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Los Angeles Mayor Courts Chinese Film And TV Production To Come To City

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Ahead of the signing this week of a much-enlarged California production tax-incentive package, Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti told a conference of U.S. and Chinese film and TV executives that “Hollywood is open for business and we will roll out the red carpet” for projects that bolster the city’s entertainment industry. It was mostly a feel-good speech before about 400 attendees at the U.S. China Film & Television Industry Expo, but a Garcetti spokesperson said afterward that it also was designed to reach out to Chinese production executives ahead of his November trip on trade and business to four cities there.

The 10-day trip to Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen will feature representatives from the city’s port and airport authorities, both major conduits for trade into Los Angeles. But Garcetti wanted to signal his interest in meeting during the trip with Chinese entertainment executives to discuss bringing business or joint projects to L. »


- David Bloom

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Hot Trailer: Jason Schwartzman & Elisabeth Moss In ‘Listen Up Philip’

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Writer-director Alex Ross Perry’s dark comedy premiered at Sundance, and Tribeca Film picked it up in June. Jason Schwartzman, Elisabeth Moss, Jonathan Pryce, Krysten Ritter, Joséphine de La Baume, Dree Hemingway and Jess Weixler star in the film about an author (Schwartzman) awaiting the publication of his sure-to-succeed second novel. Not all goes smoothly, however, as he his idol (Pryce) offers the writer his isolated summer home as a refuge. The pic from Washington Square Films and Sailor Bear Productions opens October 17 in NYC and expands the following week. It hits VOD and iTunes on October 21.

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Gerald McRaney Joins D.J. Caruso-Helmed ‘The Disappointments Room’

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Exclusive: Gerald McRaney has joined the cast of Relativity’s The Disappointments Room. Kate Beckinsale stars in the psychological thriller as a woman who moves into a new house with her 5-year-old son only to discover a secret room within the attic where unimaginable horrors are accidentally unlocked. I Am Number Four and Eagle Eye helmer D.J. Caruso rewrote and is directing from an original script by Prison Break star Wentworth Miller, who penned last year’s gothic thriller Stoker.

Simon & Simon and Major Dad star McRaney is hot off small-screen runs on Netflix’s House Of Cards and the recently cancelled Longmire. He also appears in the upcoming Relativity romance The Best Of Me and stars opposite Will Smith in Warner Bros’ February crime-romance Focus. The Disappointments Room began filming this month and also stars Lucas Till and Mel Raido. Geyer Kosinski is producing, while Robbie Brenner oversees for the studio. »


- Jen Yamato

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Universal Reuniting Matt Damon & Paul Greengrass For Another Jason Bourne Film

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Exclusive: Jason Bourne is coming back. Universal Pictures has begun making deals with Matt Damon and director Paul Greengrass to reunite for their third film in The Bourne Identity series, sources tell me. This is an absolute stunner — and Universal would not comment nor would the reps — because Greengrass told Deadline as recently as last year that once Bourne regained his memory, there was no place else for the character to go creatively. His search formed the spine for the trilogy Damon starred in.

Well, they’ve figured it out. I’m told that the studio is so bullish on this that the intention is to make the reteam the next Bourne film to go into production to make the July 16, 2016, release slot that Universal had previously assigned to an untitled Bourne film. That means it would step in front of the spinoff sequel that is to reprise Jeremy Renner »


- Mike Fleming Jr

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Box Office Final: ‘No Good Deed’ $24.2M; ‘Dolphin Tale 2′ $15.8M As ‘Guardians’ Passes $300M

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5th Update, Monday, 3:18 Pm: Screen Gems’ thriller No Good Deed fell right in line with other distribs’ estimates over the weekend to end the three-day at $24.2M, while Warner Bros./Alcon Entertainment’s Dolphin Tale 2 just fell short of $16M to gross a total cume of $15.8M; it was a softer-than-hoped-for opening for the sequel to the 2011 family film, which bowed to $19M on its way for a $95M worldwide haul). Chernin Entertainment’s crime drama The Drop ended the weekend at No. 6 for a $4.1M take or a respectable $5,000+ per screen for Fox Searchlight; it is James Gandolfini’s last film in release. The Identical dropped like a bomb in its second weekend (-75%) falling out of the Top 20 after a dismal opening. In fact, it’s even behind Woody Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight which is its eighth week of release. It was a very soft box office weekend overall, »


