‘The Killing Of The Sacred Deer’, Todd Haynes’ ‘Wonderstruck’ Bow This Weekend – Specialty B.O. Preview

The Killing Of the Sacred Deer
Distributor: A24
Cast: Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman, Alicia Silverstone, Raffey Cassidy, Barry Keoghan, Bill Camp, Sunny Suljic, Megan Chelf Fisher
Amazon and Roadside Attractions are opening Wonderstruck at the Arclight Hollywood and The Landmark in Los Angeles as well as Lincoln Plaza and Angelika Film Centers in New York Friday. The film will then go to the top ten markets the following weekend, followed by the top 25 markets November 3 and top 60-plus on November 10. “Roadside is very proud to be releasing this film by the brilliant Todd Haynes in partnership with Amazon,” said Roadside Attractions co-president Howard Cohen in an email. “The film is a work of great film art and is a stunning experience to watch.”
Cast: Oakes Fegley, Millicent Simmonds, Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams, Jaden Michael, Lauren Ridloff, Cory Michael Smith, James Urbaniak
Dealt
NatGeo will open Jane in New York and Los Angeles Friday before expanding the title nationally in the coming weeks.
We started filming and then his life started to change. Korem received financing for Dealt via angel investors who typically put money into tech and real estate. “I pitched it as a start-up and had Richard perform for them and they were impressed,” said Korem. Previously he didn’t want people to know he was blind and a conflict with his family was starting to come to the surface. “You hear all the time that you go into a documentary thinking it’ll be one thing and then it turns into another. So it is a present-day vérité story but [the film] also dips into his past.”
Distributor: Sundance Selects
Her character is seen in the film primarily in the New York of the 1920s. The film includes a number of deaf actors, including the female child lead Millicent Simmonds, who said she was given a number of films to watch.
“I was in post-production for Carol and when I began reading the script. I had to wait until my head was clear so I could give it the attention it deserved — and when I did, I thought what a unique film it would be in every conceivable way.” “The film doesn’t rely on dialog. I could tell right away from the first page that it was very cinematic, visual and auditory,” said Haynes at the recent New York Film Festival.
Jane
Director: Brett Morgen
Distributor: National Geographic Studios
Director-writer: Robin Campillo
The Orchard is working with various LGBT groups to spread the word in the lead-up to this weekend’s release, but it is also broadening the campaign. It received one of the longest standing ovations at the New York Film Festival.” BPM is France’s official submission for Best Foreign Language Oscar consideration. “The buzz has been amazing. “We’re going wide and broad,” said Davidson.
Director: Todd Haynes
“Initially, [Brett Morgen] said, ‘Why would I do a film about Jane Goodall,’” recalled Hasler. “He thought that everything had been said about Jane, but after seeing the footage, his position was transformed. She said, ‘Why another film about me?,’ but when we talked about it more and then she spoke to Brett, she was 100% on board.” Jane also had a similar reaction at first.
Wonderstruck follows Ben and Rose, children from two eras who secretly wish their lives were different. Ben longs for the father he has never known, while Rose dreams of a mysterious actress whose life she chronicles in a scrapbook. When Ben discovers a clue in his home and Rose reads an enticing headline in the newspaper, both set out on quests that unfold with mesmerizing symmetry.
Cast: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Adèle Haenel, Arnaud Valois, Antoine Reinartz
Beats Per Minute (BPM)
Writer: Efthymis Filippou
“There wasn’t a specific location [initially] but Yorgos decided to shoot in the states,” said Guiney. The Cincinnati Film Commission was very helpful. — that feels more American. “It made sense to have a wealthy doctor family in the U.S. Also there is a tax credit in Ohio as well as good local crew and infrastructure.” Orthopedic care is often elective, so it wasn’t so busy in the summer. Of course it is hard to find a hospital, but then we [discovered] an orthopedic hospital in Cincinnati.
Robin Campillio has been taking part in tastemaker screenings in New York and L.A. It’s a foreign film that we believe and hope is a contender for this year.” “When it became the official selection that was great, but that only solidified our feeling about it. The Orchard is touting the film’s positive reviews. We’re completely invested in doing this,” he added. “The craft and story are broader and obviously there’s an historical element.
And Sundance Selects is opening doc Dealt by Luke Korem on celebrated magician Richard Turner. The film spotlights famed primatologist Jane Goodall and recently had an event showing at the Hollywood Bowl. National Geographic Studios is heading out with documentary Jane by Brett Morgen.
Consistent with previous weekends, Friday launches a new pack of Specialty titles in a crowded market. Amazon Studios and Roadside Attractions are debuting Todd Haynes’ latest, Wonderstruck, following recent stops in Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival. The title is making its bow in New York before heading to the West Coast in the coming weeks. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman and Alicia Silverstone are among the stars of Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing Of the Sacred Deer from A24, opening in New York and L.A. Also off the festival circuit is The Orchard’s Beats Per Minute (BPM), France’s submission for Oscar foreign language consideration.
Writer: Brian Selznick (book, screenplay)
“He had a script ready to go around the time The Lobster premiered in Cannes.” In addition to FilmFour, an equity firm in London as well as the Irish Film Board provided resources. “He had a very clear sense of the film, and we commissioned the script with FilmFour’s backing,” said Guiney. He gave his producing team including Ed Guiney a one-and-a-half page outline. While working on The Lobster, filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos says he had an idea for another project. A24, which released The Lobster, pre-bought rights.
Guiney said Yorgos Lanthimos preferred natural light as often as possible. The feature shot on 35mm film. “The natural light in Cincinnati in late summer/early fall is quite beautiful.” “We spent more time shooting the movie rather than setting up to shoot the movie,” he added. The Killing Of the Sacred Deer shot over seven weeks in the late summer and early fall of 2016.
A further expansion will take place November 3. The Killing Of the Sacred Deer will open in four theaters in New York and Los Angeles Friday before expanding to the top 10-plus markets on October 27.
Distributor The Orchard caught French drama Beats Per Minute (BPM) at its Cannes premiere. As he attends the weekly meetings, he learns that some members prefer a more radical approach to their protests. The film follows Nathan, a young man who joins an AIDS activist group in 1990s Paris.
What they may not even realize – and what makes his achievements all the more amazing – is that he is completely blind. One of the most renowned card magicians of all time, Richard Turner astounds audiences around the world with his legendary sleight of hand. Charting Turner’s colorful life from his tumultuous childhood to the present, Dealt reveals how through determination and force of will he overcame seemingly insurmountable obstacles to rise to the top of his profession. It’s both a tantalizing, up-close look at the secretive world of magic and a candid, awe-inspiring portrait of a man who lives beyond his limitations.
“It follows this line between the imagination of young people, the language of cinema and the theme of deafness, but all find relevance with each other.” “It’s a [film] that speaks to an audience I’ve never really addressed in my work,” said Haynes.
Happily, most people loved it.” There were some naysayers, but it does divide people. “It felt exactly like the place we should be,” said Guiney. “The great thing about Cannes is that for one day, all the eyes of the film world are on your film.
Freestyle Digital Media is opening The Bachelors with J.K Simmons, Josh Wiggins and Julie Delpy in 10 markets. Other openers include Music Box Films’ Aida’s Secret, Vertical Entertainment’s Never Here and The Strange Ones as well as Resurrected Victims from Well Go USA. Also in limited release this weekend is Reliance Films’ Golmaal by Rohit Shetty, bowing in 265 North American theaters.
Writer: Bradley Jackson
Though the footage had been cataloged and was easily located, it hadn’t been viewed in several decades. Its rediscovery prompted the film. A treasure trove of footage of celebrated British primatologist Jane Goodall was rediscovered by National Geographic in 2014 by producers looking for some footage of the woman who made a home in the mid-20th century in an African chimpanzee habitat.
Distributor: Amazon Studios/Roadside Attractions
Wonderstruck
Filmmaker Luke Korem’s father is a professional magician, and was familiar with Richard Turner growing up. Korem lives in Austin, while Turner resides in San Antonio.
Subjects: Richard Turner, Johnny Thompson, Max Maven
“The craftsmanship Brett brought to the project is beyond the pale. “Brett poured himself into this film like no other filmmaker has poured into a film before,” praised Hasler. Every bit of sound, every twig snap was painstakingly put in by Brett. He had to do the detective work to figure out which chimps were which and match the sounds. The technical side of this film is a towering achievement.”
Director-writer: Yorgos Lanthimos
“What struck everyone was that it was an intimate look of Goodall,” said Jeff Hasler, EVP National Geographic Studios. The president of National Geographic Channel suggested reaching out to Brett Morgen in 2015.
“Robin Campillo did an amazing job balancing the emotional romance and the tactical behind the scenes of how Act Up communicated to Paris in the ‘90s. Most people who experience the film are taken by it. We felt that passionate about it and we did the deal in Cannes.” I think what’s so fascinating too is Robin was a part of this group. “We were immediately taken with how engaging and emotional BPM is,” said The Orchard EVP Film and TV, Paul Davidson. These roles are composites of what he experienced. We realized that a bit after we had a chance to talk to him. You don’t have to be apart of a particular group to be moved by the story.
The film debuted at the Toronto Film Festival last month before going to the New York and Mill Valley festivals. “People stood up and treated her like a rock star,” said Hasler. The title also had a Hollywood Bowl screening, playing to 15,000 spectators. “The film resonates to so many people.”
Director-writer: Luke Korem
Richard Turner will take part in select post-screening Q&As Friday and Saturday nights in New York.” /> IFC Films picked up the title out of SXSW, releasing via its Sundance Selects label day and date on-demand and iTunes Friday. It opens theatrically in New York this weekend, followed by L.A. on October 27. It will hit about two dozen markets around the country.
The Orchard is opening BPM at the Angelika and Film Society of Lincoln Center in New York this weekend. The title will slowly roll out to 150-plus theaters through this year and into 2018. BPM will then head to San Francisco next weekend, followed by Los Angeles and Philadelphia on November 3.
When you’ve never heard what words sound like, it’s hard to emulate them. “I am deaf and understand what it’s like,” she signed. He’d always tell me, ‘Bring Rose to life.’ That inspired me.” I watched a lot of movies from the ‘20s Todd gave me. It’s not easy to communicate with people who don’t sign, so I took those frustrations to find [my character] Rose. It’s hard to control your vocal quality. “I could understand my character’s journey.
Writer: Philippe Mangeot
Through archival footage, the documentary focuses on a young and untrained Goodall as she challenges the male dominated scientific community and revolutionizes people's understanding of the natural world.
“My dad told me he is the best in the world and I thought that this was an amazing story.” “I went and watched his show. My jaw dropped,” said Korem. He is blind and shuffled the cards so that they ended up in numerical order.
I watched a wonderful documentary about the [1977] blackout in New York.” “I watched silent films, since my character is a silent film actress, as well as iconic films from the ‘70s. “Todd assembled these wonderful films for us to watch,” said Julianne Moore.
“Casting came together quite easily,” explained Guiney. After casting Raffey Cassidy and Sunny Suljic, the next challenge was finding a hospital location. He’s always been a fan of hers, so he reached out and she immediately said yes.” A longer search took place to find the actors to play the kids in the film. “Colin and Yorgos worked together on The Lobster, and Yorgos had been in touch with Nicole Kidman.
Dealt shot over two-and-a-half years. The film debuted at the SXSW Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Documentary. It’s very inspiring.” He lives so beyond what you think would be possible. There’s something about this film that makes people look at themselves and think about their potential. “It also screened at the Magic Castle in L.A. He’s a six degree black belt and has climbed cliffs. “Richard came on stage to a standing ovation,” added Korem.
Distributor: The Orchard
The Killing Of the Sacred Deer centers on Dr. Lurking at the margins of his idyllic suburban existence is Martin, a fatherless teen who insinuates himself into the doctor's life in gradually unsettling ways. Steven Murphy, a renowned cardiovascular surgeon who presides over a spotless household with his wife and two children. Soon, the full scope of Martin's intent becomes menacingly clear when he confronts Steven with a long-forgotten transgression that will shatter his domestic bliss forever.
After shooting, Lanthimos began preparation to shoot The Favourite but then turned back to The Killing Of the Sacred Deer after the filmmaking team watched footage and figured the feature could be finished in time for a premiere at Cannes, where the filmmaker’s previous films The Lobster and Dogtooth debuted.
“He showed my first film to an [entertainment professional friend of his], so I went through a vetting process,” said Korem. The filmmaker said that Richard Turner had a couple of other production companies circling the magician to make a film, but Korem’s ace in the hole was having a background in magic. “We first met about three-and-a-half years ago and then we began working on the film about six months later.”
Hasler said Morgen used facial recognition technology to identify the chimps that Goodall became familiar with during her years in the Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania. Her first husband, Hugo van Lawick, had shot much of the footage. Jane took two years to make.
Subject: Jane Goodall
The feature is based on the book by Brian Selznick, who adapted the story to a screenplay. Wonderstruck filmmaker Todd Haynes was finishing up his previous project, Carol, when he read through a script that came his way via his longtime costume designer, Sandy Powell.

