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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Enters Awards Season With Theatrical Debut, Adam Sandler Finds Luster In ‘Uncut Gems’ – Specialty B.O. Preview

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Terrence Malick’s ‘A Hidden Life’ Enters Awards Season With Theatrical Debut, Adam Sandler Finds Luster In ‘Uncut Gems’ – Specialty B.O. Preview
Fox Searchlight is ready to put another stake in the ground for this year’s awards season race with the theatrical release of the Terrence Malick drama A Hidden Life starring August Diehl and Valerie Pachner. The release marks a reunion between the Fox Searchlight and Malick since 2011’s Tree Of Life starring Brad Pitt and Jessica Chastain.

“We are thrilled to reunite with Terrence and his team, plus new craftspeople we didn’t yet work with on Tree of Life,” said Frank Rodriguez, Svp General Sales Manager, Fox Searchlight Pictures. “It has been a long and fruitful relationship. It has been wonderful to work with August Diehl and Valerie Pachner as well.”

Based on true events, A Hidden Life tells the story of the modest hero Franz Jägerstätter (Diehl), an Austrian farmer-turned-World War II conscientious objector who refused to fight for the Nazis. Pachner stars as his wife and
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‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ Limited Series Set At Showtime As Part Of Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman CBS TV Studios Overall Deal

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‘The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay’ Limited Series Set At Showtime As Part Of Michael Chabon & Ayelet Waldman CBS TV Studios Overall Deal
The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay‘s twenty-year journey to the screen may finally be coming to an end. A limited series adaptation of Michael Chabon’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel novel has been set up at Showtime through CBS Television Studios with a big production commitment. It will be written and executive produced by Chabon and Ayelet Waldman, who have signed a multi-year overall deal with CBS TV Studios.

Star Trek franchise’s Akiva Goldsman and Alex Kurtzman are also executive producing the project. It will be produced by Paramount Television, whose movie studio parent Paramount Picture owns the rights to the book, and CBS TV Studios in the first collaboration between the new corporate siblings at the merged ViacomCBS.

Under the overall pact, the husband-and-wife team of Chabon and Ayelet will create and develop projects for CBS TV Studios across all platforms, starting with The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay,
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TV News Roundup: AMC Announces ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’ Premiere Date

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TV News Roundup: AMC Announces ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’ Premiere Date
In today’s TV news roundup, “Dispatches From Elsewhere” starring Jason Segel has been scheduled for a two-night premiere date and Netflix released a teaser for Season 2 of “You.”

Castings

Briana Cuoco has been cast in HBO Max’s “The Flight Attendant” in the recurring role of Cecilia. The series details the chilling story of a flight attendant (Kaley Cuoco) who wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man — and no idea what happened. The dark comedic thriller is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times best-selling author Chris Bohjalian. Greg Berlanti, Cuoco, Sarah Schechter, Steve Yockey, Meredith Lavender and Marcie Ulin are executive producers of the series with Suzanne McCormack of Yes, Norman Productions and Susanna Fogel, who also directs the first two episodes.

Dates

AMC‘s “Dispatches From Elsewhere” has been scheduled for a two-night premiere taking
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Hollywood Remembers Leonard Goldberg: Jaclyn Smith, Scott Rudin, Barry Diller Pay Tribute

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Hollywood Remembers Leonard Goldberg: Jaclyn Smith, Scott Rudin, Barry Diller Pay Tribute
Hollywood remembered producer Leonard Goldberg today, with a roster of tributes reflecting his long history in television and film.

“I met Len 40 years ago on a show called Charlies Angels,” said Jaclyn Smith. “He was an important part of the richest years of my career. It was this shared history that became a wonderful friendship. I have the greatest respect for him not only professionally but more importantly as a loving family man. Len, you are now truly surrounded by angels.”

Barry Diller: “Though the word is so often misused, Leonard Goldberg was the mentor of mentors to me and so many others – he gave you confidence and support and the leeway to make mistakes and he had the sure sense of himself to let you shine. He gave me my first job and nurtured a wrangly kid into something of an executive, and….he was decent, kind, clever,
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Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President, Dies at 85

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Leonard Goldberg, Former 20th Century Fox President, Dies at 85
Leonard Goldberg, the TV executive and producer who previously served as president of 20th Century Fox, died on Thursday at the age of 85.

He died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center from injuries resulting from a fall, according to a spokesperson. He was surrounded by his family.

