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DICK CHENEY FILM VICE GETS DECEMBER RELEASE: Just in time for Christmas, Adam McKay’s Christian Bale-starring Dick Cheney biopic Vice, will bow on Christmas Day. The Annapurna release also stars Steve Carell and Amy Adams. Vice is McKay’s follow up to The Big Short, an Oscar-nominated film about the real estate collapse of the aughts.

GREG BERLANTI SIGNS FOX DEAL: Fox 2000 has tapped Greg Berlanti to direct an adaption of the hit Steven Rowley novel The Editor. The film will be the first project under a new multi-year deal between 20th Century Fox and Berlanti Productions. The partnership comes following the surprise success of his Love Simon. The Editor revolves around an author and his famous editor, Jackie O.

STAR WARS’ KATHLEEN KENNEDY SEES DEAL EXTENDED: The lead architect and producer of the Star Wars franchise has renewed her contract and will remain in place as president of the division for another three years, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Kennedy took control of Lucasfilm after Disney bought it from George Lucas for $4 billion in 2012. The latest four Disney/Star Wars films have grossed almost $4.5 billion worldwide, and ancillary and merchandising have brought in billions more. Her reign has not been without controversy: Kennedy has had to replace directors on two films in production or post.

NEIL LABUTE HEADS TO NETFLIX: Neil LaBute is set to write, direct and serve as showrunner for The I-Land, a show about 10 people who wake up on an island (get it?) and have to survive, without memories of how they got there or who they are. Kate Bosworth, Alex Pettyfer and Natalie Martinez will star in the seven-episode series.

KAVANAUGH-FORD HEARING DRAWS RECORD EYEBALLS: The Senate Judiciary Committee drew a massive audience, according to Nielsen. The hearing, featuring testimony from Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Dr. Christine Blasey Ford, who accused him of sexual harassment, garnered 5.66 million viewers on Fox News, 2.88 million on MSNBC and 2.51 million on CNN.