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Sarah Silverman Sets New HBO Comedy Special, Late-Night Series Pilot

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Sarah Silverman Sets New HBO Comedy Special, Late-Night Series Pilot
Sarah Silverman is headed to HBO.

The comedian has signed a deal for a new comedy special with the premium cabler, with HBO also giving Silverman a pilot order for a late-night series. The news comes less than a year after Hulu canceled Silverman’s Emmy-nominated talk show “I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman” after two seasons. Silverman served as host and executive producer.

Silverman, Judd Apatow and Amy Zvi serve as executive producers on the pilot for the series. Additional credits for the pilot and the stand-up special will be announced at a later date. Silverman described the late-night series as “weighing in on the mishigas of the week and taking live video calls.”

“I’m as passionate talking about my face-washing routine as I am talking about why billionaires cost us money,” she added. “Nothing’s off the table and nothing’s too high or low brow for me.
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You’re invited to our film experts panel October 22: Meet music composers of ‘Avengers: Endgame,’ ‘The King,’ ‘The Report,’ ‘Us’

You are invited to attend our Q&a discussion with four of film’s top music composers who now compete for Oscars, Golden Globes and more. Our event is on Tuesday, October 22, at 7:00 p.m. at the Landmark Theater at 10850 W. Pico Blvd. in Los Angeles. Admission and parking are free. Academy and guild members will get priority seating.

To RSVP, make your reservation here: https://goldderbycomposerspanel2019.splashthat.com/

Gold Derby managing editor Chris Beachum will moderate this “Meet the Film Experts” panel with the following contenders for 2019/2020 awards consideration:

Michael Abels represents Universal for “Us”

Abels was nominated at the Black Reel Awards for “Get Out” and at the World Soundtrack Awards for both “Get Out” and Us.” Other films have included “See You Yesterday” and “Bad Education.”

Nicholas Britell represents Netflix for “The King

Britell has been nominated at the Oscars for “Moonlight” and “If Beale Street Could Talk.
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Natalie Morales Boards Denzel Washington-Rami Malek Crime Thriller ‘Little Things’

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Natalie Morales Boards Denzel Washington-Rami Malek Crime Thriller ‘Little Things’
Exclusive: Deadline has learned that Abby’s star and Parks and Recreation alum Natalie Morales has joined the cast of Warner Bros.The Little Things opposite Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Rami Malek.

The pics follows Deke (Washington), a burned-out Kern County, CA. deputy sheriff who teams with Baxter (Malek), a crack Lasd detective, to nab a serial killer. Deke’s nose for the “little things” proves eerily accurate, but his willingness to circumvent the rules embroils Baxter in a soul-shattering dilemma. Meanwhile, Deke must wrestle with a dark secret from his past. Jared Leto is in talks to join in the role as the serial killer in the project from writer-director John Lee Hancock.

Morales will play a Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department detective working for Baxter.

The Florida native recently starred in Fox’s Stuber alongside Kumail Nanjiani, and in Fox Searchlight’s Golden Globe-nominated Battle of the Sexes
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Paul Rudd Gets Doubled in Loopy ‘Living With Yourself’ Trailer From ‘Little Miss Sunshine’ Team

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Debuting on Netflix on October 18, “Living With Yourself” stars Paul Rudd as Miles Elliott, a man struggling at a crossroads in life who undergoes an experimental spa treatment that promises to make him a better person. However, Miles discovers that, instead, he’s actually been replaced, literally, by the better version of himself. Netflix promises a loopy, existential comedy that asks “Do we really want to be better?”

The quirky, science-fiction premise sounds eerily similar to director Charlie McDowell’s “The One I Love” from 2014, wherein Mark Duplass and Elisabeth Moss, as a couple in crisis, confront their doppelgängers while trying to work out the kinks in their relationship.

The eight-episode series stars Paul Rudd, Aisling Bea, Desmin Borges (“You’re the Worst”), Karen Pittman (“The Morning Show”), Zoe Chao, and Rob Yang (“Succession”).

Paul Rudd, meanwhile, is busy in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, reprising his role as Scott Lang a.
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Casts Its Sonya Blade And Kano

The James Wan-produced reboot of Mortal Kombat is currently gearing up to shoot in Australia, with both writer Greg Russo and director Simon McQuoid set to make their feature debuts on the video game adaptation. With the start of production looming ever closer, the movie has been finalizing its cast in recent weeks, and it’s now been confirmed that another three actors have boarded the project.

