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Michael Brandt Supernatural Thriller Pitch Sells To Fox

Exclusive: Michael Brandt, whose screenwriting credits include co-writing Wanted, 3:10 to Yuma and 2 Fast 2 Furious with Derek Haas and who is co-creator of NBC’s Chicago Fire and its spinoffs, has sold his untitled supernatural thriller pitch to 20th Century Fox. Shawn Levy’s studio-based 21 Laps is aboard to produce the film with Levy and Dan Levine producing. Fox's Scott Aversano will oversee. The plot is being kept under wraps. Brandt is currently an executive…
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AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’

AFI Awards Salute ‘Dunkirk,’ ‘The Post,’ ‘Game of Thrones’
Guillermo del Toro hugged Christopher Nolan and Reese Witherspoon huddled with Patty Jenkins, all while Steven Spielberg greeted a line of well-wishers at the AFI Awards Friday at the Beverly Hills Four Seasons, which AFI topper Bob Gazzale described as an opportunity “to be together as a community.”

Jason Blum, producer of “Get Out,” told Variety that it’s “the best event of the weekend.”

The mood is always friendly since there is no competition, no TV cameras, no envelopes, and no acceptance speeches. There was also no suspense: The 10 films and 11 TV shows honored were announced Dec. 7.

Hollywood has been under fire for gender inequality, sexual harassment, and lack of inclusion, but those those things were unspoken from stage, since the brisk ceremony is all about showcasing the year’s work. But the gender issue was addressed subtly in the film clips chosen by AFI to quickly depict a century of great film and TV work
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John Wick Director Chad Stahelski Set To Helm an Adaptation of The Twisted Comic Kill Or Be Killed

John Wick director Chad Stahelski has jumped on board a new film project with his producing partner Basil Lwanyk, and it's a good one! He is set to helm a feature film adaptation of the Image Comics comic book Kill or Be Killed from Ed Brubaker, who is best known for his work on Captain America and the creator of the Winter Soldier. 

If you're not familiar with the story, it follows a depressed college student who attempts to commit suicide. "He survives due to unlikely events but is soon visited by a demon who explains that he was the one who spared the student's life. But there's a price to be paid: Going forward, the young man will be allowed to live one month for every person he kills."

That's such a fascinating and dark concept that will certainly make for a crazy film and it's a great project for Stahelski to take on.
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“‘Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy Signs Huge Deal With Netflix

The news has come out that Netflix has signed an exclusive deal with Shawn Levy and his production company 21 Laps Entertainment. For those who are unfamiliar with that particular name, Levy is the director-producer of Stranger Things, which has been a huge success so far and shows the potential to become even bigger in the future. Combined with previous projects such as Cheaper By the Dozen, The Pink Panther, and the Night at the Museum franchise, it is no exaggeration to say that Levy is a figure of note, which in turn, means that this would be the third

“‘Stranger Things” Producer Shawn Levy Signs Huge Deal With Netflix
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James Franco Reveals ‘Why Him?’ Was Inspired by Jonah Hill Dating Dustin Hoffman’s Daughter

James Franco Reveals ‘Why Him?’ Was Inspired by Jonah Hill Dating Dustin Hoffman’s Daughter
James Franco and Bryan Cranston’s 2016 Christmas comedy “Why Him?” was a small hit for 20th Century Fox, grossing $60 million domestically opposite a $30 million budget, but it might have been an even bigger attraction if audiences knew what exactly inspired the film’s plot. Franco recently appeared on Variety’s Actors on Actors series and revealed “Why Him?” is based on Jonah Hill’s relationship with Dustin Hoffman’s daughter.

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“Jonah was talking to Ben Stiller on the set of [Night at the Museum 2] and he’s like, ‘Oh man, I’m going to go on vacation with Dustin Hoffman. Like, I don’t know him.’ And it was really early in his relationship,” Franco said. “And he was really, like, nervous about it and he’d make a bad impression or something like that. And the producer,
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‘Stranger Things’ Producer Shawn Levy Signs Deal With Netflix for More Series

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‘Stranger Things’ Producer Shawn Levy Signs Deal With Netflix for More Series
Netflix has signed a multi-year overall deal with “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy and his production company, 21 Laps Entertainment, the streamer announced on Wednesday. Under the exclusive deal, which could be worth as much as seven figures, Levy and 21 Laps will produce original television series for the streaming platform, expanding on a relationship that has already given Netflix a hit with the Duffer Brothers’ “Stranger Things.” That ’80s-inspired hit was recently picked up for a third season. “I don’t know any other company that would have taken a chance on a show about kids and inter-dimensional monsters, created by young.
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‘Stranger Things’ Ep Shawn Levy Inks Overall Deal With Netflix, Hires Josh Barry As President Of 21 Laps Television

Netflix continues to lock in the producers behind its biggest series in lucrative overall deals. Following the pact with Orange Is the New Black and G.L.O.W.’s Jenji Kohan, the Internet network has inked an exclusive multi-year pact with Shawn Levy, executive producer of Netflix’s biggest series, Stranger Things. As part of the deal, Levy has tapped veteran TV development executive and producer Josh Barry as President of his 21 Laps Television. "Shawn and 21 Laps are…
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'Stranger Things' Producer Inks Massive Overall Deal With Netflix

After inking lucrative overall deals with Shonda Rhimes and Jenji Kohan in recent months, Netflix is entering into another exclusive pact with one of its creators.

