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‘Swiss Army Man’ Explodes in Debut; ‘Hunt For the Wilderpeople’ Sizzles: Specialty Box Office

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Sundance Film Festival vet Swiss Army Man handily won the Specialty weekend battle in a crowded weekend of new releases. Released by A24, the film by 'the Daniels' grossed $114K in a trio of locations. Also strong in its debut was The Orchard's Hunt For the Wilderpeople by Kiwi director Taika Waititi, averaging over $17K in 5 theaters. Todd Solondz's latest, Wiener-Dog from IFC Films, bowed in a pair of locations taking in over $27K. And once again, a doc proved a… »

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‘Independence Day Resurgence’ Lands With $102M Overseas Start; ‘Dory’ Nears $400M Ww – Intl Box Office Update

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Update, Writethru: Fox’s Independence Day Resurgence landed with a $102.13M start overseas to take the No. 1 spot at the international box office this weekend. Roland Emmerich’s 20-years-later sequel invaded 57 markets and was tops in 40, including Korea and Mexico, and several South East Asian hubs. Its biggest competition for offshore eyeballs were family pics Finding Dory (in some smaller plays) and The Secret Life Of Pets in the UK. After the turmoil caused by the… »

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Bill Cunningham Dies: The New York Times Fashion Photographer Was 87

25 June 2016 3:50 PM, PDT

Bill Cunningham, the New York Times‘ ubiquitous man-on-the-street photographer whose life and work was the subject of Richard Press’ acclaimed 2010 documentary Bill Cunningham New York, died Saturday in New York at 87. His death was confirmed by the Times, which disclosed that he’d recently been hospitalized following a stroke. Though technically a fashion photographer, Cunningham’s tireless work for the newspaper’s Style section was noted – and loved – for its social… »

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‘Now You See Me 2’ Conjuring Record China Weekend Bow For Lionsgate – Intl Box Office

25 June 2016 1:27 PM, PDT

Lionsgate on Friday had its biggest opening day ever in China with Now You See Me 2, and is now looking at a record three-day. The sequel to the 2013 summer hit pulled $14.8M out of its hat yesterday in the Middle Kingdom — a magical increase of 790% in local currency and 679% in U.S. dollars versus the first film. Through Saturday, the two-day total is $36.4M (240.4M rmb) sending the film to a potential $50M China weekend which would be Lionsgate’s biggest ever opening… »

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Lionsgate’s ‘Dirty 30’ Gets Release Date; Former WWE Star Bill Goldberg To Topline & Produce Action Pic ‘Bauer’

24 June 2016 6:00 PM, PDT

Lionsgate’s upcoming comedy Dirty 30, starring social media stars and comedians Mamrie Hart, Grace Helbig, and Hannah Hart has received an official release date, and will hit select theaters and VOD September 23, with DVD release following September 27 exclusively at Target. The announcement was made today at VidCon 2016. The film follows three lifelong friends, Kate, Evie, and Charlie, who vow to throw a raging party for Kate’s 30th birthday to escape the rut they’ve… »

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Maggie Grace Joins Comedy Heist Pic ‘Supercon’; Talitha Bateman Joins ‘Annabelle 2’

24 June 2016 5:40 PM, PDT

Following her joining the crime thriller Category 5, Maggie Grace added another heist pic to her resume, joining the cast of Zak Knutson’s geek culture/crime comedy Supercon. Supercon follows a motley group of comic book artists and former TV stars earning a living working fan conventions who set out to rob a crooked promoter and an overbearing former TV icon. Grace will star as Allison McNealy, a cute, artsy comic artist making drawings for cash. Joey Tufaro is producing… »

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‘The Shallows’ Review: Blake Lively Makes For Lovely Shark Bait In Zillionth Ripoff Of ‘Jaws’

24 June 2016 3:30 PM, PDT

You have to give director Jaume Collet-Serra and the producers of this exploitative shark vs. surfer-woman movie credit — they know how to do it for a price. You can just imagine the pitch meeting on Columbia Pictures’ The Shallows. “Hey let’s plug a summer release hole with this cheap shark movie where we only have to hire one star, keep it in one location, and bring it in under 90 minutes for maximum showtimes!” And that is what they have done by casting Blake Lively as… »

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Brexit: What Hollywood And Europe’s Power Players Fear After Shocking Vote

24 June 2016 11:20 AM, PDT

Hollywood and Europe’s industry executives are reacting with concern over the Brexit vote to leave the EU, and what the result means for partners far and near. The implications are not yet fully parsed, although in such a globalized world, big corporations with media — and notably television — interests in the UK, Europe and the U.S. are looking at the future with a mix of shock, fear and uncertainty. A French TV producer who regularly works with the UK likens Brexit to a… »

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‘Wiener-Dog’ Bows Along With ‘Wilderpeople,’ ‘Swiss Army Man’ & Frank Zappa: Specialty Preview

24 June 2016 11:09 AM, PDT

From Todd Solondz and Greta Gerwig to Daniel Radcliffe and his pair of directors known collectively as the Daniels, a notable pack of filmmakers and stars are heading to theaters with limited releases this weekend. Solondz Wiener-Dog, with Gerwig, Danny DeVito, Ellen Burstyn and a rambunctious dachshund (or two) share this week’s Specialty roster with the Daniels' feature bow Swiss Army Man starring Paul Dano and Radcliffe. Also up: New Zealand director Taika Waititi… »

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‘Masters Of Sex’s Michael Sheen To Make ‘Green River Killer’ Directing Debut; Will Play Serial Killer