Jessica McNamee, best known for appearing in Battle of the Sexes and The Meg, has signed on as Sonya Blade while Josh Lawson, who starred in all five seasons of Showtime comedy House of Lies, will be getting fitted with the signature cybernetic eye of Kano. Lewis Tan, who can currently be seen in Netflix action series Wu Assassins, is also in talks to join the movie in an as-yet-unspecified role.

Interestingly, Tan already has previous involvement in the Mortal Kombat franchise
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Mortal Kombat Reboot Casts Sonya Blade and Kano

Matthew Byrd Aug 26, 2019

Sonya Blade, Kano, and a mysterious lead character appear to have all been cast in the Mortal Kombat reboot.

Thanks to a new report from The Hollywood Reporter, we now know who is going to play Sonya Blade and Kano in the Mortal Kombat reboot movie. 

It seems that Jessica McNamee is currently in negotiations to play Sonya. While the 33-year-old McNamee has only started to receive larger roles over the last couple of years, she certainly looks the part and has showcased that she may have what it takes to play this iconic Mortal Kombat character. 

Joining McNamee will be joined by Josh Lawson who has reportedly already closed his deal to play Kano in the upcoming film. Lawson's filmography is a tad more obscure, but you may know him from Anchorman 2 or the TV series Superstore. Again, he certainly seems to look the part. 

Perhaps most interesting of all,
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Ken Marino, Joe Manganiello, Malin Akerman & More Are Having A ‘Sleepover’ With Netflix

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Exclusive: As part of Netflix’s growing slate of live-action family films aimed at kids and teens, the streamer has started production on the Ld Entertainment production The Sleepover directed by Pitch Perfect 3 filmmaker Trish Sie.

Pic, written by Sarah Rothschild, follows two siblings who discover their seemingly normal mom is a former thief in witness protection. Mom is forced to pull one last job, and the kids team up to rescue her over the course of an action-packed night. Marino will play Glen Finch, the father of the kids and the husband who learns many unexpected new facts about his wife.

Boasted by a large ensemble cast, The Sleepover stars Sadie Stanley (Kim Possible), Maxwell Simkins, Ken Marino, Cree Cicchino, Lucas Jaye, Karla Souza, Enuka Okuma
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Paul Rudd to Go Full ‘Multiplicity’ in ‘Living With Yourself’ Netflix Series

Paul Rudd to Go Full ‘Multiplicity’ in ‘Living With Yourself’ Netflix Series
Paul Rudd will follow in the multiple footsteps of Michael Keaton in Multiplicity this fall when he plays multiple versions of the same character in Netflix’s new comedy series Living With Yourself. The series marks Rudd’s first leading role on a television series.

Rudd will be playing down-on-his luck Miles, who tries to make his life better by taking a spa treatment that is supposed to improve his life. The thing is, the treatment has created a whole new, better version of him, forcing him to become a
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Fizz-e-Motion Picks Up Crime Thriller ‘Locusts’ (Exclusive)

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Cannes-based Fizz-e-Motion, headed by Yannick Rudynski and Luke Corradine, has picked up sales rights to Australian crime thriller “Locusts.”

Directed by Heath Davis, the film stars Ben Geurens (“Reign”) and Jessica McNamee, and is produced and written by Angus Watts.

The pic centers on tech entrepreneur Ryan Black, who returns to his remote hometown for his father’s funeral. Old family tensions are reignited as he’s reunited with his wise-cracking ex-con brother. When Ryan becomes the target of an extortion scam at the hands of desperate criminals, he is forced to resort to extreme measures.

The film, which is being distributed in Australia by Bonsai Films, won best film, cinematography, supporting actor (Justin Rosniak) and producer at the Cult Critic Magazine Awards. It screened at the Gold Coast Film Festival and Newport Beach Film Festival.

Fizz-e-Motion’s titles include Swiss drama/comedy “The Edelweiss Revolution,” directed by Frederic Baillif
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Film News Roundup: Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo Join Comedy ‘Covers’

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Film News Roundup: Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo Join Comedy ‘Covers’
In today’s film news roundup, Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard, Diplo and Nina Dobrov get cast and Treehouse Pictures is developing John Grisham’s “The Confession” as a movie; Uzo Adaba’s “Miss Virginia” gets sold.

Castings

Bill Pullman, Eddie Izzard and Diplo have joined the cast of the Focus Features comedy “Covers” opposite Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ice Cube.

“Covers” is set within the talent, fame and fast-paced world of Hollywood’s music scene. “Late Night” director Nisha Ganatra is helming from a screenplay by Flora Greeson. Production is currently underway in Los Angeles.

Pullman’s credits include “Battle of the Sexes” and USA Networks’ “The Sinner.” Izzard most recently starred in “Victoria & Abdul.” Diplo has worked with artists including Beyoncé, Justin Bieber and Madonna. His most recent acting credit was in Detective Pikachu.