‘Veep’s Reid Scott Joins Sony’s ‘Venom’; Blumhouse’s ‘Truth Or Dare’ Adds Sam Lerner

Lerner, whose credits include Project Almanac and a recurring role on ABC's Suburgatory, is repped by Curtis Management, ICM Partners and Coast to Coast Talent Group.” /> Tyler Posey, Violett Beane, Nolan Gerard Funk, Hayden Szeto and Sophia Taylor Ali co-star. Jason Blum is producing the pic along with Wadlow and Roach. Sam Lerner, a series regular on the ABC comedy series The Goldbergs, is set to appear in Blumhouse Productions' forthcoming horror thriller Truth Or Dare, from director Jeff Wadlow. Written by Wadlow, Chris Roach and Jillian Jacobs, the pic stars Lucy Hale as a college student in Mexico who is conned into playing a supernatural version of Truth or Dare, but the game doesn’t stop and follows her and her friends back home. Blumhouse’s Couper Samuelson is serving as executive producers.
Veep regular Reid Scott has landed a role in Sony's Marvel movie Venom. Variety broke the casting news first this morning. He also received an Emmy nom for his voice-over work in the Netflix original animated series, Turbo FAST. Scott plays the smarmy Dan Egan on HBO's Emmy-laden D.C. Sony has set a release date for October 5, 2018. He is repped by Gersh, Impression Entertainment and Stone Genow. On the film side, Scott had a role in this year's Reese Witherspoon pic Home Again, appeared in Kevin Kline's Tribeca film Dean and recently wrapped a role in the comedy feature Under the Eiffel Tower. comedy, Veep,  and is a four-time SAG Award nominee for its ensemble. No details about his character in the film starring Tom Hardy as the Spider-Man supervillain. Ruben Fleischer is directing the pic from a screenplay from Scott Rosenberg and Jeff Pinkner.

