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Working Title To Launch Family Franchise Based On Enid Blyton’s ‘Famous Five’

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Exclusive: Enid Blyton has been called the Jk Rowling of her time. The English writer who was born in 1897 is one of the biggest selling children’s authors in history with global sales of over 600M books. One of her most iconic series is The Famous Five, and I hear Working Title has just acquired theatrical rights to the full library. That includes over 20 novels which center on the adventures of a group of four young children and their dog Timmy. I understand the plan is to launch a live-action franchise based on the books, the first of which […] »


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Global Showbiz Briefs: Venice Film Festival To Expand Online Screenings; StudioCanal Sets Thriller ‘’71’ For October In UK; More

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The Venice Film Festival, which announced its lineup this morning, is expanding its online screening offering this year. Sala Web, the initiative that acts as a parallel online showcase for films officially selected in the Horizons and Biennale College sidebars, this year will be available 24 hours a day over five days from anywhere in the world. The virtual screening room provides a limited viewing window during the festival with a capped allotment of tickets to be sold through a dedicated online box office. Films selected make their online world premieres in the Sala Web simultaneously with their official presentations […] »

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Hot (Tub) Trailer: ‘Hot Tub Time Machine 2′ Redband Unveiled At Comic-Con

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Four years ago, a modern dude quartet took a booze-soaked soak in a hot tub and were hurled back to the Reagan era. Now Rob Corddry, Craig Robinson, and Clark Duke are suited up for the sequel (though John Cusack isn’t) and are joined for Round 2 by Adam Scott and Gillian Jacobs. This time when our heroes fire up their watery wayback machine, they accidentally are sent to the future. And of course they must alter said future so they can preserve the past — which is really the present. Got that? Anyway, Steve Pink returns to direct from […] »


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Hot Trailer: ‘Fort Bliss’

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Michelle Monaghan stars as a decorated Army medic who returns from a 15-month tour of duty in Afghanistan and tries desperately to reconnect with her 5-year-old son, who initially wants nothing to do with her. As they try to restore a bond, she is faced with redeployment — and the likelihood of losing everything she worked to rebuild. Ron Livingston, Pablo Schreiber, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Gbenga Akinnagbe, Dash Mihok and young newcomer Oakes Fegley co-star in Fort Bliss, from writer-director-producer Claudia Myers. Phase 4 Films opens the drama September 19 in theaters and VOD. Here’s the new trailer: »


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Comic-Con: Christopher Nolan ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Wows At Paramount Presentation

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Paramount scored the first bona fide surprise of Comic-Con when Christopher Nolan strode onstage in Hall H. After some evasive small talk, Nolan showed the very first trailer for Intersteller. Much like Nolan’s Inception, which was too complicated to describe in a sound bite, the trailer basically showed enough footage to convince you that you are going to want to see this when it opens in November. With Oscar winners Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway leading his cast, it also showed that Nolan might very well have a major entry in the Academy race on his hands. Basically, the trailer […] »


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Specialty B.O. Preview: ‘Magic In The Moonlight’, ‘The Fluffy Movie’, ‘A Most Wanted Man’, ‘The Kill Team’, ‘Happy Christmas’

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Looming in the wake of Boyhood‘s hot box office roll out earlier this month, some heavy-hitters will enter the Specialty fray this weekend which should shape up to be rather interesting come Sunday box office time. Woody Allen blitzed theaters last July with a smashing roll out of Blue Jasmine and he’s back, courtesy once again of Sony Classics with his latest Magic In The Moonlight. The distributor, however, is taking a somewhat different release track this time around. Lionsgate/Roadside is opening Philip Seymour Hoffman starrer A Most Wanted Man after delaying the title’s bow in the wake of its […] »


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Comic-Con: ‘Showrunners’ Docu Getting Day-And-Date Release In October

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Exclusive: The feature documentary about TV creators will arrive in theaters and homes just as the fall season gets into full swing. Submarine Deluxe will send Showrunners into cinemas the same day Gravitas Ventures makes it available on VOD. Jj Abrams, Matthew Carnahan, Jane Espenson, Hart Hanson, Ronald D. Moore, Kurt Sutter, and Joss Whedon are among the powerhouse television creators who appear in Showrunners, the first feature-length film to explore the rising power of the showrunner and the behind-the-scenes process that goes into making a hit show. Appropriately enough, pic includes footage shot at previous Comic-Cons. Showrunners also has […] »


