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Eli Roth to Direct ‘Borderlands’ Movie Based on Video Game Series at Lionsgate

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Eli Roth to Direct ‘Borderlands’ Movie Based on Video Game Series at Lionsgate
Eli Roth is set to direct a movie based on the popular video game trilogy “Borderlands” from Gearbox Software and publisher 2K that will be set up at Lionsgate, the studio’s motion picture group president Nathan Kahane and president of motion picture production Erin Westerman announced Thursday.

Borderlands,” which was first announced as a movie as far back as 2015, is an irreverent and visceral first person shooter and role-playing game about four “Vault Hunters” on a planet called Pandora who battle against local bandits and marauders in their search for a hidden vault rumored to contain advanced alien technology.

Chernobyl” screenwriter Craig Mazin wrote the most recent draft of the screenplay. Roth joins producers Avi Arad and Ari Arad, who are producing through their Arad Productions banner, and Erik Feig, through his Picturestart banner.

Production is expected to begin on the “Borderlands” movie later this year.

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Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ Gets May Premiere at Netflix

Ryan Murphy’s ‘Hollywood’ Gets May Premiere at Netflix
Hollywood” is officially Ryan Murphy’s second original series to debut on Netflix, launching May 1, the streamer announced Thursday.

The seven-episode limited series “Hollywood” follows Murphy’s first Netflix project, the comedic “The Politician,” which streamed its first season in September 2019. “The Politician” came about under Murphy’s deal with 20th Century Fox Television, though, while “Hollywood” marks the first original series under the prolific producer’s overall deal with Netflix.

Co-created by Murphy and Ian Brennan, “Hollywood” follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in the titular town, post-World War II, as they try to make it at any cost.
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Berlin’s Female Filmmakers Demand Funding Overhaul: ‘Without Money, We Can’t Do Anything’

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Berlin’s Female Filmmakers Demand Funding Overhaul: ‘Without Money, We Can’t Do Anything’
While the process of moving towards full gender parity at festivals remains a slow slog, it’s time to put money where the movement’s mouth is and make other types of tangible steps towards lifting up women’s voices, said speakers at a panel on female filmmaking jointly hosted by Studio Babelsberg, Canada Goose and Variety, moderated by Variety international editor Manori Ravindran.

The continued underrepresentation of women despite initiatives like the renamed 50/50 for the Future movement — which launched as 50/50 by 2020 but missed that target — remains a structural problem, panelists said.

“Without money, we can’t do anything. We can’t always expect people to be severely under-financed,” said Berlin-based Swedish director Carolina Hellsgard, who estimated that although women comprise half of Germany’s film school graduates, they end up making up less than 20% of its filmmakers.

“Funding in Germany is actually taxpayers’ money. I think it’s really
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The Blacklist Renewed for Season 8

The Blacklist Renewed for Season 8
The Blacklist apparently has many more names to cross off its list: The NBC drama has been renewed for Season 8, TVLine has learned.

“Congratulations to our incredible cast, producers and crew, all of whom continue to reach excellence week in and week out,” Lisa Katz and Tracey Pakosta, Co-Presidents of Scripted Programming at NBC Entertainment, said in a statement. “We couldn’t be more excited to continue Red and Liz’s story into Season 8.”

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Get Your First Look at New Baby Yoda Merch and More from ‘Star Wars’ & ‘The Mandalorian’

Get Your First Look at New Baby Yoda Merch and More from ‘Star Wars’ & ‘The Mandalorian’
This year, the Force is strong with fans who want to celebrate their love of all things Star Wars with new merchandise tied to beloved stories and characters revealed today just ahead of New York Toy Fair. Our first look at the new merch arrives via video and a bunch of images, along with related product info for all you collectors and enthusiasts out there; check it out below! Leading with products inspired by the hit Disney+ series, The Mandalorian (created by Jon Favreau and Executive Produced by Dave Filoni, Kathleen Kennedy, and Colin Wilson), anticipation is at an all-…
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Survivor: Winners at War Recap: A Fire Token Economy Revamps the Game

Survivor: Winners at War Recap: A Fire Token Economy Revamps the Game
If last week’s idol-hunting, fire token-swapping, Edge of Extinction-twisting Survivor premiere didn’t leave your head spinning, this one might just knock it off entirely.

Winners at War may be the most complex season of Survivor yet… and frankly, we’re here for it. The 20 champions certainly have a long road ahead of them if they want to get close to that $2 million prize. What other twists and advantages lie waiting to be discovered, and which all-star will join Natalie and Amber on the Edge? Let’s find out.

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Cupid’ Movie Adds ‘Greatest Showman’ Director Michael Gracey as Exec Producer

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Justin Bieber’s ‘Cupid’ Movie Adds ‘Greatest Showman’ Director Michael Gracey as Exec Producer
The Greatest Showman” director Michael Gracey is joining the production team of Justin Bieber’s animated film “Cupid.”

