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Ava DuVernay Inks $100M Multi-Year, Multi-Genre Warner Bros TV Overall Deal



Ava DuVernay’s relationship with Warner Bros Television Group just got a lot deeper and richer, literally and figuratively.

The Emmy-winning and Oscar-nominated director has signed a multi-year and multi-genre overall deal with the Peter Roth-run studio. It’s a big leap for a filmmaker primary known as a director — the sprawling WBTV production and development deal for DuVernay and her Forward Movement shingle covers drama and comedy series, documentaries, digital content, event projects and longer-form projects for broadcast and cable, premium cable, streaming services and other platforms.

It’s DuVernay’s first pact with any studio and is set to start in January. The deal is in the $100 million range, I’ve learned.

“I’ve had nothing but beautiful experiences working with Peter Roth, Susan Rovner and Brett Paul,” DuVernay, also the Queen Sugar and Red Line EP, told Deadline today. “They love and support artists in wonderful and nourishing ways. They work within a traditional studio headed by Kevin Tsujihara that is stirring with untraditional energy and fresh protocols for intentional, inclusive image-making. Warner Bros is a terrific partner about matters of visibility and belonging for all kinds and cultures of people, which is our mission at Forward Movement. I couldn’t be happier to call Warner Bros TV my production home.”

“Ava DuVernay is one of the leading lights in our industry, a brilliantly talented writer, producer, director and entrepreneur whose ability to inspire with her art is exceeded only by her ability to entertain,” said Roth, Warner Bros TV Group president and chief content officer. “We have had the great pleasure of working with her on Queen Sugar and The Red Line, and we are extremely excited about the new stories she has to tell.”

While DuVernay is no stranger to a contrarian disposition, many might have considered her a more natural fit at Netflix, where her Oscar-nominated documentary 13th was launched. She also has the just-wrapped four-part drama Central Park Five coming next year from the streaming service as well as a Prince documentary with exclusive access to the Purple One’s archives.

However, in an environment where everyone is trying to lock in talent, the move to a traditional studio when the likes of Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy are heading to the streamer makes sense for DuVernay. For one thing, besides the range and reach WBTV offers, one must factor in the relationship the Selma helmer has with the studio already through the Warner Horizon Scripted Television-produced Queen Sugar, renewed in August for a fourth season on Oprah’s OWN, and the CBS event series Red Line, which she executive produces with in-house superman Greg Berlanti and Sarah Schechter.

Add to that, unlike a deal with a streamer, the WBTV deal offers DuVernay the opportunity to sell her shows to everyone as opposed to be locked into to one outlet. It also doesn’t impinge on the indie collective ARRAY founder’s big-screen ambitions, which will coincidentally also see DuVernay directing a big-budget adaptation of the Jack Kirby-created The New Gods for Warner Bros Pictures down the line. New Gods will be the second such film for DuVernay, who was the first woman of color to helm a $100 million-plus live-action film with Disney’s A Wrinkle In Time earlier this year.

Source: Deadline

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“The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” Premieres During Berlin Film Festival. Watch Trailer.



Big ups to Chiwetel Ejiofor.

The 41-year-old actor has premiered his directorial debut film, The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, during the 2019 Berlin Film Festival on Tuesday (February 12) in Berlin, Germany.

Chiwetel attended the premiere with his co-stars Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba, as well as William Kamkwamba, who wrote the book that inspired the movie.

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, and actors Aissa Maiga and Maxwell Simba pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

BERLIN, GERMANY – FEBRUARY 12: (L-R) Producer Gail Egan, casting director Alexa Fogel, author William Kamkwamba, director Chiwetel Ejiofor, actress Aissa Maiga, actor Maxwell Simba and producer Andrea Calderwood pose at the photocall for the Netflix film “The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind” during the 69th Berlinale International Film Festival Berlin at Grand Hyatt Hotel on February 12, 2019 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Andreas Rentz/Getty Images for Netflix)

The Boy who Harnessed the Wind, set to debut on Netflix in March, is a real-life story about a 13-year-old boy who, inspired by a science book, builds a wind turbine to save his Malawian village from famine.


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Jurassic World 3 Plot Details Teased By Chris Pratt.



Universal Jurassic World star Chris Pratt has been teasing plot details for Jurassic World 3, sharing that he was “blown away” by what they have planned.

Jurassic World star Chris Pratt has been teasing plot details for Jurassic World 3, sharing that he was “blown away” by what they have planned.

Pratt and Bryce Dallas Howard will return as Owen Grady and Claire Dearing respectively, and the film will be directed by Colin Trevorrow, who returns to directing duties after sitting out Fallen Kingdom.

