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‘King Jack’, ‘TransFatty Lives’ Take Top Audience Honors At Tribeca Film Festival

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King Jack, a coming of age story about a 15-year old delinquent, and TransFatty Lives, a doc about a New York City DJ’s battle with Als, respectively took the best narrative and documentary audiences awards at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. The winners were announced at the fest’s wrap party and each award comes with a $25K cash prize. Directed and written by Felix Thompson, King Jack stars Charlie Plummer as Jack, a teenager who is in the throes of dealing with a… »


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Michael Bay Releases First ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2′ Pics

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For those of you living under a rock – or in the sewers, one supposes – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the upcoming sequel to last years’ hit reboot of the enduring comic-based franchise, is set to begin filming in locations around New York very soon. To prove it, producer Michael Bay took to Twitter today to reveal two of the vehicles that’ll be appearing in the film. Just some stuff I found… http://t.co/yydcIebaIC pic.twitter.com/sYNXmPpNJL — Michael Bay… »


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Michael Bay Releases First ‘Ninja Turtles 2′ Pics

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For those of you living under a rock – or in the sewers, one supposes – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles 2, the upcoming sequel to last years’ hit reboot of the enduring comic-based franchise, is set to begin filming in locations around New York very soon. To prove it, producer Michael Bay took to Twitter today to reveal two of the vehicles that’ll be appearing in the film. Just some stuff I found… http://t.co/yydcIebaIC pic.twitter.com/sYNXmPpNJL — Michael Bay… »


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Christian Bale Knee Injury Means ‘The Deep Blue Good-by’ Will Follow ‘Wolverine 3′

24 April 2015 6:30 PM, PDT

Breaking: The knee injury suffered by Christian Bale is serious enough that Fox will postpone the John D. MacDonald novel adaptation The Deep Blue Goodbye until its director, James Mangold, completes Wolverine 3 with Hugh Jackman. Bale suffered torn knee ligaments in an accident at his home. He has been filming The Big Short with Ryan Gosling, Brad Pitt and Steve Carell in New Orleans, but they play stockbrokers and it’s not physically demanding. He plays a salvage hunter… »


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The Joker Photo: First Official Look At Jared Leto’s ‘Suicide Squad’ Villain

24 April 2015 6:01 PM, PDT

Because it’s now news whenever a superhero — or in this case supervillain — movie shows us a costumed character for the first time, here you go: Oscar winner Jared Leto as Hall of Fame heavy the Joker in Warner Bros’ Suicide Squad. Director David Ayer gave us a teasing sneak preview of the not-so-merry prankster a couple of weeks ago, and the filmmaker just tweeted this image to honor the DC Comics character’s 75th birthday. Pleasant dreams, law-abiding… »


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A24 Acquires ‘The Adderall Diaries’ In 2nd Tribeca Deal Of Day For Distrib

24 April 2015 3:41 PM, PDT

Exclusive: A24 is closing a low seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to The Adderall Diaries, the Pamela Romanowsky-directed film that premiered at Tribeca and stars James Franco as a troubled and drug-addicted writer who becomes fascinated by a big murder trial and decides to create a book focusing on the explosive case of a man suspected of killing his ex-wife. The deal is being brokered by Wme Global and CAA. A24 earlier today wrapped up another A24 deal on the William… »


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‘Iron Man’ Copyright Lawsuit Against Marvel Has Weak Links In Its Claims

24 April 2015 3:39 PM, PDT

As Avatar director James Cameron and Fox can tell you, copyright infringement lawsuits can fly fast and furious around blockbusters. How far they get in the courts is often a mixed result of the statute of limitations; proximity; if the asserted similarities are unique, benign or generic; and financial resources for lawyers. In the case of a potentially multibillion-dollar complaint filed this week by Horizon Comics against Marvel and Disney over the Iron Man movies, a… »


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Fox Searchlight Sets Fall Release For ‘He Named Me Malala’, About Youngest Nobel Winner – Update

24 April 2015 2:25 PM, PDT

Updated, 2:25: Fox Searchlight said today that it will open Davis Guggenheim’s documentary He Named Me Malala on October 2 in select theaters. Previously, March 30: Fox’s specialty arm acquired worldwide rights minus France and other French-speaking territories to He Named Me Malala, according to a statement from Fox Searchlight Pictures presidents Nancy Utley and Stephen Gilula. Studiocanal will distribute the Davis Guggenheim pic in France. The film is slated for… »


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Eric Idle: “We’re Funnier Than Scientology” – Monty Python Invades Tribeca Film Fest

24 April 2015 2:10 PM, PDT

They’re grizzled and jowly but barely less quick with the sardonic retort, the five surviving members of Monty Python. The recent concert reunion of Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, John Cleese and Michael Palin in London (sixth member Graham Chapman died in 1989) is the subject of Monty Python: The Meaning of Live, Roger Graef and James Rogan’s documentary, having its premiere as part of the Tribeca Film Festival’s tribute on the 40th anniversary of the release of M… »


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Monty Python, Simon Pegg, Robin Williams Comedy ‘Absolutely Anything’ To Screen For Studios

24 April 2015 2:09 PM, PDT

As the Monty Python crew reunites on stage at the Tribeca Film Festival today, their most recent film – a comedy Absolutely Anything – is getting its final touches as it readies to find distribution in North America. Outside of documentary films, the Monty Python troupe have not worked on a feature film together in a film since 1983 when The Meaning Of Life debuted, said the producers of the latest comedy film in which John Cleese, Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Terry Jones… »


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A24 Acquires William Monaghan’s ‘Mojave’ After Tribeca Bow

