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TV Casting Round-Up: Liv Tyler Teams Up with Kit Harington for “Gunpowder”

liv tyler excerptMarc Cherry, Reba McEntire, and Shondaland add cast members to their pilots while Liv Tyler and Mark Gatiss joins Kit Harrington for BBC’s Gunpowder.

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TV Casting Round-Up: Alex Meraz Snags Lead Role in “Scalped”

alex meraz excerptSuicide Squad actor Alex Meraz joins WGN America’s Scalped, the anticipated drama series based on DC’s graphic novel, and Jeremy Luke reunites with his Magic City co-star Milo Ventimiglia on This is Us

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TV Casting Round-Up: “Parks and Rec” Alum Retta Joins Mae Whitman for “Good Girls”

retta excerptRyan Murphy reunites with Glee‘s Darren Criss for the highly anticipated second season of American Crime Story and Parks and Recreation‘s Retta returns to NBC for the drama Good Girls

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Hannah Hart Signs First-Look Deal with Lionsgate as Studio Secures Two-Thirds of YouTube’s “Holy Trinity”

Hannah Hart ExcerptStar and producer of the YouTube series “My Drunk Kitchen,” Hannah Hart, has signed a first-look deal with Lionsgate, further showcasing the increasing power and influence that YouTube stars have beyond the realm of free online videos.

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Starz & BBC Team Up for “Howards End” Adaptation with Hayley Atwell & Matthew Macfadyen

haley atwell excerptE.M. Forster’s classic novel Howards End is getting an update as Starz has joined BBC to co-produce a project adapted by Oscar-nominated writer Kenneth Lonergan. The limited series will star Agent Carter’s Hayley Atwell, Matthew Macfadyen, and Tracey Ullman.

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Benedict Cumberbatch to Play Grieving Father in BBC and Masterpiece’s “The Child in Time,” Will Also Exec Produce

Benedict Cumberbatch ExcerptBritish actor Benedict Cumberbatch is trading in his magnifying glass for a pen to star in The Child in Time from BBC One and Masterpiece. He will also executive produce via his SunnyMarch TV banner.

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High Speed Low Drag (Spec)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 3.08.38 PMDetails kept under wraps, but the story takes place on a super yacht at sea.

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Amazon Orders “Electric Dreams” from Ronald D. Moore & Bryan Cranston

bryan cranston excerptStreaming site Amazon has given a 10-episode order to the sci-fi series Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams, executive produced by Ronald D. Moore, Michael Dinner, and Bryan Cranston. Sony Pictures is the studio.

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Niki Caro to Direct Disney’s “Mulan” Movie, Taking Her Out of Contention for “Captain Marvel”

Niki Caro MulanOriginal Wonder Woman director Michelle MacLaren and her eventual replacement, Patty Jenkins, were both reportedly considered for the gig, but Caro is the more thoughtful choice.

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Oscar Isaac To Play a Double Agent in WWII Thriller “The Garbo Network”

isaac-excerptForce Awakens star Oscar Isaac will take a break from his X-wing piloting to play the real-life double agent Juan Pujol Garcia in the upcoming World War II thriller The Garbo Agent.

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HBO Orders “Succession” from Will Ferrell and Adam McKay

adam mckay will ferrell excerptPolitical drama Succession has landed a series order from HBO. The series from executive producers Will Ferrell, Adam McKay, and writer Jesse Armstrong received a pilot order last summer, which McKay directed.

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Amy Poehler Executive Producing HBO Series Starring John Roberts of “Bob’s Burgers”

Amy Poehler ExcerptCable giant HBO has put into development Edison, a new dark comedy musical from the minds of John Roberts and H. Jon Benjamin, who both provide voices on the popular Fox animated series Bob’s Burgers. They’ll also executive produce alongside Amy Poehler.

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STXfilms to Chase “Gone Girl” Crowd With Thriller Spec “The New Neighbors”

Leslye Headland New NeighborEveryone has skeletons in their closet, even (especially?) rich people! To that end, STX Films has optioned the spec script The New Neighbors and attached Leslye Headland (Bachelorette) to direct the psychological thriller.

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Dwayne Johnson to Produce Wrestling Flick “Fighting with My Family” with Stephen Merchant Writing and Directing

<> on July 14, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida.Upcoming Baywatch star and former wrestler Dwayne Johnson is getting back into the ring — on screen, that is. He will executive produce and have a cameo in Fighting with My Family, a new film from writer-director Stephen Merchant.