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Comic-Con: Ben Affleck As Batman Shows Up … Sort Of

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DC Entertainment is celebrating Batman’s 75th anniversary at its Comic-Con booth with a wall montage that happens to reveal the second image (here’s the first) of Ben Affleck as Batman in Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Check out the stubble: Here’s DC Comics’ tweet that shows more of the full wall: If you visited our #dcsdcc booth have you been able to find the hidden #BatmanvSuperman image? pic.twitter.com/dOvuPTLFnQ — DC Comics (@DCComics) July 24, 2014 »


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Comic-Con: Stan Lee’s Voice Fails Him, So He’s Staying Home

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The comics legend’s reps say he was hit with a bout of laryngitis and isn’t making the trip to San Diego after all. Twitter was abuzz about Stan Lee‘s sudden pullout today, with folks speculating about the 91-year-old Spider-Man and X-Men co-creator’s health. But a spokesman tells Deadline that Lee simply lost his voice and otherwise is “well and healthy”. He was set for a meet-and-greet and DVD signing on Friday afternoon to promote his Stan Lee’s Mighty 7 franchise. It’s definitely a bummer, but on with the Con. »


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Comic-Con: Sony Goes For Early Eyeballs With ‘Pixels’, ‘Goosebumps’

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Even 10 months out from its May 15, 2015 release date on alien adventure Pixels, Sony‘s playing the long game. This is the only Comic-Con the studio has to promote the Chris Columbus-directed Adam Sandler pic, after all. That means a full-court marketing takeover inside the busy Hard Rock Hotel just outside the Convention Center, complete with arcade open to the public, and the presentation of barely-there footage from the set at this morning’s studio panel. In the pic, aliens invade Earth after mistaking feeds of classic arcade games as an act of intergalactic war. The film is still shooting and Columbus appeared via […] »


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Comic-Con Idea From Paul Rudnick: Supergay Man Of Steel?

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Here’s some food for thought for Comic-Con: Paul Rudnick, the fine playwright and screenwriter of such films as Jeffrey, Addams Family Values and The Stepford Wives, has made a Facebook post on how ever-evolving movie superheroes can really change the spandex game. Under the heading Supergay, he writes: “Marvel has announced that in an upcoming edition, Thor will be a woman, and that the new Captain America will be black. And while there have been gay superheroes, and Archie Andrews has recently taken a bullet for his gay friend, Kevin, we could still use a re-thinking of a central icon. […] »


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Focus Sets Jesus Childhood Tale ‘Christ The Lord’ For Easter 2016

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The adaptation of Anne Rice‘s best-seller is set to hit theaters March 23, 2016, the Wednesday before Easter. Christ The Lord is a fictional account of young Jesus as he comes to discover his real identity and the truth surrounding his birth. It was greenlighted during Cannes in May and is set to begin production September 15 in Italy. No cast is in place, but Cyrus Nowrasteh (The Stoning Of Soraya M.) will direct from a script he wrote with his wife Betsy. Enzo Sisti (Passion Of The Christ) is executive producing. The wide-release pic will arrive two days ahead […] »


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Josh Greenstein, Tony Sella Top Names In Sony Marketing Search

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Paramount marketing chief Josh Greenstein and former Fox marketing guru Tony Sella are two of the leading contenders Sony brass are eyeing to come into their executive ranks following the exit of distribution and marketing executive Jeff Blake this week. Insiders caution that there are several others are in the mix too, including execs currently at the studio. Sony CEO Michael Lynton and chair of Sony Pictures Motion Picture Group’s Amy Pascal said as much on Tuesday. Specifically, Lynton said, “Right now we are going to leave the existing structure under Jeff in place, and we will be looking both internally and […] »


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Euro Mash: Indie Biggies Wild Bunch & Senator Join Forces

