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‘Avengers: Age Of Ultron’ Trailer: Where’s Spider-Man When You Need Him?

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This is the third trailer to drop for Disney/Marvel’s mega tentpole Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the second pic after the original’s $1.52 billion (with a B) haul in 2012, the third-biggest total of all time. This one, of course, introduces the mighty Ultron to the party, and today’s trailer reveals better than previous ones that James Spader’s voice fits the ominous tones perfectly. Judging by the footage here, there’s no reason to think Ultron won’t get close to what the… »


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Netflix Looks At ‘Beasts Of No Nation’ As An Experiment

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You may think that Netflix is taking a big chance with its just-made deal for global rights to Beasts Of No Nation, the new film by True Detective’s Cary Fukunaga about the experiences of a child soldier fighting in a civil war in an African country. But the streaming company seems relaxed, even though many theater chains won’t present the release.   After making deals with Adam Sandler and Pee-wee Herman, the gritty drama — said to have been licensed for about $12… »


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MGM Options ‘Mrs. Frisby & The Rats Of Nimh;’ Sets ‘Ice Age’s Michael Berg To Hatch Family Franchise

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Exclusive: MGM has acquired the award winning Robert C. O’Brien children’s book Mrs. Frisby & The Rates Of Nimh, and has set Ice Age 5 scribe Michael Berg to write the script. Daniel Bobker and Ehren Kruger will produce through their Bobker/Kruger label. The film will be done as a live-action/CGI hybrid, and Berg is focusing on an origin story in which an imperiled mouse protagonist befriends a comical crew of lab rats as they turn hyper-intelligent. They escape a secret… »


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Campus Rape Docu ‘The Hunting Ground’ Prompts He Said, She Said Dialogue On Alleged Assault By Fsu Star Jameis Winston

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The Kirby Dick-directed documentary The Hunting Ground premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to strong reviews about its investigation of sexual assaults on campus, and the difficulty victims encounter when school bureaucrats try to handle disputes internally. Radius-twc just opened it in limited release on Friday, and the docu has already created a he-said-she-said dialogue between Florida State University, the school where standout quarterback Jameis Winston, the… »


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Patricia Norris Dies: Costume Designer And David Lynch Collaborator Was 83

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Patricia Norris, a six-time Oscar-nominated costume designer including last year for the Best Picture winner 12 Years A Slave and a frequent collaborator of David Lynch and Mel Brooks, died February 20 of natural causes, according to her publicist. She was 83. Norris was the only person to receive lifetime achievement awards from both the Costume Designers Guild and the Art Directors Guild. Her Oscar noms included for Sunset (1988), 2010 (1984), Victor, Victoria (1982)… »


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Funny Or Die Heading To SXSW With Will Ferrell, Kevin Hart & More

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Funny Or Die is holding “The Funny or Die Hideout” at SXSW this year on March 15-16. The humor website’s lineup includes that Sunday’s world premiere party for Will Ferrell and Kevin Hart’s Warner Bros. comedy Get Hard, which is bowing at the fest ahead of its March 27 release. The Sunday event includes The Super Serious Show With James Adomian featuring Nick Kroll, Kurt Braunohler, Beth Stelling, John Early, Kyle Mizono, Red Bastard with a special appearance by Ferrell… »


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Scott Rudin Nabs Hot New Book ‘The Buried Giant’ By Kazuo Ishiguro

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Exclusive: Scott Rudin has acquired rights to Kazuo Ishiguro’s epic new novel The Buried Giant. The book, which has been ecstatically reviewed, follows a couple in a semi-historical Medieval Britain as they venture forth across a war-ravaged landscape in search of a son they haven’t seen in years. The story has fantasy elements, including a dragon, spectacular battle sequences and a panoramic backdrop. It has been compared favorably to J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord Of The Ring… »


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Christopher Plummer Praises Lady Gaga, ‘Sound Of Music’ And Cements New Hollywood Honor

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Exclusive: After winning his first Oscar three years ago at age 82 for Beginners, another major Hollywood honor is coming Christopher Plummer’s way when he gets a hand and footprint ceremony at the Tcl Chinese Theatre on March 27th in an event sponsored as part of the TCM Classic Movie Festival. The network is announcing details of the event today. When I talked to Plummer last week on the phone from sunny Florida — where he was escaping the harsh weather at his… »


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Leonardo DiCaprio & Netflix Make First-Look Deal For Documentaries

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Breaking: After their recent first collaboration, Virunga, got a Best Documentary Oscar nom, Leonardo DiCaprio is setting his Appian Way banner in a multi-year first-look deal with Netflix for nonfiction projects that will air exclusively on the streaming service. DiCaprio’s goal is to mix philanthropy with filmmaking and generate docus with topical and provocative environmental and conservation themes. Those movies often play at festivals but have few opportunities… »


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Adrien Brody Scores In China, Fosters Global Ambitions With Local Partners

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Exclusive: With seemingly all of Hollywood eager to get a piece of the increasingly lucrative Chinese pie to help fuel their global ambitions, Adrien Brody has succeeded in doing just that by embracing the local biz. The Oscar-winning actor-turned-producer is currently riding high at the Chinese box office, thanks to a starring role opposite Jackie Chan and John Cusack in the epic Dragon Blade. The film, which opened at No. 1 during the Chinese New Year celebrations, is… »