‘The Sinner’ EP Antonio Campos Tapped To Write & Direct ‘Splitfoot’ Horror Film Based On New Yorker Article

Cynical about the prospects of the spirit world, the temptation of contacting his dead son leaves the reporter vulnerable to something much more dangerous than the dead. It follows the true story of a deeply damaged New Yorker reporter who, in the 1930s, travels upstate to the remote town of Lilydale, NY, the mecca of American spirituality, a place where a person can’t even buy property without proof that they talk to the dead.
JT Petty wrote the original draft.
Campos, who serves as an executive producer on the Jessica Biel-starring USA Network drama The Sinner, is repped by UTA.” />
Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler of Condé Nast Entertainment are producing the project along with Denise DiNovi, while David Greenbaum and DanTram Nguyen will oversee production for Searchlight. Fox Searchlight developed the film and will distribute.
EXCLUSIVE: Antonio Campos (Afterschool) has signed on to rewrite and direct the upcoming horror film, Splitfoot (fka Voices Through the Trumpet), based on a 1936 article in The New Yorker about the first documented haunted house, written by journalist and bestselling author Carl Carmer.

‘Locke & Key’: ‘It’ Actor Owen Teague Set For Horror-Fantasy Pilot At Hulu

Written by Hill and directed by Muschietti, the project revolves around three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine with their mother Nina (Frances O’Connor) only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. The pilot also stars Jack Mulhern and Danny Glover. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys, and will stop at nothing to attain them. Locke & Key is an adaptation of the IDW comic by Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez.
Teague is repped by APA, Management 360, Brevard Talent Group and Myman Greenspan.” />
Teague is the third actor from It to sign on to the horror-fantasy drama, joining Jackson Robert Scott and Megan Charpentier. Owen Teague is reuniting with It director Andy Muschetti for the Hulu pilot Locke & Key.
Bloodline actor Teague will play Sam Lesser, a violent and deeply troubled adolescent who kills his father and then goes to the Locke house and shoots the Locke kids' father to death, in addition to battering their mother. The pilot comes from Hill, Carlton Cuse and IDW Entertainment.

Producers Guild Board Votes Unanimously To Expel Harvey Weinsteino

Under PGA rules, Weinstein now has 15 days to present any reasons why he shouldn’t be kicked out of the guild in the wake of numerous well-known actresses coming forward to accuse him of sexual harassment including Ashley Judd, Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino and Rosanna Arquette.
Weinstein will be given the opportunity to respond before the Guild makes its final determination on November 6, 2017. As required by the PGA’s Constitution, Mr.
In its statement Saturday, the film Academy said it expelled Weinstein "not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues, but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.”
Weinstein's dizzying fall from grace comes just four years after the PGA honored him and his brother Bob Weinstein with the Milestone Award, the guild’s most prestigious honor recognizing an individual or team who has made historic contributions to the entertainment industry.
The PGA calls on leaders throughout the entertainment community to work together to ensure that sexual abuse and harassment are eradicated from the industry.”” />
“This morning, the PGA’s National Board of Directors and Officers decided by unanimous vote to institute termination proceedings concerning Harvey Weinstein’s membership.
Today, the PGA’s National Board and Officers – composed of 20 women and 18 men — created the Anti-Sexual Harassment Task Force specifically charged with researching and proposing substantive and effective solutions to sexual harassment in the entertainment industry. This is a systemic and pervasive problem requiring immediate industry-wide action. Sexual harassment of any type is completely unacceptable.
Here is the statement today from PGA Presidents Gary Lucchesi and Lori McCreary on behalf of the PGA National Board of Directors and Officers:
The vote comes two days after the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences also voted to expel the disgraced movie mogul. The TV Academy is considering a similar move. The national board of directors of the Producers Guild of America voted unanimously today to expel Harvey Weinstein. Read the PGA's full statement below.
PGA sources say that it’s not enough just to condemn Weinstein and that the guild intends to play a leading role in cleaning up the industry and putting an end to its long history of silence about sexual predation and the “casting couch” culture.
The guild’s constitution states that it can censure, fine, suspend or expel “any member of the guild who shall, in the opinion of the national board of directors, be guilty of any act, omission, or conduct which is prejudicial to the welfare of the guild.”

Donald Trump Holds Pop-Up Rose Garden Presser: “Hillary, Please Run!”

But her statement in itself is very disrespectful to our country," he said. "When you go down and take a knee, you're sitting, essentially, for our great national anthem, disrespecting our flag….There are a lot of reasons she did not win, including she was not good at what she did.
"My goal is to keep us in the majority," McConnell said. "The way you do that is not complicated: nominate people who get elected, because winners make policy, losers go home."
Finally breaking his silence on the October 4 ambush in Niger of four Green Berets – the deadliest military incident of Trump's administration – he said he wrote letters to the fallen soldiers' families over the weekend, nearly two weeks after the attack, and will be calling them at some point. 1 in Nielsen ratings, long after that ceased to be accurate. He inaccurately said former President Barack Obama did not call families of fallen soldiers, but walked that back when challenged by reporters in the garden, using the same "That's what I was told" line Trump used to use when he would inaccurately claim the Apprentice franchise still was No.
Trump plans to take a swing through Asia early next month. POTUS will also take a look at whether a visit to the DMZ that divides North and South Korea would be "provocative," when a reporter suggested that might be considered so.
Clinton's recent remark that she is in support of NFL players taking a knee during the national anthem is "the reason she lost the election," Trump said.
And, while he hasn't budged an inch from his insistence the Russia election meddling probe is nothing more than a Democratic Party excuse for losing the election, in response to a question as to whether he is considering firing Robert Mueller, Trump shot back, "No, not at all."” />
Tom Marino in wake of the 60 Minutes/Washington Post report out last weekend. That report suggests Marino has been the BFF of the giant drug companies that peddle opioids. Here, Trump trotted out his "he's a good man" line, which usually signals no good in store for that person. Among many questions shouted at Trump during the wild presser, he said he will take another look at his Drug Czar nominee Rep.
We're probably now, despite what you read, closer than ever before," Trump enthused. "McConnell and I have been friends for a long time.
Trump said he would make written declaration of national emergency on opioids next week.
Cuba is responsible for the attacks on American diplomats in Havana, Trump asserted.
In a surprise Rose Garden pop-up news conference/45-minute free-for-all, President Donald Trump begged Hillary Clinton to make another White House run in 2020, while simultaneously forecasting another ignominious electoral college defeat.
Please run again!" "I hope Hillary runs," Trump beamed/knife-twisted. Speaking to her directly via TV news cameras, he added, "Hillary!
Just a few hours after trash-talking Senate Republicans during a photo op at a morning cabinet meeting for their failure to pass Trumpcare legislation, Trump insisted he has a deep and abiding fondness for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, who was standing by his side in the Rose Garden presser after the two men met for lunch.

‘Nancy Drew’ TV Series In Works At NBC From Tony Phelan, Joan Rater & Dan Jinks

That project starred Sarah Shahi as Nancy — now in her 30s — a detective for the NYPD. The pickup decision came down to the wire, with the network opting instead for Phelan and Rater's other pilot that year, legal drama Doubt. The new take in a way stems from of the CBS pilot, which came close to a series order.
Jinks is repped by UTA and Bloom Hergott.” /> Phelan and Rater are repped by UTA and Myman Greenspan.
NBC has put in development Nancy Drew, a drama inspired by the famous children's books, from Doubt creators Tony Phelan and Joan Rater, producer Dan Jinks and CBS TV Studios.
As a result, "She found fame but in the process lost her best friends," Phelan said.
This is the same creative team that was behind the 2016 CBS pilot of the same name. But beyond the title and the underlying source material, there is very little in common between the projects as NBC's is based on a brand-new idea by Phelan and Rater.
In NBC's Nancy Drew, written by the duo, when the author of the most famous female teen detective book series is thrust into a real-life murder mystery, who does she turn to for help? Her two best friends from childhood, who were the inspiration for all those books and the women who have a real ax to grind about the way their supposed best friend chose to portray them all those years ago.
Before that they were at ABC Studios, where they worked for nine seasons on Shondaland’s Grey’s Anatomy as executive producers and served as co-showrunners for their last three seasons. Phelan and Rater have been under an overall deal at CBS TV Studios, where they created and executive produced series Doubt for CBS in addition to the Nancy Drew pilot.
"We did a pilot and we tried to forget about it but we couldn't; we loved the characters so much," Rater said. "But we knew that we had to come up with a different way to go about it."
The series is about Nancy getting back together with her girlfriends as they all are now women of a certain age, in their 40s or 50s. Overcoming the inevitable bad blood, they pull on their strength, which is their knack for solving mysteries together.
That different way was to envision Nancy, who wrote the books based on her childhood explorations with her two childhood girlfriends but took some liberties, always casting herself as the heroine, relegating the characters based on her friends as the sidekicks.
Their age "we think is their superpower;  no one notices them when they walk in. "They talk about how they feel unseen." It's a way for them to fly under the radar,"  Rater said.

