Disney’s ‘Beauty’ Delivers Beastly Second Weekend, While ‘Power Rangers’ Opens with $40.5M

Disney’s Beauty and the Beast pulled in enough to make it the fourth largest second weekend of all-time and pushing the film over $315 million in just ten days. Lionsgate’s release of Saban’s Power Rangers debuted in second place. (BM)

Writers Guild Of America Will Ask Members To Authorize A Strike As Contract Talks Falter

The union called for the strike authorization vote after talks broke down with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television producers, which represents the major studios, TV networks and independent producers. (LAT)

Robert Rodriguez Will Direct ‘Escape From New York’

John Carpenter will executive produce the project, which will be released by 20th Century Fox. (IW)

‘Fear The Walking Dead’ Showrunner Dave Erickson Exiting After Season

Showrunner Dave Erickson has signed a new development deal with AMC, which means at the end of the upcoming third season he will step down from running Fear. (EW)

Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Talks to Direct, Star in Musical Comedy With Channing Tatum

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is in early negotiations to direct Universal’s R-rated musical comedy with the running title Wingmen. He’s already attached to star in the movie alongside Tatum. (VAR)

Colin Farrell May See An Elephant Fly In Disney’s ‘Dumbo’

Tim Burton is directing the Dumbo remake, and he’s already brought on board Danny DeVito and Eva Green. Now the cast will include Colin Farrell in talks to take one of the lead roles. (SF)

Fox Film Production Exec Veep Mark Roybal Leaving Studio

20th Century Fox feature executive vice president Mark Roybal is leaving the studio. Roybal will exit when his contract expires within the next few weeks. (DH)

CAA Promotes 22 Trainees At Annual Retreat

CAA has promoted 22 trainees at its annual retreat at La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.  Read here for the list of names. (THR)

Cher Exits Lifetime’s Flint Water Crisis Movie Due To ‘Serious Family Issue’

Cher, who in January was announced as both the star and co-executive producer of Flint, a Lifetime movie based on the ongoing Flint, Mich. water crisis, is no longer affiliated with the project. (TVL)

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