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Marco Polo writer to pen feature adaptation of Pax children's book

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Marco Polo and Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragonl Sword Of Destiny writer John Fusco has been tapped by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to pen the adaptation of the popular children's book Pax after winning a bidding war for the property last year. Pax, a No. 1 New York Times best-selling family-friendly book written by author Sara Pennypacker, shares a story about love and defining your... Read More...
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John Fusco To Pen Feature Adaptation Of Popular Children’s Book ‘Pax’

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John Fusco To Pen Feature Adaptation Of Popular Children’s Book ‘Pax’
Exclusive: John Fusco has been hired by Sidney Kimmel Entertainment to adapt the popular children’s book Pax which the production company wrangled away after winning a bidding war last year. The book was No. 1 on The New York Times best-selling children's book Pax from author Sara Pennypacker. It will be produced as a live-action feature through Ske with Carla Hacken. The story, which focuses on themes of love and defining family, follows a boy who is separated from his…
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‘Walking Dead’ Cast Members, Other Stars React to Death of Stuntman John Bernecker

‘Walking Dead’ Cast Members, Other Stars React to Death of Stuntman John Bernecker
Hollywood mourned the loss of “The Walking Dead” stuntman John Bernecker following his death from injuries sustained on set.

AMC halted production of the show’s eighth season in wake of the tragedy. Bernecker was shooting a scene in which he was supposed to fall off a 20-foot balcony onto a safety cushion below. He missed the cushion and hit the concrete instead.

Celebrities, including his “Walking Dead” castmates, offered condolences on Twitter to the veteran stunt performer and fight choreographer.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Negan on the series, penned, “Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow. Love, respect, and condolences to John’s family and friends. He will be forever missed.”

Deep sorrow today, and for every tomorrow. Love, respect, and condolences to johns family, and friends. He will be forever missed.

Jeffrey Dean Morgan (@JDMorgan) July 14, 2017

“Keeping John Bernecker and his family in my thoughts,” wrote Peter Zimmerman, who
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Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner to hunt Bonnie & Clyde in Netflix’s Highwayman

Deadline is reporting that Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner are in talks to play legendary lawmen Frank Hamer and Manny Gault, the two former Texas Rangers tasked with hunting down notorious outlaws Bonnie & Clyde, in the drama Highwayman.

The site reports that Netflix is currently in talks to acquire the project from Universal Pictures, where it was set up four years ago. John Lee Hancock (Saving Mr. Banks, The Founder) will direct, and has rewritten an earlier script from John Fusco (Young Guns, Hidalgo).

Rather than focussing on the two outlaw lovers, famously portrayed by Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway in 1967’s Bonnie & Clyde, Highwayman will explore the story from the point of view of the posse assembled by Hamer to bring their violent crime spree to and end.
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Giveaway: Win ‘The Shack’ on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital (5 Winners)

The Shack starring Sam Worthington, Octavia Spencer and Tim McGraw has been a fixture in Amazon's best-selling movies for the past several weeks leading into its May 30th release on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital. The Christian movie based on the best-selling novel of the same name has won the Dove Faith Friendly Seal of Approval.

We have teamed up with Lionsgate Home Entertainment to offer five lucky readers each a copy of The Shack on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital combo in this giveaway. For a chance to win one simply fill out and submit the short entry form below.

The odds of winning can be increased each and every day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open.

You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to enter.

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Shack on Blu-ray

Based on The New York Times Best-Selling Novel, An All-Star Cast Delivered an Uplifting Spiritual Message on Digital HD May 16 and Blu-ray and DVD May 30 from Lionsgate

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel, with over 22 million copies in print, the inspirational story of faith and love, The Shack, arrivedd on Digital HD May 16, and will be on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and country music superstar Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), The Shack takes us through a father’s experience learning the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness. The Christian movie event of the year, this “powerful and gripping” (The Dove Foundation) film has been awarded the Dove Faith Friendly Seal of Approval.

Now you can own The Shack Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has Five copies to give away.
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The Shack Arrives on Digital HD May 16th and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30th

Based on The New York Times Best-Selling Novel, An All-Star Cast Delivers an Uplifting Spiritual Message on Digital HD May 16 and Blu-rayT and DVD on May 30 from Lionsgate

Based on the worldwide best-selling novel, with over 22 million copies in print, the inspirational story of faith and love, The Shack, arrives on Digital HD May 16, and Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand May 30 from Lionsgate. Starring Sam Worthington (Avatar, Hacksaw Ridge), Academy Award® winner Octavia Spencer (Best Supporting Actress, The Help, 2011) and country music superstar Tim McGraw (The Blind Side), The Shack takes us through a father’s experience learning the ultimate truth about love, loss, and forgiveness. The Christian movie event of the year, this “powerful and gripping” (The Dove Foundation) film has been awarded the Dove Faith Friendly Seal of Approval.

