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HarperCollins Publishers(NEW YORK) -- To Kill a Mockingbird is coming to Broadway.

Author Harper Lee’s Pulitzer Prize-winning 1960 novel about a young girl’s summer in a small Alabama town during the Great Depression, her noble attorney father, Atticus Finch, and a racially-charged rape trial, will be adapted for Broadway for the first time by Tony award-winning producer Scott Rudin, The New York Times reports

Aaron Sorkin, who most recently wrote the adapted screenplay for Steve Jobs and is best-known to most for creating TV’s The West Wing, will write the screenplay.

To Kill a Mockingbird was made into an Academy Award-winning 1962 film starring Gregory Peck.  The stage version is scheduled to premiere during the 2017-2018 Broadway season.

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Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation(NEW YORK) -- The first faithful version of the R-rated comic book series Deadpool hits theaters Friday. The movie, which stars Ryan Reynolds as the motor-mouthed mercenary Wade Wilson, who is left with superhuman healing powers after a secret government experiment, has had a long road to theaters.

Wilson/Deadpool was first seen in theaters in 2009 in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, with Reynolds playing a version of the character so dissimilar to the source material that some fans went full-on nerd rage.  However, Reynolds wasn't to blame, and he made no secret of his desire to someday bring an accurate version of the "Merc with the Mouth" to a theater near you. 

What it took to bring Deadpool to the big screen was what the cheeky character himself would undoubtedly toss as a double-entendre: fishy leaks.

"We developed the script six years ago," Reynolds told Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday night's Tonight Show. "It leaked online, and Deadpool fans went nuts for it...So the studio granted us a small amount of money to make some test footage...[which] then sat on the shelf for four years...And just under two years ago, it accidentally leaked onto the Internet."

"'Accidentally,'" a suspicious Fallon interjected.  

Reynolds explained that enthusiastic reaction to the footage "overwhelmed" 20th Century Fox, basically forcing the studio to greenlight the movie.

"I know that one of us did it...There's me, [screenwriters] Rhett Reiss, Paul Warnick and Tim Miller, the director. One of us did it. We all sort of said, 'Someone should leak it! Someone should leak it!,'" before admitting, "I'm 70 percent sure it wasn't me."     

Deadpool also stars Morena Baccarin, Ed Skrein, Leslie Uggams and T.J. Miller.  Response to the R-rated action comedy has been so positive that a sequel has just been announced.

 

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"The Revenant" star Leonardo DiCaprio and director Alejandro G. Iñárritu; Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The Revenant director Alejandro G. Iñárritu won a major award over the weekend.

He received the prize for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film at the Directors Guild of America Awards Saturday in Los Angeles.

The DGA Awards are traditionally a bellwether for who will win the best director Oscar. Only seven times has the DGA winner for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film not gone on to win an Academy Award the same year.

Iñárritu won the directing award at the DGAs and the Oscars last year for Birdman.

The other DGA nominees this year were, in alphabetical order: Tom McCarthy, for Spotlight; Adam McKay, for The Big Short; George Miller, for Mad Max: Fury Road; and Ridley Scott, for The Martian.

Check out the winners in the other categories on DGA.org.

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Cuba Gooding Jr. and Malcolm-Jamal Warner; Frank Micelotta/FX(LOS ANGELES) -- Tuesday night's episode of the FX series The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story recreated the former football star's famous slow-speed Bronco chase from two decades ago. 

Cuba Gooding Jr. plays O.J. Simpson in the series, and he tells ABC Radio that filming those scenes was really emotional for him. He recalls that he wondered, "What the hell did I do to deserve to be here right now, sticking that gun in my mouth, take after take?"

Malcolm-Jamal Warner co-stars as Simpson friend and Bronco driver A.C. Cowlings. He says that because things were so tense during filming, Gooding Jr. would try to break things up between takes.

"He decides he's going to take his pants off, jump out of the truck, and run around the truck with the gun in his hand, with his hands like, I did it, I did it, I did it," Warner shares. 

To film the scenes, an L.A. freeway was shut down for a weekend. 

The People v. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story airs Tuesdays at 10 p.m. Eastern time on FX.

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Netflix(NEW YORK) -- The official trailer for Fuller House is reminding everyone that family is forever.

Fuller House stars Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and Andrea Barber appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show to discuss the upcoming Full House revival. The first official trailer for the Netflix original show was also revealed.

The trailer shows Cameron Bure, Sweetin and Barber as their Full House characters D.J. Tanner -- now D.J. Tanner-Fuller -- Stephanie Tanner and Kimmy Gibler, respectively. The women are joined by former cast members John Stamos as Jesse Katsopolis, Bob Saget as Danny Tanner, Dave Coulier as Joey Gladstone, and Lori Loughlin as Becky Katsopolis. They're all helping D.J. raise her three sons.

Some of the most memorable phrases from the original series are brought back in the trailer, including Stephanie Tanner's go-to line "How rude," and Uncle Joey's classic phrase "Cut it out."

The Fuller House stars revealed to DeGeneres that even after all these years, the cast is still close.

"We do keep in touch," Barber said. "We have a group chat among the cast."

While Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, who played Michelle Tanner, will not appear in the upcoming Fuller House episodes, Cameron Bure said the Olsens would be welcomed with open arms for a guest appearance if the show gets picked up for a second season.

"The door's open if they want to," Cameron Bure said.

Fuller House will air on Netflix on February 26, 2016.

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