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Regal Adds MovieTickets.com For Online Ticket Sales In Non-Exclusive Deal

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Regal is the biggest, but also just the latest, exhibition chain to opt to use multiple online ticket sales services. And MovieTickets.com says that the deal means it has passed Comcast’s Fandango to become the No. 1 advance sales movie ticket company:  MovieTickets says it has 28,000 screens “worldwide” — although Fandango claims more than 25,000 screens in the U.S. Regal will continue to use Fandango, and — by the end of this month — add MovieTickets at its 572 theaters… »

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Alibaba Buys $380 Million Stake In Chinese Production Company Enlight

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Jack Ma’s Alibaba has acquired an 8.8% stake in Enlight, one of China’s leading film and TV production companies, again highlighting the online giant’s eagerness to increase its presence in content creation. The stake is valued at $380 million. The news came in an announcement to the Shenzhen stock exchange. The move to buy into Enlight, which last year struck a deal with Israel's <a title="Keshet Int'l CEO On 'Rising Star's Future & Legacy, Developing Formats Directly… »

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How Warner Bros And Andrew Lazar Won War Photog Book Scrum

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Exclusive: How did Warner Bros win the most hotly contested book auction in a long time, closing a deal last night for It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life Of Love And War, the memoir of Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Lynsey Addario? I’m hearing they were in a dead heat with several other suitors, until they executed the equivalent of a Hail Mary pass to get Steven Spielberg. Warner Bros, led by Greg Silverman, Racheline Benveniste and Julia Spiro, was squarely in… »


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Warner Bros Shifts ‘Max’ To June; Rlj Entertainment Ups One Exec, Hires Another

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Call it the dog days of summer. Warner Bros has moved the release of its Boaz Yakin-directed pic Max up by two months to June 26. The film about a wayward teen who befriends the military dog that was partnered to his older brother, a Marine killed in action in Afghanistan, was set to bow August 21. Josh WigginsThomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham star. It now will face off against a pair of comedies: Universal’s Seth MacFarlane sequel Ted 2 and Clarius Entertainment’s T… »


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‘He Never Died’ Clip: Henry Rollins Even More Badass In SXSW Midnight Pic

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Henry Rollins is an actor, musician, author, journalist, radio host, world traveler, publisher and a whole lot more — but Los Angeles folks of a certain age might remember him best at the ’80s frontman for punk legends Black Flag. Regardless, it’s unlikely anyone has seen him like this: with a hunger for human flesh. Welcome to He Never Died, writer-director Jason Krawczyk’s film about Jack (Rollins), an outcast and recluse with a violent past who battles his eternal… »


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Steve Martin To Take ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’ With Ang Lee

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Exclusive: Steve Martin is joining the cast of the Ang Lee-directed Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk for TriStar. Martin will join newcomer Joe Alwyn, with Garrett Hedlund in line for another key role. The adaptation of the Ben Fountain novel starts shooting in April. In the film, Bravo Company, and 19-year-old private Billy Lynn, survive a harrowing Iraq battle that is captured by news cameras. They are brought home by the U.S. administration for a promotional tour… »


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`Hamilton’ Fever: Hit-Maker Lin-Manuel Miranda Channels Tony Manero

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A star is born: With the run at the Public Theater sold out and arrival on Broadway this summer assured, the producers of Hamilton unveiled their striking new logo for the show. Striking because Miranda, the unofficial mayor of Washington Heights who wrote the book and hip-hop score and plays the title role of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, looks in the poster a bit like the brother from another borough—Tony Manero in silhouette. Like, 1776 meet 1976. John Travolta… »


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‘Captain America’s Russo Brothers Enter Sony First-Look Deal

3 March 2015 12:32 PM, PST

Sony Pictures just landed Captain America filmmaking brothers Joe Russo and Anthony Russo for a three-year, first-look features deal with the studio, starting in April. Their film Captain America: The Winter Soldier banked a whopping $714.7M worldwide for Disney and Marvel. Given the success of that property, they will next direct Captain America: Civil War for Marvel and Disney. "Joe and Anthony Russo are terrifically exciting filmmakers with a sensibility that matches… »


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Fox Buys ‘Foxcatcher’ Co-Writer Dan Futterman Spec ‘A Shot In The Eye'; Matt Reeves Producing

3 March 2015 12:29 PM, PST

Exclusive: Boy, is it a good time to be out there selling material with A-list elements. 20th Century Fox has closed a deal on A Shot In The Eye, a spec script by Dan Futterman. He is the actor-writer who scripted Capote and with E. Max Frye scripted Foxcatcher – and was Oscar nominated for both. The spec is a science fiction action movie in a dystopian setting, but they’re keeping the exact logline under wraps. The film will be produced by Matt Reeves, under his Sixth… »


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Skydance Gets Its Own Marketing Maven: Anne Globe Hired As Cmo

3 March 2015 12:00 PM, PST

Skydance Productions has hired Anne Globe to be its first Chief Marketing Officer. She’ll oversee marketing, publicity, branding, licensing and promotion for all Skydance projects and report to CEO David Ellison. She consulted on a number of live-action and animated films and was Cmo for DreamWorks Animation. Among the films she worked on there were Shrek, Madagascar, and How to Train Your Dragon, and myriad other tie-ins and initiatives in features and TV projects. Said… »


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