Based on The New York Times best-selling novel, written for the screen by John Fusco (The Forbidden Kingdom) and
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Box Office: ‘Logan’ Wins Friday With Massive $33 Million

Box Office: ‘Logan’ Wins Friday With Massive $33 Million
Hugh Jackman’s “Logan” is a box office beast.

Fox’s Wolverine film posted $33.1 million on Friday from 4,071 locations, raising its three-day estimate to over $80 million. To become the largest opening on 2017 so far, the movie need only top “The Lego Batman Movie’s” $53 million launch.

Logan” follows an aged Wolverine who is attempting to hide from the world until a mysterious mutant played by Dafne Keen arrives to send him on one final journey. “Logan” cost $97 million to produce, and is the widest domestic opening ever for an R-rated film. Critics are praising the film — it currently has a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes. James Mangold directed the film, which Jackman has said will be his last as Wolverine. Patrick Stewart, Richard E. Grant, Boyd Holbrook and Stephen Merchant also star.

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Film Review: ‘The Shack’ is About Spirituality, Not Filmmaking

Chicago – To create spirituality from tragedy is like shooting the proverbial fish – a prominent symbol for Christianity – in a barrel. “The Shack” is based on a popular novel, and doesn’t try to do anything different or cinematic with a man encountering the Holy Trinity after a horrific incident.

Rating: 2.5/5.0

This film is impossible to review from a basis of the spirit, because believers and lovers of the novel won’t care what a snotty critic has to say regarding the weird-but-soft encounter of a desperate man with God, Jesus and the Holy Spirit. But I can judge it as a film, and it really needed more character development. The wife of the emotionally hurt man is nearly invisible, the religiosity of the family is never really explored and the next door neighbor, a presumably good Christian man, seems oddly clingy to his sad buddy. The two hour and fifteen
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Netflix cancels Marco Polo

Rob Leane Dec 14, 2016

Marco Polo will not return for a third season, as Netflix pulls the plug on its historical epic...

Here's a surprising one: Netflix has pulled the plug on Marco Polo, opting to end the historical drama series after two seasons rather than renewing it for a third run.

The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, as well as revealing that Netflix and the show's producers The Weinstein Company had until the end of the year to make a decision, before their options on the cast's contracts would expire. THR also cites a staggering figure from an unnamed source: Marco Polo purportedly lost Netflix $200 million.

Marco Polo - which starred Lorenzo Richelmy and Benedict Wong - began in 2014 and consisted of 20 full episodes and one half-length Christmas special.

Netflix's original content chief Cindy Holland said this in a statement:

"We want to thank and are grateful to our
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Marco Polo Cancelled by Netflix

Marco Polo‘s voyages have ended: Netflix has cancelled the globe-spanning drama after two seasons.

The Hollywood Reporter first reported the cancellation, which makes Polo the first Netflix original series not to reach a third season. Lorenzo Richelmy starred as the legendary merchant who travelled from Italy to China and eventually served in the court of the Mongol ruler Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong).

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Marco Polo debuted in 2014, and had a reported budget of $90 million for its first season, rivaling HBO’s Game of Thrones.
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‘Marco Polo’ Canceled By Netflix

‘Marco Polo’ Canceled By Netflix
Netflix has canceled “Marco Polo,” Variety has confirmed. The Weinstein Co.-produced series streamed for two seasons on the digital service.

Originally developed at Starz, “Marco Polo” premiered in 2014, with its second season debuting earlier this year. It becomes one of only a handful of original series to be canceled by Netflix, including “Bloodline,” “Hemlock Grove,” and “Lillyhammer.”

The series starred Lorenzo Richelmy as the titular Italian explorer and Benedict Wong as Kublai Khan. It was also among the more ambitious and costly efforts in the history f the company’s original series. Season one cost a reported $90 million. Production for that first season included a construction crew of 400 and an art department of 160.

In his 2014 review of the first season for Variety, Brian Lowry wrote, “While ‘Marco Polo’ possesses scope, scale and an inordinate amount of exposed skin, the series exhibits only a sporadic pulse. That leaves a property that can be fun taken strictly on
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The Shack Trailer Takes Sam Worthington on a Mysterious Journey

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The Shack Trailer Takes Sam Worthington on a Mysterious Journey
Sam Worthington returns to the big screen as mourning father and husband trying to find his way in the first trailer for The Shack, hitting theaters March 3, 2017. This drama will have some heavy competition when it hits theaters, going up against 20th Century Fox's superhero adventure Logan, starring Hugh Jackman and Open Road Films' drama Before I Fall starring Zoey Deutch. This uplifting drama could become a box office hit, providing some counter-programming for those who aren't into superheroes and teen thrillers.

