Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen & Richard Dreyfuss Head ‘Asher’ Ensemble – Cannes

Ron Perlman, Famke Janssen, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Facinelli, Jacqueline Bisset, Richard Schiff, Guy Burnet and Nadine Velazquez are starring in Asher. Michael Caton-Jones is attached to direct for Perlman’s Wing and a Prayer Pictures. (DH)

Upfronts 2017: Networks By The Numbers

Overall, the networks had less new shows to present to the rooms of advertisers because series orders are down this year. Across the Big Four and the CW, just 38 new scripted shows were ordered for the 2017-2018 television season — vs. 42 series that were greenlit last year. In fact, this year’s orders marks the lowest tally in five years. (VAR)

Netflix Plans To Acquire Waititi’s ‘Bubbles’

Netflix is closing a deal to acquire Bubbles, the stop motion animated film from Oscar nominated director Taika Waititi and Mark Gustafson. (DAR)

Sandra Bullock To Star In Silver Pictures’ ‘Cash Truck,’ Inspired By ‘Le Convoyeur:’ Cannes

Oscar-winning actress Sandra Bullock will star in Cash Truck, a film inspired by the 2004 French film Le Convoyeur, for Joel Silver’s Silver Pictures. Josef Wladyka will direct the screenplay by Ethan Erwin, Albert Hughes, and John Hodge. (DH)

Netflix Announces ‘The Dark Crystal’ Prequel Series

A beloved classic from the ’80s marks its return as Netflix has announced they will be the home for The Jim Henson Company’s The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance. (CS)

Tim Story To Direct, Produce Movie On 1921 Tulsa Race Riot

Tim Story is directing and producing a feature film about the deadly 1921 Tulsa Race Riot. Story and Doug Griffin are producing through the Story Company with Christine Holder and Mark Holder of Zero Gravity.  (VAR)

Shawn Levy To Direct Amblin Entertainment’s ‘The Fall’

Director Shawn Levy is once again making another film with Amblin Entertainment; an alien invasion called The Fall. (SF)

Cannes 2017 Palme d’Or Contenders: Here’s A Look At The Likely Winners

The arbitrary process through which the jury picks its winner means that there’s no mathematical formula for predicting the results. Nevertheless, here’s a list of candidates updated as new competition films screen each day. (IW)

Superheroes Continue To Save Fox, Allowing Them To Balance Their Content (Studio Series)

One can scoff at the superhero movie trend, but it is impossible to ignore the enormous good fortune the studio has wrung from it. Several times over the years, the studio has done spinoffs and reboots and re-imaginings, and a bunch of mutant heroes have returned as saviors to the film division’s bottom line. (TB)

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