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Writers Guild Appoints Negotiating Committee For Expiring AMPTP Contract

  • The Wrap
The Writers Guild of America on Friday tapped more than 30 members to serve on the guild’s negotiating committee for the upcoming contract negotiations with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

The current three-year collective bargaining agreement, which covers most of the work done by WGA writers, is set to expire on May 1, 2020.

The looming contract negotiations have been a source of much anxiety in Hollywood as fears of a potential strike have bubbled in recent months. The negotiations are especially interesting for the WGA, which is still in a stand off with Hollywood talent agencies over how they are represented and the packaging fees agents collect for bundling talent together for networks and studios.

Also Read: How Hollywood's Guilds Are Bracing for Crucial Negotiations in 2020

Prominent names appointed to the WGA’s negotiating committee include “Aladdin” screenwriter John August, Patti Carr, Adele Lim (“Crazy Rich Asians”), Meredith Stiehm
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WGA Names Negotiating Committee For Talks With Producers On New Film & TV Contract

  • Deadline
The WGA has appointed the members to its negotiating committee in the run-up to its talks with management’s Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers for a new film and TV contract. See the list below.

The current pact expires on May 1. No date has been set for the talks to begin, and it’s not clear whether the WGA will begin bargaining before the Directors Guild, whose contract doesn’t expire until two months later. In years past, the DGA has gone first, reaching deals that have set the pattern of bargaining for the WGA and SAG-AFTRA to follow.

In the upcoming WGA talks, WGA West executive director David Young will serve as the guild’s chief negotiator, with Michele Mulroney, Shawn Ryan and Betsy Thomas serving as co-chairs. Ex-officio members of the negotiating committee include WGA West president David A. Goodman, WGA East president Beau Willimon,
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Writers Guild Names Negotiating Committee Amid Strike Fears

  • Variety
With Hollywood already fearing a strike, the Writers Guild of America has appointed more than two dozen members to serve on its negotiating committee for upcoming negotiations on its master contract.

The current three-year deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) expires on May 1. The guild’s seven-month standoff with agencies has heightened worries that the WGA will go on strike after the contract expires.

The WGA is required to seek approval of its “pattern of demands” before meeting with the companies. WGA West executive director David Young, who orchestrated the bitter 2007-08 strike, will serve as chief negotiator. Michele Mulroney, Shawn Ryan and Betsy Thomas are the co-chairs.

Notable names on the committee include “Crazy Rich Asians” writer Adele Lim; Meredith Stiehm, one of the plaintiffs in the WGA’s suit over the legality of CAA, UTA and Wme charging packaging fees; Patric Verrone, who
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New International Trailer for Vin Diesel's Bloodshot Offers More Cool Footage

We’ve got a new international trailer to share with you today for Vin Diesel’s upcoming sci-fi action thriller Bloodshot. This is actually a very different trailer than the first one that was released. It has a totally different vibe and offers up even more footage from the movie.

In the film, Diesel takes on the role of a former soldier named Ray Garrison, who is given powers of regeneration, technomancy, and metamorphosis, which is made possible through nanites that are injected into his blood after he is killed. Regardless of the fact that Diesel isn’t sporting the comic accurate look of the character, the movie looks like it will deliver some fun, action-packed entertainment.

Here’s the synopsis for the movie:

After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is resurrected by a secret team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology, he becomes a superhuman,
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‘Weathering With You’: Director Makoto Shinkai Takes Animation By Storm with Dual Oscar Contender

‘Weathering With You’: Director Makoto Shinkai Takes Animation By Storm with Dual Oscar Contender
When Japanese director Makoto Shinkai strode Friday night into the Tcl Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood after the Animation Is Film Festival’s screening of “Weathering With You,” his follow-up to the phenomenal “Your Name,” he was treated like an animation rock star. Shinkai received a standing ovation from fans and aspiring animators alike, revealing why he’s taken animation by storm.

With 2016’s “Your Name,” Shinkai’s body-swapping anime breakthrough, he tapped into a special teen rite of passage/romance (smashing a box office record with nearly $358 million worldwide). J.J. Abrams is even producing a live-action remake (scripted by “Arrival’s” Eric Heisserer). Now, with “Weathering With You” (another runaway hit in Japan), in which teen runaway Hodaka falls for orphan Hina, the Sunshine Girl, who possesses the power to make the perpetual rain stop falling on Tokyo, Shinkai has a double-dose of Academy Awards buzz. For the first time
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Vin Diesel Comes Back to Life in ‘Bloodshot’ Trailer

  • Variety
Vin Diesel Comes Back to Life in ‘Bloodshot’ Trailer
Vin Diesel is coming back again and again in Sony Pictures’ first trailer for “Bloodshot.” In the forthcoming superhero adventure, Diesel portrays Ray Garrison a.k.a. Bloodshot, a soldier who gets rebuilt by a corporation following his death.