Netflix Reports 5.3 Million New Global Subscribers In Q3 After Stock Sets Record

Net income for the period rose sharply over the year-ago quarter, hitting $130 million, or 29 cents a share, compared with $52 million, or 12 cents.
The news sent company shares through the ceiling again. During the regular trading day, the stock hit another record high, rising $3.19 (or 1.6%) to reach $202.59.
Still, in a letter to shareholders, the company signaled nothing but blue skies. "We are growing nicely across the world and are on track to exceed $11 billion in revenue in 2017," the letter said. "Internet entertainment is delighting consumers, and we are staying at the forefront of this once-in-a-generation opportunity."
The company also bumped up estimates for what it plans to spend on content next year. It now says between $7 billion and $8 billion on a P&L basis in 2018. Among the key topics they will likely address: the decision to increase certain subscription rates and Disney's move to start pulling content back from Netflix in advance of its own streaming service launch. Executives are scheduled to elaborate on that and other topics shortly, during a 3PM PT video presentation.
The Netflix juggernaut shows few signs of slowing. After the close of trading today, the company reported a 49% year-over-year increase in global subscribers in the third quarter–850,000 new customers in the U.S., to hit 52.77 million overall, and 4.45 million new additions internationally, for a total to 56.48 million.
"We spend disproportionately in the U.S. Also, they advised of some impact of heavy marketing spending to promote the company's expanding treasure chest of content in the U.S., which then spurs global demand, they maintain. to generate media and influencer awareness for our programming which we believe, in turn, is an effective way to facilitate word of mouth globally," the letter said. Execs project new subscription levels in the traditional peak season of the fourth quarter won't match the record levels of 7 million-plus new customers in the fourth quarter of 2016, the company warned.
For the quarter ended Sept. 30, total revenue gained 30.3%–the smallest increase in sales for several quarters–to hit a shade under $3 billion.
In the letter, the company said the price hikes "over time will help us grow our content offering and continue our global operating margin growth."
Instability in the distribution landscape, as viewers cut or shave the cord and traditional players roll out skinny packages and networks explore stand-alone offerings has only benefited Netflix, the company argued. "Ironically, as linear networks move outside of the traditional bundle and into direct-to-consumer applications, we are working more closely than ever with MVPDs/ISPs and other distributors" to drive subscriptions, the company said.” />

CSA Announces Open Casting Call For Transgender Actors

Barcelona will also be conducting open calls on Monday, October 23 at the aforementioned times.” /> Offices will be open on Sunday, October 22 in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Portland, Toronto, Montreal, and London from 11 AM to 1 PM and 2 PM – 4 PM based on respective location time.
The Casting Society of America has announced that they will be hosting an international open call for transgender actors as part of their initiative for more transgender inclusion in TV and film. The Hollywood landscape is shifting and therefore demanding more diversity and the CSA has a commitment to inclusion within the entertainment industry to challenge unconscious bias, empower casting directors to lead the inclusion conversation, and discover, educate, and promote the next generation of extraordinary talent within a wide range of diverse communities.
The open call will offer underrepresented actors the opportunity to perform in a professional environment, while introducing casting directors to undiscovered gems and a pool of talent who, with the right training, could become the next generation of diverse film and television stars. When the news was announced internally, the first of four LA locations filled up in less than 24 hours.
They will be given an opportunity to the prepared scene in front of panel of two to four CSA casting director members. Russell Boast, CSA Vice President and head of the Inclusion and Diversity Committee says that they are requesting actors to bring a scene of their choice that best represents them as artists.
“Trans people have worked hard to hone their craft, but rarely get the chance to be seen since so few are represented,” said Ann Thomas, founder of Transgender Talent, thanking the CSA for the opportunity.
There are only eleven transgender actors in television and unfortunately, most trans actors are passed for transgender characters and aren't given the opportunity to play non-transgender roles. There are about 1.4 million adults in the United States identifying as transgender, according to an analysis based on new federal and state data in 2016.
Over 30 CSA members around the world will be opening their offices to union and non-union trans actors, including non-binary (gender identities that are not exclusively masculine or feminine‍), gender non-conforming (a person whose gender behavior or appearance does not conform to social expectations), and genderqueer actors (a person who does not subscribe to conventional gender distinctions). Actors who are professionally trained, as well as those actively pursuing professional careers, are welcome to attend.

Broadway Box Office Flat As Bruce Settles In; ‘The Band’s Visit’ Toots $769K

• Springsteen on Broadway ($1.92 million at the Kerr; $409.97)
The five top-grossing shows were:
• Hello, Dolly! ($2.37 million at the Shubert; $202.61)
Butterfly, starring Clive Owen, at the Shuberts' Cort. That one sold $521.4K worth of tickets, average price $84.84, reaching 63 percent of potential and filling 83 percent of the seats. Also in previews: Julie Taymor's Broadway return with a revival of David Henry Hwang's Tony-winning drama M.
The Boss still took in $1.9 million for five performances (his schedule for the run); average price, $409.97; and, of course, every seat in the 939-seat house filled. Springsteen on Broadway opened at Jujamcyn Theatres' Walter Kerr to rapturous reviews (except for one guy in Jersey, go figure), so its gross fell a bit, given press comps and opening-night freebies.
• The Lion King ($2.07 million at the Nederlanders' Minskoff; $153.32)
• Wicked ($1.77 million at the Nederlanders' Gershwin; $120.86)
David Yazbek and Itamar Moses' adaptation of the Israeli film, with a cast led by Tony Shalhoub (Monk) and Katrina Lenk (Indecent), took in $769K, 84 percent of its gross potential, with tickets averaging $104.84 for seven performances at  the Shubert Organization's Ethel Barrymore Theatre. The Broadway transfer of The Band's Visit – which topped many critics' Best Of lists last season in its off-Broadway premiere at the Atlantic Theatre Company  – played to full houses in its first full week of previews.
Average ticket price across all 28 shows was $123.89; that will rise again next week when Springsteen on Broadway returns to its buyers-only schedule.” /> Most shows were steady during Week 21 of the 2017-18 season. Total sales, according to the trade group Broadway League, hit $29.9 million, down $311K or 1 percent, from the week before. There was some pain at The Lion King, off $198K, and Wicked, off $102K, but as you can see from the chart above, no significant harm to those durable long-runs.
• Hamilton ($2.93 million at the Nederlander Organization's Richard Rodgers; $272.55 average ticket)

