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Sacha Baron Cohen to Portray Eli Cohen in Netflix Limited Series “The Spy”

SachaExcerptSacha will portray Eli Cohen, whose actions, connections and immense sacrifices as a spy in the 60’s have made him a national hero in Israel.

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Ramin Bahrani, Netflix Team on Adaptation of Aravind Adiga Novel “The White Tiger”

RaminBahraniWhiteTigerThe acclaimed indie filmmaker behind Man Push Cart and 99 Homes tackles the India-based rags-to-riches crime-drama with hopes to start filming in India later this year.

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Rami Malek, Kumail Nanjiani, Octavia Spencer, Marion Cotillard Join Voice Cast for Robert Downey Jr.’s “Voyage of Doctor Dolittle”

DoctorDolittleVoiceCasting2Directed by Stephen Gaghan (Syriana), production for the Universal release has already begun in London with Downey joined by Antonio Banderas, Michael Sheen, Harry Collett and Jim Broadbent.

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Hulu Gives Straight-to-Series Order for Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington’s “Little Fires Everywhere”

ReeseKerryCeleste Ng’s book was optioned by Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine last year, who then brought it to Washington’s Simpson Street, and they brought on Liz Tigelaar (Casual) to adapt and act as showrunner for the series.

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Warner Bros. Jumps on Sci-Fi Spec “Harry’s All Night Hamburgers”

HarrysAllNightAdapted from the Hugo-winning short story by Lawrence Watt-Evans by Steve Desmond and Michael Sherman (ORB) , the premise involves a diner where travelers from parallel universes converge.

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Olivia Wilde Sets Up Directorial Debut “Booksmart” at Annapurna, Starring Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein

OliviaWildeKatilynDeverBeanieFeldsteinWritten by Emily Halpern and Sarah Haskins with revisions by Susanna Fogel and Katie Silberman, the comedy is about two high school seniors who realize they spent too much time studying and not enough time partying.

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LeBron James Producing “House Party” Remake for New Line

LeBronJamesHousePartyAtlanta writers Stephen Glover and Jamal Olori are writing the screenplay for James’ planned reboot.

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Denzel Washington Might Direct “A Journal for Jordan,” Adapted by “Mudbound” Co-Writer Virgil Williams

WashigntonJournalforJordanThe newly Oscar-nominated screenwriter got his start on shows like ER and Criminal Minds, and it would be Washington’s first film as a director since the Oscar-nominated Fences if he commits to direct.

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Trevor Jackson, Jason Mitchell Cast in Director X’s “Superfly” Remake for Sony

trevorjacksonjasonmitchellThe black-ish and Mudbound stars join the cast for the update to Gordon Parks Jr.’s classic 1972 crime-thriller, starring Ron O’Neal and Carl Lee.

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“Good Time” Filmmakers Josh, Ben Safdie Remaking “48 Hours” with Jerrod Carmichael

safdiescarmichaelThe Neighbors star will co-write the script and play the role that became a break-out for Eddie Murphy with Paramount Players releasing the remake.

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Universal Attaches Viola Davis, “Girls Trip” Helmer Malcolm D. Lee to Terry McMillan’s “I Almost Forgot About You”

ViolaDavisMalcolmleeTNRain Man writer Ron Bass will adapt the novel with McMillan, the two of them having collaborated on How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Waiting to Exhale.

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Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener Join Voice Cast of Pixar’s “The Incredibles 2” (Exclusive)

odenkirkkeenerincredibles2TNCraig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner are back as the Parr family, aka Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet and Dash, while Samuel L. Jackson is slated to return as Frozone.

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Corey Hawkins, Topher Grace Added to Spike Lee, Jordan Peele’s “Black Klansman”

hawkinsgraceTNThey’ll be joining Adam Driver, John David Washington in Lee’s film co-produced by Blumhouse for Focus Features.

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Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad to Star in Zombie Comedy “Little Monsters”

NyongoGadTNThe second film from Australian writer/director Abe Forsythe, starring Alexander England, already has begun filming in Sydney.

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Lee Toland Krieger to Direct Katie Khan Sci-Fi Adaptation “Hold Back the Stars”

leetolandkriegerholdbackstarsTNGood Universe has picked up the rights and 21 Laps (“Arrival,” “Stranger Things”) will co-produce the science fiction film.

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Casey Affleck, “Gilmore Girls” Creators Sign Overall Deals with Amazon Studios

affleckpalladinosTNAffleck won an Oscar for his role in the Amazon-released “Manchester by the Sea” while Amy Sherman-Palladino, Daniel Palladino are making “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel” at the network.

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TV Casting Round-Up: Luke Perry, Elisabeth Shue & Dermot Mulroney Tapped For Pilot Season

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Another day gearing up for pilot season, another onslaught of casting news. Luke Perry, Elisabeth Shue, and Dermot Mulroney have all landed new roles in new series.

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Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis And Bill Hader Prepare To Launch “The Something”

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Funnymen Seth Rogen, Zach Galifianakis and Bill Hader are set to star in The Something, a new sci-fi comedy for Universal. Rodney Rothman, who penned the script, will make his directorial debut.

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Netflix Orders Full Season Of Selena Gomez Series “13 Reasons Why”


Netflix continues to fulfill its promise to create original content that appeals to all ages and demographics with its 13 episode straight-to-series order of YA series 13 Reasons Why, executive produced by Selena Gomez.

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Wes Craven Inks First Look Deal With Universal Cable Productions

The “Nightmare On Elm Street” and “Scream” director is set to have new television projects in the works.

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TV Pilot & Series Casting (10.17.14)

A roundup of the week’s TV casting news!

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Thomas Jane Set to Explore “The Expanse”

“Hung” actor signs on to the adaptation of James S.A. Corey’s “Leviathan Wakes” series.

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TV SALES, RENEWALS, CANCELLATIONS, ATTACHMENTS, DEALS & GREENLIGHTS (05.09.14)

A recap of the week’s TV news!

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THIEVES OF BAGHDAD (SALES)

Logline: The adventures of Sinbad, Ali Baba and other characters from the Arabian Nights.

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LEONARDO DA VINCI AND THE SOLDIERS OF FOREVER (SALES)

Logline: Story re-imagines Da Vinci as a member of a secret society who falls headlong into a supernatural adventure that pits the man against Biblical demons in a story involving secret codes, lost civilizations, hidden fortresses and fallen angels.

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