Goldberg served as president of 20th Century Fox for two years beginning in 1987. Under his leadership, the studio produced such notable films as “Broadcast News,” “Big,” “Die Hard,” “Wall Street,” and “Working Girl.” Under his own banner, Goldberg also served as producer on projects including “WarGames,” “Sleeping With The Enemy,” “Double Jeopardy,” and “Charlie’s Angels.”

Also Read: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2019 (Photos)

Goldberg began his career in the research department at ABC, eventually working his way up to head of programming. In that position, Goldberg oversaw the launch of shows like “The Dating Game,” “The Newlywed Game,” and “Dark Shadows,” and is credited with pioneering the made-for-tv movie format.
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AMC Sets Two-Night Premiere for Jason Segel’s ‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’

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AMC’s upcoming anthology drama from Jason Segel will get a two-night premiere in March.

The drama, which stars Segel and Sally Field, will premiere on Sunday, March 1 at 10 p.m., following a new episode of “The Walking Dead” and then air its next episode on March 2 at the same time, which will air after “Better Call Saul.”

Here’s AMC’s description for the anthology: The ten-hour series is centered around four ordinary people who feel there’s something missing in their lives, but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is. This diverse foursome is brought together by chance – or perhaps it’s by design – when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. As they begin to accept the mysterious “Dispatches from Elsewhere” challenges, they come to find that the mystery winds deeper than they imagined, and their eyes
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‘Irishman’ and ‘Joker’ Producer: Oscar Double Play for a Fourth Time?

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‘Irishman’ and ‘Joker’ Producer: Oscar Double Play for a Fourth Time?
In 91 years of Academy Awards, there have only been three occasions when a producer had two best picture nominees simultaneously: Francis Coppola and Fred Roos, with 1974’s “The Godfather Part II” and “The Conversation”; Scott Rudin, with 2010’s “The Social Network” and “True Grit”; and Megan Ellison, with 2013’s “American Hustle” and “Her.”

That could happen this year with Emma Tillinger Koskoff, who produced “The Irishman” and “Joker.” As a bonus, she was also exec producer on “Uncut Gems.” In other words, she’s having a good year.

Tillinger Koskoff freely admits that many people, even within the industry, are unclear on a producer’s role: “Some producers find the material and develop it. Some raise the funds and never go to the set. That’s not what I do.” What she does do: Pay attention to the filmmaker’s vision, and do everything necessary to bring it to life.
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Influencers: Skip Lievsay Is Bringing Sound Into a New Frontier

Influencers: Skip Lievsay Is Bringing Sound Into a New Frontier
In the 1970s Robert Altman and his sound guru Jim Webb challenged the orthodoxy of Hollywood movie sound. By mic’ing dozens of characters inside Altman’s ensemble, the audience’s attention was partially pulled off of just one principal character or storyline. Altman’s dreams of concurrent, over-lapping aural action has, in recent years, started to reach its full potential due to the advent of Dolby Atmos and its principal boundary pushing practitioner: re-recording mixer Skip Lievsay.

Atmos’s ability to place specific sounds in specific speakers (including the ceiling) spread throughout the theater is still viewed in Hollywood as a tool for creating the spectacle of a spaceship flying overhead, but for the auteurs looking to use the tool in new exciting storytelling ways, they often find themselves in Lievsay’s mixing room.

For example, with longtime collaborator Alfonso Cuarón, Lievsay has been granted the time and palette
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Gotham Awards winners 2019: Full list of nominees and winners in all 10 categories

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The 2019-2020 movie awards season got underway on Monday night, December 2, with the presentation of the Gotham Awards for independent film. Presented by the Independent Filmmaker Project (Ifp), these prizes are decided by juries of industry peers and have honored Oscar winners like “Sideways” (2004), “Capote” (2005), “The Hurt Locker” (2009), “Spotlight” (2015) and “Moonlight” (2016). So who took top honors this year? Scroll down for the complete list in all 10 categories, updated live as they were announced.

Marriage Story,” “The Farewell” and “Uncut Gems” led the nominations with three apiece. Those three films were up for Best Feature along with “Hustlers” and “Waves.”

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Marriage Story” was the highest-profile Oscar contender among those nominees, but did that mean it was a surefire winner? The jury voting process opens the door for underdogs and left-field choices like last year’s champ “The Rider,” which beat Oscar
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Seven Ways to Produce an Oscar Contender, From ‘The Irishman’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

Seven Ways to Produce an Oscar Contender, From ‘The Irishman’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
It’s so easy to make a bad movie, and so hard to produce a great one. Two producers this year each managed the rare feat of producing not one, but two movies that are in the race for 2020 Oscars. Emma Tillinger Koskoff produced Martin Scorsese’s big-budget period epic “The Irishman” as well as Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” while David Heyman supported two writer-directors, Quentin Tarantino and Noah Baumbach, with sprawling showbiz mosaic “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and bicoastal tug-of-war divorce drama “Marriage Story,” respectively. All required a range of skills learned over many years, not least of which is knowing when to say no, and when to say yes.