Miramax Taps Legendary TV’s Lauren Whitney As President of Television

She represented writers and producers, and specialized in the development of intellectual property.” /> Whitney segued to the top Legendary TV scripted job from a career as a television agent – first at The William Morris Agency and then at WME – since 1998.
Colony and Love have taken hold and both have been renewed for a third season, while Carnival has been greenlighted to series starring Orlando Bloom. At Legendary TV, Whitney oversaw scripted series development, production, marketing and distribution. Shows developed and sold on Whitney's watch include the upcoming drama series The Looming Tower at Hulu, starring Jeff Daniels, Tahar Rahim, and Alec Baldwin; a Lost In Space reboot in the works at Netflix; as well as ABC's Downward Dog, which became the first network comedy series to premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. Since joining the company in 2015, she shepherded the company's then-just ordered series Colony at USA and Love at Netflix as well as Carnival Row, which had just been set up for development at Amazon.
"She is creative, has strong talent relationships, a proven track record of getting shows on the air and an industry leader. I know that her clear vision will launch our production and development and yield a strong slate shows for the global audience.” “We are thrilled to have Lauren join us as President of Television," Block said.
Whitney, whose Legendary contract was coming up, had been brought in by Bruce Rosenblum, then president of Legendary Television and Digital Media.
"Building an independent television studio is a thrilling challenge," Whitney said. "Between Miramax/ beIN Media's sizable commitment to investing in scripted television, and the valuable titles in the library, the opportunities that lie ahead of us are massive. And most importantly, we will be excellent partners to the talented people with whom we are lucky enough to work.” We will be aggressive in our pursuit of the artists and the material that excite us.
The other key Legendary TV executive, Peter Johnson, who most recently reported to Whitney, left earlier this year to become President of TV Development at MRC. Rosenblum exited right away, he has since joined Disney-ABC TV Group as President of Business Operations. Legendary has been clearing the decks since Mary Parent was appointed Vice Chairman Worldwide Production in spring 2016 by then-Legendary chairman/CEO Thomas Tull.
EXCLUSIVE: Legendary's president of scripted television Lauren Whitney is leaving the company to join Miramax as President of Television.
Whitney will now build her team, bringing additional TV executives. The hire is part of the ongoing reorganization led by Miramax CEO Bill Block, who joined the company in April with the goal of ramping up film and TV production to bolster the Miramax film library. Mining Miramax's extensive library is expected to be a main focus of the company's series development . He started off by laying off Miramax's existing TV and film staffs in May, which was followed by an executive search.

Anthony Edwards Signs On To Broadway’s ‘Children Of A Lesser God’ Revival

Randa Haines' 1986 film starred William Hurt and Marlee Matlin.” /> The play won three 1980 Tony Awards, for best play, best actor (John Rubinstein) and best actress (Phyllis Frelich). Jackson and Ridloff star as a teacher and a deaf former student who become romantically involved.
Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Holler If Ya Hear Me) is directing Performances are slated to begin March 22 at Studio 54, with opening night set for April 11. Franklin. Edwards will play Mr. Anthony Edwards (ER, Top Gun) will make his Broadway debut alongside Joshua Jackson and Lauren Ridloff in next spring's revival of Mark Medoff’s  Children of a Lesser God.

‘Only The Brave’ Review: Josh Brolin Leads Powerful Story Of Granite Mountain Hotshots

It is truly hold-back-the tears-time in a solidly made film that never panders for them. The technical credits across the board are first rate with superb cinematography from Claudio Miranda, tight editing from Billy Fox, and a stirring score by Joseph Trapanese. Sony picked up the film (originally to be released via Lionsgate) and will open it Friday through its Columbia Pictures label. There's also a terrific original song, "Hold The Light," performed by country star Dierks Bentley and effectively played over images on the end credits of the real-life hotshots and their families. Producers are Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Molly Smith, Trent Luckinbill, Thad Luckinbill (who also appears on screen as one of the hotshots), Michael Menchel, Dawn Ostroff and Jeremy Steckler.
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Andie MacDowell is also in for a few scenes as Bridges' wife. The personal toll these men and their families go through is nicely etched in well-played scenes between Brolin and Connelly. It is a tricky proposition when you make a movie out of a tragedy like this one, but Kosinski keeps his eye just as much on the people who fight it as the impressively re-created fire itself, and that is key not only to what makes it work as a great and exciting film about courage and duty, but also as a harrowing and gripping account of what makes real heroes — these hotshots are unforgettable. The cast also includes a very fine Jeff Bridges as the fire chief and confidante to Brolin's Marsh, as well as Jennifer Connelly in a gut-wrenching turn as Amanda, Marsh's wife who is also a healer of damaged horses.
We see them on the job and at play as we get to know them along the way. The film ultimately centers on the Yarnell fire, which at first doesn't seem to be a huge threat but quickly turns into something terrifyingly out of control. It is almost at times overwhelmingly emotional and sad, but overall the film tries to focus on the brotherhood of these mostly very young men, their camaraderie, and their all-for-one attitude. Some errors played a part in finding the hotshots caught in the middle of what eventually happened as it became one of the worst fires ever in terms of casualties, and it is all presented in nail-biting fashion.
Although the account of these real-life everyday heroes could be looked at as something of a downer, the film directed by Joseph Kosinski proves to be anything but that, as I say in my video review above. Sometimes a movie comes along at exactly the time it is needed, and that couldn't be more true than in the case of Only The Brave, which tells the true and tragic story of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, an elite group of 20 Arizona-based firefighters who fought against all odds to contain the Yarnell Mountain fire in Prescott, AZ in 2013 with deadly results. Instead, it is an inspiring and remarkable film tribute to these brave (indeed) men in a job that is often taken for granted, albeit one that puts you through the wringer at the same time it makes you feel proud.
Others given decent screen time are James Badge Dale as Marsh's second in command, and Taylor Kitsch who is every bit as effective as he was in Lone Survivor which also dealt with men in these kinds of enormously challenging life-threatening events. Only The Brave, with a sharp screenplay by Ken Nolan and Eric Warren Singer, laser focuses on just a few of the men involved in charting the creation of this unit of fearless firefighters. The training sequences are great, particularly involving a down-on-his-heels recruit named Brendan McDonough (Miles Teller) affectionately referred to as "Donut." He's a key figure in the story and comes to the unit after a troubled past he is trying to put behind him. He's not exactly a prime candidate for the group, but as the film shows, redemption can be a good thing for a hotshot. They include their superintendent known as "Supe" Eric Marsh, played by Josh Brolin, who is really sensational in a role he completely embodies. He basically puts these guys through their paces in order to get them to the elevated level of "hotshots," the elite of the elite.

Seth MacFarlane Opens Up About His 2013 Harvey Weinstein Oscars Joke, Condemns “Abhorrent” Abuse Of Power

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That joke, along with a line from a 2012 episode of Tina Fey's 30 Rock, which also alluded to Weinstein as a sexual harasser, have become viral in the past few days as Weinstein's decades-old "open" secret was finally brought to life.
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The encounter, in which the producer sexually harassed the actress in his hotel room, was recounted in yesterday's New Yorker exposé on the disgraced producer. In an emotional Twitter post, MacFarlane reveals that the joke at the 2013 Oscar nominations was a way of him to stand up to Weinstein after his friend, actress Jessica Barth, who co-starred in MacFarlane's Ted movies and had a recurring role on Family Guy, had confided in him about her harrowing 2011 experience with Weinstein.
After reading the five actresses in the Supporting Actress category, MacFarlane said: "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein." (See the full video below.) In January 2013, MacFarlane, who hosted the Oscars that year, was joined by actress Emma Stone to unveil the nominees.
A seemingly awkward five-year-old joke by Seth MacFarlane about then-Oscar king Harvey Weinstein has taken on a new life and a new meaning amid the spectacular downfall of the uber producer under a mountain of accusations of sexual harassment and assault. And now the Family Guy and Orville creator is speaking out about the story behind it.