Along with the trailer, Lionsgate has also debuted the first poster for The Shack, which features stars Sam Worthington and Oscar-winning actress Octavia Spencer. When Octavia Spencer first joined this adaptation of William P. Young's novel last March, it was revealed that she is actually playing God, and while her character's identity isn't exactly revealed in the trailer, it's quite clear that there is something very special about her character,
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‘Marco Polo’ Creator: Netflix Series “Breaking Barriers” On Diversity – Guest Column

Editors note: While diversity in casting is increasingly front and center, there’s evidence of a reward in greater viewership. Take Netflix’s Marco Polo, the John Fusco-created historical drama that just bowed its Season 2. Netflix doesn’t provide ratings figures, but its makers cite Parrot Analytics which places Marco Polo as currently the second-most-watched original digital series behind another diverse Netflix show (Orange Is The New Black) and the 10th-most-watched se…
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Clown Blu-ray / DVD Release Details & Cover Art

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Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment have announced an August 23rd Blu-ray and DVD release of Clown, directed by Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and produced by Eli Roth (The Green Inferno):

Press Release: Beverly Hills, CA – (July 12, 2016) – Producer Eli Roth (Knock Knock, Hostel franchise) and director Jon Watts (Spider-Man: Homecoming, Cop Car) team up to bring audiences a haunting twist on the scary clown. Clown arrives on Blu-ray™ and DVD August 23 from Dimension Films and Anchor Bay Entertainment. From a screenplay co-written by Watts and Christopher Ford, the film stars Laura Allen (“Ravenswood,” “All My Children”), Andy Powers (In Her Shoes, “Oz”) and Peter Stormare (“American Gods,” “The Blacklist,” Fargo).

Clown is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off
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Marco Polo: Castmembers Preview Season Two in Netflix Featurette

An empire will burn. Below, Watch the Marco Polo TV show's season two featurette from Netflix. The ten-episode second season of Marco Polo drops tomorrow, Friday, July 1, 2016. The historical drama follows 13th century explorer Marco Polo during his adventures along the Silk Road. In the video, the cast and crew set the scene for Marco Polo, season two, which promises to be much darker, internally as well as externally.Featured in the video are Creator Ep John Fusco, Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Rick Yune (Kaidu), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Claudia Kim (Khutlun), Remy Hii (Prince Jingim), Olivia Cheng (Mei Lin), Ep Patrick MacManus, Mahesh Jadu (Ahmad), Tom Wu (Hundred Eyes), Gabriel Byrne (Pope Gregory X), Michelle Yeoh (Handmaiden/Lotus) and Brett Chan (Stunt Coordinator).Read More…
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Netflix releases featurette for Marco Polo season 2

Ahead of its arrival on the streaming service tomorrow, Netflix has released a featurette for season two of its historical drama series Marco Polo; watch it below after the official synopsis…

See Also: Watch the trailer for Marco Polo season 2

In a world replete with greed, betrayal, sexual intrigue and rivalry, Marco Polo is based on the famed explorer’s adventures in Kublai Khan’s court in 13th Century China, and the dark and tempestuous battle for the expanding Mongol empire.

John Fusco, who wrote the Academy-Award nominated feature Spirit: Stallion of the Cimarron is executive producer and showrunner along with Dan Minahan, whose previous work includes Homeland and Game of Thrones, with Patrick Macmanus, Harvey Weinstein, Bob Weinstein and Elizabeth Sarnoff as executive producers.

The 10 episode second season includes new and returning cast: Lorenzo Richelmy (Marco Polo), Michelle Yeoh (the Handmaiden), Benedict Wong (Kublai Khan), Joan Chen (Empress Chabi
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Marco Polo Season 2 Review

Four episodes were provided prior to broadcast.

It’s been 18 months since Marco Polo debuted its first season on Netflix, and even though it hit with a bit of a resounding dud, the show had its apologists, and I was one of them. A lot didn’t work (it’s hard to overstate that), including thin characterization, thinner world building and clunky, utterly un-bingeable plotting. But the show had style, with neat action set pieces and an unpretentious tackling of the medieval-sex-and-gore genre – which feels all but necessitated by every network thanks to Game of Thrones – resulting in a show that was palatable for me, despite being somewhat of an overall mess.

Cut to today, and it’s been a year-and-a-half since I was entrenched in all of the political turmoil between the the great Kublai Khan (Benedict Wong, still fascinating when the script lets him be) and his nemesis chancellor Jia Sidao,
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