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

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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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DreamWorks Animation's 'The Croods 2' Back on Track for 2020 Release

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DreamWorks Animation's long-planned sequel to The Croods, its 2013 movie about a prehistoric family, is back on and is now set for a Sept. 18, 2020, release by Universal Pictures.

The animation studio, now a division of Universal, also announced today that the previously announced Spooky Jack, a collaboration with horror master Jason Blum, would be released Sept. 17, 2021.

The original Croods grossed $587.2 million worldwide when it was released through Dwa’s previous deal with Fox, and work began on a sequel, which was originally slated for 2017 and then moved to 2018. But following Universal’s acquisition of Dwa »


- Gregg Kilday

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Diane Kruger to Star In, Produce Hedy Lamarr Miniseries (Exclusive)

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Diane Kruger is teaming up with Straight Up Films to tell the story of silver-screen and communications technology pioneer Hedy Lamarr.

Kruger is producing with the intent to star in what is envisioned to be a TV miniseries adaptation of the Richard Rhodes book Hedy’s Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, The Most Beautiful Woman in the World.

Google and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation are also collaborating on the development of the project.

Lamarr, who first began acting in her native Austria, lit up American cinema in the late 1930s and 1940s, starring in Comrade X with »


- Borys Kit

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

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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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First Look: Hugh Jackman as Gary Hart in 'The Frontrunner'

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Hugh Jackman gave fans a first look into his new political film, The Frontrunner, via his Twitter account Monday.

In the exclusive picture, Jackman can be seen portraying politician Gary Hart, who was once considered the frontrunner for the 1988 Democratic presidential nomination until his bid fell apart after allegations of an affair with Donna Rice. The U.S. senator from Colorado withdrew from the race amidst the controversy.

Day 1. Principal photography. The Front Runner. #thefrontrunner @JasonReitman @BronStudios pic.twitter.com/oHdi3hYQ2O

Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 18, 2017

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- Lexy Perez

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Cover Reveal: David Mamet’s New Novel 'Chicago' (Exclusive)

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Academy Award nominee and Pulitzer Prize winner David Mamet’s upcoming novel is a 1920s gangster story, and here is an exclusive first look at the striking cover to Chicago.

The novel follows Mike Hodge, a World War I vet and star reporter at the Chicago Tribune, as he hunts for the killer of the love of his love. Mixing real and fictional characters, the story deals with questions of honor, deceit, revenge and devotion, all told in Mamet’s distinctive voice. The publisher touts it as “the book he has been building to for his whole career.” More plot »


- Andy Lewis

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'Never Here': Film Review | Oldenburg 2017

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Performance artist, documentarian and editor Camille Thoman has assembled an impressive range of talents for her narrative feature debut, an atmospheric indie psycho-thriller with shades of Lynch and Hitchcock. The Killing star Mireille Enos plays the lead, Sam Shepard makes his final screen appearance and Zachary Quinto has a credit as exec producer. Vexing, disquieting, willfully opaque in places, Never Here had its European premiere at Oldenburg International Film Festival last week. Vertical Entertainment is planning a limited U.S. release Oct. 20, with a pay TV launch to follow on Starz in early 2018.

Enos stars as Miranda Fall, a »


- Stephen Dalton

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Annette Bening to Get BAFTA Career Retrospective

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The British Academy of Film and Television Arts said Tuesday that BAFTA-winning and Oscar-nominated actress Annette Bening will discuss her craft and career at one of its popular "BAFTA A Life in Pictures" events in London next month.

It will take place at the British capital's Savoy Hotel on Oct. 12.

The "Life in Pictures" series has hosted such stars as Kenneth Branagh, Cate Blanchett, Viola Davis, David Fincher, Dustin Hoffman, Emma Thompson, Sam Mendes, Helen Mirren, Alan Rickman, Vanessa Redgrave, Martin Scorsese, Meryl Streep, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Irons.

After starting her acting career on stage, Bening’s breakthrough role on »


- Georg Szalai

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Why Ralph Fiennes Got Honorary Serbian Citizenship

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Oscar-nominated British actor Ralph Fiennes recently got Serbian citizenship to honor his work in the country.

Obtaining a citizenship of an Eastern European country by a Western film star is rather uncommon, and Fiennes is the first major foreign star to be granted citizenship of the country. For those wondering: the initiative to give him the honorary citizenship came from Serbia's culture ministry.

"This is rather different from seeking to become a Serbian citizen," Simon Beresford, Fiennes' agent, told The Hollywood Reporter. "It is more like being granted the 'keys to the city.' "

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- Vladimir Kozlov ,Nick Holdsworth

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