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ Spinoff: Miguel Sandoval To Star In ABC’s Shondaland Series

He also joins recently cast Grey Damon, Okieriete Onaodowan, Danielle Savre, Barrett Doss and Jay Hayden. Pruitt. Sandoval will play Capt.
Set in a Seattle firehouse, the spinoff is being written by Grey’s executive producer/co-showrunner Stacy McKee. From the captain to the newest recruit, the show revolves around the brave men and women who risk their lives and their hearts both in the line of duty and off the clock.
Sandoval recently wrapped HBO’s Sharp Objects opposite Amy Adams for director Jean Marc-Vallee. He also recently recurred on Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency for BBC America. Sandoval is repped by Greene & Associates Talent Agency and LINK Entertainment.” />
ABC'supcoming Grey’s Anatomy firefighters spinoff has filled a key role, casting Medium alum Miguel Sandoval opposite Jaina Lee Ortiz and the mothership series’ Jason George. The 10-episode drama, which follows a group of heroic firefighters, hails from Grey’s Anatomy creator Shonda Rhimes’ Shondaland.
McKee executive produces the spinoff with director Paris Barclay and Shondaland’s Rhimes and Betsy Beers for ABC Studios and Shondaland.

Movie Academy To Meet Saturday About Harvey Weinstein Scandal

In the heat of the seemingly never-ending Weinstein scandal  calls have been building  from NOW (National Organization Of Women) and other groups targeting the
 The Academy's statement today calling the Weinstein allegations "repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy"  is strong indeed and would suggest they may feel pressure to take some sort of action beyond that. Academy specifically to banish Weinstein from the group. Stay tuned. In so doing are they setting Weinstein apart from say Gibson or Polanski to name two? Where does it stop and what kind of precedent is the Academy willing to set when they gather for an emergency meeting on Saturday? There has even been wild speculation in some trade reports that perhaps his Shakespeare In Love Best Picture Oscar could be taken from him , or his nominations for that film and Gangs Of New York could be taken back all these years later. It could be a slippery slope. That kind of move would be highly unlikely but the mere mention of it reflects the nature of hysteria that has gripped this town around this story.
Polanski still cannot come back to the U.S. Another favorite Weinstein haunt, The Cannes Film Festival also made a strong statement today. and both were driven overseas for several years. or face arrest and jail time for skipping out of the country during that case. In terms of the Motion Picture Academy however stripping someone's membership after they have been involved in a scandal like this is largely unprecedented. BAFTA has informed the embattled producer that the suspension is effective immediately. In fact long after Polanski was charged with raping a 13 year old girl in the 70's  he was actually awarded an Oscar for Best Director in 2003 for The Pianist, ironically beating Rob Marshall who had been the favorite for directing another of Miramax's Best Picture winners, Chicago. Roman Polanski would lead the list of Oscar winners  who remain in good stead with the Academy. Past or current scandals around others like TV stars Bill Cosby and Robert Blake  have not resulted in any action by the Television Academy for which I served on the Board for six years. org. In both cases , as with Polanski , they were ironically honored with Oscars after the outrage died down. Similarly other scandal -affected Oscar winners like Ingrid Bergman and Charlie Chaplin  did not see  their standing in the Academy change at the time even though there were calls from Congress for their banishment from the U.S. During the scandal  that surrounded two time Oscar winner Mel Gibson, and which turned him for several years  into the kind of industry  pariah Weinstein finds himself being labeled now,  there was no action taken by the Academy and he remains a member and actually received a Best Director  nomination for Hacksaw Ridge earlier this year.
Russell was stripped of his nomination earlier this year due to campaign violations, as was composer Bruce Broughton a few years ago when it was revealed he had broken the rules in promoting his song "Alone Yet Not Alone". As one Academy member told me this morning action to kick someone out of the Academy usually revolves around something bad they have done that breaks Academy rules and guidelines, usually about campaign regulations. The most prevalent of that sort of thing happened after I reported Nicholas Chartier,  producer of the 2009 Best Picture nominee The Hurt Locker had been sending emails to voters urging them to vote for his movie over another nominee, Avatar. 13 Hours Best Sound nominee Greg P.  After my reports appeared in the Los Angeles Times where I was working at the time he was stripped of his Oscar tickets and not allowed to attend the show. His film won and he was quietly presented his Oscar weeks later after meeting with then-Academy President Tom Sherak.
Earlier today, the UK's film body the British Academy of Film and Television Arts suspended Weinstein’s membership “in light of recent very serious allegations,” the
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences said today its Board Of Governors will meet this weekend to discuss "any actions warranted" against Harvey Weinstein, the subject of several exposes detailing decades of alleged sexual harassment and abuse against women. The Oscar organizers also condemned Weinstein as part of a statement:
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Weinstein won the 1998 Best Picture Oscar as producer of Shakespeare In Love. He was also personally nominated for 2002's Gangs of New York. Of course Miramax and later The Weinstein Company had other Best Picture winners like The English Patient , The King's Speech and The Artist.
"The Academy finds the conduct described in the allegations against Harvey Weinstein to be repugnant, abhorrent, and antithetical to the high standards of the Academy and the creative community it represents. The Board of Governors will be holding a special meeting on Saturday, October 14, to discuss the allegations against Weinstein and any actions warranted by the Academy."

ABC Buys ‘The Mighty Quinn’ Comedy From Jen Kirkman & Julie Anne Robinson

Along the way, she not only transforms her own life but the lives of friends as well, bringing them all closer than ever. Written by Kirkman, The Mighty Quinn tells the story of a 39-year-old Quinn. After getting dumped by her boyfriend on Christmas Day, Quinn decides to take a year off dating and go on the journey of finding herself.
ABC has put in development The Mighty Quinn, a half-hour comedy from writer and stand-up comedian Jen Kirkman, Julie Anne Robinson's CannyLads Productions and Universal TV where the company is under an overall deal.
This past season, she directed the ABC half-hour pilot Losing It, with Jon Cryer. She is repped by CAA and attorney Lon Sorenson. Robinson has directed 10 network half-hour and one-hour pilots, six of which have gone to series, including The Middle, The Catch and How To Live with Your Parents.
Cannylads' Julie Anne Robinson will executive produce along with Kara Baker and David Holden; CannyLads’ Kelly Pancho will serve as producer.
(2017).” /> Kirkman was a writer and made regular appearances on a round-table panelist on Chelsea Lately. She also appeared in the Funny or Die sketches Drunk History and continued on the Comedy Central series which ran from 2013-2016. She has released four comedy albums: Self Help (2006), Hail to the Freaks (2011), I'm Gonna Die Alone (And I Feel Fine) (2016), and Just Keep Living?
This is the second sale for CannyLads this season, along with one-hour Romeos & Juliets, which also went to ABC, receiving a put pilot commitment.

Patricia Velasquez & Sean Patrick Thomas Join New Line’s Horror Film ‘The Children’

Velasquez played Ank Su Namun in Universal's The Mummy and The Mummy Returns. She also appeared on the Fox comedy Arrested Development. Velasquez is repped by Insurge-Ent.
Repped by Innovative and Principato-Young Entertainment, he recently appeared in OWN's docuseries Black Love. Thomas perhaps is best known for his role in the Barbershop film franchise and Paramount's Save the Last Dance, with Julia Stiles and Kerry Washington.
New Line has had a banner year with horror releases, topped by the global smash It, the film adaptation of Stephen King's book, which has grossed over $600 million worldwide to become the highest-grossing horror film of all time. Annabelle: Creation, an August release that is a part of Wan’s Conjuring universe, is nearing $300 million worldwide.” />
Michael Chaves is directing the pic, which follows a social worker who, while investigating the mysterious disappearance of two children, discovers her own family might be in jeopardy.
The script is by Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis. Michael Clear will serve as exec producer.
EXCLUSIVE: Patricia Velasquez and Sean Patrick Thomas have signed on to the ensemble cast of New Line Cinema's horror film The Children, joining Linda Cardellini. Genre staple James Wan, who is directing the upcoming Jason Momoa starrer Aquaman, will produce The Children via his Atomic Monster production company alongside Gary Dauberman and Emile Gladstone.

