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

6 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

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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

8 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

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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

2 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.

Icon claims that Gibson was entitled to sign-off on »

- Eriq Gardner

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Sierra/Affinity Signs First-Look Deal With Smb Films

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Sierra/Affinity has entered into a first-look agreement with production company Smb Films.

Founded and run by Scott Bernstein since 2014, the agreement calls for Sierra/Affinity to be Smb’s first stop as it develops and produces feature films for a global audience.

“As both a seasoned executive and producer, Scott has a strong track record of identifying material that resonates worldwide and distilling it into a feature film product that appeals to audiences both domestically and abroad,” said Sierra/Affinity’s Nick Meyer in announcing the news with Marc Schaberg. “Combining Scott’s talents with Sierra’s strength as a producer, financier, and sales entity presents a potent content generating combination.”

Smb Films has produced several successful films including the commercially and critically acclaimed music biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” as well as “Ride Along 2” starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. It’s currently producing “The Turning” at Amblin with Floria Sigismondi attached to direct.

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- Justin Kroll

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‘Akira’ Back? ‘Thor: Ragnarok’ Helmer Taika Waititi In Talks

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Exclusive:  Akira is revving back up, with Warner Bros negotiating with Taika Waititi, the New Zealand-born director and actor who helmed Thor: Ragnarok. Pic is  a live action version of anime artist Katsuhiro Otomo's 6-volume graphic novel. The story takes place in the rebuilt New Manhattan where a leader of a biker gang saves his friend from a medical experiment. Mad Chance’s Lazar is producing with Appian Way's Leonardo DiCaprio and Jennifer Davisson. The picture has… »

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‘Cook Off!’ Trailer: Melissa McCarthy Comedy Reheated Ten Years Later

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Before Melissa McCarthy picked up an Oscar nomination for Bridesmaids and became a box office star — and way before she won an Emmy for going full Spicey — she was in the cast of the ensemble comedy Cook Off, which bowed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in 2007. Since then, Lionsgate Premiere picked it up, and now has launched a trailer ahead of a November 17 limited theatrical release and VOD bow. McCarthy stars with future fellow Bridesmaid Wendi McLendon-Covey (who… »

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Damon Lindelof Teases the Start of HBO’s ‘Watchmen’ Series on Instagram

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

Looks like it's happening, folks. Damon Lindelof is getting to work on HBO's series adaptation of WatchmenThe Leftovers showrunner is riding off the critical success of dearly departed series, which will go down in the books as one of the boldest, most imaginative pieces of television ever put to screen, and now he's getting to work adapting one of the boldest, most imaginative graphic novels ever put on the page. Lindelof posted an update on Instagram today with the brief text, "Day One." Short, sweet and to the point, the text is accompanied by an image … »

- Haleigh Foutch

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Director of Unreleased Mel Gibson Movie Sues Producer for Defamation

1 hour ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The legal fight over “The Professor and the Madman,” the unreleased Mel Gibson film about a dictionary, is heating up, with the director filing a defamation suit against the production company.

Director Farhad Safinia, who wrote the script for Gibson’s “Apocalypto,” filed a suit in Los Angeles federal court on Tuesday accusing Voltage Pictures of defamation and copyright infringement.

Gibson sued Voltage in July, alleging that the company had breached the agreement giving Gibson approval of the final cut of the film. Gibson also alleged that Voltage had not budgeted adequate production days in Oxford, England, which he argued was essential to telling the story of the composition of the Oxford English Dictionary.

The L.A. Times followed up with a story about the dispute, in which Voltage issued a statement saying that “Mr. Gibson and the film’s director consistently failed to live up to their professional and contractual responsibilities to Voltage.”

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- Gene Maddaus

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Heroes: What Can We Expect from ‘Justice League’?

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Welcome to the 167th episode of Collider Heroes, hosted by Jon Schnepp, with Amy Dallen and Robert Meyer Burnett. We bring you the latest news about the World of Heroes and Villains on this Tuesday, September 19, 2017: What can we expect from the Justice League movie? Minor Mutations Matt ReevesThe Batman is said to start shooting summer 2018 Captain Marvel adds Oscar Winning Production Designer Andy Nicholson Sebastian Stan talks about the smooth shooting on Avengers: Infinity War Venom casting call looking for mercenaries Battle Van will be used in Netflix The Punisher series David Ayer tweets Joker &… »

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Amblin Partners’ Michael Wright Steps Down as CEO

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Michael Wright is stepping down as chief executive officer of Amblin Partners and becoming executive producer of two of the company’s forthcoming films, the company said Tuesday.

Steven Spielberg, chairman of the company, will step into the CEO role after Wright’s exit. Wright oversaw films like “The Girl on the Train” and “A Dog’s Purpose” while at Amblin.

“I have always enjoyed working with Michael and the unique creative collaboration we’ve shared going back to his days at Turner Broadcasting,” Spielberg said in a statement. “I am very pleased to continue our relationship and that he is joining our upcoming projects, ‘The Talisman’ and ‘The Wand,’ as an executive producer. I also want to express my gratitude to Michael for helping us launch our company and creating a strong foundation to build on in the future.”