The streaming giant has signed Stranger Things director-producer Shawn Levy and his production company 21 Laps Entertainment to what sources say is a four-year, seven-figure deal. Levy is said to have fielded multiple offers from various film and TV outfits before opting to focus on TV at the streamer.

Netflix and Levy’s production shingle first joined forces on the breakout sci-fi drama from the Duffer Brothers, which was recently renewed for a third season after earning...
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‘Meyerowitz’s Grace Van Patten & ‘Fences’ Jovan Adepo Set For ‘The Violent Heart’

‘Meyerowitz’s Grace Van Patten & ‘Fences’ Jovan Adepo Set For ‘The Violent Heart’
Exclusive: Grace Van Patten and Jovan Adepo are set to star in writer-director Kerem Sanga's drama The Violent Heart. 21 Laps’ Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen are producing the film with Ed McDonnell, Tobey Maguire's Material Pictures and 3311. Material and 3311 are financing. Production is set to begin February in Austin, Texas. Pic is a coming-of-age romance set just outside Ft. Hood, Texas, about a college-bound senior on the cusp of graduation, and her budding relationship…
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Fist Fight director to helm comic book adaptation Imagine Agents

Back in 2015 it was announced that Michael Keaton would be producing an adaptation of Brian Joines and Bachan’s Boom! Studios comic book series Imagine Agents, and now it seems that the project is starting to move forward.

THR is reporting that 20th Century Fox has tapped Richie Keen (Fist Fight) to direct the film, which Shawn Levy (Stranger Things) has come on board to produce through his 21 Laps Entertainment.

The comic “tackles the idea that the imaginary friends of children are actually very real and centers on an organization titled I.M.A.G.I.N.E., which handles things when these figments get out of control [and tells the story of] a jaded 20-year veteran agent who must mentor a young archivist, with a routine day becoming something much larger.”

Keaton, Levy, Michael Sugar and Boom’s Ross Richie are producing the film, with Stephen Christy, Dan Cohen and Ashley Zalta executive producing
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Netflix gives the official green light to Stranger Things season 3

Well, this won’t come as a surprise to anyone, but Netflix has announced that it has given the official green light to a third season of its acclaimed supernatural drama series Stranger Things.

The show, created by The Duffer Brothers, features a cast that includes Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery as Billy, and Sadie Sink as Max.

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As revealed back in September, the streaming service was originally keen to shoot a third and fourth season of Stranger Things back-to-back, although the idea was
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Film News Roundup: ‘Fist Fight’ Director Richie Keen Boards ‘Imagine Agents’ for Fox

Film News Roundup: ‘Fist Fight’ Director Richie Keen Boards ‘Imagine Agents’ for Fox
In today’s film news roundup, “Fist Fight” director Richie Keen boards “Imagine Agents,” Caitlin Carver and Nick Bateman are the leads in “Matchmaker’s Playbook,” and the Orchard dates Zoey Deutch’s “Flower.”

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Fox has tapped “Fist Fight” director Richie Keen to helm fantasy actioner “Imagine Agents,” based on the Boom! Studios comic.

Simon Rich has written the screenplay. “Stranger Things” producer Shawn Levy, is producing through his 21 Laps Entertainment along with Michael Keaton, Michael Sugar, and Boom!’s Ross Richie. 21 Laps exec Dan Cohen is exec producing with Stephen Christy and Ashley Zalta. Adam Yoelin is co-producing and overseeing the project for Boom!

The comic, published in 2013, was created by writer Brian Joines with Bachan illustrating. The story is centered on an organization (I.M.A.G.I.N.E.) to combat the uncontrollable imaginary friends that children create. Two agents find themselves pushed to the limit when one of the baddest “figments
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: Everything We Know So Far

As soon as we saw that last frame of Stranger Things Season 2, we naturally started asking questions about Season 3. What's next for the kids in Hawkins? Can we trust Dr. Owen? Is the Mind Flayer planning a grand comeback? Are 'Jopper' going to be a thing? What the heck was Episode 7 all about? Below are a few of the facts and figures we've collect since then, in interviews with executive producers Shawn Levy and Dan Cohen, as well as some quotes from The Duffer Brothers (Ross and Matt) themselves. While Season 3 is mostly under …
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Netflix Confirms That Stranger Things Will Return for a Third Season

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Confirming what many expected and are already excited to see, Netflix has officially renewed Stranger Things for a third season.

The premiere date and episode count for the third season has yet to be announced, but we'll keep Daily Dead readers updated on further details. Based on what we saw in the second season (new characters, new locations, and new threats), the world of Stranger Things is only going to get bigger the third time around. Here's the official press release announcement from Netflix:

Press Release: Netflix announced today via Twitter that Stranger Things will return to Netflix for a third season.