The pop superstar will voice the titular Roman god and executive produce the Mythos Studios movie, directed by Pete Candeland.

Black List writer Mike Vukadinovich (Hulu’s “The Runaways”) has also been hired to write the script.

Cupid” marks the first film from the studio’s Mythoverse, a cinematic universe of stories and characters inspired by classic Greek and Roman mythology.

Gracey, who directed “The Greatest Showman” and executive produced “Rocketman,” will bring his extensive experience working at the intersection of music and film to the feature, an original adaptation of the famous 2,000-year-old love story. Gracey is represented by CAA and Partizan.

Cupid” was previously developed by writer Carlos Kotkin from a story adaptation by Mythos chairman David Maisel, who co-founded the Los Angeles-based production company two years ago with record executive Scooter Braun.
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‘Aeronauts’ Filmmaker Tom Harper to Direct Romance ‘Forever’ for MGM (Exclusive)

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‘Aeronauts’ Filmmaker Tom Harper to Direct Romance ‘Forever’ for MGM (Exclusive)
MGM has attached “The Aeronauts” director Tom Harper to its romance “Forever” — a project that’s been in development at the studio for eight decades.

Jonathan Glickman is producing “Forever,” based on a romantic novella by Mildred Cram (“Love Affair”), which focuses on two lovers from the past who are reincarnated in the modern world.

“Forever” was originally published in 1935 and purchased for MGM by the studio’s first head of production, Irving Thalberg, for his wife Norma Shearer. Thalberg died in 1936 and story has never made its way to the big screen. Hal Ashby was attached to direct at one point during the 1970s.

Harper also produced “Aeronauts,” which starred Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones. Harper’s feature credits include “Wild Rose,” “The Woman in Black: Angel of Death,” “The Scouting Book for Boys” and “War Book.” His TV credits include the 2016 BBC series “War and Peace” along with segments for “Peaky Blinders,
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‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: ‘Sex Education’ Alum Laura Neal Named Spy Drama’s Fourth Head Writer

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‘Killing Eve’ Season 4: ‘Sex Education’ Alum Laura Neal Named Spy Drama’s Fourth Head Writer
Continuing its tradition of naming a new head writer each season, BBC America’s “Killing Eve” has tapped Laura Neal to head Season 4. She succeeds Suzanne Heathcote, Emerald Fennell and series creator Phoebe Waller-Bridge.

Neal, whose previous writing credits include “Sex Education” and “Secret Diary of a Call Girl,” will serve as writer and executive producer on the fourth season of the spy drama, which was picked up last month. Season 4 will go into production later this year.

Killing Eve smashes television tropes in every way, both on the screen and behind it,” said Sarah Barnett, President, AMC Networks Entertainment Group and AMC Studios. “We have a remarkable squad of ferociously smart women writers passing the baton to each other on this show, aligned around a coherent vision but bringing it to life with their own specific sparkle and brilliance. Laura Neal is the latest incredible leader of the pack on Killing Eve.
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Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton Comedy Pitch ‘Family Jewels’ Acquired by New Republic Pictures

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Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton Comedy Pitch ‘Family Jewels’ Acquired by New Republic Pictures
New Republic Pictures has won the auction for “Family Jewels,” a comedy pitch starring Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler and Diane Keaton, who have not appeared on screen together since 1996’s “The First Wives Club.”

Peter Hoare is writing the screenplay, while New Republic principals Brian Oliver and Bradley Fischer are producing alongside Alan Nevins. Tracey Nyberg is executive producing. Fischer and Nevins packaged the project and brought in Hoare with Nyberg.

The film, which is eyeing a 2020 production start, is a multigenerational family comedy in which Hawn, Midler and Keaton are forced to spend the Christmas holidays together along with their kids and grandkids — after the man they were all once married to suddenly dies in a department store.

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“The chemistry of Diane, Bette and Goldie is unmatched and irresistible, and I’m thrilled
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Delroy Lindo Leaving ‘The Good Fight’ As Series Regular, In Talks To Headline ABC Pilot ‘Harlem’s Kitchen’

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Delroy Lindo Leaving ‘The Good Fight’ As Series Regular, In Talks To Headline ABC Pilot ‘Harlem’s Kitchen’
Exclusive: The Good Fight co-star Delroy Lindo is in negotiations to headline Harlem’s Kitchen, ABC’s Harlem family restaurant drama pilot from writer Zahir McGhee, Mandeville Television and ABC Studios. As a result, he will be leaving the CBS All Access legal drama The Good Fight as a series regular after the upcoming fourth season, which debuts April 9.

