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Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges Team For Black Bear & 30West-Backed ‘Ben Is Back’

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Exclusive: Julia Roberts and Manchester By The Sea Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges are set to star in Ben Is Back. The drama is scripted and will be directed by Peter Hedges, the What’s Eating Gilbert Grape novelist/screenwriter, About a Boy scribe and Pieces of April and Dan In Real Life director who is the father of Lucas. The drama follows the charming yet troubled Ben Burns (Hedges) who returns home to his unsuspecting family one fateful Christmas Eve. Ben's wary mother… »


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1stAveMachine Launches New Talent Management Division

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Exclusive: Commercial production company 1stAveMachine is launching a talent management division on its way to expand its content production business. The company, co-founded by Serge Patzak, will rep talent in film and TV, branded, social, Vr and digital entertainment. Overseeing the management division will be Ross Siegel who previously worked at MGM and Maker Studios. He takes on the role of head of management and development. "With 1stAveMachine Management, we want to… »


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Matt Damon, George Clooney Tell ‘Gma’ They Knew Harvey Weinstein Was An “A**hole” But Not A Sexual Predator

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Updated with video: “You only had to spend five minutes with Harvey Weinstein to know he was a bully; he was intimidating,” Matt Damon told Michael Strahan on Good Morning America this morning. “That was his legend; that was his whole M.O.: Could you survive a meeting with Harvey?” Damon said, seated next to George Clooney, in what was supposed to be a plug for their new ’50s-set crime dramedy Suburbicon. But, both men having been a big part of Weinstein’s world, they… »


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Good Universe Lands Uber Sex Harassment Whistleblower Susan Fowler Pic; ‘Hidden Figures’ Allison Schroeder Scripting

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Exclusive: As all eyes in Hollywood focus on sexual harassment and rooting out the thugs who practiced it for years, Good Universe just beat out three other bidders to land Disruptors, the timely pitch for a movie that focuses on Susan Fowler, the Uber engineer whose blog post about sexual harassment within the juggernaut Silicon Valley ride-hailing service exposed a toxic culture of sexism and sexual harassment that eventually led to the ouster of seemingly untouchable… »


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‘Phantom Thread’ Trailer: Paul Thomas Anderson & Daniel Day-Lewis Reteam For Love

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“There is an air of quiet death in this house,” says Daniel Day-Lewis’ Reynolds Woodcock in the first look at Paul Thomas Anderson and Day-Lewis’ reteam for Phantom Thread. That sentiment seems to be the vibe being woven into the There Will Be Blood duo’s reteam, which acts as their version of a love story. The pic set in 1950s postwar London centers on Woodcock, who with his sister Cyril (Lesley Manville) is at the center of British fashion, dressing royalty, movie… »


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Paramount Lands Pitch Vehicle For ‘Girls Trip’ Breakout Tiffany Haddish

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Exclusive: Paramount just landed Limited Partners, a pitch for a female-driven comedy vehicle for Tiffany Haddish, who is coming off the hit Girls Trip. The auction was competitive, with Sam Pitman & Adam Cole-Kelly writing the script. Peter Principato, Itay Reiss and Joel Zadak are producing through Principato Young. She is currently shooting the Malcolm D. Lee-directed Night School after teaming with the director of Girls Trip. Haddish will co-star opposite Tracy Morgan… »


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Hasbro Posts Q3 Gains, Warns Toys ‘R’ Us Bankruptcy Could Hurt ‘Star Wars’ Sales

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Updated at 9:50 Am with executive comments. Hasbro reported decent third-quarter results this morning, with revenue rising 7% to $1.79 billion versus $1.68 billion in the year-ago quarter and net earnings inching up 3% to $265.6 million, or $2.09 per share, compared with $257.8 million, or $2.03 per share in the 2016 period. Chairman and CEO Brian Goldner cited “a challenging economic environment” in the U.K.and Brazil and said the Toys”R”Us bankruptcy filing in… »


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Netflix Raises $1.6 Billion In Bond Market To Fund Massive Content Spending

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Following through on the plans it shared on its recent earnings call, Netflix has offered $1.6 billion in senior notes, with the debt largely funding its increasingly ambitious spending on content. The company’s official announcement said it “intends to use the net proceeds from this offering for general corporate purposes, which may include content acquisitions, production and development, capital expenditures, investments, working capital and potential acquisitions and… »

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Renée Zellweger To Play Judy Garland In ‘Judy’ For Pathé, Calamity Films – Afm

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Pathe and Calamity Films have set Renee Zellweger to star in Judy, playing the legendary Judy Garland in the true story of the singer and actress’ final concerts in London. A February 2018 start date has been earmarked for principal photography with British stage director and Tony nominee Rupert Goold helming. It’s winter 1968, 30 years after she played the iconic role of Dorothy in The Wizard Of Oz, when showbiz legend Garland arrives in Swinging London to perform a… »


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‘Mudbound’ Director Dee Rees Talks Career Trajectory, Choosing Producers, And Her Love For Ensemble Casts

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During the Q&A portion of the closing keynote conversation with Dee Rees at the Film Independent Forum, an aspiring filmmaker stepped up to the microphone and, through tears, expressed gratitude to the acclaimed director for being a black lesbian director that others can look up to. After pouring her heart out to the filmmaker, she asked, “Will you be my mentor?” Genuinely touched, Rees was gracious for her kind words and smiled, “Well, now I have to say yes in front of… »


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