“A producer is only as good as the director you work with,” Heyman told IndieWire. “You can make a great film with a great director, but you can’t make a great film with a bad director.”

1. Hitch yourself to an A-list director.
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Seven Ways to Produce an Oscar Contender, From ‘The Irishman’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’

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Seven Ways to Produce an Oscar Contender, From ‘The Irishman’ to ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’
It’s so easy to make a bad movie, and so hard to produce a great one. Two producers this year each managed the rare feat of producing not one, but two movies that are in the race for 2020 Oscars. Emma Tillinger Koskoff produced Martin Scorsese’s big-budget period epic “The Irishman” as well as Todd Phillips’ “Joker,” while David Heyman supported two writer-directors, Quentin Tarantino and Noah Baumbach, with sprawling showbiz mosaic “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” and bicoastal tug-of-war divorce drama “Marriage Story,” respectively. All required a range of skills learned over many years, not least of which is knowing when to say no, and when to say yes.

“A producer is only as good as the director you work with,” Heyman told IndieWire. “You can make a great film with a great director, but you can’t make a great film with a bad director.”

1. Hitch yourself to an A-list director.
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‘First Wives Club’ Renewed For Season 2 By Bet+

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‘First Wives Club’ Renewed For Season 2 By Bet+
Bet+, Bet Networks’ Svod service, has ordered a second season of First Wives Club, starring Ryan Michelle Bathe, Jill Scott and Michelle Buteau, Deadline has learned.

Sources close to the situation have confirmed the renewal to Deadline. Bet declined comment.

Developed by Girls Trip co-writer Tracy Oliver, The First Wives Club helped launch Bet’s new streaming service as one of two original scripted series available at the platform’s Sept. 19 rollout.

The show, like the movie that starred Diane Keaton, Bette Midler and Goldie Hawn, is set in New York City. It follows Ari (Bathe), Bree (Buteau) and Hazel (Scott), who band together after their marriages fall apart and find strength in their sisterhood — and of course a little revenge.

RonReaco Lee, Malik Yoba and Mark Tallman also star.

Oliver writes the series and executive produces with Karen Rosenfelt, Scott Rudin, a producer on the First Wives Club movie.
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Sally Field and Jason Segel Receive Mysterious Dispatches From Elsewhere in New AMC Drama's First Teaser

Sally Field and Jason Segel Receive Mysterious Dispatches From Elsewhere in New AMC Drama's First Teaser
Is it a game? A government operation? A psychological imbalance? How you classify the mystery afoot in the new trailer for Dispatches From Elsewhere seems to depend on which character you talk to.

The 10-hour anthology series, created by and starring How I Met Your Mother‘s Jason Segel, follows four people “brought together by chance — or perhaps it’s by design — when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life,” the series’ official logline proclaims.

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Jason Segel and Sally Field Are Selected as Secret Agents in AMC’s ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ Teaser (Video)

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Jason Segel and Sally Field Are Selected as Secret Agents in AMC’s ‘Dispatches from Elsewhere’ Teaser (Video)
AMC dropped a trippy teaser for its upcoming Jason Segel-created anthology series “Dispatches from Elsewhere” on Monday, giving us more questions than answers about the mysterious show.

The sneak peek, which you can view via the video above, features stars Segel, Sally Field, Richard E. Grant, André Benjamin and Eve Lindley as they are recruited as “secret agents” in what is either a game, a government conspiracy or something much, much stranger.

Here’s the description for the AMC anthology, in the cable channel’s own words: The ten-hour series is centered around four ordinary people who feel there’s something missing in their lives, but they can’t quite put their finger on what it is. This diverse foursome is brought together by chance – or perhaps it’s by design – when they stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. As they begin to
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Exclusive: Corey Hawkins in Talks to Join Denzel Washington in A24’s ‘Macbeth’

Two-time SAG Award nominee Corey Hawkins is in talks to join Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand in Joel Coen's adaptation of William Shakespeare's Macbeth, Collider has exclusively learned. Emmy winner Brendan Gleeson is in talks to play King Duncan in the A24 movie, which is being produced by Scott Rudin. Coen is directing from his own original screenplay, and Macbeth will mark his first time not working alongside his brother, Ethan Coen, with whom he shares four Oscars. Production is slated to start early next year. Shakespeare's Macbeth follows a general (Washington) who’s …
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To Kill A Mockingbird Joins Ahmanson Theatre's 2020 - 2021 Season

