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Drew Goddard Meeting To Script, Helm New ‘Spider-Man’

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Drew Goddard, who has been in the Spidey web when he was going to put together the spinoff film The Sinister Six, might be moving up. Rumors lately had him as the likely candidate to script and direct the next installment of the Spider-Man franchise. I’m told he’s got a meeting and there’s optimism this will lead to a deal but that it’s a bit premature. The Sinister Six spinoff, which focuses on Spidey’s various arch-villains and was supposed to broaden chances at making… »


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Movie Superheroes Will Pummel One Another’s Ticket Sales – Analyst

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Superhero movies saved the day for several studios during the past few years. But the films might lose their punch as Hollywood prepares to pummel multiplexes with big-budget films featuring characters who defy the laws of physics, Cowen and Co’s Doug Creutz says today in his annual take on profitability prospects for Hollywood. There is “cause for increasing concern that the major studios are all moving towards increasingly indistinguishable strategies, as they all put… »

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Driver Charged In ZombieWalk Crowd Incident At Comic-Con

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The deaf driver who hit and seriously injured a 64-year-old woman during Comic-Con in San Diego last July has been criminally charged in the matter. Matthew Pocci, 47, is facing one count of reckless driving with injury and one count of personal infliction of great bodily injury, according to the San Diego District Attorney’s office. He is expect in court for arraignment on March 9. Pocci was driving through San Diego with two other deaf adults and his child in the back… »

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Weinstein Gobbles McDonald’s ‘Founder’ Pic; Michael Keaton Starring

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The Weinstein Company has restocked for Oscar season with a $7 million deal for U.S. rights to The Founder, the John Lee Hancock-directed film about fast-food pioneer Ray Kroc, to be played by Michael Keaton. News of this has been around for days, but here is how they’re describing it. It’s the true story of how Kroc, a salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers… »


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Luc Besson Finds New Action Hero? EuropaCorp Sets Sullivan Stapleton For ‘The Lake’

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Exclusive: Luc Besson built his EuropaCorp action formula by hatching great plots and then finding a repertory of good actors who can translate to action stars, such as Liam Neeson, Jason Statham and most recently Scarlett Johansson. Now that he and partner Christophe Lambert are moving that formula to fill their own pipeline with their Red distribution label, they need new blood and have found some. They’ve just set Sullivan Stapleton, the Aussie star of 300: Rise Of An E… »


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‘The Breakfast Club’ Restoration Headed To SXSW As Brat Pack Classic Turns 30

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After 30 years, The Breakfast Club is finally getting out of detention. A newly remastered version of the John Hughes teen classic will debut March 16 at SXSW in Austin in time to celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, organizers said today. Stars Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy will take part in an audience Q&A before the screening, so if you ever wondered why Brian (Anthony Michael Hall) had that gun in his locker, this is your chance. This is all part of a push ahead of… »


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‘Get Hard’ Red Band Trailer: Kevin Hart & Will Ferrell In ‘Hood High Jinks

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Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart are two of the biggest comedy draws going at the box office these days — so why not team them for a sort of anti-buddy comedy? Warner Bros figured that out too, and now comes Get Hard, about a newly minted white-collar criminal (Ferrell) who hires Hart’s Darrell Lewis to prep him for his stint in San Quentin — even though Darnell doesn’t know the first thing about it. It kind of looks like The Wedding Ringer conning Ron Burgundy, but at least… »


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Ives’ ‘Lives’, Harvey Weinstein Benched, Clive Owen Broadway Bound, ‘Hedwig’ Newcomer: Live In NYC

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Clive Owen will make his Broadway debut in a revival of Harold Pinter’s Old Times, directed by Tony Award winner Douglas Hodge (La Cage Aux Folles). Previews for the Roundabout Theatre Company production will begin September 17, followed by the official opening on October 15. "My first season with Roundabout included Old Times, our first Broadway season opened with The Homecoming and we opened the first Laura Pels Theatre with Moonlight,” said Roundabout artistic director… »


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Jonathan Deckter Exits Im Global To Join Voltage Pictures As Partner

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Exclusive: Jonathan Decker has exited Im Global, where he was president, to join Nicolas Chartier’s Voltage Pictures as president and COO. Deckter will take over running all day-to-day business operations at Voltage. Chartier will remain as CEO and oversee all production-related activities along with Zev Foreman and Craig Flores. Deckter, who had been at Im Global for almost five years, had been a key part of Stuart Ford’s company’s emergence as a genuine player in the… »


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Will Smith’s ‘Focus’ Lower In Early Morning Estimates With $18.7M Opening – Box Office

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In early morning estimates, Warner Bros. is reporting that Will Smith’s romance noir Focus opened lower than anticipated with a Fss of $18.7M at 3,323 theaters, 685 of which were IMAX and premium large format combined. Added together with its $12.2M foreign launch in 31 territories, Focus currently posts a global bow of $30.9M. United Kingdom ($3M) and Russia ($3.1M) were the big countries that opened the film with Germany, Italy and Australia (5… »


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Im Global, Republic Records Team On Bille Woodruff-Helmed ‘Rollin’ Thunder

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Republic Records, home to Ariana Grande, Enrique Iglesias, Florence + the Machine and others, has teamed with Im Global to co-finance and produce films. First up: Rollin’ Thunder, a Bille Woodruff-directed urban comedy about a bowling champ turned ex con who wants to get back on top and mend his relationship with his teen daughter. The Atlanta-set pic will have a major musical component and starts production this summer.  It’s inspired by the artist Nelly and America’s… »


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Auds Check Into ‘Marigold Hotel 2′; ‘Grey’ Bound To Top Spot: Intl Box Office Update

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The international weekend was down about 15% from last frame with Fifty Shades falling 43% but maintaining its No. 1 dominance around the globe. Newcomer Focus had a soft launch in 31 markets, although only two of them major: Russia and the UK. The Will Smith con man comedy opened No. 1 in Russia but had steep competition in the UK with audiences overwhelmingly checking into Fox Searchlight’s The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. The sequel… »


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