The clip, released Monday and scored to Johnny Cash’s rendition of the ballad “Memories are Made of This,” sees Dr. Emil Harting (Guy Pearce) tell the reborn Bloodshot, “I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you got yourself killed.” He continues, “At Rst, we rebuild the most important assets in the U.S. Military. Soldiers, like yourself. You’re the first who we successful managed to bring back.”

Diesel’s character discovers that he has an army of nanotechnology in his veins to make him close to immortal, giving him superhuman strength and the ability to heal instantly. Rst also has control over his mind and memories.
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‘Bloodshot’ Trailer: Vin Diesel Is a Super Soldier Stuck on Repeat in Violent Comic Book Film (Video)

  • The Wrap
‘Bloodshot’ Trailer: Vin Diesel Is a Super Soldier Stuck on Repeat in Violent Comic Book Film (Video)
It’s about time Vin Diesel got back in on the comic book movie game. His latest film “Bloodshot,” based on the Valiant comic book character, sees him cast as a super soldier with mutant healing abilities brought back from the dead and set on exacting revenge on the person who killed his wife.

But if it sounds like we’ve been here before, you’re right. Diesel’s character Ray Garrison has been told he’s a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life by an organization that’s managed to do so successfully for the first time. Like Wolverine, he’s got super strength and can heal instantly when injured.

The only difference is he’s been engineered and given fake memories and is now being programmed to kill any target his handlers wish, reliving his memories of revenge over and over again.

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Bloodshot Trailer: Vin Diesel Is the Valiant Comics Superhero

  • MovieWeb
Bloodshot Trailer: Vin Diesel Is the Valiant Comics Superhero
Yesterday we got a quick tease of Bloodshot, featuring Vin Diesel getting his face blown off. The short first look footage was an announcement for the official trailer, which arrives this morning. We also get a new image of Diesel before his superhero transformation in this Valiant Comics adaptation.

Based on the bestselling comic book, Vin Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier recently killed in action and brought back to life as the superhero Bloodshot by the Rst corporation.&#160 With an army of nanotechnology in his veins, he's an unstoppable force -stronger than ever and able to heal instantly.&#160 But in controlling his body, the company has sway over his mind and memories, too.&#160 Now, Ray doesn't know what's real and what's not, but he's on a mission to find out.

David S. F. Wilson directs Bloodshot from a script written by Jeff Wadlow and Eric Heisserer. It is
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First Trailer for Vin Diesel's Bloodshot - "Being a Hero Is in His Blood"

Sony Pictures has released the first trailer for Vin Deisel’s feature film adaptation of the comic book Bloodshot. As you might imagine, the trailer is loaded with action, and it offers a fun little taste of what’s in store for the movie.

The movie looks like it could be cool, but Diesel isn’t really sporting the look of the character from the comics. Maybe that’s a reveal that the marketing team is holding off until later? In the film, Diesel takes on the role of a former soldier named Ray Garrison who is given powers of regeneration, technomancy, and metamorphosis, which is made possible through nanites that are injected into his blood after he is killed.

Here’s the synopsis for the movie:

After he and his wife are murdered, Marine Ray Garrison (Vin Diesel) is resurrected by a secret team of scientists. Enhanced with nanotechnology,
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Bloodshot: First Trailer Arrives

Kirsten Howard Oct 21, 2019

The first trailer for Bloodshot sets Vin Diesel on a Memento-ish rampage.

Vin Diesel action vehicle Bloodshot has unveiled its first trailer, and what better way to start the week? Sure - another day, another comic book movie, but this one has a little Tony Scott-ness to it, so we're going to give it an easy pass.

The directorial debut of Dave Wilson, who was in charge of the visual effects on Avengers: Age Of Ultron, Bloodshot stars Diesel as resurrected supersoldier Raymond Garrison, who has the ability to both shapeshift and heal very quickly, and who becomes a pawn in a deadly game. This is supposed to be the start of a Valiant Entertainment comic book universe, but follow-up project Harbinger has since moved to Paramount, so we'll see. Bloodshot made his first comic appearance all the way back in 1992, having been created by a dreamteam of Kevin VanHook,
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Watch Vin Diesel Come Back to Life in ‘Bloodshot’ Trailer

Watch Vin Diesel Come Back to Life in ‘Bloodshot’ Trailer
Vin Diesel is a new kind of superhero in Bloodshot, the latest comic book adaptation from Sony Pictures. In the violent first trailer for the movie, out February 21, 2020, Diesel stars as a soldier who gets rebuilt by a mysterious corporation after his death and seeks revenge. His character appears to be almost immortal, with his face being blown off and then rebuilt in the trailer.

