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‘Furious 7′ Leads Pack, ‘Mall Cop 2′ Bags $23M+, ‘Unfriended’ in Third

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Updated Saturday, 11:22 Pm: Furious 7 had a nice Saturday uptick for Universal and will likely race in with around $28.7M for the three-day to push its cume to around $294M. Sony’s sequel comedy Paul Blart Mall Cop 2 is now expected to nab around $23M+ while Universal/Blumhouse’s horror flick Unfriended as expected had a Saturday night drop (the way genre usually does) and could have a three-day of anywhere between $15.8M and $16.5M depending on what tomorrow brings. Here… »

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Deadline Studio @ Tribeca Film Festival Day Three: Jason Sudeikis, Rebecca Hall, Dianna Agron And More

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Day Three at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival got off to a cool, quick start when Backtrack thesp Robin McLeavy and her director Michael Petroni arrived an hour early, clearly pumped for the premiere of their film tonight. More energy ensued when the young cast and crew of King JackCharlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen—piled into our studio for a fab photo sesh. Photographer Drew Wiedemann kept things moving in the afternoon when he shot the… »

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Harvey Weinstein Talks ‘Hateful Eight’, Sony Hack, Gut Instincts & Socially Aware Oscar Campaigns At Tribeca

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A packed house gathered today at the Sva Theatre for the Tribeca Film Festival’s A Conversation With Harvey Weinstein, in which the The Weinstein Co. film chief canvassed an array of topics including the Sony hacking, Quentin Tarantino’s The Hateful Eight and Oscar campaigns. While Shia Labeouf’s discussion on his doc production Love True only drew a half-filled house on Thursday afternoon at the Sva, ushers today were pulling out extra folding chairs to accommodate… »

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‘Married’s Kimiko Glenn Joins ‘Nerve'; Kino Lorber Acquires ‘Gueros’

17 April 2015 9:53 PM, PDT

Kimiko Glenn, who has a recurring role on FX’s Married and appears in the Netflix hit Orange Is The New Black, has joined the Lionsgate feature Nerve, co-starring with Emma Roberts ​​and Dave Franco. Glenn plays the worried friend of a high school senior (Roberts) who’s enmeshed in an increasingly dangerous online game of dare. The project is directed by Henry Joost and Ariel Schulman and produced by Allison Shearmur (Cinderalla). Her Orange Is The New Black character is… »

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Sony Attorney David Boies Warns Media After WikiLeaks Hacked E-Mail Rehash

17 April 2015 6:14 PM, PDT

Breaking, With An Update: One day after Julian Assange and WikiLeaks announced it had indexed and cataloged all the e-mails that were stolen from Sony Pictures by computer hackers in a cyber hacking assault the U.S. government attributed to North Korea to put teeth in a threat to blow up movie theaters showing The Interview, attorney David Boies once again has put media on notice. A letter has been sent to media outlets appealing to them not to wallow in the ill-gotten… »

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Deadline Studio @ Tribeca Film Festival Day Two: Olivia Wilde, Dakota Fanning, Theo James And More

17 April 2015 5:58 PM, PDT

Day Two at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival started off with a visit from Olivia Wilde, Giovanni Ribisi, Ty Simpkins and director Reed Morano of the family drama Meadowland, quickly followed by Nick Sandow (this time in the director's seat) and Vincent Piazza, who are promoting their mob pic, The Wannabe, which is executive produced by Martin Scorsese. Photographer Drew Wiedemann had a full slate today, especially when the cast and crew of Emelie arrived… »

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Arturo Castro Tags Along On ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’

17 April 2015 5:21 PM, PDT

Arturo Castro (Broad City) has joined the cast of Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, Ang Lee’s feature adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel. It follows a group of servicemen sent on a "victory tour" after returning from combat in Iraq. Billy Lynn and his comrades will return to battle after the tour ends with a halftime show of a Dallas Cowboys football game on Thanksgiving Day. Castro will play Marcellino “Mango” Montoya, a steady and skeptical member of Lynn’s Bravo… »

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TriStar Slates Ang Lee’s ‘Halftime Walk’ For Late 2016

17 April 2015 4:34 PM, PDT

TriStar Pictures has slated the wartime drama Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk, from director Ang Lee, for release on Veterans Day, November 11, 2016. The studio previously had the spot held for Sinister Six but moved that superhero film off the date. Billy Lynn has that weekend to itself for now. The 3D film is based on the best-selling Ben Fountain novel and stars Vin Diesel, Chris Tucker, newcomer Joe Alwyn, Steve Martin, Garrett Hedlund and Kristen Stewart. It follows… »

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‘Batman V Superman’ Trailer Gets Official Release Following Leak

17 April 2015 3:54 PM, PDT

Nearly 24 hours after the trailer for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice was leaked via a shaky cellphone camera recording, Warner Bros has kneeled before reality and released the teaser officially. The trailer for the film, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill as DC’s contentious superheroes, originally was planned to be unveiled during a 15-minute long event in Imax theaters on Monday. The studio’s official release spoils that planned surprise. Warner Bros and DC can… »

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Ben Stiller Confirms Penelope Cruz In ‘Zoolander 2′

17 April 2015 3:18 PM, PDT

Months after Deadline first reported that Penelope Cruz had agreed to appear in  Zoolander 2Ben Stiller today made it official, with an announcement on Instagram and Twitter that the Oscar-winning actress indeed will be in the comedy sequel. Cruz’s character has not been revealed. The follow-up to the hit 2001 film sees Stiller returning as the titular male supermodel and Blue Steel creator, Owen Wilson as rival/best friend Hansel, Christine Taylor as love… »

