Yesterday’s News: Eddie Murphy Returning to SNL & Slamdance Awards


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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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The Slamdance Film Festival gives out Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Category awards


Entertainment Film Distributors in early talks to board feature adaptation of comedy series Bad Education (Deadline).
Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts splits Best Film between The Water Diviner and The Babadook (Deadline).
Shout! Factory acquires North American rights to Bloodsucking Bastards (The Wrap).
First (and super grainy) photo of Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs (Slashfilm).
LevelK acquires Danish documentary Motley’s Law (Variety).
Focus, starring Will Smith and Margot Robbie, to get an IMAX release on February 27 (Variety).
Nominations for the Final Draft Awards announced (HitFix).
Relativity picks up racial drama Burden (THR).
Warner Bros. picks up action-comedy Mad Dogs with Jay Roach attached to direct (THR).
Global Screen acquires Luis and His Friends From Outer Space (Variety).
Atlas Independent enlists Noam Murro to direct Blink (The Wrap).
Nonstop Entertainment plans to release Black Coal, Thin Ice in theaters, VOD, and on TV on the same day (Variety).
Richard Linklater to receive Cinema Audio Society’s Filmmaker Award (Deadline).
Jurassic World website offers first look at Indominus Rex (ScreenCrush).
Poster for The Bunker (Twitch).
Hilary Swank, Susan Sarandon, and Jessica Biel lending their voices to 3D animated Spark (Deadline).
David Leitch and Chad Stahelski in early talks to co-direct action pic Cowboy Ninja Viking (Variety).
Karl Urban replaces Michael C. Hall in Pete’s Dragon (The Wrap).
Magnolia Pictures acquires worldwide rights to The Wolfpack (Deadline).
CBS Films buys spec comedy Senior Year (Deadline).
First images from Chasuke’s Journey (Twitch).
Focus Features pulls A Little Chaos from March release (THR).
Caitriona Balfe joins the cast of Money Monster (THR).
Nicolas Winding Refn adds Abbey Lee to The Neon Demon (Deadline).
Faith-based drama War Room lands August 28 premiere (Deadline).
RIP: Oscar-nominated songwriter Rod McKuen dies at 81 (Variety).
Dakota Johnson, Leslie Mann, Dan Stevens, and Rebel Wilson in talks to join the cast of How to Be Single (Variety).
Texas getting new film festival with Dallas-Fort Worth South Asian Film Festival (Twitch).
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions secures North American and select international territories rights to November Criminals (Deadline).
Sony Pictures Classics acquires North American rights to Woody Allen’s Irrational Man (The Wrap).
Sam Reid joins the cast of 2:22 (Deadline).
Guillaume Canet joins the cast of war thriller Jadotville (Variety).
Mary-Louise Parker and Ashley Benson join the cast of independent comedy Chronically Metropolitan (Variety).
Jabbar Raisani options Jack Sigler book series (Variety).
The Slamdance Film Festival gives out Audience, Jury, and Sponsored Category awards (Deadline).

Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live for show's 40th anniversary

Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live for show’s 40th anniversary


CBS and Bell Media partnering to bring Showtime to Canada (Deadline).
Nickelodeon plans to release direct-to-consumer subscription service in February (Variety).
Amazon Studios snags rights to UK comedy series Catastrophe (Variety).
Bravo renews Top Chef for a thirteenth season (The Wrap).
Discovery expands Shark Week into the entire summer (EW).
Comedy Centrals digital arm, CC Studios developing five new projects; This is Not Happening and Idiotsitter moving to the linear channel later this year (THR).
Sky Arts orders four-part Mills and Doom: The Marriage of Reason and Squalor starring Rhys Ifans and Sophie Kennedy Clark (Deadline).
Disney announces new Latin princess Elena of Avalor (The Wrap).
US adaptation of British sci-fi series Black Mirror in the works (Variety).
David Krumholtz lands guest-starring role on Mom (EW).
Showtime developing an American drama series adaptation of three-part UK miniseries The Driver with David Morrissey reprising his role (Deadline).
NBC gives pilot order to remake of British comedy series Cuckoo (THR).
Rachael Taylor joins the cast of A.K.A. Jessica Jones (THR).
Kathy Bates to reprise her role on Mike & Molly (THR).
Eddie Murphy returning to Saturday Night Live for show’s 40th anniversary (THR).
NBC gives pilot order to Problem Child series (THR).
Extant signs Jeffrey Dean Morgan as series regular (THR).
Warner Bros. and Sony Pictures Television teaming up to launch streaming video service in South East Asia (Variety).
NBC gives pilot orders to Fantasy Life and Detour (THR).
Michael Cuesta set to direct Fox drama pilot Frankenstein (Deadline).
Sam Egan and Jeff Barnaby teaming up to develop crime-family drama Dirty Red Boys for Rsolution Pictures and APTN (THR).
Anna Gunn books female lead in Criminal Minds spinoff (THR).

First trailer for Ted 2

First trailer for Ted 2


Teaser for Tomorrowland trailer (Coming Soon).
First trailer for Ted 2 (Next Projection).
Teaser trailer for A Perfect Day (Variety).
Super Bowl pregame trailer for The Divergent Series: Insurgent (Coming Soon).
Super Bowl trailer for Terminator Genisys (Coming Soon).
Teaser for The 5th Wave (Coming Soon).
Trailer for Wild Canaries (Indiewire).
First Avengers: Age of Ultron TV spot (Coming Soon).
Teaser for Cassandra (Twitch).
Preview of season 2 return of Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (Coming Soon).
Trailer for Madame Bovary (Coming Soon).
Trailer for Amira and Sam (Twitch).


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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.