Jeff Small will remain president and co-chief executive. Holly Bario, president of production, »

- Ricardo Lopez

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Michael Wright Exiting As Amblin Partners CEO; Steven Spielberg Takes Reins

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Michael Wright is stepping down as CEO of Amblin Partners to become an executive producer on two films at the company. Amblin chairman Steven Spielberg will take on the chief exec title. This news just broke. Jeff Small remains president and co-ceo, and with Spielberg will oversee operations. President of production Holly Bario, and Amblin TV co-presidents Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, all continue in their current roles, the company says. Wright, the onetime head of… »

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Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture

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

Please realize this is not an exaggeration. This is very, very, very strange Best Picture race. Yes, there are always a ton of contenders vying for a Best Picture nomination after the trifecta of Venice, Telluride and Toronto unofficially kick off awards season. Yes, many of those players often fall to the wayside. It’s how the Best Picture race works. But you can pretty much figure out at least five to six of the nominees by now (eh most of the time).

Continue reading Contender Countdown: Anybody And Everybody Is In It For Best Picture at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Director Oscars Predictions

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This is a very fluid field with likely only Nolan and del Toro the only locks for a nomination at this point. [Posted Sept. 19]


Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Guillermo del Toro, “The Shape of Water

Luca Guadagnino,”Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri”

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Steven Spielberg, “The Post

Joe Wright, “The Darkest Hour

Almost there

Paul Thomas Anderson, “Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson

Kathryn Bigelow, “Detroit

Sofia Coppola, “The Beguiled

Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Patty Jenkins, “Wonder Woman

Angelina Jolie, “First They Killed My Father”

Yorgis Lanthimos, “The Killing of a Sacred Deer”

Dee Rees, “Mudbound

Ridley Scott, “All The Money In The World

Michael Showalter, “The Big Sick

Denis Villeneuve, “Blade Runner 2049


Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Darren Aronofsky, “Mother!”

Noah Baumbach, “The »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Original Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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Who said original ideas are dead in Hollywood? This year the Original Screenplay race is at least 10 times more competitive than the Adapted Screenplay category. In fact, it’s so competitive that who makes this five may be a major indicator of your eventual Best Picture winner. [Posted Sept. 19]


Guillermo del toro, Vanessa Taylor, “The Shape of Water

Emily V. Gordon, Kumail Nanjani, “The Big Sick

Liz Hannah, Josh Singer, “The Post

Anthony McCarten, “The Darkest Hour

Martin McDonagh, “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

Jordan Peele, “Get Out

Taylor Sheridan, “Wind River

Almost there

Woody Allen, “Wonder Wheel

Paul Thomas Anderson, “The Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Project”

Sean Baker, “The Florida Project

Simon Beaufoy, “Battle of the Sexes

Greta Gerwig, “Lady Bird

Christopher Nolan, “Dunkirk

David Scarpa, “All the Money in the World

Edgar Wright, “Baby Driver


Michael Arndt, Jenny Bicks, Bill Condon, “The Greatest Showman

Mark Boah, “Detroit”

Noah Baumbach, »

- Gregory Ellwood

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2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions

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How weak is this year’s Adapted Screenplay category? If you can get the rights to something, write your screenplay, shoot, edit and release by the end of December…you’ve got a shot. [Posted Sept. 19]


Armando Ianucci, David Schneider, Ian Martin, Peter Fellows, “The Death of Stalin

James Ivory, “Call Me By Your Name

Richard Linklater, “Last Flag Flying

James Mangold, Scott Frank, Michael Green, “Logan

Scott Neustadter, Michael H.

Continue reading 2018 Best Adapted Screenplay Oscars Predictions at The Playlist. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Johnny Depp’s Ex-Biz Managers Add Actor’s Friends & Family To Expenses Suit

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The bitter multi-million dollar legal battle between Johnny Depp and his former business managers at The Management Group over the Pirates Of The Caribbean star's finances has just gotten a lot bigger and personal – literally. "In his attempt to avoid paying his debts to Tmg, Depp is knowingly throwing his closest family, friends and employees under the bus by falsely alleging that they took millions of dollars in unauthorized payments from him," a blunt amended complaint… »

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Dozens Dead, Buildings Collapse After Mexico City Earthquake

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Widespread destruction has been reported in Mexico City after an earthquake registering 7.1 magnitude struck the country just after 1 p.m. local time. The country was still reeling from a stronger 8.2 tremor south of the capital on Sept. 7.

At least 61 people have been killed, with rescue efforts just getting under way.

“I have never felt anything that intense,” said Variety‘s Mexico City correspondent James Young. Multiple buildings have collapsed in the densely populated city, Young reported. The city is in a full state of emergency.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported that the earthquake’s epicenter was near the Puebla state town of Raboso, some 76 miles southeast of Mexico City where buildings have collapsed, gas lines have ruptured, power outages are widespread and the city’s chaotic traffic is even worse than normal.

The venerable Churubusco Studios, where hundreds of films have been shot, has suffered some damage: “Some walls of the studio have collapsed and some »

- Anna Marie de la Fuente

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