‘Batgirl’ Movie: Joss Whedon To Direct Standalone Film

Whedon is nearing a deal to write, direct, and produce an untitled Batgirl pic for Warner Bros. as part of its DC Extended Universe. (VAR)

Fox Debuts New Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Lawrence, JohnnyDepp Movies At CinemaCon, But ‘Apes’ Still Reign

20th Century Fox used its CinemaCon presentation to debut new footage from Hugh Jackman’s P.T. Barnum movie The Greatest Showman, Jennifer Lawrence’s thriller Red Sparrow and Johnny Depp’s Murder on the Orient Express, but Matt Reeves’ War for the Planet of the Apes reigned supreme. (TB)

CinemaCon: Warner Bros. Big Picture Presentation Recap

The Warner Brothers panel at CinemaCon kicked off with a sizzle reel of 2016’s successful films and a preview of upcoming movies. (CB)

Women Rule, And Other Lessons From Universal’s CinemaCon Presentation

Even with a slate anchored by franchise bets including The Fate of the Furious, The Mummy and Despicable Me 3, it remains to be seen if Universal can top the record $5.53 billion it grossed in 2015. (LAT)

Focus Features Presents ‘The Beguiled,’ ‘Victoria And Abdul,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ And Its 15th Anniversary

Dame Judi Dench presented her portrayal of Queen Victoria, while Gary Oldman showed up to reveal his turn as Sir Winston Churchill. (IW)

Stephen Hill, BET President Of Programming, Exits Amidst Viacom Restructuring

Stephen Hill, president of programming for BET Networks, has resigned after 18 years with the company. Connie Orlando, senior VP for specials, music programming and news will serve as the interim head of programming. (BILL)

Oscar Isaac Starring In Nazi Hunt Thriller ‘Operation Finale’

The screenplay, written by Matthew Orton, is said to be in the same vein as previous Oscar-nominated and winning films such as Argo and Munich. Isaac will also be producing the film, which will be directed by Chris Weitz. (SR)

Megan Ellison’s Annapurna Hires Chief Operating Officer

Continuing the ramp-up of its executive ranks, Annapurna has tapped Adrienne Becker as chief operating officer.  Becker comes from media company Killer Content. (THR)

‘Time After Time’ Cancelled At ABC

ABC has pulled the H.G. Wells/Jack the Ripper drama from its schedule, effectively canceling the series. (TVL)

Trailer Buzz: ‘War Machine’

The film, which premieres on Netflix on May 26th, features Brad Pitt, Tilda Swinton, Sir Ben Kingsley, Anthony Michael Hall and Topher Grace. It was co-produced by Pitt. David Michôd directed the film. (RS)

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