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NBCUniversal’s Ron Meyer to Deliver USC School of Cinematic Arts Commencement Address

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Ron Meyer, vice chairman at NBCUniversal and the former president and co-founder of Creative Artists Agency, is slated to deliver the keynote address at the USC School of Cinematic Arts’ 2017 commencement ceremony. In delivering the commencement address, Meyer will join the ranks of an impressive register of distinguished industry forces — including Paul Feig,… Read more »

Bob Iger Reveals ‘Star Wars’ Han Solo Spinoff Details, Talks Plans After ‘Episode IX’

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Disney CEO Bob Iger dropped some details about the upcoming “Star Wars” movies at a USC tech conference on Thursday. At the conference, where he also confirmed that he’s “definitely” leaving in 2019, he said he has seen Episode 8, “The Last Jedi,” and addressed how the company is handling the death of Carrie Fisher,… Read more »

Sofia Vergara, Karl Urban, Andy Garcia to Star in Revenge Thriller ‘Bent’

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Karl Urban, Sofia Vergara and Andy Garcia have signed on to star in the revenge thriller “Bent.” Bobby Moresco is attached to direct. Producers are Andrea Iervolino and Monika Bacardi’s through their Ambi Media Group and Joseph O’Donnell’s Deadly Codes Productions. Moresco, who won a best original screenplay Oscar for “Crash,” will direct the film… Read more »

‘The Batman’: Dylan Clark in Talks to Come on Board as Producer

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Dylan Clark, who produced Matt Reeves’ “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and the upcoming “War for the Planet of the Apes,” is in talks to join the director on “The Batman.” Sources tell Variety that Clark and Reeves have a strong working relationship dating back to the “Apes” pics. While the deal hasn’t been completed… Read more »

Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘Maniac Cop’ Greenlit; Wild Bunch to Handle World Sales (EXCLUSIVE)

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“Maniac Cop,” a modern adaptation of William Lustig’s 1988 cult classic that Nicolas Winding Refn and his partner Lene Børglum are producing, is set to shoot this summer in Los Angeles, with Wild Bunch on board to handle world sales. Paul Brett at London-based Prescience MA’s Merlin Funds has come on board to finance the… Read more »

‘Passengers,’ ‘Fences’ Can’t Keep ‘Moana’ From Top Spot on Disc Charts

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The musical fantasy “Moana,” the latest animated feature from Walt Disney Pictures, remained at No. 1 on both national home video sales charts its second week in stores, outselling three new releases that all debuted in the top 10. “Passengers,” from Sony Pictures, debuted at No. 2 the week ending March 19 on both the… Read more »

‘Sherlock’ Star Sian Brooke Joins Tom Cruise in ‘Mission: Impossible 6’ (EXCLUSIVE)

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Sian Brooke, known for her turn as Sherlock Holmes’ sister on BBC’s “Sherlock,” has landed a key role in the next installment in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise starring Tom Cruise. Vanessa Kirby (“The Crown”) and Henry Cavill have also joined the cast. Rebecca Ferguson, Simon Pegg, and Jeremy Renner are also expected to return, though… Read more »

YouTube Ad Boycott Expected to Have Minimal Revenue Impact on Google, Analysts Say

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Google is facing a worldwide advertiser backlash over ads programmatically placed on YouTube in videos containing hateful, terroristic and racist messages, but the near-term impact from the controversy will be “minimal,” according to RBC Capital Markets analysts. “Yes, this is a headline negative and we can understand why brands would be upset,” RBC’s team of… Read more »