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Box Office: 'Entourage' Surprises With Strong $2M Tuesday Night

2 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The boys are back. Entourage, the film adaptation of the hit HBO series, opened to a strong $2 million Tuesday night in select theaters across the nation. The Warner Bros. movie will be playing everywhere on Wednesday in order to get a jump on rival Spy, the action-comedy directed by Paul Feig and starring Melissa McCarthy, Jason Statham, Rose Byrne and Jude Law. Series stars Adrian Grenier, Kevin Connolly, Jeremy Piven, Jerry Ferrara and Kevin Dillon reteamed with showrunner Doug Ellin to make the $30 million Entourage, which picks up where the HBO show left off four years ago.

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- Pamela McClintock

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Andrew Garfield Evicts Innocent Families From Houses in ’99 Homes’ Trailer (Video)

1 hour ago | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Andrew Garfield gets sucked into a dangerous real estate business in a new trailer for “99 Homes.” Directed by Ramin Bahrani (“Man Push Cart”), the drama stars Garfield as Dennis Nash, a construction worker whose life spirals out of control after being evicted by real-estate broker Mike Carver (Michael Shannon). In order to provide for his family, he’s forced to go to work for Carver, where he makes big money evicting innocent families much like his own. “America doesn’t bail out the losers,” Shannon’s character says in the trailer as shots of families losing their homes are juxtaposed with his own extravagant. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Macbeth’ Creative Team Justin Kurzel and Michael Lesslie Find ‘Haven’ Together

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Exclusive– Michael Lesslie and Justin Kurzel, the writer-director team behind the critically acclaimed adaptation of Macbeth starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, are working together again on Haven. The project, which Kurzel and Lesslie have actually been developing since before Macbeth, is a psychological chiller set in a mental facility although other plot details are being kept under wraps for now. Lesslie and Kurzel are fast becoming each other’s go to… »

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Vincenzo Natali Reveals Art for Failed Films Neuromancer and Swamp Thing

1 hour ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

It's got to be tough when you put tons of time and effort into a pitch or script that never takes off, but director Vincenzo Natali (HannibalSplice) isn't letting his prep work for Neuromancer, It, Predator or Swamp Thing go completely to waste. Even though none of the movies were made, Natali opted to share some material on Twitter.

The post Vincenzo Natali Reveals Art for Failed Films Neuromancer and Swamp Thing appeared first on Collider. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Spock Documentary Sets $600,000 Kickstarter Campaign

3 hours ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three months after the death of Leonard Nimoy, his son Adam Nimoy is launching a Kickstarter campaign to raise $600,000 for a documentary about his father titled “For the Love of Spock,” Variety has learned exclusively.

The project is aimed at celebrating the 50th anniversary of “Star Trek,” which aired for the first time on Sept. 8, 1966. Zachary Quinto, who portrayed the Spock character in last two “Star Trek” films, will narrate the film. David Zappone, the owner and president of Paramount-based 455 Films, will produce.

“The funding of this film through Kickstarter will enable us to continue with production — which will mostly take the form of filming interviews of dad’s friends, colleagues and family members,” Adam Nimoy said. “It will also enable us to license the hundreds of film clips and still photographs of Mr. Spock as he has appeared on television and in feature films over the last 50 years.”

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- Dave McNary

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Comedies, Superhero Movies to Battle at Fierce Summer Box Office

12 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Debuting a comedy in the summer is no laughing matter.

Competition to attract moviegoers looking to have their funny bone tickled has never been fiercer, producers and analysts say. Between May and September, 13 wide-release laughers are slated to open, among them such hotly anticipated titles as “Ted 2”; “Spy,” with Melissa McCarthy as an unlikely secret agent; and “Trainwreck,” with Amy Schumer as a monogamy-avoiding woman. Just last week, Relativity Studios yanked gymnastics satire “The Bronze” from July and repositioned it in October, fearing it would be cannibalized in the seasonal glut.

“It’s an era of compelling comedies,” said Paul Brooks, the producer of the summer smash “Pitch Perfect 2.” “The bar has been raised so high in recent years that the films that pass it have a better chance of reaching a wider audience, so there are more getting released in summer.”

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- Brent Lang and Dave McNary

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Santa Barbara festival sets 2016 dates

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Executive director Roger Durling of the Santa Barbara International Film Festival has unveiled the run dates for next year’s 31st edition.

The festival is scheduled to take place from February 3-13, 2016.

“After the Santa Barbara International Film Festival successfully celebrated its 30th anniversary last year, we couldn’t wait to start planning the next one,” said Durling (pictured). “We are diligently working to continue bringing world class films to Santa Barbara.”

The festival typically screens more than 200 films and programmes awards season tribute honours and the Panel discussion series. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Marlon Wayans’ ‘Fifty Shades’ Spoof Bought by Open Road

22 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Open Road Films has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to Marlon Wayans’ spoof “Fifty Shades of Black” and set a January 29 release date.

Im Global came on board last month to produce and finance. “Fifty Shades of Black” re-unites the team behind the “Haunted House” franchise, including director Michael Tiddes.