The series stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike WheelerNoah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven,Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen WheelerNatalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler,
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‘Stranger Things’ Officially Renewed for Season 3

‘Stranger Things’ Officially Renewed for Season 3
It’s official: Stranger Things is coming back for a third season.

On Friday, Netflix announced that the hit series has been renewed for another installment of the Duffer Brothers’ ongoing saga about the residents of Hawkins, Indiana, and the unexpected emergence of an upside down world.

Going into season two, the creators revealed they had plans to continue the series with two more seasons, likely ending after four. Despite the revelations made to Vultureat the time, Netflix remained mum of any official details or confirmation of a new season.

The series, which stars Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers, David Harbour as Chief Jim Hopper, Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler, Noah Schnapp as Will Byers, Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven, Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair, Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson, Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler, Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler, Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers, Joe Keery as Steve Harrington, Dacre Montgomery as [link=tt
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'Fist Fight' Director Tackling 'Imagine Agents' for Fox (Exclusive)

Twentieth Century Fox’s Imagine Agents is getting more real.

Richie Keen, who directed the Ice Cube-Charlie Day comedy Fist Fight, has come aboard to helm the project that adapts the Boom! Studios comic.

At the same time, Shawn Levy, the director-producer behind Stranger Things and the Night at the Museum movies, has joined the project as a producer while his 21 Laps Entertainment cohort Dan Cohen joins as exec producer.

Michael Keaton, Michael Sugar, and Boom!’s Ross Richie are also producing while Stephen Christy and Ashley Zalta are exec producing. Adam Yoelin is co-producing and overseeing the project for Boom!

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Avengers: Infinity War trailer lands today, 20 more McU movies, Jumanji getting positive reviews and more – Daily News Roundup

Infinity War Trailer

The hotly-antitipated trailer for Avengers: Infinity War was teased a lot yesterday, with Marvel Studios officially announcing it will be released today on November 29th 2017. Check out the announcement here.

Infinity War Poster

And a brand new teaser poster was also released. Don’t get too excited though – there’s very little to it! Check it out here.

20 More McU Movies Mapped Out

2018 marks the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with Avengers: Infinity War (and it’s 2019 sequel Avengers 4) bringing together all of the McU heroes to take on the Mad Titan Thanos. But what’s next following Avengers 4? Well according to Kevin Feige, the answer is twenty more films. “22 movies in, and we’ve got another 20 movies on the docket that are completely different from anything that’s come before—intentionally,” he told Vanity Fair. Read more here.

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Speaking of hotly-anticipated films,
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Tom Holland is researching for his role the in Uncharted movie

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland is currently preparing for his role in the planned Uncharted movie.

Fans have been waiting for an adaptation of the immensely popular and critically acclaimed PlayStation series Uncharted for years and it seems like this time the venture might be getting somewhere.

Tom Holland is currently attached to star in the movie with Stanger Things producer Shawn Levy directing what will be a prequel to the games, featuring a young Nathan Drake.

Holland is apparently already preparing for the role, taking to Instagram to post a video of an Uncharted title screen, along with a comment that says “for research purposes”.

Seems like Tom Holland is officially locked in as Nathan Drake, as of earlier this year it sounded like there was some question about it.

Could be filming in 2018? pic.twitter.com/kaMinvzypP

— Cade Onder (@Cade_Onder) November 27, 2017

Months have gone by without much word
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‘Stranger Things’: Duffer Brothers And Cast Reflect On Season 2, Keep Tight-Lipped On Season 3

The following contains spoilers for season 2 of Stranger Things. The second season of Stranger Things certainly upped the ante on everything. From new big baddie the Shadow Monster to a system of supernatural tunnels underneath Hawkins, the binge-worthy Netflix show certainly delivered the goods when it came to giving fans ’80s-tinged demogorgon realness. At Vulture Festival La, the Duffer Brothers Matt and Ross took the dais with producer Shawn Levy as well as actors Fin…
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‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: ‘Chances Are High’ Kali Will Be Back

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3: ‘Chances Are High’ Kali Will Be Back
[Editor’s Note: The following contains spoilers from “Stranger Things” Season 2.]

Eleven’s sister may make Season 3 of “Stranger Things” a sibling affair. At the “Stranger Things: Inside the Upside Down” panel at Vulture Festival in Los Angeles on Saturday, the cast and crew of the Netflix series were on hand to reveal behind-the-scenes info from Season 2 and tease what might lie ahead.

In particular, brothers Matt and Ross Duffer revealed that Kali (Linnea Berthelsen) will most likely return for Season 3. “It would feel weird that we would’n’t resolve that storyline,” said Matt Duffer. “Chances are high that she comes back.”

Ross Duffer added, “We’re in very early days of Season 3… That’s not an official announcement.”

In the second season, “Chapter 7: The Lost Sister” was one of the most divisive episodes among fans and critics alike because it was a standalone adventure that took place outside of the action of Hawkins, Indiana. Even IndieWire’s
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