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Toronto: Horror Film 'The Ritual' Sells to Netflix for $4.75 Million (Exclusive)

9 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Netflix has acquired the David Bruckner-helmed horror pic The Ritual from eOne for the world, excluding the U.K.

A source pegged the deal at $4.75 million, which would make it one of the top deals of the Toronto market (I Love You, Daddy to The Orchard and I, Tonya to Neon/30West — both for $5 million — slightly eclipsed the Ritual price tag).

The Ritual made its world premiere in the Midnight section of the Toronto Film Festival on Sept. 8 and immediately drew the interest of buyers including Lionsgate, Annapurna, IFC and Saban Films.

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- Tatiana Siegel

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‘Croods 2’ Revived as Animated Sequel and Jason Blum’s ‘Spooky Jack’ Get Release Dates

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

DreamWorks Animation’s “The Croods 2” and a new original feature, “Spooky Jack,” were both added to Universal’s release calendar on Tuesday.

The sequel to 2013’s “The Croods” had been taken off the release schedule and thought to be possibly scrapped. But it is now back on track for a Sept. 18, 2020 release.

The first installment of “The Croods” made $587 million worldwide pointing towards signs of an obvious sequel. Leslie Mann is set to join the returning cast that included Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone, Ryan Reynolds, Catherine Keener, Cloris Leachman, and Clark Duke.

Plot details are unknown at this time.

Spooky Jack,” which will be exec produced by Jason Blum, is set to open on Sept. 17, 2021. The story follows three siblings who move into an eerie new home and discover that all the creatures we’ve been told don’t exist actually do. They must handle some unusual squatters from mischievous leprechauns and the elusive Big Foot to »


- Justin Kroll

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Kate Guinzburg, Producing Partner of Michelle Pfeiffer, Dies at 60

11 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Kate Guinzburg, who spent a decade as actress Michelle Pfeiffer's partner in Via Rosa Productions, has died. She was 60.

Guinzburg died Sunday after a long battle with ovarian cancer, her friend, journalist Annie Bardach, said.

Guinzburg was serving as a production coordinator on Sweet Liberty (1986) when she met Pfeiffer, who was starring in the film opposite Alan Alda. The launched Via Rosa in 1990 and signed a deal with Sony and then Disney, and their first film, Love Field (1992), earned Pfeiffer an Oscar nomination for best actress.

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- Mike Barnes

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Harry Dean Stanton Fest Will Go on Following Actor’s Death

18 September 2017 5:06 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Harry Dean Stanton is no longer with us as of Friday, but the Harry Dean Stanton Fest will go on, the annual event’s founder told TheWrap on Monday. “We will be proceeding with the festival as scheduled. In fact, it feels more important to do so now than ever. Usually we celebrate his work, but this year we will celebrate his life,” Lucy Jones, founder of the annual Lexington, Kentucky-based fest said. Jones added that, while the festival made its programming choices months in advance, some of them will carry a particular resonance following Stanton’s death, culminating with the screening of. »


- Tim Kenneally

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Sony Pictures Classics Buys ‘Foxtrot,’ Israel’s Ophir Winner and Oscar Entry

6 hours ago | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Sony Pictures Classics released Samuel Maoz’s last film “Lebanon” and hung out with the Israeli filmmaker at the recent Telluride and Toronto International Film Festivals, where Venice Grand Jury Prize-winner “Foxtrot,” a moving and humorous exploration of grief and loss, was a rousing success. So it’s no surprise that Sony Pictures Classics has just acquired North American rights to the winner of eight Ophir awards, including Best Picture and Director.

Read More:‘Foxtrot’ Is a Brilliant Portrait of Israeli Frustrations — Telluride Review

Any film that wins the Ophir is the automatic Israeli entry for the Oscars. With it, Spc adds yet another arrow to its quiver of this year’s foreign-language arsenal, which already includes Chile’s “A Fantastic Woman” (Sebastian Leilo) and likely Russian entry “Loveless” (Andrey Zvyagintsev).

In our review of the film, Eric Kohn wrote that its a “brilliant followup” to Maoz’s previous offering, »


- Anne Thompson

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Director of Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer Over Comment to L.A. Times

6 hours ago | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Farhad Safinia, the screenwriter and director of The Professor and the Madman, has just filed a lawsuit that is anything but ordinary. In California federal court, he alleges that he never came to a deal to shoot the picture and that Voltage Pictures is committing copyright infringement with respect to the movie about the origins of the Oxford English Dictionary that stars Mel Gibson and Sean Penn. Plus, he's asserting defamation.

His lawsuit follows one in August from Mel Gibson's Icon Productions, which must be discussed first for context.

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- Eriq Gardner

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Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards Announce Finalists And Judges

1 hour ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The 62nd annual Samuel Goldwyn Writing Awards have announced their finalists and judges. Samuel Goldwyn Foundation president John Goldwyn and vice president Tony Goldwyn have named Emmy-nominated actress Kerry Washington, ABC Entertainment President Channing Dungey, and Lionsgate Executive Vice President Chris Selak as judges for this year’s competition. The awards recognize excellence in dramatic writing and are given exclusively to students at UCLA. The finalists of the… »


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Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation Awards $20 Million in Environmental Grants

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

Leonardo DiCaprio announced Tuesday that his foundation will give $20 million in grants to more than 100 environmentally focused organizations.