So far details about the upcoming movie have been pretty scarce – but that didn’t stop MTV News from asking Pratt about what’s in store for Jurassic World 3 during a recent interview.

And while Pratt is still keeping pretty coy about the details, the actor did seem to let slip that the movie will feature a time jump and will also expand upon the cloning technology unveiled at the end of the second movie.

“I can’t say anything, but I can tell you when I heard the pitch, I was blown away,” he said.

“I can’t believe that we’re going to make that movie, and I can’t believe they found a way to deliver on the promise of the end of Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

“Like, ‘Wait what? The island has blown up. The animals are out, we can’t put them back in the box. What are we going to do? How are not only these dinosaurs but this technology moving forward going to affect the planet?’

“We jump forward, and it’s like, ‘Oh! Oh, right! Oh, damn’. It’s going to be pretty epic… You will not be disappointed.”

Jurassic World 3 will hit cinemas on June 11, 2021.

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Kobi Rana’s RANAway Films Set To Premiere ”AKWAABA MOVIE”



A RANAway Films Production is due to premiere its much anticipated movie dub “AKWAABA(Welcome To The House Of Love)” on the eve of valentine, 14th of February, 2019 across all regions in Ghana.

Unanimously, the Valentines day movie, ”AKWAABA” will be showing on the same date and day Friday, 14th February, 2019, 6.00PM, 8.00PM, and 10.00PM nationwide, with the rate being moderated to a cool Ghs30.00 and Ghs20.00 respectively.

‘’AKWAABA’’ is a forthcoming Ghanaian love comedy film written, directed and produced by Kobbi Rana. The film stars Bishop Bernard Nyarko, Comedian Clemento Suarez, Kobbi Rana, Moesha Buodong, Efia Odo. The film will be released, nationwide in Ghana.

“AKWAABA,” a movie which is centered on an African sequence of real or fictional events will see it premiering In Accra, Tomreik Hotel-East Legon, Global Cinema-Weija, Vienna City-Tema, Legon Drama Studio, Central University, GTUC and University of Professional Studies, Accra(UPSA).

The movie will also be premiered in Kumasi at the Watch & Dine Cinema-Kumasi City Mall, KNUST – CC. In Sunyani, Eusbette Hotel will be the venue for the much awaited movie. Tamale at the University of Development Studies, Cape Coast-Samrit Hotel, Tarkwa-UMaT and in the Western Regional capital, Takoradi, the movie can seen at the Raybow Hotel and TTU.

”AKWAABA(Welcome To The House Of Love)” has much confidence of seeing breakthrough into the international market, bridging the gap between African cinema and the world.

By: Gerrard-Israel

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Bodyguard Movie: Richard Madden Is Back As David Budd On Red Nose Day For Comic Relief.



Richard Madden is slipping back into his Bodyguard alter ego David Budd for a very special Comic Relief sketch next month.

The Scottish actor will be suited and booted once more to protect the Red Nose for a charity special, tying in with the annual fundraising BBC bash.

On Monday, the broadcaster released a photo of Madden as Budd, complete with an ear piece, as he clutched the smiley nose to his lapel.

Game Of Thrones actor Madden starred opposite Keeley Hawes in the hit drama, created by Jed Mercurio, which smashed small screen records when it aired last year.

Madden recently won a Golden Globe for his performance in the show, which dominated the most watched on iPlayer for 2018, and confirmed that a second series is under discussion.

The explosive drama followed Madden as police security officer Budd who was in charge of protecting the Home Secretary Julia Montague, played by Hawes.

But with a massive twist at the end of the third episode, the drama suddenly lurched from what everybody expected and left viewers obsessed with knowing what happens next.

The gripping drama proved a triumph for live TV as the ratings soared, although millions were still flocking to iPlayer to catch up (or watch again).

Bodyguard also became the UK’s most-watched drama since records began, according to the BBC.

In the wake of his standout role, Madden saw his odds to be the next James Bond slashed dramatically, putting him as favorite to take over as 007 from Daniel Craig.

The actor previously said he was “flattered” to be linked with the role but “didn’t want to curse anything” by talking too much about it.

Madden told GQ: “I’m more than flattered to be mentioned, for people to consider putting me in that role. I’m very flattered and thankful. It’s a really brilliant thing to be in.

“I don’t want to curse anything by saying anything. I think that’s the curse of that. If you talk about anything, you’ll curse it.”

He has been backed by co-star Hawes, who said he would make a “phenomenal” Bond after Craig hangs up his 007 boots .

Gallery: Bodyguard star posts new behind-the-scenes pics (Digital Spy)

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