- Anita Busch

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Intl Box Office Final: No. 1 Bragging Rights In China Too Close To Call As ‘Storm,’ ‘Expendables 3′ And ‘Apes’ Fight It Out

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4th Update, Monday, 2:43 Pm (Pst): Who was No. 1 this weekend in China? It’s just not clear. Although Warner Bros. reported $7.7M this afternoon for Into The Storm, Fox reported $7.64M for Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and it looks like Expendables 3 ended up with $7.5M (according to Rentrak). But China reporting on box office is always a bit sketchy and numbers tend to fluctuate, which may be why another final total for Into The Storm shows it pulled in only $7.16M. Warners is sticking by its $7.7M number (which includes previews). So, to be fair to both parties, it’s really too close to call.

Final grosses are in for Guardians Of The Galaxy and other films including The Maze Runner (which bows in the states next weekend), The Boxtrolls (which won’t bow until September 26th in the U.S.), Dolphin Tale 2, Lucy, Finding Fanny »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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George Clooney Set For Golden Globes’ Cecil B. DeMille Award

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The actor-director-writer-producer will receive the Hollywood Foreign Press Association’s career honor during the 72nd annual Golden Globe Awards on January 11. George Clooney already has three Globes to his credit — all in different categories: Best Actor in a Drama for The Descendants (2011), Best Supporting Actor for Syriana (2005) and Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical for O Brother, Where Art Thou (2000). “The HFPA is honored to bestow the Cecil B. DeMille Award to George Clooney to celebrate his outstanding contributions both in front of and behind the camera,” said HFPA president Theo Kingma. Clooney most recently appeared in Gravity and The Monuments Men, the latter of which he also produced and directed. He next stars in Brad Bird’s sci-fi adventure Tomorrowland for Disney. Woody Allen received the 2014 honor. He was his typical no-show and his Annie Hall co-star Diane Keaton accepted for him.

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Rose McGowan Eyes Oscar With Short Film ‘Dawn’

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Exclusive: Rose McGowan is taking aim at awards season with her directorial debut Dawn, a short film for which the actress-filmmaker is launching an Oscar-qualifying run this week in Los Angeles. Dawn is the disturbing tale of a Kennedy-era teenager (Tara Barr) who strikes up a flirtation with the boy who works at the local gas station (Reiley McClendon) and invites him and his friends into her sheltered world. In Deadline’s exclusive clip, innocent fun turns ominous when Dawn goes out at night with her new pals. McGowan premiered the short at Sundance and is pairing it with seven nights of classic features featuring strong female voices in order to make it eligible for Academy consideration, dubbing it the Dawn Festival. The mini-fest starts September 19 at L.A.’s Downtown Independent theater. Here’s the exclusive peek at Dawn.

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- Jen Yamato

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Hot Trailer: Jennifer Lawrence In ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1′

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After unveiling a teaser during Comic-Con, Lionsgate has debuted a full worldwide trailer for its blockbuster sequel The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1. Jennifer Lawrence stars as Katniss Everdeen, who fights to save Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) from the Capitol as President Alma Coin (Julianne Moore) molds her into District 13’s symbol of resistance. Francis Lawrence directs a script adapted by Danny Strong and Peter Craig from Suzanne Collins’ final Hunger Games bestseller. Nina Jacobson’s Color Force produced with Jon Kilik. The first of two parts adapted from Mockingjay opens on November 21.

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Patrice Théroux Exiting eOne; Steve Bertram Named President Global Film Group

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Nearly two years after its acquisition of Alliance, Canadian giant eOne continues to make changes within its film division. The latest move is a rejigger of the global film business that will see the exit of global film division head Patrice Théroux, and the entry of Steve Bertram as President, Global Film Group. Bertram is a DreamWorks veteran who most recently led new business development and operations. He has also previously held senior positions at Paramount and Relativity. His mandate is to lead film activities globally, including supervision of eOne’s direct distribution operations in Canada, the UK, the U.S., Australia/New Zealand, Spain and Benelux. He will also oversee the company’s film production and international sales operations. Théroux, who joined eOne in 2007, has decided to leave “to explore new opportunities in film, television and digital,” a company statement said. He will segue to a film and TV »


- Nancy Tartaglione

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