Per the film’s official synopsis, Diesel stars as Ray Garrison, a soldier who is killed in action and brought back to life as the
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Vin Diesel Gets His Face Blasted Off in Trailer Tease For Bloodshot

Tomorrow the first trailer for Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot is being released, but before it comes out we’ve got a brief tease to share with you that shows Diesel in the role getting his face blown off. It’s actually kinda cool! Check it out!

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The face blasting first trailer to the #BloodshotMovie is almost here!!
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Netflix's Shadow and Bone Just Cast Ben Barnes, and I Suddenly Have a New Favorite Show

  • Popsugar
Calling all fantasy fans! The spellbinding Shadow and Bone book series is coming to Netflix, and Ben Barnes - The Chronicles of Narnia's very own Prince Caspian - has joined the cast. So please cancel all of my upcoming appointments, because my Netflix queue is officially full, and I'm spending all subsequent weekends admiring that mane of marvelous black hair.

The 38-year-old Westworld star will play General Kirigan, aka The Darkling, the commander of a magical military, and (in case you haven't noticed) I'm suddenly reliving my childhood crush on the prince of the Telmarine. After 11 years, Barnes has aged like a fine wine - his baby cheeks making room for a chiseled face that's basically Damon-Salvatore-level sexy and his eyes giving off all the classic smolder deserving of the role of hot villain. If the Twitter reactions to Barnes's casting are anything to go by, it's safe to say
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Academy Names 2019’s Five Nicholl Screenwriters From More Than 7,300 Submissions

  • Indiewire
Five promising writers have been selected as winners of the 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting competition, out of a total of 7,302 scripts and 12 finalists. The fellows will each receive a generous $35,000 prize, the first installment of which will be distributed at the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting Awards Presentation & Live Read on Thursday, November 7, 2019, at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. For the seventh consecutive year, an ensemble of notable actors will read selected scenes from the winning scripts.

The 2019 winners are (listed alphabetically by author): Aaron Chung, “Princess Vietnam”; Karen McDermott, “Lullabies of La Jaula”; Renee Pillai, “Boy with Kite”; Sean Malcolm, “Mother”; and Walker McKnight, “Street Rat Allie Punches Her Ticket.”

Each writer comes from a unique background: Chung is a film intern at Entertainment One, with a master’s in screenwriting; McDermott is an attorney and English professor, according to her Twitter bio; and McKnight is a novelist,
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New Look at Vin Diesel's Bloodshot in the Form of an Action Figure

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Thanks to MacFarland Toys, we have a new look at Vin Diesel’s Bloodshot as an action figure. We previously got a look at the movie version of the character in a piece of comic book variant cover art that was shared. It’s going to be interesting when we actually get to see a real image of Diesel in the role

Bloodshot is a super-soldier created by the secret government organization Project Rising Spirit. After being brought back from the dead through the use of nanotechnology and suffering total memory loss, he struggles to reconnect with who he was while learning what sort of weapon he has become with the help of a group of other augmented combatants called Chainsaw.

Bloodshot has powers of regeneration, technomancy, and meta-morphing, made possible through nanites that were injected into his blood.

The movie also stars Toby Kebbell,
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"Shadow and Bone" On Netflix

Netflix and producer Eric Heisserer are currently prepping in Budapest to shoot the live-action "Shadow and Bone" fantasy TV series, based on the book series "The Grisha Trilogy", containing the novels "Shadow and Bone" and the "Six of Crows Duology" by author Leigh Bardugo:

"...in a world cleaved in two by a massive barrier of perpetual darkness, where unnatural creatures feast on humans, young soldier 'Alina Starkov' (Jessie Mei Li) uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at war now, and it will take more than magic to survive..."

Cast also includes Ben Barnes as 'General Kirigan'/'The Darkling', Freddy Carter as 'Kaz Brekker', Archie Renaux as 'Mal Oretsev', Amita Suman as 'Inej Ghafa', Kit Young as 'Jesper Fahey', Sujaya Dasgupta as 'Zoya Nazyalensky', Danielle Galligan as 'Nina Zenik',
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TV News Roundup: Netflix Reveals Cast of New Series ‘Shadow and Bone’

  • Variety
In today’s TV news roundup, Netflix reveals the ensemble cast for its forthcoming “Shadow and Bone” series and announces the departure of Allie Goss, vice president of original series.

