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Warner Bros. Closes Deal for Bestseller ‘The Goldfinch’

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Warner Bros. and Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment have closed a movie rights deal to Donna Tartt’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “The Goldfinch.” Ratner has come on board as a producer, joining with “The Hunger Games” producer Nina Jacobson and Brad Simpson through their Color Force banner. RatPac’s James Packer will exec produce. The deal has been… Read more »

Sherri Shepherd Hops on ‘Ride Along 2′ Following ‘The View’ Departure

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Following her departure from “The View,” Sherri Shepherd has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Ride Along 2″ opposite Ice Cube and Kevin Hart. Shepherd will next be seen in Chris Rock’s “Top Five,” set to be screened in the Special Presentations section at the Toronto Film Festival in September. She had a recurring role… Read more »

Kurt Sutter Inks New Deals with 20th TV and FX

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“Sons of Anarchy’s” Kurt Sutter has signed a new, three -year overall deal with 20th Century Fox Television and a first-look development deal with FX, Variety has learned. The contract is an exclusivity agreement between the “Anarchy” scribe and exec producer-creator and 20th Century Fox Television and Fox 21. Sutter will finish the final season of… Read more »

‘Batkid’ Documentary Campaign Reaches Halfway Point, Trailer Launches

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Filmmaker Dana Nachman has raised nearly $50,000 — about half of what’s she’s seeking — to finish the official Batkid documentary, “Batkid Begins.” The film follows 5-year-old Miles Scott, a leukemia survivor who asked the Make-A-Wish Foundation last November to be transformed into Batkid for a day in San Francisco. The official trailer for “Batkid… Read more »

Ratings: ‘Fox News Sunday’ Tops NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’ in D.C. For First Time Since ’07

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“Fox News Sunday” is gaining ratings momentum in Washington D.C., beating its major-network competition in all categories for the first time in seven years. Nielsen estimates that Sunday’s telecast of “Fox News Sunday” averaged 107,000 viewers in the D.C. market on WTTG-5 — the second largest audience ever in the nation’s capital, behind only the… Read more »

Comic-Con 2014: Hollywood’s Highs, Lows and No-Shows

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As the place where Hollywood now launches the marketing campaigns around its upcoming films, TV shows and videogames — like “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” and “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” to smaller films like “The Giver” and “Horns,” along with new and returning TV shows “Game of Thrones,” “Flash” and “Gotham” — this… Read more »

‘The Strain’s’ Ruta Gedmintas Leads Jane Linfoot’s ‘The Incident’

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LONDON — Principal photography has started on “The Incident,” a character-driven psychological drama, starring Ruta Gedmintas, who appears in FX’s new horror drama “The Strain.” Shooting will take place on location in Yorkshire, Northern England, for four weeks. “The Incident,” which is a working title, is the debut feature from BAFTA-nominated writer/director Jane Linfoot (“Sea… Read more »

Watch: New ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Red Band Trailer

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The new red band trailer for “Sin City: A Dame to Kill For,” which was unveiled this weekend at Comic-Con, has hit the web. “This rotten town, it soils everybody,” says the new trailer for the sleek adaptation of the classic graphic novels. Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller are once again co-directors for the project,… Read more »

CBS Moves ‘Extant’ to 10 p.m., Away From Summer’s Top Show

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After taking a hit in the ratings in its third outing last week, CBS’ Halle Berry-fronted sci-fi drama “Extant” is moving back an hour, starting this week. The move will enable the show to avoid going head-to-head with summer’s No. 1 show, NBC’s “America’s Got Talent.” “Extant,” which had been airing Wednesdays at 9 p.m…. Read more »