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Thor, The Heavy Metal Rocker And Not The Son Of Odin, Gets Docu Deal From Mpi

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Mpi Media Group has acquired all distribution rights to I Am Thor. It’s not about the hammer swinging superhero, but rather a biographical film about Jon Mikl Thor, an unsung hero of the golden age of heavy metal, and his attempt at a comeback. The film, directed by Ryan Wise (Prom Queen), will receive a late fall theatrical release. Mpi Media Group Executive Vice President Greg Newman made the deal with Glen Reynolds, the President and CEO of Circus Road Films. Thor was… »


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Stana Katic And Raza Jaffrey Star In Amin Matalqa’s ‘The Rendezvous’

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Exclusive- Stana Katic (Castle) and Raza Jaffrey (Homeland) will star in Sundance award-winning director Amin Matalqa’s action adventure The Rendezvous. Inspired by classic romantic capers as North by Northwest and Romancing the Stone, the film is an adaptation of Sarah Isaias’ book A New Song. Set in Jordan, the film recently wrapped principal photography on location there. Terrel Seltzer (One Fine Day) has written the script, which follows an unlikely pair who find… »


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‘Black Swan’ Interns Lawsuit Overturned By Appeals Court

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In a decision that Hollywood has been waiting for months to hear, the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals today threw the Black Swan intern case on its head by vacating an earlier judgment in favor of two interns who worked on the Darren Aronofsky-directed film. The hearing on the appeal of District Judge William Paley III’s ruling of 2-years ago was held on January 30 this year. The original 2011 lawsuit against Fox Searchlight set the stage for a slew of intern class actions… »


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Jake Gyllenhaal & Taran Killam Serenade Ellen Greene In ‘Little Shop Of Horrors’ -Review

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Update Thursday Am with more performance information: Judy Garland at the Palace had nothing on the crowd that roared when Ellen Greene made her entrance Wednesday night on stage at New York’s City Center for the first of just three performances in a staged concert of Little Shop Of Horrors (Thursday’s matinee and evening shows are nearly sold out). It felt like Homecoming, Sunday church in Harlem and the Governor’s Ball all rolled into two joyfully cathartic hours, part… »


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Is Chris Pratt Psychic? ‘Jurassic World’ Star Predicted His Role In 2010

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Ok, maybe there really is some truth in the idea that if you put it out there to the universe it will happen. In 2010, Chris Pratt was playing Andy Dwyer in NBC’s Parks And Recreation. While recording a behind-the-scenes video extra for the show’s DVD version, he made a joke about getting a text from Steven Spielberg, as you can see in the video here. “Man, I just got a text message,” Pratt says, as he looks down at his phone. “From Steven Spielberg. God, so annoying,” he… »


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Oscar Halftime Report: Can Animated ‘Inside Out’ Turn Best Picture Race Upside Down?

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It is halftime for the 2015 Oscar race, but at this point only one movie released in the first six months of this year looks to make the list of Best Picture nominees. And no, with all apologies to Vin Diesel, it is not Furious 7.  So with that in mind let me tell you that right now on July 1, Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out is leading the race for the Academy Awards. Of course Best Picture nominations for animated films are extremely rare. When there were just five nominees… »


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Michael Neeson Debuts As Michael Collins In ‘The Rising,’ Playing The Role His Dad Made Famous

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Talk about following in a father's footsteps. Michael Neeson, son of actor Liam Neeson, has just been set for his first major film role. He will play the role of famed Irish revolutionary Michael Collins in The Rising, reprising the role his father made famous almost 20 years ago in Michael Collins. The film stars Colin Morgan (Merlin), who plays the lead role of Irish freedom fighter Sean McDermott, and David O'Hara (Braveheart) who plays revolutionary leader James… »


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Aurora Theater Shooting, 3 Years Later: When Moviegoers Became Superheroes

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Warning: Graphic details/images follow. Three years ago, on July 20th, moviegoers piled into the Cinemark Century 16 in Aurora, Co for a midnight screening of Warner Bros.The Dark Knight Rises. They came because they loved Batman. They loved superheroes. They are the kind of avid moviegoers Hollywood counts on to fuel their opening weekends for tentpole pictures. Nineteen year-old Stefan Moton and his brother saved up for weeks to be able to buy two tickets to see the… »


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‘Magic Mike Xxl’ Review: A Bare Bones Plot Won’t Matter To Fans Looking For Stripped-Down Summer Fun

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2012’s Magic Mike was pound-for-pound one of the most successful films released that year. With only  a $7 million price tag it became one of the most profitable movies in a long time. Naturally, having grossed well over $100 million domestically alone on this investment, Warner Bros would want a sequel and that’s what we have in Magic Mike Xxl, which opens today just in time to strip away the competition. Original director Steven Soderbergh replaced himself at the helm… »


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Timothy Spall In Talks To Star As Sir Ian Paisley In ‘The Journey’

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Exclusive: Timothy Spall (Mr Turner) is in advanced discussions to star as the late Sir Ian Paisley in Nick Hamm’s The Journey. The film is a fictional account of the extraordinary story of two implacable enemies in Northern Ireland — firebrand Democratic Unionist Party leader Paisley and Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness — who are forced to take a short journey together in which they will take the biggest leap of faith and change the course of modern history. It is… »


