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Comedy Pic ‘Poms’ In Works With Sierra/Affinity Aboard

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Sierra/Affinity has come aboard to finance and produce Poms, a comedy to be directed by Battle Of The Sexes hemlmer Zara Hayes from a script by Shane Atkinson. Hayes and Atkinson combined on the story, about a diverse group of women at a retirement community who form a cheerleading club to fulfill their lifelong dreams. The film will be produced by Wales-based Mad as a Birds Films' Ade Shannon, Celyn Jones, and Andy Evans; Rose Pictures' Rose Ganguzza; and Sierra's Kelly… »


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‘The Fighter’ Scribes To Co-Write Movie About Leicester City’s Hollywood-Ending English Soccer Season

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Exclusive: Paul Tamasy and Eric Johnson, the Oscar-nominated screenwriters of The Fighter and who also penned the upcoming Boston Marathon bombing pic Patriots Day, have found a new project to kick around. The have been set to write a screenplay with Goal: The Dream Begins scribe Adrian Butchart about Leicester City, the club which despite 5000-to-1 odds won the English Premiere League title this year overcoming perennial monied powerhouses like Arsenal, Chelsea… »


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New Line Sets Sequel To Fright Sensation ‘Lights Out’

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Exclusive: New Line Cinema has quickly flipped the switch on a sequel to Lights Out, the $4.9 million-budget genre film that already has grossed $27 million domestically and $35 million worldwide after opening Friday. David F. Sandberg confirms he will return for an encore of his feature directorial debut. The genesis of the film was a no-budget short Sandberg made with his wife Lotta Losten back home in Sweden, and their sudden rise is an empowering tale to any aspiring… »


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Anne Heche Plays Killer’s Mom In ‘My Friend Dahmer’

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Exclusive: Anne Heche has drawn the role of the mother of cannibalistic murderer Jeffrey Dahmer in My Friend Dahmer, an adaptation of the award-winning graphic novel by John Backderf that is about to begin production. Ross Lynch plays Dahmer in his formative years. Marc Meyers wrote the Black List script and is directing. Heche is in negotiations. Alex Wolff plays the role of a graphic artist, and Vincent Kartheiser is also starring. The pic begins shooting shortly in… »


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‘The Life And Death Of John Gotti’ Cast Locked

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Emmet/Furla/Oasis and director Kevin Connolly have started production on The Life And Death Of John Gotti, and found some actors to play the literal and figurative family around John Travolta’s John Gotti, with Kelly Preston playing his wife, Victoria. Stacy Keach is playing Neil Dellacroce, the famed underboss for the Gambino family who mentored Gotti; Emmy winner Pruitt Taylor Vince has been set as Gotti enforcer Angelo Ruggeiro; Unbroken’s Spencer Lofranco plays John… »


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Ben Foster Rounds Out Scott Cooper’s ‘Hostiles’ Cast As Shooting Starts

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Ben Foster has joined the cast of Hostiles, the frontier drama that Scott Cooper began filming this week in Sante Fe. Pic, produced by John Lesher and Ken Kao, stars Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Wes Studi, Adam Beach, Q'orianka Kilcher, Jonathan Majors, Timothée Chalamet, Paul Anderson, Stephen Lang, Bill Camp, Peter Mullan, Michael Parks and Ryan Bingham. Bigham was in Cooper’s Crazy Heart and is writing some original songs for Hostiles. Set in 1892, Hostiles tells the… »


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John Leonetti To Direct Broad Green Horror Thriller ‘Wish Upon’

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Annabelle director John Leonetti has been tapped to helm Wish Upon, a Broad Green horror thriller pic from the Black List script by Barbara Marshall. No cast has been set, but a fall production start is in the works. The plot: When 16-year-old misfit Claire finds a magic box that promises a chance at the life she's always wanted, she never could have guessed that each wish would demand a deadly payment. Busted Shark ProductionsSherryl Clark (Cloverfield) is… »


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Karen Gillan Lands Female Lead In Indie ‘All Creatures Here Below’

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Exclusive: Karen Gillan has been set as the female lead in All Creatures Here Below, the indie drama written by and starring David Dastmalchian. Collin Schiffli, who teamed with Dastmalchian on the 2014 SXSW pic Animals, is directing. Dastmalchian and Gillan will play a desperate young couple on the run who seek refuge in Kansas City. Amy Greene, Ignacio Arenas and Chris Stinson are producing. Gillan is reprising her role as Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy 2, which just… »


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‘Split’ Trailer: James McAvoy Feeds The Beast And Many Others

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After making bank with M. Night Shyamalan and Jason Blum’s Blumhouse’s collaboration The Visit last fall, Universal Pictures is ramping up for the latest team-up of the pair. Here’s the first trailer for Split, the supernatural suspense thriller that shows off James McAvoy as Kevin, a man who has revealed 23 individual personalities to his shrink (Betty Buckley) that also happen to manifest via body chemistry. But Personality No. 24 is the nasty one, compelling Kevin to… »


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Pierce Brosnan’s ‘I.T.’ Acquired By RLJ Entertainment For September Bow

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RLJ Entertainment has acquired North American rights to I.T., the Pierce Brosnan thriller from Voltage Pictures directed by Good Day To Die Hard helmer John Moore and penned by Dan Kay and William Wisher Jr (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). Anna Friel, Stefanie Scott and James Frecheville co-star, and a September 2016 theatrical and on-demand release is planned. The pic tells the story of Mike Regan (Brosnan), a successful, self-made man who has it all: a gorgeous wife, a… »