Wayans will star in and write the film with longtime collaborator Rick Alvarez. Stuart Ford is producing alongside Wayans and Rick Alvarez. Im Global’s Matt Jackson, Glendon Palmer and Steve Squillante are executive producing.

The film is scheduled to shoot this summer in Los Angeles.


- Dave McNary

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Watch: Hard-Hitting 'Requiem for the Dead' Trailer Showcases HBO Gun Violence Doc

28 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: See Trailer for "Triggering Wounds" Gun Violence Documentary, Produced by Harlem Teens More than 8,000 people die from gunfire in the United States every spring, and Emmy-winning directors Nick Doob and Shari Cookson are exposing the trauma caused by such violence in their upcoming HBO documentary, "Requiem for the Dead: American Spring 2014." The duo, who have previously worked together on other hard-hitting HBO docs such as "Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert" and "The Alzheimer’s Project: The Memory Loss Tapes," gathered details of gun violence and related deaths in the spring of 2014 through social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter, 911 calls, police files and interviews of family and friends of victims. With a ticking countdown to the 8,007 deaths in Spring 2014, the trailer powerfully showcases tweets, crime scene photos and tearful interviews.  The emotional documentary »

- Kaeli Van Cott

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Here's How This Filmmaker Uses Painting to Bring His Screenplays to Life

36 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: The Funniest Movie of the Year is Also Painfully Tragic Editor's note: Swedish director Roy Andersson's elaborately-titled "A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence," opening in New York ahead of a national rollout this week, concludes his so-called "Living Trilogy" — a series of deadpan, vignette-like films that also includes 2000's "Songs from the Second Floor" and 2007's "You, the Living." Each movie features a wide array of peculiar encounters with irreverent characters and strange scenarios as funny as they are melancholic. In New York for the release of "Pigeon," Andersson explained his uniquely visual approach for structuring his distinctive projects by sharing a scene he hopes to include in his next film. The following description, excerpted from a longer conversation, refers to the sketch above, which Andersson dedicated to Indiewire's Eric Kohn.  I work very much by intuition. I hope that what's »

- Indiewire

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Guardians Of The Galaxy 2: James Gunn Provides Revelations and Confirmations

41 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

James Gunn is breaking Marvel’s cardinal rule: share as little with fans as possible. He’s the only director who makes it a habit to respond to fans on his Facebook on a semi-regular basis. He’s obviously not going to give away anything major, and it’s a nice example of how fans can feel connected to a project without being spoiled so early in the process. Gunn took to his Facebook page yesterday to reveal that he had finished the first draft of the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 screenplay, and then fielded some questions from fans. [caption id="attachment_332144" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] He didn’t reveal any plot points, but did nice details and reiterated yet again that Star-Lord’s dad is in the film and it’s not J’son like it is in the comics. Here are some other bullet points from his Facebook Q »

- Matt Goldberg

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Fantasia Segment Night On Bald Mountain Becoming a Live-Action Feature

41 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

The Disney animation-to-live-action craze continues. Not only is there the Tinker Bell movie with Reese WitherspoonThe Jungle Book, Beauty and the Beast, Dumbo, Mulan, Winnie the Pooh, Pinocchio and a twist on Jack and the Beanstalk in the works, but now the studio also has a live-action project based on the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia in early development too. As reported by THR, Dracula Untold and The Last Witch Hunter scribes, Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless, are locked to pen the script and will produce the film as well. According to the outlet’s sources, the live-action rendition of Night on Bald Mountain will be similar to what the studio did with Maleficent. If you’ve seen the Night on Bald Mountain segment of Fantasia, you know that the possibilities are endless as far as a feature narrative goes, although the fact that THR’s sources »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Marlon Wayans ’50 Shades Of Grey’ Spoof Handcuffed By Open Road

42 minutes ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Breaking: Open Road acquired U.S. rights to Fifty Shades of Black, the Marlon Wayans comedy that Im Global is producing and funding. I’m told final bidding came down to The Weinstein Company and Relativity, and that Open Road paid a $5 million minimum guarantee and committed to a wide January 29, 2016 release date. It helped that Open Road worked with Wayans and Im Global on the Michael Tiddes-directed A Haunted House. Tiddes is directing this as well. The announcement… »

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Austin Powers: Does It Hold Up?

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“Does It Hold Up?” is a new semi-regular feature in which we take another look at past films and consider A.) Whether they hold up all these years later; and B.) Whether we still have a fondness for them. Cultural phenomenons are funny things. In the moment, it seems like there’s nothing in the world that could be bigger, and yet so often these cultural hallmarks fade as quickly as they came. A hit is fleeting; a legacy is forever. In 1997, Mike Myers was four years removed from the Wayne’s World sequel and was ready to break new ground with a comedy of an entirely different sort. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery was a loving homage to James Bond and the spy genre as a whole, but also an incredibly silly comedy that would do solid business in theaters and become a bona fide hit on home video (remember home video, »

- Adam Chitwood

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‘A New High’ Trailer: Los Angeles Film Festival Docu Elevates Fight To Beat Drug Addiction