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Major pan-European distributor Wild Bunch and Germany indie bigwig Senator Entertainment have agreed to combine their businesses. The resulting company will be a top European film distributor and producer with a library of about 2,200 films and consolidated revenues of more than $250 million (based on 2013 figures). The existing management teams will take over the operational leadership of the group, with Wild Bunch’s Chairman and CEO Vincent Grimond becoming CEO, Brahim Chioua as COO, Vincent Maraval as Chief Content Officer, and Senator’s Max Sturm as CFO. The two companies have a common history, teaming on the joint-venture operation Central […] »


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Goldwyn Uncorks ‘A Year In Champagne’

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has acquired North American rights to A Year In Champagne. Writer-director David Kennard’s follow-up to A Year In Burgundy focuses on France’s most famous beverage and was bought after screening at the Santa Barbara and Palm Beach fests. Pic will be released in the spring. We like drinking it but watching it? There is a lot of ground covered here. Pic covers the beverage’s history, grim and bloody, swept by war and destruction from Attila the Hun to the filthy trenches of Wwi and the Nazi depredations of WWII. The environment for winemaking is desperately hard — northerly […] »


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Venice Chief Alberto Barbera: “I Don’t Like The Idea Of A War Amongst Festivals”

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Following the announcement of the Venice lineup today, I sat down with fest chief Alberto Barbera in Rome. He’s got what looks like a very solid roster of 55 films across the official selection that will unspool between August 27 and September 6 on the Lido. It all kicks off with Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s Birdman on opening night. Barbera told me he was excited for the film, which he says marks a departure for the helmer of Babel, 21 Grams and Biutiful. “It’s inventive and light” and full of surprises. After a truly out-of-this-world festival last year which blasted off […] »


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Bradley Cooper’s Chef Pic Whips Up New Title, Adds Uma Thurman

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The Weinstein Company has kicked off production today on Adam Jones, the culinary pic that stars Bradley Cooper and Sienna Miller about a bad-boy Michelin chef who must turn it around. The project was originally titled The Chef until Jon Favreau’s food truck pic Chef came along; there was confusion among buyers that led to a cease-and-desist order and eventually a resolution. Adam Jones has added Uma Thurman as the final ingredient in an ensemble that includes Daniel Bruhl, Riccardo Scarmacio, Emma Thompson, Lily James, Omar Sy, Jamie Dornan, Sam Keeley, Sarah Greene and Alicia Vikander. The plot: Chef Adam […] »


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‘Dragon Tattoo’ Helmer Niels Arden Oplev Revs ‘Kahaani’ Remake

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Yrf Entertainment will remake the hit 2012 Indian film Kahaani, and the company has landed Jose Rivera and Richard Regen to script it for Niels Arden Oplev, helmer of the Swedish trilogy that began with The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. Written and directed by Sujoy Ghosh, Kahaani was a big hit in India that grossed 16 times its budget in that country alone. The remake is titled Deity, and it’s described as a thriller about an American woman who goes to Calcutta in search of her missing husband. As she gets closer to the truth, she finds herself at […] »


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Woody Allen Adds Parker Posey, Jamie Blackley To Next Pic

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After setting Joaquin Phoenix and Emma Stone to star in his next untitled film, Woody Allen has just added Parker Posey and If I Stay‘s Jamie Blackley to the cast of the film currently shooting in Rhode Island. Letty Aronson and Stephen Tenenbaum are producing. Allen’s Magic In The Moonlight will be released this week by Sony Pictures Classics. »


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Comic-Con: Hammer Sets Michael & Peter Spierig To Helm Firearm Family Fright Film ‘Winchester’

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Michael and Peter Spierig have in their crosshairs the Hammer Films’ supernatural thriller Winchester, about an heir to that firearms family fortune who believes she has been cursed by the victims and the lethal legacy of the “gun that won the West.” The Spierig siblings will rewrite to direct the film, which will be shot in the world-famous Winchester Mystery House in San Jose. The story revolves around heir Sarah Winchester, who in 1884 began 38 years of construction on the 24,000-square-foot, 160-room Gothic mansion. It was after the sudden deaths of her husband and child that Winchester began to […] »


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