Warner Bros. and Team Downey Set Writers’ Room for ‘Sherlock Holmes 3’ (EXCLUSIVE)

Though his “Avengers” film begins production in February, Robert Downey Jr. is still focused on getting his next “Sherlock Holmes” movie off the ground. Sources tell Variety that Warner Bros. and Team Downey have selected a writers’ room that includes “Guardians of the Galaxy” scribe Nicole Perlman, “Baywatch” scribe Justin Malen, “Rogue One” writer Gary… Read more »

Eric Bana Joins Forest Whitaker In Desmond Tutu Pic ‘The Forgiven’

EXCLUSIVE: Eric Bana has just signed on to The Forgiven, the adaptation of Michael Ashton’s play The Archbishop And The Antichrist about Archbishop Desmond Tutu. Forest Whitaker is already aboard to play Tutu, with Roland Joffé directing the script he co-wrote with Ashton.
The drama centers on Tutu’s work as president of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in post-apartheid South Africa, and his struggle with brutal murderer Piet Blomfeld (Bana) over concession and…

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‘Age of Adaline’ Director Lee Toland Krieger Set for Blackfriars Massacre Movie

Lakeshore Entertainment has hired “The Age of Adaline” director Lee Toland Krieger for “Blackfriars,” a comedy about the 1978 massacre in Boston that left five dead. Producers are Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi, along with Brian Goldner and Stephen Davis from Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. No cast is currently in place. “Blackfriars,” written by… Read more »

Jamie-Lynn Sigler Lists and Quickly Lands Buyer Above L.A’s Sunset Strip

SELLER: Jamie-Lynn Sigler LOCATION: Los Angeles, CA PRICE: $2,050,000 SIZE: 2,187 square feet, 3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms YOUR MAMA’S NOTES: Within 10 days of putting their fully updated circa 1936 home on a quiet cul-de-sac above L.A.’s ever-teeming Sunset Strip up for sale with a $2.05 million price tag, actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler and husband Cutter… Read more »

Maria Celeste Arrarás Inks Multiyear Contract Extension With Telemundo

María Celeste Arrarás, the influential anchor of Telemundo’s afternoon news program, Al Rojo Vivo, has inked a long-term contract extension with the Spanish-language broadcaster.
“María Celeste´s professionalism, determination and charisma have been essential to the growth of our network and its news department,” said Luis Fernandez, EVP of Noticias Telemundo. “In her years with the network, María Celeste has forged a close relationship with audiences, and her name has…

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TIFFCOM: ‘Gintama’ Pulls in Buyers at TV Tokyo

TOKYO — A live-action film based on the hit “Gintama” comic and TV animation series has been drawing buyers to the TV Tokyo booth at TIFFCOM. “I’ve been talking so much I’m losing my voice,” said one TV Tokyo international sales rep, Thursday, during TIFFCOM, the Tokyo Film Festival’s rights market. Serialized since 2003, Hideaki Sorachi’s “Gintama” comic… Read more »

Starz’s Standalone Broadband Service Draws Nearly 1 Million Subscribers

Starz has garnered nearly 1 million subscribers for its standalone broadband service that launched in April, the company said Thursday as it released third quarter earnings that were hard hit by higher programming and marketing costs. The pay cable group is in the midst of finalizing its $4.4 billion sale to Lionsgate. Starz’s net income… Read more »

Leah Remini’s Scientology Docuseries to Premiere Nov. 29 on A&E

“Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath,” Remini’s eight-episode docuseries about the Church of Scientology, has been given a premiere date by A&E: Nov. 29 at 10 p.m. In the series, Remini meets and interviews former Church members, who all allege abuse and harassment by the Church. A team of former high ranking Scientology officials helps… Read more »

The Night State Sen. Ron Calderon Offered To Sell Out The Film Industry For A Bribe

It was a warm Southern California evening that second night of summer 2012 when California state Sen. Ron Calderon sat down for dinner with an indie producer and explained how he would threaten to let the state’s film incentives program “fall apart” in exchange for the bribe he’d just been offered to help the producer get what he wanted.
Calderon didn’t know it, but the producer sitting across the table from him was actually an undercover FBI agent, and this was part of…

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