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“You can do this — and if you do, you will never be the same.” That’s the pitch Mike Johnson, director of a Seattle homeless shelter and residential drug treatment facility, makes to his charges in A New High, Samuel Miron and Stephen Scott Scarpulla’s feature documentary that is having its world premiere in competition at this month’s Los Angeles Film Festival. The trailer reveals a novel take on combating the struggles faced by addicts every minute, every hour and every… »

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Sony Hack Doc Coming From Oscar-Nominated Team Behind 'The Square'

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The team behind Netflix's 2013 Oscar-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary "The Square" is now setting up the first film yet to take on the scandal. Jehane Noujaim and Karim Amer will explore the cyberattack in a yet-to-be-titled documentary that, according to THR, will "drop new bombshells" and "put forth alternative theories about the hack’s culprit." On November 24, the attacks were instigated by a group ominously self-described as "Guardians of Peace," who disabled Sony's email and internal systems. That lasted about a week, and culminated in an Nsa-style disclosure of the gender inequality, salary imbalance and dubious goings-on within the studio. Ultimately the hack attack claimed its most prominent victim: beleaguered executive Amy Pascal, who got an exit deal in February of this year. Read More: Sony Gives Amy Pascal Exit Deal On December 19, President Obama and the FBI officially named North Korea the culprit, though many in the »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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99 Homes Trailer: Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon Tackle the Housing Crisis

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Broad Green Pictures has released the first trailer for director Ramin Bahrani’s (Man Push Cart) intense dramatic thriller 99 Homes. Inspired by true events, the film stars Michael Shannon as a businessman who makes a comfortable living serving eviction notices and carrying out removals of people from their homes. Andrew Garfield is a single father who experiences Shannon’s work first hand, but is then given the opportunity to try and get his house back by working for Shannon’s character. I caught the movie at Tiff last fall and it’s really good. Bahrani walks a fine line between timely and preachy, but Garfield and Shannon both give amazing performances (unsurprisingly), with Garfield in particular doing some heartbreakingly earnest work. It was a thrill to see the actor in his first non-Spider-Man onscreen role since The Social Network, and the guy doesn’t disappoint. Here’s hoping he »

- Adam Chitwood

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Antiheroines are the New Antiheroes: The Killer Women of 'Penny Dreadful,' 'Orphan Black' and More

47 minutes ago | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The horror genre is carving out a place on the small screen, and programming lineups, both present and future, are showing a tendency toward gore as an entertainment commodity. In fact, "Penny Dreadful" on Showtime, now in its second season, might just be one of the most intriguing additions to the horror genre yet. Moreover, it establishes itself as one of the many popular shows featuring female monsters, both real and imagined, as complex, nuanced characters. Read More: Review: 'Penny Dreadful' Season 2 Amps Up the Evil, Eroticism and Evil Eroticism The most exciting part about "Penny Dreadful," and other shows in the horror genre, is that leading women are the ones doing the killing instead of the dying; they are tortured souls, complicated, often difficult to stomach, yet they still remain the protagonists and drive the show's narratives, almost exclusively — much like the male-driven "antihero" boon of the last few years. »

- Sundi Rose-Holt

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Samuel L. Jackson Says He Plans to Extend His Marvel Contract; Isn’t in Civil War

47 minutes ago | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

When Samuel L. Jackson first appeared as Nick Fury in the post-credits scene for Iron Man, fans understandably went wild. It signaled the promise of S.H.I.E.L.D. and maybe even an Avengers storyline down the road, but few expected Jackson to be as ever-present in the Marvel Cinematic Universe as he became. The actor signed on for a then-unheard-of nine films in his contract, but with appearances in seven Marvel films thus far, that ginormous agreement is coming to an end. [caption id="attachment_154782" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] Collider reporter Christina Radish recently spoke with Jackson in anticipation of his upcoming film Big Game, and during the course of their conversation the actor spoke enthusiastically about his tenure at Marvel: “It’s an amazing amount of fun. I finally met [comics writer] Mark [Millar], last year, when I was doing Kingsman, ‘cause he was on set one day, and I finally got a chance to »

- Adam Chitwood

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Music Box Films Acquires Heavy Metal Documentary 'We Are Twisted F*cking Sister'

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Read More: Exclusive: Clip From Fantastic Fest Winner 'The History of Future Folk' Music Box Films has acquired North American distribution rights to Andrew Horn's "Twisted F*cking Sister." The rock documentary premiered at the 2014 International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam (Idfa) and screened at the Goteborg Film Festival earlier this year.  'We Are Twisted F*cking Sister' gives an insider's perspective on the iconic 1980's heavy metal band and recounts the tumultuous ten years before they reached global superstardom. Twisted Sister's manager, their biggest fans and the group itself reveal how "the band that killed disco" came from nothing in never-before-seen interviews. "Andrew Horn has delivered a quintessential rock documentary," said Ed ArentzMusic Box Films' managing partner. "It's a film that obviously speaks to Twisted's legion of fans, but will allow a whole new audience to experience the seventies NYC »

- Elle Leonsis

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