Casting –

Netflix has announced the cast for “Shadow and Bone,” a series adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crow novels.” The cast includes: Ben Barnes (“Westworld”) as General Kirigan, Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”) as Kaz Brekker , Jessie Mei Li (“Last Night in SoHo”) as Alina Starkov, Archie Renaux (“Voyagers”) as Malyen Oretsev, Amita Suman (“The Outpost”) as Inej, and Kit Young (“Endeavour”) as Jesper Fahey. The series is produced by Eric Heisserer and directed by Lee Toland Krieger. It follows Alina (Li), a young soldier who uncovers a power that may unite her country as she battles dangerous forces that plot against her. Recurring actors include Sujaya Dasgupta as Zoya Nazyalensky, Danielle Galligan as Nina Zenik,
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Netflix Sets ‘Shadow and Bone’ Cast as the Hunt for New Franchises Continues

Netflix has revealed the cast of “Shadow and Bone,” an upcoming young adult series that will bulk up the streaming service’s fantasy library.

The eight-part series is adapted from Leigh Bardugo’s “Shadow and Bone” and “Six of Crows” fantasy novels. The plot will follow Alina Starkov (Jessie Mei Li), a young orphaned woman who discovers a power that could help unite the world, which has been shrouded in darkness and ravaged by war and monsters. Ben Barnes will portray General Kirigan/the Darkling — the commander of a magical military elite who wishes to free his nation the darkness that covers the land.

Other cast members include Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”), Sujaya Dasgupta (“Press”), Danielle Galligan (“Game of Thrones”), Daisy Head (“Harlots”), Archie Renaux (“Voyager”), Amita Suman (“Doctor Who”), and Kit Young (“Endeavour”). Eric Heisserer (“Arrival”), who wrote the screenplay for Netflix’s “Bird Box,” was previously announced as the series’ showrunner and executive producer.
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Ben Barnes Joins Cast of Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ as Series Regular

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Ben Barnes Joins Cast of Netflix’s ‘Shadow and Bone’ as Series Regular
Westworld” alum Ben Barnes has joined the cast of Netflix’s upcoming “Shadow and Bone” series based on the Grishaverse novels by Leigh Bardugo.

Netflix greenlit the eight-episode, hourlong series in January.

Barnes will play General Kirigan, described as “the Darkling,” commander of the Second Army–the kingdom’s magical military elite, who is determined to see his nation freed from the Shadow Fold no matter the cost.

Also Read: Ryan Reynolds and Michael Bay Make Everything 'So F--ing Dangerous' in '6 Underground' Trailer (Video)

Barnes, also known for “The Punisher” and “The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian,” is joined by series regulars Freddy Carter (“Pennyworth”), Jessie Mei Li (“Last Night in Soho”), Archie Renaux (“Voyager”), Amita Suman (“Doctor Who”) and Kit Young (“Endeavour”). Sujaya Dasgupta (“Press”), Danielle Galligan (“Game of Thrones”) Daisy Head (“Harlots”) and Simon Sears (“Winter Brothers”) have also been cast in recurring roles.
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‘Shadow And Bone’: ‘Westworld’s Ben Barnes & ‘Last Night In Soho’s Jessie Mei Li Among Cast For Netflix Series

  • Deadline
‘Shadow And Bone’: ‘Westworld’s Ben Barnes & ‘Last Night In Soho’s Jessie Mei Li Among Cast For Netflix Series
Netflix has set the cast for its eight-part adaptation of Leigh Bardugo’s bestselling Shadow and Bone and Six of Crows Grishaverse fantasy novels, from Eric Heisserer, writer of Netflix’s smash hit feature Bird Box.

The story focuses on a young soldier who uncovers a power that might finally unite her country. But as she struggles to hone her power, dangerous forces plot against her. Thugs, thieves, assassins and saints are at all at war, and it will take more than magic to survive.

Jessie Mei Li will play the orphan soldier Alina Starkov on the 21 Laps Entertainment-produced series. She has previously been cast in Edgar Wright’s psychological thriller Last Night in Soho, which is slated for release in 2020.

Westworld and The Punisher actor Ben Barnes will play General Kirigan, the commander of a magical military elite in Bardugo’s fantasy world.

The other series regulars
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