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Nina Dobrev is executive producing and starring in the female-driven comedy “Sick Girl,
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Eddie Izzard joins Focus Features, Working Title comedy 'Covers'

Eddie Izzard joins Focus Features, Working Title comedy 'Covers'
Production underway in Los Angeles on Nisha Ganatra’s Late Night follow-up.

Eddie Izzard, Bill Pullman and Us DJ Diplo have joined the comedy Covers from Focus Features and Working Title, the next film by Late Night director Nisha Ganatra.

Production is currently underway in Los Angeles. The new arrivals join previously announced Dakota Johnson, Tracee Ellis Ross and Ice Cube in the film, which takes place against the backdrop of the Hollywood music scene. Flora Greeson wrote the screenplay.

Izzard’s multi-pronged career of stand-up comedy, writing and political activism has encompassed many films, among them Victoria & Abdul, Valkyrie,
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Mallika Sherawat and Tusshar Kapoor visit the sets of 104.8 FM

It?s always a fun time filled with banter on 104.8 Ishq when audiences tune into ? Battle of the Sexes?with Sarthak? every morning. Upping the ante on the digital front, viewers got to see yet another absolute?entertainer, starring their favorite celebs. This time around, it was a fight between fire and?ice as Mallika Sherawat went up against Tusshar Kapoor. A lot of hidden scoops was unveiled in the?show thanks to Sarthak firing questions at them.

As opposite as Mallika and Tusshar are, their contrasting character traits were pretty evident over

the course of the episode. Despite that, the camaraderie between the pair was enjoyable as they

went head-to-head on Sarthak?s iconic show that brings out the nuances of a relationship between

two people. The duo, who recently made their digital debut in ALTBalaji?s horror-comedy series

Boo?Sabki Phategi were quizzed by Sarthak on questions from the world of fashion,
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Damien Chazelle's Babylon Could Star Emma Stone... and Brad Pitt

Joseph Baxter Jul 16, 2019

Emma Stone could headline La La Land director Damien Chazelle’s new movie, Babylon.

Babylon, the developing would-be film from Oscar-winning La La Land director Damien Chazelle, is already making plenty of industry waves as he currently considers would-be studios for the project. Moreover, the project’s value has just increased significantly with the latest report, which indicates that the film could facilitate a reunion between the director and the co-star of his Oscar-earning effort in Emma Stone. Additionally, a subsequent update reveals that Brad Pitt is also in the mix.

With La La Land distributor Lionsgate reportedly a front-runner for Chazelle’s next written/directorial turn, Babylon, it appears that Emma Stone – whose performance in the former earned a Best Lead Actress Oscar win in 2017 – is circling the starring role in the new film, leading what will become a large ensemble of high-profile names, according to Deadline.
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21 Woman-Led Sports Movies to Celebrate the U.S. World Cup Victory

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21 Woman-Led Sports Movies to Celebrate the U.S. World Cup Victory
In honor of the women’s U.S soccer team beating out the Netherlands in Sunday’s World Cup Final, watch these inspiring female athletes bring their star-power to the silver-screen. From “Bring it On” to “Bend it Like Beckham,” we have you covered with movies that run the athletic gamut.

“Bring it On”

Two rival cheerleading squads duke it out in a teen flick fraught with routine theft, betrayal, romantic drama, and of course high flying cheer stunts. The movie delivers on its title’s promise — the girls of Rancho Carne and East Compton High indeed “bring it on.” Watch the young Kirsten Dunst and Gabrielle Union give starmaking performances in this cult classic.

“Bring it On Again”

The cheerleading sequel has graduated from high school drama to college campus drama. With an entirely new cast and plotline, the followup still maintains the cheer squad battles that made its predecessor so entertaining.
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Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs

Academy 2019 international invitees include 'Cold War' producers, Lionsgate, Focus, Gaumont execs
Total of 842 people from 59 countries invited by AMPAS.

This year, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) has invited 842 people from 59 countries to join its membership.

The strong cohort of international film names includes two producers of Cold War, the directors of Dogman, Stan & Ollie, and I Am Not A Witch, and various executives from different facets of the industry.

International executives invited include Eric Lagesse of French sales and distribution outfit Pyramide Films, London-based Netflix development and acquisitions executive Funa Maduka, Michele Halberstadt of French distribution and sales outfit Arp Selection, Lebanese producer and distributor Georges Schoucair of Abbout Productions,
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‘Three Seconds’ Becomes Highest Grossing Russian Film Ever in China (Exclusive)

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‘Three Seconds’ Becomes Highest Grossing Russian Film Ever in China (Exclusive)
Sports drama “Three Seconds” has become the highest grossing Russian film of all time in China, with an 85 million yuan ($12.3 million) gross.