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“Sleight” Director JD Dillard Casts “The Flash” Star Kiersey Clemons in Horror Movie “Sweetheart”

kiersey-clemons-excerptJD Dillard’s Sleight was one of the best films I saw at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, so it comes as no surprise that Blumhouse is staying in business with the director on his follow-up film Sweetheart, which will star Kiersey Clemons (Dope).

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“Trolls” Director Mike Mitchell Tapped for “LEGO Movie” Sequel

The LEGO Movie ExcerptThe LEGO Movie 2 has found its director in Mike Mitchell, who most recently helmed the DreamWorks animation feature Trolls, the Tracking Board has confirmed.

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The Villas (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTracks several relationship stories all taking place in a group of neighboring high-roller villas in Las Vegas, similar to The Mansion at the MGM Grand.

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Hulu Assembles its Heroes for “Marvel’s Runaways”

runaways excerptMarvel has booked its cast for the upcoming Runaways series on Hulu. The series hails from Fake Empire’s Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, Marvel Television, and ABC Signature.

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January 2017 Agency Moves, From Henry Cavill to Mel Gibson

Henry CavillUTA also signed two up-and-coming leading ladies in Claire Foy, who just won a Golden Globe for The Crown, and The Good Wife/Hamilton actress Renée Elise Goldsberry.

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Dragged Across Concrete (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMTwo policemen, one an old-timer, the other his volatile younger partner, find themselves suspended when a video of their strong-arm tactics become the media’s cause du jour. Low on cash and with no other options, these two embittered soldiers descend into the criminal underworld to gain their just due.

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“Supergirl” Books Teri Hatcher in Villainous Role

teri hatcher excerptLois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman star Teri Hatcher has been tapped for a multi-episode arc on The CW’s Supergirl. While Hatcher will play a major villain in the back half of season two, further details on the role are being kept under wraps.

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Paul Giamatti Joins Kathryn Hahn in Netflix Drama “Private Life”

giamatti-excerptOscar-nominated actor Paul Giamatti is attached to star alongside Kathryn Hahn in Private Life at Netflix. The feature drama follows an author (Hahn) is undergoing multiple fertility therapies to get pregnant, putting her relationship with her husband on edge. Giamatti will play her husband who has been struggling with his wife for years to start a family.

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Fox Orders Sitcom “Ghosted” Starring Adam Scott & Craig Robinson

craig robinson excerptParks and Rec star Adam Scott and The Office alum Craig Robinson may be headed back to the small screen as Fox has given a pilot order to the single-camera comedy Ghosted. This is the third comedy pilot order for the network who after Liz Meriwether’s Thin Ice and Linda from HR.

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Alex Litvak Untitled Thriller Picked Up By LeVision

<> at Vue Westfield on October 4, 2011 in London, England.The worldwide rights to Alex Litvak’s forthcoming untitled heist thriller have landed at LeVision Entertainment in a pre-emptive strike. Litvak wrote the script which is being described as “an international high-octane thriller in the vein of Ocean’s Eleven about seven rival thieves chasing after one heist.”

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James Ponsoldt to Direct Sci-Fi Pitch with “Arrival” Producers and Fox 2000

James Ponsoldt ExcerptAfter scoring eight Oscar nominations on Tuesday for Arrival, producer Shawn Levy is looking to stay in the realm of science-fiction. Along with his 21 Laps banner, Levy will produce an untitled sci-fi pitch, which has been acquired by Fox 2000. James Ponsoldt will direct based on a script by Daniel Casey.

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NBC Greenlights Pilot Order for Female-Led “What About Bob?”

what about bob excerptFrank Oz’s hit 1991 comedy What About Bob? is receiving the television treatment with NBC giving a pilot order to What About Barb? The series adaptation features female actors taking over the roles originally played by Bill Murray and Richard Dreyfus.

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Jacob Tremblay Joins Shane Black’s “Predator” Reboot

tremblay-excerptRoom star Jacob Tremblay is the latest actor to join the cast of the forthcoming Shane Black-directed Predtaor reboot. The young breakout star joins an all-star cast that includes Boyd Holbrook, Olivia Munn, Keegan Michael-Key, Sterling K. Brown, and Trevante Rhodes.

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Untitled Alex Litvak Thriller (Sales)

Screen Shot 2015-04-30 at 2.48.33 PMSeven competing thieves take on the same heist.

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Festival Favorite “The Big Sick” Acquired by Amazon Studios in One of the First Big Deals

big-sick-excerpt Amazon Studios lands festival favorite The Big Sick at this year’s Sundance. The romantic comedy has received plenty of praise since premiering on Friday and sold to Amazon in one of the festival’s biggest deals to date.

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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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