Actress Léa Seydoux: Harvey Weinstein “Jumped On Me And Tried To Kiss Me”

“We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me,” Seydoux says in a column she wrote for The Guardian. Léa Seydoux, star of Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, has added her voice to those speaking out against Harvey Weinstein. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him." “I had to defend myself.
He was using his power to get sex. "We met in the lobby of his hotel," Seydoux writes. He acted as if he were considering me for a role. "His assistant, a young woman, was there. He had a lecherous look. But I knew that was bullshit. I knew it because I could see it in his eyes. All throughout the evening, he flirted and stared at me as if I was a piece of meat.
'You’d be better if you lost weight,' he said. He’s also said misogynistic things to me over the years. Seydoux also writes, "I’ve been at dinners with him where he’s bragged openly about Hollywood actresses he has had sex with. That comment shocked me."” />
Soon, his assistant left and it was just the two of us. We went up together. It was hard to say no because he’s so powerful. That’s the moment where he started losing control. "He invited me to come to his hotel room for a drink. All the girls are scared of him.
The actress, who also appeared in 2015's Spectre, tells a story similar to that told today by Cara Delevingne — even including the presence of Weinstein's assistant just prior to his attempts at physical contact.
"We were talking on the sofa when he suddenly jumped on me and tried to kiss me. I had to defend myself. He’s big and fat, so I had to be forceful to resist him. I left his room, thoroughly disgusted. I wasn’t afraid of him, though. Because I knew what kind of man he was all along."

‘Walden: Life In the Woods’ Trailer: Demian Bichir Discovers His Inner Wild In Reinterpretation Of Thoreau Classic

After his benefits get cut from his job at the nursing home, family-man Ramirez (Demian Bichir) struggles with the American dream and spends a day battling the bureaucracy of civilized society, desperate to keep his family afloat. Alice (Lynn Cohen), haunted by visions of her late husband, yearns to uncover riddles from her past as she struggles with dementia — and her nursing home. Her grandson, Guy (Erik Hellman) goes on his own Walden-esque journey as he hikes through the Rocky Mountains with his boyfriend Luke (Tony LoVerde) and confronts parts of himself.
With a stellar cast, script by Adam Chanzit and through the vision of director Alex Harvey, the trailer presents the film on an arthouse platform and, true to Thoreau-esque transcendental form, will take you on a journey of spiritual discovery suitable for indie film ingestion.
In this exclusive trailer, the reimagining keeps the spirit of Thoreau's book — with 21st-century flair  — by painting a narrative of three intersecting storylines. EXCLUSIVE: Henry David Thoreau's at-one-with-nature classic Walden gets the indie film treatment in Walden: Life In the Woods.
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The three narratives merge in a moment of spiritual epiphany at three “ponds” where the characters confront what Thoreau thought was ultimately more profound than the wilderness: our inner wild. The film also stars T.J. Miller, Chris Sullivan, Jamie Horton, and Amber Gray.

‘Longmire’ Final Season Trailer & Premiere Date: The Sheriff Has Some Unfinished Business In Absaroka County

Produced by the Shephard/Robin Company in association with Warner Horizon Television, Longmire is based on the Walt Longmire mystery novels by Craig Johnson. Katee Sackhoff also stars along with Cassidy Freeman, Adam Bartley and A. Hunt Baldwin, John Coveny, Greer Shephard and Michael M. Martinez. Robin executive produce.
But Walt knows that his lifelong friend and confidant Henry Standing Bear (Lou Diamond Phillips) has been kidnapped and that the man might die if he's not found. Henry has been kidnapped by ex-Cheyenne reservation Police Chief Malachi Strand (Graham Greene), and his prospects aren't bright. Set to the Sweeplings' haunting "Carry Me Home," the trailer sees Walt Longmire (Robert Taylor) the charismatic, dedicated and unflappable sheriff of the Wyoming county, staring at his badge: "Maybe I have stayed on the job too long." Hey, it's the final season.
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But he won't be there for long. Here is the trailer for the sixth and final season of Longmire, which Netflix said today will go live on November 17. Fans were outraged by the axing of that network's most-watched original series and responded with one of the biggest save-the-show campaigns ever. Notice to outlaws in Longmire in Absaroka County: There is not a new sheriff in town. The streaming service rescued the neo-Western drama from A&E's surprise cancellation after Season 3 in 2014.

‘A Christmas Story Live’: Fox Musical Casts Ralphie

From Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, A Christmas Story Live! Studios in Burbank. The adaptation will be filmed at the Warner Bros. is inspired by the holiday classic feature A Christmas Story and the Tony-nominated Broadway production A Christmas Story: The Musical.
Fox has found its Ralphie Parker. The live musical event is set to air Sunday, December 17, 7:00-10:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed) on Fox. After a nationwide digital casting call, 11-year-old Andy Walken, from Seattle, WA, has been cast as the lead character in A Christmas Story Live!
Marc Platt (Grease: Live, La La Land) and Adam Siegel (Grease: Live) will executive-produce, with Jonathan Tolins and Robert Cary (Grease: Live) serving as co-executive producers and writers.” />
Walken joins previously announced Maya Rudolph, who will star as Ralphie’s mother; and Matthew Broderick, who will star as the narrator.
You can watch a video of Walken finding out he got the role below. Walken was chosen out of 350 applicants for the role, described as a boy whose only dream is to get a Red Ryder Range Model Carbine Action BB Gun for Christmas.

‘Mayans MC’: Michael Irby Set for Lead Role In FX’s ‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Spinoff Pilot

Set in the aftermath of Jax Teller’s death at the end of SoA’s seven-season run in 2014, Mayans MC will focus on the struggles of EZ Reyes (JD Pardo), a prospect in the Mayan MC charter on the California/Mexico border. FX says Irby's role is a new character. The pilot has been undergoing reshoots and recasting of some key roles.
The Unit alum Michael Irby is set for a lead role opposite Edward James Olmos in Kurt Sutter’s retooled Sons of Anarchy spinoff pilot Mayans MC for FX.
Irby will play Obispo "Bishop" Losa, resident of Mayans MC's Santo Padre Charter. After a tour of duty in Iraq and one in Pelican Bay, Bishop was sent by Alvarez to set up and run the critical Mexi-Cali border charter. From a broken home in the Salton Sea, he was taken in by the family of his cousin, Marcus Alvarez (Emilio Rivera), Mayan MC founder and National President. He is as deadly as he is loyal.
Feature credits include Pinero, Flightplan and Fast Five. He's repped by APA, Coronel Group and Bloom Hergott.” /> In addition to his starring role in The Unit, Irby’s television credits include Taken, True Detective, Almost Human, Line of Fire and The Haunted.

Gal Gadot In Talks To Star In Post-WWII Revenge Thriller ‘Ruin’

That would enable Gadot to make the movie before starting work in the Patty Jenkins-directed Wonder Woman 2, a film likely to start next summer. EXCLUSIVE: Gal Gadot is in talks to star in Ruin, a Justin Kurzel-directed drama. The rising star Gadot also recently aligned to join Bradley Cooper in Deeper, the Max Landis-scripted drama that Kornel Mundruczo will direct. Backed by Marc Butan's MadRiver Pictures, the film has hopes of an early 2018 production start.
Gadot is repped by WME and Robert Offer, Kurzel by CAA, and the writers are repped by UTA and LBI Entertainment.” />
A nameless ex-Nazi captain navigates the ruins of post-WWII Germany. Kurzel directed Assassin's Creed and Macbeth. Scripted by Matthew & Ryan Firpo, Ruin is in the vein of Inglorious Basterds and Fury, a gritty period revenge-thriller. Determined to atone for his crimes during the war, he hunts down the surviving members of his former SS Death Squad.

