Buck is at the center of a timely biopic that has A-list actresses across Hollywood paying attention. Written by Undone scribe Melissa Hilfers, Unfit is set in the not-so-distant past, when America was gripped by a political movement that promised to eliminate the “unfit” from our country.

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“Stranger Things” Sensation Millie Bobby Brown to Star in “Godzilla” Sequel

Millie Bobby BrownStranger Things sensation Millie Bobby Brown, who plays Eleven on Netflix’s buzzy sci-fi series, has signed on to star in Godzilla: King of the Monsters.

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Dominic West to Play Alicia Vikander’s Father Again in “Tomb Raider” Reboot

Dominic WestDominic West was the lead on The Wire, which is one of, if not the greatest television show of all time. As a loyal fan of The Affair, I was wondering just last week why we don’t see more of him on the big screen. Lo and behold, West was just cast as Lara Croft’s father in the Tomb Raider reboot that will star Alicia Vikander.

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Marvel Unveils Full “Black Panther” Cast, Filming Planned for South Korea

Black Panther Logo Marvel Studios has finally announced the full cast of Ryan Coogler’s Black Panther and not only are Martin Freeman and Andy Serkis confirmed to return as Everett Ross and Ulysses Klaw, respectively, but part of the movie will be filmed in South Korea.

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Current Awards Season Affecting “Mudbound” Bidding War, Which Includes A24, Annapurna (Exclusive)

mudbound-excerptWhile most of the Hollywood contingent at Sundance has already left Park City, there are still plenty of festival deals being made, chief among them one for Dee Rees’ acclaimed drama Mudbound, which is the hottest acquisition title left on the board.

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“Homeland” Actor Rupert Friend to Write and Direct Biopic “Cornerman” with GK Films (EXCLUSIVE)

Rupert Friend ExcerptHitman: Agent 47 star Rupert Friend is set to try his hand at directing and writing for a second time with the biopic Cornerman about boxing trainer Cus D’Amato. The project is currently in pre-production with GK Films and Fabrica de Cine.

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Joe Ballarini’s Berlin Wall Spec “Skyward” Into Studios with Producers (Exclusive)

Skyward Joe BallariniUpdate: While some studios pop champagne bottles to celebrate this morning’s Oscar nominations, others have moved on and are focusing on what’s next. To that end, several suitors are scrambling for Joe Ballarini’s spec Skyward, which is described as being similar in tone to Best Picture winners Argo and The King’s Speech.

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2017 Oscar Nominations – The Complete List, Led by “La La Land”

LLL d 29 _5194.NEFThe Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Lionsgate’s musical “La La Land” led the pack with a record-tying 14 Oscar nominations, including two for Best Song.

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Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells to Star in Netflix Original Film “Happy Anniversary”

Ben Schwartz ExcerptStreaming giant Netflix has tapped Ben Schwartz and Noël Wells as the leads for their new original film Happy Anniversary. The project, written and directed by Jared Stern, will also feature Annie Potts and Joe Pantoliano in supporting roles.

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Tim Story to Direct “Shaft” Reboot, Will Try to Launch His Fourth Franchise

Shaft Tim Story After launching three franchises between Barbershop, Fantastic Four and Ride Along, director Tim Story is set to tackle a fourth with New Line’s “Shaft.” Can you dig it?

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“The Notebook” Director Nick Cassavetes to Helm “Honeymoon with Harry” for New Line (EXCLUSIVE)

Nick Cassavetes ExcerptActor-director Nick Cassavetes has been tapped to helm New Line Cinema’s upcoming dramedy Honeymoon with Harry. Pitch creator Dan Fogelman is writing the current draft of the script, which is based on Bart Baker’s novel of the same name.

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Steve Carell, Will Poulter Eyed to Star in Brad Pitt-Produced Drama “Beautiful Boy” (Exclusive)

Steve Carell Oscar-nominated actor Steve Carell and The Revenant actor Will Poulter are in talks to star in the harrowing addiction drama Beautiful Boy for New Regency and Brad Pitt’s Plan B Entertainment. Felix van Groeningen is directing from a script by Luke Davies.

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Food Critic and TV Host Morgan Murphy Signs with Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Morgan Murphy ExcerptThe Southern food critic, television host, and award-winning author Morgan Murphy has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management in all areas of representation.

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Timely Spec “Inauguration Day” Going into Major Territories with Producers (EXCLUSIVE)

Heat meterA brand new — and appropriately timely — spec is hitting the market this week from scribe Patrick McConville. The political thriller Inauguration Day has already captured the attention of several producers and is moving into major territories.

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Ry Russo-Young to Direct Romeo & Juliet Re-Telling “Rosaline” at Universal (EXCLUSIVE)

Ry Russo Young ExcerptThe long-in-development Romeo & Juliet project Rosaline has taken another step forward with the attachment of Ry Russo-Young. She is set to take over directing duties from Alex Timbers.

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Jared Stern to Write and Direct Romance Film “Happy Anniversary” for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

Jared Stern ExcerptNetflix is continuing to expand its slate of original films with Happy Anniversary, to be written and directed by Jared Stern. Industry Entertainment and Odenkirk Provissiero Entertainment are producing the project.

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The Bitch List 2017

bitch list excerptAfter last night’s Golden Globes and the success of countless new and diverse voices in the past year, the annual Bitch List has never appeared more timely. In its fourth year, the List works to highlight unproduced feature and television screenplays that pass the Bechdel test.

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“American Gods” Director David Slade Helming Western “Surrounded” for Netflix (EXCLUSIVE)

David Slade ExcerptDirector David Slade, who has found a home for himself on the small screen, is taking on his next feature with the western Surrounded. The film comes from a spec written by Andrew Pagana and Justin Thomas back in 2012.

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German Director Uli Edel Directing Hit List Spec “The Civilian” (EXCLUSIVE)

Uli Edel ExcerptGerman director Uli Edel, best known for films like Last Exit to Brooklyn and Body of Evidence, has tapped his next project as The Civilian, based on a spec script by Brian Pittman and Rachel Long. The project is being developed by Millennium Films.

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Lisa Robertson, Australian Writer-Director of “Commerce,” Signs with Magnet Management (EXCLUSIVE)

Commerce ExcerptAustralian writer-director Lisa Robertson has signed with Daniel Pancotto and Jon Kanak of Magnet Management. Most recently, she completed her short film Commerce, which has the potential to become a feature-length film, with a draft already written.

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Launch Pad Manuscript Writer David Luz Signs with The Muraviov Company (EXCLUSIVE)

David Luz ExcerptDavid Luz, who made it into the Top 25 of the Launch Pad Manuscript Competition with Tallok, has signed with Kathy Muraviov of The Muraviov Company

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Launch Pad Alum Julia Cooperman Signs with Grandview (EXCLUSIVE)

Julia Cooperman ExcerptLaunch Pad writer and alumni Julia Cooper, who wrote the Phantasmagoria pilot script for this year’s pilots competition, has signed with Laura Leonard and Meredith Bajana of Grandview.

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