Lindo’s contract for The good Wife spinoff The Good Fight, where he plays Adrian Boseman, a name partner at Reddick, Boseman & Lockhart, is up after Season 4. According to sources, he was offered a new deal to stay and may have taken it as he loves being on the show but Harlem’s Kitchen came along, a project he became passionate about. I hear the possibility of him doing both series was explored but the potential production overlap was too great to overcome. However, The Goof Fight creators/showrunners Robert and Michelle King are leaving the door open,
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‘Hollywood’ Premiere Date: Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Limited Series About Postwar Tinseltown

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‘Hollywood’ Premiere Date: Ryan Murphy’s Netflix Limited Series About Postwar Tinseltown
Netflix is going Hollywood in the spring. The streamer has set a May 1 launch date for its limited series from Ryan Murphy that follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-World War II Hollywood as they try to make it in Tinseltown — no matter the cost. Check out the new key art below.

Murphy, Ian Brennan and Janet Mock wrote the project, in which each character offers a unique glimpse behind the gilded curtain of Hollywood’s Golden Age, spotlighting the unfair systems and biases across race, gender and sexuality that continue to this day. The seven-episode series exposes and examines decades-old power dynamics, and what the entertainment landscape might look like if they had been dismantled.

David Corenswet, Darren Criss, Jeremy Pope, Samara Weaving, Laura Harrier, Jim Parsons, Dylan McDermott, Holland Taylor, Patti LuPone, Jake Picking, Joe Mantello star in Hollywood, whose guest cast includes Maude Apatow,
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Berlin: Orange Studio Launches ‘The Last Film Show,’ ‘Old Fashioned, ‘Love Song For Tough Guys’ (Exclusive)

Under the new leadership of industry veteran Kristina Zimmermann, Orange Studio, the film/TV division of the French telco group Orange, is launching three new projects at Berlin’s European Film Market: “Last Film Show,” “Old Fashioned” and “Love Song for Tough Guys.”

Directed by Pan Nalin (“Samsara”), “Last Film Show” follows Samay, a 9-year-old boy living with his family in a remote village in India. One day, he discovers films and is instantly mesmerized. Against his father’s wishes, he returns to the cinema day after day and sets off to become a filmmaker at all costs.

“It’s a personal film for Pan Nalin as it’s inspired by his own life, and it has a beautiful cinematography, because Pan Nalin is also a talented photographer,” said Zimmermann, who joined Orange Studio last July after working for nearly three decades at Canal Plus Group. “‘Last Film Show’ is
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Memento Films Intl. Boards Leah Purcell’s Aussie Revenge Tale ‘The Drover’s Wife’ (Exclusive)

Memento Films Intl. Boards Leah Purcell’s Aussie Revenge Tale ‘The Drover’s Wife’  (Exclusive)
Memento Films Intl. (“Call Me By Your Name”) has acquired the Aussie revenge tale “The Drover’s Wife,” the film adaptation of Leah Purcell’s successful Australian stage play. Purcell is on board to adapt, act and direct the film which Oombarra Prods. and Bunya Prods. (“Sweet Country”) will produce.

Memento Films Intl. is handling world sales on the movie and will introduce the project to buyers at the Efm in Berlin with a promo. The company is also unveiling an exclusive first still of the film (pictured).

A searing Western thriller, the play “The Drover’s Wife: The Legend of Molly Johnson” is a reimagining of Henry Lawson’s classic short story “The Drover’s Wife.” The story is set in 1893, and centers on the heavily pregnant Molly Johnson (Purcell) and her children who struggle in isolation to survive the harsh Australian landscape after her husband left to go
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Best Friend Forever Acquires Cannes’ Cinefondation Prizewinning ‘Bootlegger’ (Exclusive)

Brussels-based company Best Friend Forever has acquired international sales rights to Caroline Monnet’s feature debut “Bootlegger” which won best screenplay at Cannes’ Cinefondation in 2017.

A well-known contemporary artist, Monnet has shed light on Indigenous identity and has debunked stereotypes through her works, which have been shown at the Whitney Biennial in New York, Palais de Tokyo in Paris, Haus der Kulturen in Berlin, Aesthetica in London and the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art, among many other places. Monnet has also earned critical acclaim with her short films, six of which played at Toronto. She also directed the 2016 short “Mobilize,” which world premiered at Sundance.

Currently in post-production, “Bootlegger” was written by Monnet and Daniel Watchorn. Set in contemporary Northern Quebec, the film follows Mani, an ambitious lawyer in her 20s who heads back to her remote Indigenous community to help her people free themselves from outdated paternalistic laws, leading
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‘Greed’: Film Review

‘Greed’: Film Review
I’ve got this friend who makes his own clothes. Not the generic kind cut from dowdy prairie-dress patterns, but chic, design-it-yourself garments that look better than most anything you’d find on a ready-to-wear rack. I figure he’s the only person I know who’s not guilty of contributing to the kind of sweatshop misery writer-director Michael Winterbottom attacks in his scattershot new satire “Greed,” . He’s certainly got the teeth for it.