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‘American Sniper’ Scribe Jason Hall Signs With UTA

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Exclusive: Jason Hall has signed with UTA. Hall is the actor-turned screenwriter whose breakthrough came with American Sniper, for which he was nominated for an Oscar. He has since drawn such plum writing jobs as drafting a film about Rasputin as a potential starring vehicle for Leonardo DiCaprio for Warner Bros and Appian Way. He also made his directorial debut on Thank You For Your Service, an adaptation of the David Finkel book for Amblin Entertainment that touches on… »


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‘Nerve’ Box Office Starts With $1M In Tuesday Previews

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Lionsgate’s thriller Nerve previewed in theaters last night to $1.06 million in about 1,700 theaters as it prepares to push into 800 more theaters today. The launch of the film on a Tuesday, and then having a Wednesday jump, gives the film a nice lead-in as it heads into its three-day weekend. In essence, Wednesday and Thursdays become like sneak previews. The audience for the PG-13 film, which stars Emma Roberts and Dave Franco, is skewing heavily young female — the… »


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Mike Mills’ ’20th Century Women’ Selected As New York Film Fest Centerpiece

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Mike Mills’ 20th Century Women, starring Annette Bening and Greta Gerwig, will have its world premiere as this year’s New York Film Festival centerpiece. The announcement was made today by the Film Society of Lincoln Center. The 54th Nyff runs September 30-October 16. The gala screening of Mills’ film, the story of three women who explore love and freedom in Southern California during the late 1970s, will take place October 8. Also in the cast are Billy Crudup, Elle… »


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Wanda Acquires China’s Leading Movie Portal Mtime For $350 Million

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China's largest theater group Wanda has acquired China’s leading movie portal Mtime for $350 million. The move gives the ever-expanding Wanda a stronger digital presence. That’s particularly key in China, where digital ticket sales are the primary platform for consumers to buy tickets. Mtime’s business covers media, online movie ticketing, merchandising, e-commerce and movie marketing. Following on from the acquisition, Mtime teams will now oversee those aspects of… »

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Warner Bros Japan Names Masami Takahashi As President

26 July 2016 9:48 PM, PDT

Kevin Tsujihara has a new top man in Japan. Masami Takahashi has been named President of Warner Bros Japan, effective September 1. Takahashi will have general oversight of Warner Bros’ businesses in the country, including theatrical distribution, television distribution, home entertainment, consumer products, games, and local production. He will work closely with in-place executives in each of these divisions as well as divisional management to fully optimize every… »

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Hollywood’s Historic Egyptian Theatre Undergoes Retrofit For “Rare” 35mm Nitrate Film Projection

26 July 2016 6:19 PM, PDT

Hollywood’s Egyptian Theatre will soon have the capability to screen “rare and fragile” 35mm nitrate film prints thanks to a film preservation project undertaken by The Film Foundation, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, and Turner Classic Movies, in conjunction with the American Cinematheque. "When I was told that one of the most beautiful movie theaters in the country could be retrofitted for nitrate projection, I was overjoyed, moved, and excited by the… »


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Shonda Rhimes, Bryan Cranston & Dozens Of Other Celebrities Join Anti-Trump Campaign

26 July 2016 5:16 PM, PDT

More than 100 actors, producers and others from the entertainment industry are banding together in an effort to keep reality TV star-turned-gop nominee Donald Trump out of the White House. Artists United Against Hate is backed by the likes of Bryan Cranston, Shonda Rhimes, Ryan Murphy, Ilene Chaiken, Michael Moore, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington, Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Lena Dunham, Neil Patrick Harris, Rashida Jones, Russell Simmons, Chloe Grace Moritz and… »


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Oprah Winfrey To Star In ‘A Wrinkle In Time’, Re-Teaming With ‘Selma’ Helmer Ava DuVernay

26 July 2016 4:00 PM, PDT

Disney and Selma director Ava DuVernay are setting Oprah Winfrey to star in A Wrinkle In Time, an adaptation of the 1963 Newbery Medal-winning Madeleine L'Engle fantasy classic novel that has a script by Oscar-winning Frozen writer and co-director Jennifer Lee. Winfrey will play the role of Mrs. Which. The studio is moving quickly to cast the film, with actors including Amy Adams and Kevin Hart chief among those circling. Winfrey is in final negotiations. She starred for… »


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Louisiana Tax Incentive Cuts Create Hard Times For Local Film Crews

26 July 2016 3:55 PM, PDT

Louisiana's scaled-back film tax incentives program put a huge dent in jobs for film crews there. Facing a severe budget crunch, the state last year slashed its annual budget for the incentives to $180 million – down from $222 million spent in 2014. That 19% reduction, however, triggered a 75% loss of jobs for union film crews. "In April, we were down 75% from the previous April," said Cory Parker, business agent of Iatse Local 478, the New Orleans film workers union. But… »


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‘Nerve’ Review: Hey Kids, Don’t Try This At Home

26 July 2016 3:07 PM, PDT

Lionsgate just can’t seem to get enough of those Ya novel adaptations. After the likes of The Hunger Games, Twilight and Divergent, along comes another. But this one strikes a different kind of nerve, which is why it is probably called, well, Nerve. It is actually a smart premise for a film targeted to the app-obsessed teen audience — basically this is Truth Or Dare for the new digital age. As I say in my video review above, this is a movie that rewards risk and divides… »


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