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The South Korea government says a man who defected from North Korea last year was a senior-level officer in the Reconnaissance General Bureau, the elite military spy organization that the FBI holds responsible for “overseeing” the 2014 hack attack against Sony. The RGB handles cyberwarfare for Pyongyang and is one of the key units of the North Korean People’s Army. “It is a particularly nasty operation,” ex-CIA analyst Bruce Klingner told CNN today. “It’s not only…

Newly established distribution outfit Grasshopper Film has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Portrait of a Garden. Directed by Rosie Stapel and produced by Daan van der Have, the documentary follows two long time friends, 85 year-old pruning master and the gardener on a country estate, tracking one year in their lives as they tend to a historically significant garden. The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival and will open in the US theatrically this fall. The…

EXCLUSIVE: Steven Spielberg has found his next film. He’ll direct for Amblin Entertainment The Kidnapping Of Edgardo Mortara, an adaptation of the the book by Pulitzer Prize-winner David Kertzer that Tony Kushner has adapted. Mark Rylance, who won the Best Supporting Oscar for Spielberg’s Bridge Of Spies and who plays the title character in Spielberg’s The BFG, will star as Pope Pius IX. The Bridge Of Spies producing team of Spielberg, Marc Platt and Kristie Macosko…

Arden Cho revealed today that she won’t be returning for Season 6 of MTV’s Teen Wolf. In a video posted on YouTube, Cho explains to fans that Kira Yukimura’s storyline had wrapped, and she won’t be back for the upcoming season. “I loved my experience on Teen Wolf. I love the cast and crew. It’s been an amazing almost 3-and-a-half years,” says Cho in the video. “But unfortunately it looks like we are wrapped up with Kira’s storyline and she won’t be coming back for season…

Broadway returned from spring break to something approaching normalcy in Week 46 of the 2015-2016 season, with a downward shift of about 10% at the box office as new musicals strutted their stuff and holdovers worked hard to put on a fresh face for the smaller crowds. Four big musicals are in previews and slated to open by the Tony nominations April 28 cut-off date. Sara Bareilles’ Waitress continues to serve up pies and, apparently, smiles, having had its best week yet…

CAA has signed writer-director Stella Meghie for representation in all areas. Meghie’s first feature Jean Of The Jonses premiered in March in the Narrative Spotlight section at SXSW. Inspired by Meghie’s own family life, though not strictly autobiographical, the film centers on a family, one of whom dies at the start of the movie. The paramedic who answers their 911 call falls for rambunctious Jean, but the courtship goes south during a calamitous funeral. Meghie also is…

Open Road Films has set a May 19, 2017 U.S. release date for The Nut Job 2, a sequel to its 2014 sneaky animated hit that grossed $120.9M worldwide. That pic marked the biggest box office opening ever for an independent animated film. Will Arnett, Katherine Heigl, Maya Rudolph, Gabriel Iglesias and Jeff Dunham are reprising their voice roles for the follow-up, with more cast coming soon. The sequel returns to Oakton, where the evil mayor decides to bulldoze Liberty Park…

At today’s CinemaCon International Day panel Exhibition and Distribution: Collaborating and Partnering for the Greater Cause, foreign distribution and exhibition executives addressed the elephant in the room here at this week’s confab: Is there a future for premium day-and-date VOD services like The Screening Room, and shortened theatrical windows, such as what Paramount experimented with on Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse and Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension…

Last night’s 2016 MTV Movie Awards drew 3.5 million total viewers to the premiere simulcast. That’s up 54% versus last year’s 2.3M. This year’s premiere was simulcast across nine Viacom networks — MTV, Comedy Central, VH1, BET, MTV2, CMT, TV Land, VH1 Classic and Logo — five more than the 2015 show. Meanwhile, in the network’s target 12-34 demo, the simulcast-palooza clocked a 1.97 rating, up 22% versus last year. Co-hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the…

When the idea to revive Roots came about, executive producer Mark Wolper admitted he was apprehensive. “Socially it was too important of a project,” he said Sunday during A+E Networks’ panel at Deadline’s The Contenders Emmys. “The fact that my father (David Wolper) produced the original was a little much weight and burden to take on.” Wolper said a change of heart came when he watched the original with his son. When it was over, his son said he understood why is was so…