Laura Dern’s ‘The Tale’ Sells to HBO Films

Buzzy Sundance drama “The Tale” has sold to HBO Films for a deal in the high seven figures. Laura Dern, Jason Ritter, Elizabeth Debicki and Common star in the true story drama about a woman who has to confront her past when she realizes her relationship with a 40 year old man when she was just 13 was anything but a consensual romance.

Bleecker Street Acquires Ben Foster’s ‘Leave No Trace’

Bleecker Street has acquired the North American rights to Ben Foster’s “Leave No Trace” at the Sundance Film Festival, an individual with knowledge of the deal told TheWrap.

Debra Granik directed from a screenplay she wrote with Anne Rosellini, based on the novel “My Abandonment” by Peter Rock. Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie, Jeff Kober and Dale Dickey also star. Rosellini, Anne Harrison and Linda Reisman are producers. The film had its premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival in the Premieres section.

Looks Like West Side Story Will Be Steven Spielberg’s Next Movie

Last week we learned that Steven Spielberg was looking at two films for his next project to work on. Those film included Indiana Jones 5 and West Side Story. Well, it looks like he’s moving forward with West Side Story!

“Game of Thrones” Eyeing Spring 2019 for Final Season Premiere

Game of Thrones‘ final season won’t air until sometime in 2019, this week star Maisie Williams put a finer point on when to expect the fantasy series’ swan song.

Williams told the United Kingdom’s Metro that Thrones‘ Season 8 premiere will air in April of that year – so go ahead and block off every Sunday evening on your iCal just to hold the space.

“Gotham” Officially Casts New Actor As Scarecrow

For those who watch the hit fox series, “Gotham”, it is no surprise when a villainous character gets replaced in between season. This has been the case for a few villains on the show, including that of Poison Ivy, who is now on its third switch of actor taking over the role (now being played by Peyton List in the current season), and has now made its way to the infamous Batman villain, Scarecrow. As this news has begun to take on some major buzz after rumors began just mere weeks ago, we are here to give you some of the details regarding the switch, and what could result because of it. With that said, let’s take a look at what we can expect when “Gotham” returns to the air.

James Woods Beats $3 Million Defamation Lawsuit Over ‘Nazi’ Tweet

James Woods can head into the weekend with a victory lap. The “Once Upon a Time in America” actor has emerged triumphant after being slapped with a $3 million defamation lawsuit over a tweet that misidentified a woman as someone who wore a Trump T-shirt and gave a Nazi salute during a March 2016 Trump rally in Chicago.

James Franco Was Digitally Erased from Vanity Fair Cover After Sexual Harassment Allegations

James Franco was digitally removed from the cover of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood issue after he was accused of sexual misconduct by several woman. “We made a decision not to include James Franco on the Hollywood cover once we learned of the misconduct allegations against him,”a Vanity Fair spokesperson told The Hollywood Reporter.

Natalie Portman Boards ‘Vox Lux’ (Variety)

Oscar winner Natalie Portman will officially join Jude Law in “Vox Lux,” Variety has learned. In addition, Bold Films, which is backing the project and helped develop the film, has joined forces with Andrew Lauren Productions to finance and produce the picture. “Vox Lux” is written and directed by Brady Corbet, an accomplished actors whose credits include “Mysterious Skin” and “Funny Games. He made his feature film directorial debut in 2015 with “The Childhood of a Leader,” a kind of portrait of a fascist as a very young man that won two awards at the Venice Film Festival.

‘The Shining’ Sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’ Sets Mike Flanagan as Director

The film will adapt King’s 2013 novel, which follows Danny Torrance, now an adult and battling alcoholism and dealing with the trauma of what happened to him as a child in a certain haunted Colorado hotel. Along the way, he’s presented with an opportunity to use the shining power he discovered in the first book in a way that can help a young girl.

Courtney B. Vance, Mary-Louise Parker to Star in FX Pilot ‘Compliance’

Courtney B. Vance and Mary-Louise Parker have been cast in the lead roles of the FX pilot “Compliance,” Variety has learned. The series is described as a half-hour comedy centered around a private equity manager (Vance) and his government-appointed compliance monitor (Parker). Sarah Burgess will write and executive produce. Scott Rudin will executive produce alongside Garrett Basch and Eli Bush, with Sam Gold serving as director and producer. Scott Rudin Productions will produce in association with FX Productions. Rudin is currently under first-look deal at Fox Networks Group.