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DreamWorks Animation Hires Dan Berger As Corporate Communications Head

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DreamWorks Animation has hired former Fox communications executive Dan Berger as head of corporate communications for the company, filling the void left by Chip Sullivan who took at job over at NBC in corporate communications in April. Berger, who spent nine years over at Fox in a number of senior communication jobs, will start on July 27 in the Glendale-based offices. The company has released 31 feature films to date, including a number of franchise properties like How to… »


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‘Batman v Superman’, ‘Man From U.N.C.L.E.’ & ‘Pan’ Lead Off Warner Bros. Comic-Con Panel

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On Saturday, July 11 at 10:30 Am Batman and Superman are heading back to Hall H as expected. Since announcing Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice at the 2013 San Diego confab and dropping a teaser last summer, this year Warner Bros. is bringing the film’s director Zack Snyder back, as well as Batman Ben Affleck, Superman Henry Cavill and Wonder Woman Gal Gadot. All four were present at the studio’s panel last summer, but this time they’ll have their fellow castmates in… »


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Dulé Hill & Jacob Latimore Appear To Topline ‘Sleight’

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Exclusive: Dulé Hill, Jacob Latimore, rapper Tyga and Storm Reid have been cast in Sleight, a thriller pic from Diablo Entertainment. The film will mark the feature directing debut of music video helmer Jd Dillard, who co-wrote the script with Alex Theurer. Diablo’s Eric B. Fleischman and Sean Tabibian, whose credits include Two-Bit Waltz and Carnage Park, are producing the feature, which is set to begin production this summer in Los Angeles. The film centers on a young… »


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Disney Exec Moves To Creative Marketing Outfit Pongo

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Ron Pomerantz, currently VP Marketing and Creative at Disney Channel, is exiting to become VP Content & Strategy at Pongo, a creative marketing agency for entertainment industry clients. In his new role he will oversee the new creative content division for Pongo, which will develop and produce interstitial content, PSAs, commercials and business-to-business integration as the company expands its client offering to charitable and philanthropic arms. Pomerantz had his hand… »


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‘Fatal Attraction’ Getting Reboot From Paramount As Event TV Series At Fox

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Exclusive: Lock up your rabbits. Paramount is rebooting its iconic thriller Fatal Attraction into a one-hour event TV series with Maria and Andre Jacquemetton (Mad Men) exec producing and writing.  The series is being developed under the auspices of Paramount Television Production. Fox Broadcasting Network is on-board and has commissioned the script.  Stanley R. Jaffe and Anonymous Content’s Rosalie Swedlin are exec producing. Fox’s president of entertainment, David… »


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‘Steve Jobs’ Trailer: Michael Fassbender Takes Big Bite Of The Apple

1 July 2015 9:02 AM, PDT

Universal Pictures’ Steve Jobs is based on Walter Isaacson’s bestselling biography of the iconic Apple founder. But the first trailer for the biopic that just dropped shows that Michael Fassbender is all-in on Aaron Sorkin’s script, about the sometimes flawed man that was one of the architects of the digital revolution. The first thought when watching Fassbender storming through these first-look scenes: Now we see why the filmmakers originally reached out to Christian… »


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Alibaba Pictures Signs China’s First Ever Bundling Deal With Dmg And Hunan TV

1 July 2015 8:52 AM, PDT

Jack Ma’s internet giant Alibaba Group has struck a deal with Chinese film company Dmg and Hunan TV to bundle subscription-based Internet, cable and mobile entertainment, along with gaming, film and TV content, to Chinese consumers for the first time. The service will be offered to Hunan TV's six million cable TV subscribers first and then roll out across China, according to a filing made to the Shenzhen Stock Exchange. Both Dmg and Hunan are listed there.  The statement… »


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Magnolia Entertainment And Kylin Pictures Set Up Development & Production Funds

1 July 2015 7:47 AM, PDT

Exclusive:  Magnolia Entertainment, the Beverly Hills-based management and production company, is launching two new companies together with Chinese financier and production company Kylin Pictures. With access to $100 million in production financing, of which $10 million will be dedicated to development,  the new companies will focus on both U.S.-Chinese co-productions as well as English-language international projects. There may also be the scope for gap financing on a… »

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‘Monopoly’ Movie In Works As Lionsgate Teams With Hasbro

1 July 2015 6:58 AM, PDT

Here’s a concept that just passed “Go.” Lionsgate says it is teaming with Hasbro to create a movie based on Monopoly, the board game developed more than a century ago to illustrate a Progressive critique of economic concentration. Lionsgate will finance the movie and co-produce it with Hasbro’s Allspark Pictures. The screenplay will come from Andrew Niccol, whose credits include The Truman Show, Gattaca, and The Terminal. They say that this will be “a film for all ages… »


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Michael Keaton And Jk Simmons Exit Legendary’s ‘Kong: Skull Island’

1 July 2015 6:38 AM, PDT

Exclusive: Michael Keaton and Jk Simmons have exited Legendary Pictures’ Kong: Skull Island. Scheduling conflicts are believed to be the principal reason behind both actors’ departures. The project, which has Jordan Vogt-Roberts directing from a script written by John Gatins and Max Borenstein, pushed back its production start by a few weeks from the fall to before the end of the year. That, and the fact that it is likely to be a demanding shoot in terms of time, didn’t… »


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