24 June 2016 11:00 AM, PDT

He’s played Tony Blair, David Frost and Dr, William Masters and now Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen is making his feature directorial debut with Green River Killer. Adapting his 2015 Black List script, the Masters of Sex star also will star in the film as serial killer Gary Ridgway, who was convicted of 49 murders in the Seattle area in the 1980s and 1990s. QC Entertainment said today that it will produce and finance the project. The film tells the story of police… »

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Hannah John-Kamen Lands Role In Steven Spielberg’s ‘Ready Player One’

24 June 2016 10:31 AM, PDT

Exclusive: British actress Hannah John-Kamen, who stars in the Syfy series Killjoys, just landed one of the coveted few roles in Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One for Warner Bros. The project is set to begin production next month in London. Tye Sheridan stars with female lead Olivia Cooke and Ben Mendelsohn. The movie, based on the popular sci-fi novel by Ernest Cline, is scheduled for release March 30, 2018. The book, whose story takes place in a virtual world, was… »

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Michael Herr Dies: ‘Dispatches’ Author & ‘Full Metal Jacket’ Co-Writer Was 76

24 June 2016 10:14 AM, PDT

Michael Herr, author of the heralded Vietnam War memoir Dispatches and Oscar-nominated contributor to two classic film chronicles of the conflict — Francis Ford Coppola’s Apocalypse Now and Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket — died Thursday after a lengthy illness. He was 76. His death at a hospital near his upstate New York home was announced by his publisher Knopf. "Dispatches is one of the seminal works of the 20th century and the most brilliant treatment of war and… »

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Sony Pictures Marketing Exec Dwight Caines Exit Clarified; Christine Birch, Andre Caraco To Fill Role

24 June 2016 9:53 AM, PDT

This isn’t a surprise, but Sony Pictures marketing chief Josh Greenstein just announced internally that Motion Picture Group domestic marketing president Dwight Caines, who has been at Spe for 19 years and in the role for the past three years, is exiting this summer after he completes work on the studio’s summer tentpole Ghostbusters. Christine Birch has been named president and Andre Caraco will be promoted to co-president of domestic marketing for the Motion Picture… »

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Haunted Ship Spec By ‘Shallows’ Scribe Anthony Jaswinski Anchors At Tooley Productions

24 June 2016 9:51 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The pre-holiday spec script market continues to hop. Tooley Productions just closed on Mary, a spec script by The Shallows scribe Anthony Jaswinski. It’s a supernatural thriller in which a struggling family buys an old ship at auction with high hopes of starting a charter business, only to discover her horrifying secrets on the isolated open waters. Tooley Productions won in a competitive bidding situation with multiple suitors in the mix. Tooley Productions… »

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Roland Emmerich’s Next Space Epic ‘Moonfall’ Lands At Universal

24 June 2016 9:34 AM, PDT

Exclusive: As the Roland Emmerich-directed sci-fi sequel Independence Day: Resurgence kicks off the first weekend of summer box office in North America today, Universal Pictures has closed a deal for the filmmaker’s next epic-sized sci-fi picture. The studio spent seven figures to acquire Moonfall[/link], a spec script that Emmerich wrote with his 2012 collaborator Harald Kloser and Spencer Cohen, latter of whom scripted the sci-fi pic Extinction for Good Universe and… »

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Brexit: What Happens Next

24 June 2016 8:41 AM, PDT

As the shock of the UK’s surprise vote to leave the European Union sinks in, tired eyes and weary minds now are turning to the consequences of the fateful referendum. In terms of process, the only concrete steps we know so far are that there will be a new leader of the Conservative Party by October following Prime Minister David Cameron’s resignation today. In his speech, Cameron recommended that the new leader should be responsible for invoking Article 50 of the Lisbon… »

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Harvey Weinstein On Brexit: “A Huge Mistake”; People “Voted Out Of Fear”

24 June 2016 7:27 AM, PDT

Harvey Weinstein was in Cannes today for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival. The exec who has business dealings in the UK told me that he was “shocked” over Britain’s vote to leave the EU and predicted “discrimination” against some productions going forward. His War And Peace miniseries, made with the BBC, qualified as European and thus was able to meet Europe’s quota requirements. “It could be very costly in the movie and TV industry in terms of content branding,” he… »

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Industry Reacts To Brexit Win; Media Stocks Crash; Execs Plan For Uncertainty

24 June 2016 4:47 AM, PDT

3Rd Update: 9:30 Am Pt: Reactions have rolled in from industry execs following last night’s vote by Britain to exit the EU and as media stocks crashed in London. Harvey Weinstein, who has major television dealings in the UK and is in Cannes for the Cannes Lions Creativity Festival, told Deadline he is “shocked” at the outcome which he called a “disaster.” Wild Bunch co-founder Vincent Maraval sees it slightly differently: “I’m sad because my wife is English and she’s sad… »

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‘Jupiter Legacy’ Taps Screenwriters; First Volume Of Comic Book Offered For Free For 24 Hours

24 June 2016 4:00 AM, PDT

Mark and Brian Gunn, the cousin and brother, respectively, of filmmaker James Gunn, are adapting Jupiter Legacy for producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura for the big screen. This as word comes that the first volume of the popular Mark Millar-Frank Quitely comic book series is being offered to fans for free tomorrow for 24 hours only here, which should make its fan base very happy. Since revamping many of the Marvel characters, Millar has been creating several franchises: Captain… »

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UK Pm Stepping Down After Brexit Wins EU Referendum; New Leader By October – Update

24 June 2016 12:30 AM, PDT

Update, 12:35 Am: After gambling his political future and power base on the UK voting to remain in the EU, British Prime Minister David Cameron today announced that he will be stepping down after the Leave side won the referendum. "I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain who steers the country to its next destination,” Cameron said in front of 10 Downing Street early Friday morning in London. "We should aim to have a new Prime Minister in place by the… »

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