Producer Scott Rudin announced today that 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' Aaron Sorkin's new play, directed by Bartlett Sher and based on Harper Lee's classic novel, will be a part of Center Theatre Group's 2020 - 2021 season at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles. Tony Award nominee and Emmy Award winner Richard Thomas will perform the role of Atticus Finch.
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The 2019 Independent Spirit Award Nominations Are Led By “The Lighthouse” And ‘Uncut Gems”

Moments ago, the Film Independent Spirit Award nominations for 2019 were announced. Though pulling from a very different crop than the Academy Awards do, the Spirit Awards do have some cross over each year. While success here assures a title of little, making moves with this group never hurts while wooing the Academy. Today, we saw several Oscar hopefuls try and score some love, while a few received damaging snubs. Mostly, though, the status quo remains, as movies jockey for position heading into the holiday season. Go figure, this isn’t going to be an easy year to predict. Leading the way were The Lighthouse and Uncut Gems, each with five nominations apiece. The former from Robert Eggers definitely over performed, relative to expectations here, while the latter from the Safdie Brothers solidified its status as a player on the indie precursor stage. More likely Oscar fare such as Clemency, The Farewell,
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‘The Lighthouse,’ ‘Uncut Gems’ Lead Nominees at Independent Spirit Awards

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Two dark and unruly films released by A24, Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse” and the Safdie brothers’ “Uncut Gems,” led all films in nominations for the 2020 Film Independent Spirit Awards, Film Independent announced on Thursday.

In the Best Feature category, “Uncut Gems” was joined by Lulu Wang’s “The Farewell,” Terrence Malick’s “A Hidden Life,” Chinonye Chukwu’s “Clemency” and Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story.”

Uncut Gems” was the only film nominated in both the Best Feature and Best Director categories, though “Marriage Story” was nominated in the former category and was also voted the special John Cassavetes Award, which goes to a film’s director, cast and casting director.

Also Read: 'Marriage Story,' 'The Farewell,' 'Uncut Gems' Top Gotham Award Nominations

Honey Boy” and “Give Me Liberty” received four nominations each, while “Hustlers,” “Clemency” and “Luce” received three.

As usual, the Spirit Awards’ system of
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‘Mum’ Producer Big Talk & ‘Ray Donovan’ Writer Sean Conway To Adapt Tade Thompson’s African Noir Novel ‘Making Wolf’ For TV

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‘Mum’ Producer Big Talk & ‘Ray Donovan’ Writer Sean Conway To Adapt Tade Thompson’s African Noir Novel ‘Making Wolf’ For TV
Exclusive: Mum producer Big Talk and Ray Donovan writer Sean Conway are to adapt Tade Thompson’s African noir novel Making Wolf for television.

The ITV-owned producer and the British writer are working on a drama adaptation of the book, which will be published by Constable in paperback in May 2020.

The book, from Rosewater author Thompson, tells the story of Weston Kogi, a London security guard, who returns to his West African home country and thinks telling people he works as a homicide detective is harmless hyperbole. However, he is kidnapped and forced by two separate rebel factions to investigate the murder of a local hero, Papa Busi. Solving the crime may tip a country on the brink into civil war and cost Weston his life.

Conway is to write the adaptation of the darkly comic, Kafkaesque story. He wrote all six episodes of Chloe Sevigny-fronted Sky drama Hit & Miss,
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Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman’s T-Street Brings In Producer Trio

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Rian Johnson & Ram Bergman’s T-Street Brings In Producer Trio
Kiri Hart, Stephen Feder and Ben LeClair have been named producers at T-Street, the indie studio launched by the Knives Out tandem of Rian Johnson and Ram Bergman with funding from Valence Media.

Hart, Feder and LeClair bring a wide range of experience across all genres, and will spearhead films of all sizes and scales, championing storytellers with distinct voices, and building long-term partnerships with filmmakers. Producers at T-Street will oversee film projects from the earliest stages of inception all the way through production and release.

“We wanted T-Street to be a place where filmmakers would feel supported throughout the entire process. That thinking led us to Kiri, Stephen, and Ben, who we’ve been lucky enough to work with in different capacities over the years,” said Johnson and Bergman. “They are not only experienced producers committed to taking the best possible care of filmmakers and their projects, they
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