The new grants, ranging from wildlife and habit conservation and combating climate change to the defense of indigenous rights, increase the organization’s total direct financial impact to over $80 million since 1998.

“These facts have been presented to the world time-and-time again for decades. Quite simply, we are knowingly doing this to ourselves, to our planet and to our future, and the cost of our inaction is becoming clearer,” DiCaprio said during a Yale Climate Conference hosted by John Kerry. “Yet with all of this evidence – the independent scientific warnings, and the mounting economic price tag – there is still an astounding level of willful ignorance and inaction from the people who should be doing the most to protect us, and every other living thing on this planet.”

DiCaprio encouraged everyone to vote in midterm elections for political candidates who believe »


- Rebecca Rubin

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CAA Promotes Quartet Of Trainees

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

CAA said it has promoted Darren Gee to agent in CAA Sports' Basketball group, one of four trainees upped today. Gee will be based in the New Jersey office. Also on the sports side, Barry Clarke and Melissa Lee were promoted to executives at CAA Sports Consulting, which advises and manages sponsorship rights deals. Both are based in New York. Tori Wechsler, meanwhile, was promoted to agent in the Digital Talent and Packaging group. Based in Los Angeles, the unit sets up… »


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‘Battle Of The Sexes’ Review: Emma Stone & Steve Carell Are Matchless And Top Of Their Game

2 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

A firestorm ignited in 1973 when retired tennis pro Bobby Riggs, a hustler and gambler looking for new prey, challenged reigning tennis queen Billie Jean King to a match to prove that a female champ was far inferior to anyone on the men’s tour — even an old-timer in his mid-50s. She turned it down at first, but after he defeated one of her chief rivals, King took on what became a virtual circus of immense proportions covered on ABC and around the world. Now that era and… »


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Zack Snyder Films ‘Snow Steam Iron’ On iPhone

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Batman v Superman and Justice League director Zack Snyder has just released Snow Steam Iron, a short film he directed. He released it on the Vero website. It is the first we've heard from Snyder since he stepped back from finishing Justice League to deal with a family tragedy, and Joss Whedon stepped in to finish the film for him. The logline of the short: Snow gently falls on the blood-stained streets of a seedy, out-of-time New York City. Steam envelops the nightmare… »


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‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi May Direct The ‘Akira’ Movie

3 hours ago | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

You could say New Zealand-born director Taika Waititi decided to change careers midway through his directorial life. Once a comedian helmer behind satires like “What We Do In The Shadows” and sweet and cheeky coming of age dramas such as “Boy,” and “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” Waititi seriously changed gears midstream and that’s evinced once more with the news the filmmaker may direct the long-in-the-works “Akira” adaptation.

Continue reading ‘Thor: Ragnarok’s Taika Waititi May Direct The ‘Akira’ Movie at The Playlist. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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‘Glee’ Alum Harry Shum Jr. Joins Sylvester Stallone In ‘Escape Plan 3’

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Exclusive: Harry Shum Jr., who currently stars in the Freeform fantasy series Shadowhunters, is joining the Escape Plan franchise. The former Glee star is set to appear in Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films’ Escape Plan 3: Devil’s Station, along with Tyler Jon Olson and Sergio RizzutoSylvester Stallone returning as the star with John Herzfeld is on board to direct from a script by Miles Chapman, who wrote the previously two pics. In this installment, the daughter of a Hong Kong… »


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Beau Willimon Elected WGA East President

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

Beau Willimon, the playwright and showrunner who launched Netflix’s “House of Cards,” has been elected to a two-year term as president of the Writers Guild of America East, following an unopposed campaign to succeed Michael Winship.

The results were announced Tuesday evening in New York. Incumbent vice president Jeremy Pikser and secretary-treasurer Bob Schneider were also re-elected after running unopposed.

Winners of the six open Freelance seats are incumbents Bonnie Datt, Susan Kim, and Courtney Simon along with Amy Sohn, Tracey Scott Wilson, and David Simon. Andrea Ciannavei, the runner-up for the six open Freelance Council seats, was elected to a one-year term on the council to fill the vacancy created by  Willimon’s election as president.

Incumbent Phil Pilato was re-elected for an open Staff seat along with Kim Kelly and Hamilton Nolan.

Willimon and five other incumbents won re-election to two-year terms for council seats last year. He »


- Dave McNary

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Beau Willimon Elected President Of WGA East

3 hours ago | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

The WGA East has a new president, and ideally things will go more smoothly for him than the president he created for House of Cards. Beau Willimon has been elected to the top job at the NYC-based guild. He ran unopposed as Michael Winship chose not to seek re-election after serving as Wgae president since 2007. Incumbent Vice President Jeremy Pikser and Secretary-Treasurer Bob Schneider also faced no competition and were returned to office. In the council races, Bonnie… »


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