Previous Russian hits in China include “The Snow Queen 3: Fire and Ice” (74.2 million yuan), “Stalingrad” (71.9 million yuan) and “Dragon” (60 million yuan).

Anton Megerdichev’s film tells the story of the Soviet national basketball team’s win at the 1972 Munich Olympics, when the U.S. team was defeated for the first time in 36 years. It is Russia’s top grossing film of all time in its home market.

Three Seconds” has also become the second highest-grossing foreign sporting feature film in China, outstripping Sylvester Stallone’s “Creed II,” Brad Pitt’s “Moneyball,” and Emma Stone’s “Battle of the Sexes.”

The film opened in Chinese movie theaters on June 13 and has been on screens continuously since, so becoming the longest-screening Russian live-action feature in China.

The movie is produced by Three T Productions,
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Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)

Oscars invite 842 new members in 2019: Complete list by branch (and 2014-2018 totals too)
This year, the motion picture academy made history by inviting an equal number of women and men to join. In all, 842 film professionals were invited to become part of the organization that hands out the Oscars. Compare this intake to the totals of the previous five years: a record 928 in 2018; 774 in 2017; 683 in 2016; 322 in 2015; and 271 in 2014.

While Academy Awards nominees are automatically eligible for consideration, the rest of the candidates must go through a fairly cumbersome process. A candidate must meet certain branch specific requirements before even being eligible.

For example, actors must “have a minimum of three theatrical feature film credits, in all of which the roles played were scripted roles, one of which was released in the past five years, and all of which are of a caliber that reflect the high standards of the Academy.” For writers, directors and producers they need have just two of these credits.
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Motion Picture Academy Adds 842 New Members, Half Of Whom Are Women

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has invited 842 new members in their annual effort to bring in new blood to the organization that hands out the Oscars. This is down from the 928 members invited last year, but 50% of this year’s number are women, inching closer to the goal of creating an even playing field between female and male members. It marks an 7% increase in female members from 2015 to an overall 32% of the entire organization.

A total of 29% of the new class revealed Monday are people of color, marking an 8% increase in that statistic since 2015. Among the new invitees, 21 are already Oscar winners and 82 are past Oscar nominees.

New members among the acting branch include recent Best Song winner Lady Gaga, who is also being invited to the music branch; Sterling K. Brown; Claire Foy; and actors ranging in age from 23-year-old Spider-Man Tom Holland to the (shamefully) never-nominated legendary French star,
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Fred Armisen To Star In La Comedy Scene Indie ‘Too Late’

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Fred Armisen To Star In La Comedy Scene Indie ‘Too Late’
Exclusive: Fred Armisen, from TV’s Saturday Night Live, Portlandia, and Documentary Now!, has joined the indie horror comedy, Too Late, which revolves around the La underground comedy scene. D.W. Thomas is directing the pic, which will mark her first feature directorial outing. This is the inaugural film for Firemark Media, the production company founded by Thomas and her husband Tom Becker in 2017.

Becker wrote the script and filming is set for later this month in Los Angeles. The plot centers on a lonely assistant who finally finds love and must escape her monster of a boss before she and her new love become his next meal.

Ryan Lacen and Anthony Baldino are producing, with Lonnie Ramati as executive producer.

Thomas previously worked as a film editor on projects like the psychological drama Black Limousine, the offbeat crime thriller Call Back, and the Hoop Reality documentary.

Too Late is a
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Jessica McNamee, Luke Mitchell dive into ‘Black Water: Abyss’

(L-r) Amali Golden, Luke Mitchell, Jessica McNamee, Benjamin Hoetjes and Anthony Sharpe.

Jessica McNamee and Luke Mitchell are playing an adventure-loving couple who get trapped in a flooded cave and are attacked by killer crocodiles in Andrew Traucki’s survival thriller Black Water: Abyss.

Scripted by Sarah Smith and Ian John Ridley, the sequel to Traucki and David Nerlich’s 2007 horror/thriller Black Water started shooting in South East Queensland today, supported by Screen Queensland.

The Us-based McNamee is Jennifer with Luke Mitchell as Luke.

With close friends Yolanda (Amali Golden) and Viktor (Benjamin Hoetjes) they abseil into newly discovered caves with tour guide Cash (Anthony Sharpe), believing they will be safe from the approaching tropical storm.

As the cave begins to flood and oxygen levels fall, the group find themselves lost, disoriented and trapped and are easy prey for a pack of crocodiles.

Staring into the jaws of death,
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