Inside the Industry

February 7, 2018 - 6:00am

MARGOT ROBBIE AND SALMA HAYEK TO PRESENT AT INDEPENDENT SPIRIT AWARDS: I, Tonya's Margot Robbie, Tessa Thompson, Chadwick Boseman, Ben Mendelsohn and Salma Hayek are set to present at the Independent Spirit Awards next month. They join John Cho, Ava DuVernay, Jon Hamm and Scarlett Johansson, who were previously announced as presenters.The Film Independent Spirit Awards air live Saturday, March 3 at 5 p.m. EST, 2 p.m. PST on IFC.

JENNY SLATE TO VOICE MISS NANNY IN MUPPET BABIES REVIVAL: Jenny Slate is about to lend her voice to Disney Junior's revival of Muppet Babies. She will voice Miss Nanny, taking over for Leave It to Beaver matriarch Barbara Billingsley, who voiced her the original series in the 1980s.

TOM HOLLAND, EMMA THOMPSON SIGN ON FOR DOCTOR DOOLITTLE: Tom Holland, Emma Thompson and Ralph Fiennes are joining the star-studded cast of The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle. Robert Downey Jr. is starring in the film following the story of the doctor who can speak to animals. Antonio Banderas also joined and Michael Sheen is currently in talks. Stephen Gaghan (Traffic, Syriana) will direct from a script that he penned, based a draft by Tom Shepherd. The story is based on the 1920s children's books by Hugh Lofting. The Voyage of Doctor Doolittle is set for an April 12th, 2019 release.

WILLEM DAFOE TO GET BERLIN LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT HONOR: The Berlin International Film Festival will honor the Oscar-nominated Willem Defoe with this year's honorary Golden Bear for lifetime achievement on February 20th. In Defoe's honor, Berlin will screen a retrospective of his career, including highlights from Oliver Stone‘s Platoon and Shadow of a Vampire from E. Elias Merhige, both of which earned Oscar nods. He garnered his third nomination this year for his supporting role on The Florida Project.

DISCOVERY & BBC STUDIOS INK DEAL FOR THE RED LIST: Discovery and BBC Studios have signed a deal to make wildlife conservation documentary The Red List. The two-hour film will air in 2020 and marks the first time that there has been a non-BBC commission for the public service broadcaster. The Red List focuses on conservationists around the world as they attempt to catalog global wildlife. The Red List was created in 1964 and is widely accepted as the definitive assessment of species around the world.