Robert Rodriguez Says Harvey Weinstein “Now Discovering What True Power Is”

McGowan's encounter with Weinstein happened during what The New York Times reported was "an episode in a hotel room during the Sundance Film Festival.” She was paid a reported $100K at the time to settle out with Weinstein.
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Filmmaker Robert Rodriguez who had long been in business with Miramax and was in a relationship with actress Rose McGowan who says she was sexually assaulted by Harvey Weinstein in 1997 is now speaking up.
 
Rodriguez has a long history with the Weinsteins and Miramax as they churned out a number of films including Roadracers, Four Rooms, From Dusk Til Dawn, The Faculty, the Spy Kids series, Grindhouse, Once Upon a Time in Mexico, Sin City and From Dusk Til Dawn.
Thankfully, he's now discovering what true power is." "I find the behavior of Harvey Weinstein truly disgusting, both what he did and how he covered his tracks, and it makes me wonder how many others can't come forward and tell their full story because of legal and personal intimidation," Rodriguez said in a statement to Deadline. "His repulsive behavior was an abuse of power.

‘American Horror Story: Cult’: “Substantial Cuts” To Next Episode After Las Vegas Tragedy

American Horror Story: Cult is the seventh installment of the anthology series created by Murphy and Brad Fulchuk.” />
"This opening, which was filmed two months ago and which portrays an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country, contains a sequence that some viewers might find traumatic. Only the edited version of the episode will air on the FX linear channel, while the unedited version of the episode will be available on the VOD platform of your cable, satellite or telco provider, as well as on the FX Networks non-linear platforms, FXNOW and FX+.” "In light of the tragedy last week in Las Vegas, Ryan Murphy and the producers of American Horror Story: Cult have chosen to make substantial edits to the opening scene of tomorrow night’s episode," FX Networks said in a statement.
FX said today that the producers of American Horror Story: Cult made "substantial edits" to the episode that airs Tuesday because the opening scene depicts "an occurrence of gun violence that has sadly become all too common in our country." The move comes a week after 58 people were killed and nearly 500 wounded in a rifle attack on an outdoor concert in Las Vegas.
The unedited version will available on VOD platforms.

‘Full Frontal’ Showrunner Jo Miller Exits TBS’ Samantha Bee Series

News comes exactly one month after Bee's franchise picked up its very first Emmy win: Best Variety Special Writing. In January, Bee announced her safe haven for Hollywood celebrities at an alt-White House Correspondents Dinner to be held the same night the White House Correspondents Association was scheduled to host its annual presidential roast, which Trump had announced he would not attend because, media. Bee won for Full Frontal's special,  Not The White House Correspondents Dinner.
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Bee had been effusive in praise of Miller while touting the show's launch at TCA, but a source says that recently there have disagreements between the two. Miller had been a producer at The Daily Show producer until early 2015, when departing cast member Samantha Bee asked Miller to become the head writer on her new TBS half-hour weekly show.
Jo Miller is out at Full Frontal, on which she was head writer, EP and showrunner.
“Jo is an incredibly talented writer who has played an invaluable role in the creation and success of the Full Frontal with Samantha Bee franchise over the past two years. We are grateful for her contributions and wish her continued success.”
In that walk-up interview, Bee and Miller talked about experiencing heaps of online abuse, a situation Bee calls, “a world of criticism and hatred the likes of which I haven’t seen before.”
TBS confirmed today's surprise development in a statement:
Picking up her Emmy, Bee thanked Miller's writing team, saying “These are the people who stand in a jet stream of daily obscenities and manage to write jokes about them.”
Their Full Frontal premise stood apart from other late-night shows in that they were offering a woman who could take on the male-dominated arena and win. Bee and Miller posed for the photo accompanying this post in August, for an interview walking up to the Emmy ceremony, in which the co-writers talked about coming up with the idea for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee. In its second season, Frontal got nommed for seven Emmys – a herculean feat in the boys club of late night TV –  including Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series and Outstanding Variety Talk Series. Their utterly fearless material has been a ratings hit for TBS, reaching an impressive 4.3 million viewers per episode.

Endeavor Moniker Revived As WME & IMG Holding Company

The agency still is going to be called WME, but its parent company has formed a new holding company, Endeavor, which will take on the full portfolio of owned and operated brands formerly under the WME | IMG banner.
It evokes the agency's origins, when Emanuel, Tom Strickler, David Greenblatt and  Rick Rosen who backed up a BMW Sedan to ICM headquarters where they worked as agents. They formed Endeavor hours later, and promptly were sued by ICM's chief Jeff Berg, even though the clients who left with them conveniently hadn't signed agency agreements to continue at ICM as I recall. Under the cover of night, they drove away with all their client files. I'm sure that Emanuel and the Endeavor gang hated to give up that name eight years ago.
It proved true, sort of. It has been in the wind for a while that WME once again would be known as Endeavor, the name of the Ari Emanuel- and Patrick Whitesell-led talent agency that merged with WMA in 2009 and was rechristened WME.
Also buried in the announcement of these changes, Emanuel is now the lone CEO of the new entity. Both continue to sit on the company board. Whitesell has become Executive Chairman.
“WME | IMG represented a pivotal moment in our company’s history, but it does not accurately reflect the extent of our diversity or indicate where we’re headed,” Emanuel said. “In creating Endeavor, we now have a holding company that represents the very definition of the word itself, constantly striving to push boundaries on behalf of our clients and owned properties.”
We have the relationships and the platforms to help our clients and partners extend their reach and bring their creative initiatives to life.” The one substantial difference is that unlike 20 years ago, we’re now sitting at the center of an incredible global network. Added Whitesell: “Our business at its core remains rooted in access, service and creativity.
Years later, former ICM titan Jim Wiatt was running WMA when the Endeavor and WMA merger was struck — he was voted out as chief before the merger was finalized — so there is a lot of Hollywood history there, even if the fast-growing agency hardly resembles the merged entity that became WME in 2009.
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Kevin Smith, Who Began Career With Harvey Weinstein & Miramax, Speaks Out

More filmmakers are coming out to take Harvey Weinstein to task.
If you remember, Miramax distributed Clerks and stood behind Smith, hiring power attorney Alan Dershowitz to appeal the NC-17 rating for the film at the time. They had a long career together with Chasing Amy, Mallrats and as co-exec producer on Good Will Hunting: Clerks writer-director Kevin Smith, who began his career with the now-disgraced former head of Miramax Films, tweeted out today that he was "ashamed" that while he was profiting with Miramax, Weinstein was involved in sexual misconduct.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Shortfall Sends Exhibitor Stocks Lower

AMC Entertainment Holdings, Regal Entertainment Group and Cinemark Holdings are down in NYSE trading in the wake of a Blade Runner 2049 falling short of expectations in its debut weekend.
The lackluster opening weekend for the sequel follows the worst summer season at the domestic box office in more than a decade. September perked up to a record take for the month, driven by It and Kingsman: The Golden Circle.
In a note today, Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter cut his price target on AMC from $22.75 to $20.50, lowered his target for Regal Entertainment from $23 to $19 and cut his target for Cinemark from $44 to $42. At noon PT today, AMC was down 6.7% to $14.18 a share, Regal was off 4.4% to $16.04 and Cinemark had lost 3.5% to $36.37.
Blade Runner 2049, starring Ryan Gosling and original Blade Runner topper Harrison Ford, opening to $31 million in North America, after forecasts earlier last week had it pegged at about $45 million.
Four films are set for wide release Friday: STX's Jackie Chan-Pierce Brosnan action thriller The Foreigner, Universal/Blumhouse horror pic Happy Death Day, Open Road's biopic Marshall starring Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall, and Annapurna's Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.” />