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Editor’s Note: Yesterday’s News covers the most important news of the previous day with a focus on film, television, and trailers.

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Neil Patrick Harris tapped to host this year’s Oscars


Park Chan-wook to chair Asiana International Short Film Festival jury (THR).

New poster for Clint Eastwood’s American Sniper (The Film Stage).

First stills of Chris Hemsworth in In the Heart of the Sea (The Film Stage).

David Ayer the top choice to direct Suicide Squad (Variety).

Harry Potter spin-off Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them will be “at least a trilogy” (Slashfilm).

Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice will be a centerpiece gala at the 2014 AFI Fest (The Wrap).

StudioCanal buys UK rights to Chinese thriller Black Coal, Thin Ice (THR).

Australia’s Japanese Film Festival announces Suo Masayuki and Kamishiraishi Mone as special guests (Twitch).

Art Directors Guild to induct John Gabriel Beckman, Charles Lisanby, and Walter H. Tyler into Hall of Fame (THR).

DOC NYC announces programming lineup (The Wrap).

Ezra Miller to play the lead role in feature version of The Flash (Slashfilm).

Three more LEGO-branded films set for release in the next four years (Deadline).

New solo Batman and Superman movies to be released before 2020 (Slashfilm).

Christian Bale in talks to play Steve Jobs for Danny Boyle (THR).

Hank Williams biopic I Saw the Light adds David Krumholtz, Josh Pais, James DuMont, and Wrenn Schmidt (THR).

First official photo from Tremors 5 (ShockTillYouDrop).

Museum of the Moving Image to honor Julianne Moore (THR).

Neil Patrick Harris tapped to host this year’s Oscars (Variety).

Gal Gadot in early negotiations for lead role in Ben-Hur (THR).

The Eagles documentary History of the Eagles to be released on Netflix (The Wrap).

New poster for Horrible Bosses 2 (Yahoo).

Briana Evigan and Emily Osment cast in indie drama Love Is All You Need? (Deadline).

Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death moves up to January 2nd release (Variety).

RIP: Actress Elizabeth Pena dies at 55 (THR).

Fox buys Low Tide based on a spec script by Andrew Barrer and Gabe Ferrari (Deadline).

Entertainment One Films acquires North American rights to indie comedy Walter (Variety).

Pedro Pascal in talks to play Pontius Pilot in Ben-Hur (Deadline).

G. Cameron Romero, son of George A. Romero, launches crowdfunding campaign for the origin story Night of the Living Dead (Variety).

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HBO to launch stand-alone over-the-top service in the US next year


FremantleMedia North America developing drama series based on novel The Twenty-Year Death (Deadline).

William Hurt will star in AMC and Channel 4’s futuristic drama Humans (THR).

CNBC confirms new series Jay Leno’s Garage for 2015 (THR).

Danny Boyle and Christian Colson sign two-year first-look deal with FX Productions (The Wrap).

NBC comedy Mission Control gets canceled before it even has the chance to premiere (THR).

Tone Bell and Mark Agee sell untitled comedy to FX (THR).

Syfy nabs 13-episode drama Dark Matter, based on the Dark Horse graphic novels (THR).

HBO to launch stand-alone over-the-top service in the US next year (Variety).

The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore names Robin Thede as head writer (The Wrap).

Netflix to begin streaming the entirety of Friends in the US and Canada on January 1st (Deadline).

CNN cancels Unguarded with Rachel Nichols, Sanjay Gupta MD, and CNN Money with Christine Romans (The Wrap).

HBO’s Westworld inches closer to a full series pickup (Deadline).

Netflix to stream Person of Interest starting in the fall 2015 (Deadline).

Archie Panjabi to leave The Good Wife after this season (THR).

Jane Campion and Gerard Lee return to develop second season of Top of the Lake (Screen Daily).

Bewitched may be heading back to the small screen from The Vow writers Abby Kohn and Marc Silverstein (Deadline).

CNN cancels Crossfire yet again (The Wrap).

ABC gives put pilot commitment to Chris O’Dowd’s Moone Boy (The Wrap).

NBC gives put pilot commitment for untitled multi-camera comedy from Scott Silveri and Shana Goldberg-Meehan (Deadline).

Alexandra Breckenridge lands recurring role in season 5 of The Walking Dead (THR).

Seth Rogen to guest star on The Comeback (EW).

CBS give put-pilot commitment to untitled romantic legal thriller from Tony Phelan and Joan Rater (THR).

Mark Heyman to write AMC drama Strange Angel (Deadline).

Rob Lowe to star in single-camera family comedy from Pete Huyck and Alex Gregory for NBC (Deadline).

CBS puts medical drama LFE into development, so many damn medical dramas (Deadline).

Kim Dickens lands recurring role in the third season of House of Cards (TVLine).

ABC gives additional script orders to Selfie, Manhattan Love Story, and Forever (Deadline).

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First trailer for Paul Schrader’s Dying of the Light


Full trailer for La French, aka The Connection (Twitch).

First trailer for Paul Schrader’s Dying of the Light (The Film Stage).

UK trailer for Get Santa (Empire).

Trailer for No Control (Indiewire).

US trailer for Leviathan (The Film Stage).

New trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part I (First Showing).

First trailer for By the Gun (Yahoo).


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Derek was the only engineer at Northeastern University taking a class on German film and turning a sociology research paper into an examination of Scorsese’s work. Still living in Boston, MA, he blatantly abuses his Netflix account, but can never seem to get his Instant Queue below 200. He continues to fight the stigma that being good at math means you are not any no good at writing. I good write, very much.