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Vincent Bollore Consolidates Grip Over Vivendi, Now Poised To Create Global Media Giant

17 April 2015 3:13 PM, PDT

Vivendi Chairman Vincent Bollore emerged victorious at the French media giant’s annual meeting, seeing off a shareholder rebellion and winning a battle over double voting rights that will allow him to move forward with his vision of turning Vivendi into a global player. The billionaire businessman, who has tightened his grip over Vivendi in recent weeks by nearly tripling his stake in the company to 14.5% in the space of less than two months, was presiding over his first… »

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First Set Photo From ‘Pee Wee’s Big Holiday’ Pops Up On Instagram

17 April 2015 2:49 PM, PDT

It’s Friday, and the secret word is “selfie.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.) Paul Reubens made his Instagram debut today with the first photo from the set of Pee Wee’s Big Holiday. It’s a photo taken by Joe Manganiello, who just joined the cast last week. Pee Wee’s Big Holiday marks the first time Reubens has returned to the character that made him a household name since 2010’s The Pee-wee Herman Stage Show: The Return, and the first Pee Wee film since the regrettable Big Top… »

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‘Furious 7′ Tops $1B Worldwide — A First For Universal

17 April 2015 2:22 PM, PDT

Furious 7 has become Universal’s first billion-dollar baby, and the entertainment company’s head honcho took to the web today to talk about what is a notable moment for the 103-year-old studio. “Today marks a significant milestone in our history,” NBCUniversal Vice Chairman Ron Meyer wrote in a blog post as the setua-sequel raced past that global-boxoffice milestone in just its 17th day in release. The actioner starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker has banked an… »

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George Lucas To Colbert At Tribeca: “Experimental Films — That’s Exactly What I’m Going To Do”

17 April 2015 2:17 PM, PDT

If you were a Star Wars fanatic looking for any kind of hints or reveals for the next Star Wars feature films, well the Tribeca Talks: George Lucas and Stephen Colbert conversation wasn’t the place to find it today.  At the top of their dialogue, Lucas told the crowd, “They’re (Disney) are doing a different story, I don’t even know anything about it.”  While the entire conversation recapped Lucas’ career from wannabe race car driver to cutting Jabba the Hutt out of the… »

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‘Unfriended’ Review: Will Teens Actually Go Offline To See This ‘Grand Googlenol’?

17 April 2015 1:17 PM, PDT

It seems Hollywood finally has found a way of getting teens offline and in line. Just make a movie like Unfriended, where the entire 82-minute running time takes place in front of a computer screen. Blumhouse has done it again. As I say in my video review above, they have made a cheapie horror thriller that is virtually disconnected from human interaction and plugged into a cyber-age Friday The 13th-style Facebook fright fest. Let’s call it “Grand Googlenol.” In Universal… »

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Mob Ties: ‘Boardwalk Empire’s Connections To Gangster Pic ‘The Wannabe’ – Tribeca

17 April 2015 12:18 PM, PDT

“If anyone believes in synchronicity, this was a case of it,” exclaims The Wannabe star and producer Vincent Piazza. The actor who many HBO auds know as soft guy-gone-fierce mobster Charlie Luciano on Boardwalk Empire, told Deadline at our Tribeca Film Festival studio how many of the creatives courted to be involved on Wannabe, coincidentally wound up working on Boardwalk Empire — and it wasn’t because both were gangster genre tales. “I was asked to read the screenplay… »

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Meredith Wechter Exits ICM, Puts Josh Gad, ‘Wonder Woman’s Gal Gadot In Play

17 April 2015 11:40 AM, PDT

Exclusive: The movement of agents continues. Meredith Wechter, a longtime agent at ICM Partners whose clients include Josh Gad and Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot, has left the agency and will be moving on. I’ve confirmed she’s no longer at ICM, where she spent a decade. I’d heard rumors that she might resurface at Wme, but I’m told she is under contract until June 30. So nothing will happen until then. We’ve seen the litigation flying back and forth between CAA and UTA after… »

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The ‘Dope’ Full-Length Trailer Lives Up To Its Name

17 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT

High top fades, punk rock and def raps are the order of the day in Dope, a major breakout at Sundance this year that, in the wake of Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp a Butterfly, couldn’t feel more timely. Now you can see for yourself as the film’s official full-length trailer has dropped. Part coming of age story and part contemporary examination of the part of La that spawned Gangsta Rap and G-funk, Dope follows a trio of nerdy South Los Angeles high school students obsessed… »

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Zosia Mamet, Jessica Biel Play Femmes On The Edge In ‘Bleeding Heart’ – Tribeca

17 April 2015 10:56 AM, PDT

Movies by women, starring women, about women. Tribeca Film Festival has found some groundbreaking films being made by females this year. Last night, the concert doc Mary J Blige – The London Sessions bowed following the R&B artist recording her 13th studio album. Blige capped off the premiere at the Beacon theater with a live performance. Also premiering was Diane Bell’s sophomore directorial feature Bleeding Heart about a reserved yoga instructor, May (Jessica Biel)… »

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Stx Entertainment Puts Its $350M-$400M Account In Horizon Media’s Hands

17 April 2015 10:00 AM, PDT

Stx Entertainment has just named Horizon Media as its “agency of record,” which means that Horizon will handle its media planning and buys, strategy, research and analytics and partnerships with promotions. This is a big deal, given that Stx has an annual media budget of $350M-$400M that it will spend to promote its 12-15 films a year. The timing also is critical as Stx will release two films this year — the psychological thriller The Gift on July 31 from Blumhouse and… »

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