Coogan plays Sir Richard McCreadie, whose name rhymes with “greedy,” the man behind a brand called Monda, but there’s no real mystery about whom he’s skewering. The film’s big fat target is the billionaire bottom feeder Sir Philip Green, responsible for Topshop and half a dozen other retail labels (the British equivalent of worse offenders Zara and H&m) that have turned the exploitation of developing-world workers into an empire of cheap — and lousy — discount fashion.
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Gaumont Reteams With Franck Dubosc on ‘Rumba Therapy’ (Exclusive)

Gaumont Reteams With Franck Dubosc on ‘Rumba Therapy’ (Exclusive)
Gaumont is reteaming with actor-turned-director Franck Dubosc on another comedy: “Rumba Therapy” follows his hit 2018 pic “Rolling to You,” which was one of the highest-grossing films in France and abroad.

“Rumba Therapy” stars Dubosc as a man in his 50s who lives alone after having abandoned his wife and baby decades earlier. He sets off to reconnect with his daughter (Louna Espinosa), who has become a dance teacher. He signs up for her classes, even if he hates dancing.

Like “Rolling to You,” “Rumba Therapy” is a crowd-pleaser weaving comedy and emotion, and centering on a flawed protagonist who draws empathy from the audience.

“Rumba Therapy” is one of the few movies that Gaumont is producing in-house. “Rolling to You,” which was also produced in-house by Gaumont, was a major hit in France where it sold 2.5 million tickets, as well as abroad where it grossed $25 million.

“Rumba Therapy” will start
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WestEnd Boards Heist Musical ‘The Score,’ Starring Johnny Flynn, Will Poulter, Naomi Ackie (Exclusive)

WestEnd Boards Heist Musical ‘The Score,’ Starring Johnny Flynn, Will Poulter, Naomi Ackie (Exclusive)
World sales agency WestEnd Films has boarded “The Score,” a heist musical starring Johnny Flynn, Will Poulter (“The Revenant”), Naomi Ackie (“Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”) and Antonia Thomas (Netflix’s “Lovesick”), from one of the producers of Beatles music themed hit “Yesterday,” which grossed $154 million worldwide.

The Score” combines a heist thriller suspense with offbeat romance. Two small-time crooks, Mike (Flynn) and Troy (Poulter), are on a mission – the “score” – that they both expect will transform their circumstances. At a roadside café, as they wait for the handover, Troy falls in love with the waitress, Gloria (Ackie), and begins to question his life choices. But it may be too late to change because, unbeknownst to him, Mike has brought him here to kill him.

The Score” is written and directed by Malachi Smyth (“Gateway 6”), and produced by Matthew James Wilkinson of Stigma Films, and Ben Pullen of
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Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof on His ‘There is no Evil’ As ‘Resistance,’ Exclusive Trailer

Iran’s Mohammad Rasoulof on His ‘There is no Evil’ As ‘Resistance,’ Exclusive Trailer
Iranian auteur Mohammad Rasoulof, whose sixth feature “There is no Evil” screens in competition at the Berlinale, is one of his country’s most prominent directors even though none of his films have screened in Iran where they are banned. In 2011, the year he won two prizes at Cannes with his censorship-themed “Goodbye,” Rasoulof was sentenced with fellow director Jafar Panahi to six years in prison and a 20-year ban on filmmaking for alleged anti-regime propaganda. His sentence was later suspended and he was released on bail. In 2017 Iranian authorities confiscated Rasoulof’s passport upon his return from the Telluride Film Festival where his “A Man of Integrity,” about corruption and injustice in Iran, had screened. Rasoulof will not be able to attend Berlin. Rasoulof spoke to Variety from Iran about how he’s contending with ongoing oppression there and how tensions with Trump are making things worse.

There is no Evil
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Pablo Cruz, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Diego Suarez Chialvo Launch El Estudio (Exclusive)

Pablo Cruz, Enrique Lopez Lavigne, Diego Suarez Chialvo Launch El Estudio  (Exclusive)
Sony Pictures Intl. Prods. and El Estudio, a major new independent production player in the Spanish-speaking world, are teaming to produce a Mexican version of breakout Cuban feature “Juan of the Dead,” with Emilio Portés directing.

Chronicling a U.S. zombie invasion of Mexico, the remake marks one in a strong first slate of titles from El Estudio, launched at the Berlin Festival by three of the most connected producers in the Spanish-speaking world: Ex-Canana producer-partner Pablo Cruz, “The Impossible” producer Enrique López Lavigne and former Sony Pictures Intl. Prods. head Diego Suárez Chialvo.

Based out of Mexico, Los Angeles and Madrid,
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