24 April 2015 12:04 PM, PDT

A24 has sealed a seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Mojave, writer-director William Monahan’s drama that world-premiered at Tribeca last week. The story: Armed with little more than a knife and some vodka, an on-edge Hollywood director (Garrett Hedlund) sets out for the Mojave Desert, where he finds a drifter (Oscar Isaac) brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the devil. Mark Wahlberg, Louise Bourgoin and Justified alum Walton Goggins also star in Mojave, the second… »


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Another CAA Agent Defects To UTA, Bringing Total Up To 12

24 April 2015 12:02 PM, PDT

It ain’t over yet. The defections from Creative Artists Agency continued Friday as United Talent Agency confirmed that it has brought another agent into their company. UTA has hired former CAA agent Harold Froget who will be part of the team inside UTA's comedy and music touring practice division. Froget had spent 11 years — specifically in corporate and private booking — with CAA before exiting. He will now focus on his new agency's corporate and private events… »


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First Feature From YouTube’s Wong Fu Productions Set For Vimeo Release

24 April 2015 11:30 AM, PDT

Popular Youtube outfit Wong Fu Productions’ first feature film, Everything Before Us, will be released worldwide June 3 exclusively on Vimeo on Demand, it was announced this morning. The film first debuted theatrically on April 23, during the L.A. Asian Pacific Film Festival held in Los Angeles, and can be preordered now on Vimeo. The directorial debut of Wong Fu founders Philip Wang and Wesley Chan, Everything Before Us is a science fiction/romantic drama set in a… »


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Relativity Plunks Down $3M To Pick Up Bold Films’ ‘Shot Caller’ With ‘Games Of Thrones’ Actor In Lead

24 April 2015 11:05 AM, PDT

In what can be seen as the first big deal prior to the opening of the Cannes Film Festival, Relativity Studios is in final negotiations to pick up Bold Film’s next film, Shot Caller and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, who stars as Jamie Lannister in HBO’s hit series Game of Thrones, has just been cast in the lead of the film. The film was picked up for around $3M with a wide release commitment. Shot Caller tells the story of a newly released prison gangster who is forced by the… »


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Nu Image Ups Jeffrey Greenstein To President Of Int’l Sales & Distribution

24 April 2015 10:23 AM, PDT

Jeffrey Greenstein has been bumped up a notch to President Of International Sales & Distribution at Avi Lerner’s Nu Image. The five-year company vet will oversee and manage the foreign sales and distribution of all Nu Image and Millennium Films productions. Greenstein, who was VP International Sales & Distribution at Nu Image and Millennium, has worked on more than 30 films for the indie studio, including the Expendables franchise, Olympus Has Fallen and Homefront. He’ll… »


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Swedish Novel ‘The Swimmer’ Floats With Kamala, Thunder Road, Film House Germany

24 April 2015 9:22 AM, PDT

Kamala Films, Thunder Road and Film House Germany has teamed to secure the rights to The Swimmer, the debut novel by Swedish author Joakim Zander. Ben August is set to write it. The novel weaves three international stories to create an action thriller that revolves around an American spy who abandoned his newborn daughter 30 years ago. He finds that she and her ex-boyfriend are in possession of dangerous information about American torture sites, with a Swedish lobbyist… »


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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Continues To Set Records With $44.8M In Two Days

24 April 2015 9:18 AM, PDT

Updated, Friday, 9:18 Am Pt: Grosses are rolling in after Disney/Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron opened yesterday in an additional 15 markets to bring its estimated two-day tally to $44.8M. It continues to sit at No. 1 in all markets — 26 in total — and continues to bust records. Three more markets will open today which will make up about 55% of its total international release before next weekend. Avengers: Age of Ultron opens Stateside with a preview on Thursday, April… »


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Annie Mumolo Reunites With Melissa McCarthy In ‘Michelle Darnell’

24 April 2015 8:35 AM, PDT

Annie Mumolo has joined the cast of the Universal comedy Michelle Darnell. She reteams with Melissa McCarthy, as Mumolo co-wrote Bridesmaids with Kristen Wiig and got Oscar nominated. Michelle Darnell also stars Peter Dinklage, and it’s directed by Ben Falcone. Since co-writing Bridesmaids (Wiig didn’t want to do a sequel), Mumolo has gained traction as an actress. She currently stars in the NBC comedy About A Boy and recently shot the pilot The 46 Percenters for Warner… »


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Richard Corliss Dies: Time Magazine Film Critic Was 71

24 April 2015 8:01 AM, PDT

Richard Corliss, film critic at  Time magazine for 35 years, died Thursday day from complications following a stroke he suffered a week ago. He was 71. Born in Philadelphia, Corliss received his Master’s degree from Columbia before embarking on a diverse career beginning in the 1960s that included stints with New Times, MacLean’s, Soho Weekly News and four years writing for The National Review, despite his self-avowed liberal beliefs. He also served for a time as Editor… »


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Arc Entertainment Lands ‘Phantom Halo’

24 April 2015 5:24 AM, PDT

Arc Entertainment acquired Us rights to the crime thriller Phantom Halo. It’s directed by Antonia Bogdanovich, the daughter of helmer Peter Bogdanovich, and she wrote it with Anne Heffron. Pic stars Maze Runner‘s Thomas Brodie-Sangster, Rebecca Romijn, Luke Kleintank, Sebastian Roché, Tobin Bell and Clare Grant. Arc Entertainment will be releasing the film on VOD and in theaters on June 19, 2015. Arc Entertainment's Scott Moesta, made the deal with Michael E. Morales… »


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